Rangers’ Challenge Is to Match the Canadiens’ Decibel Level

“The real fans have been pushed out by the corporate types, very much so,” said Mike Bergin of the Flushing section of Queens, waiting outside the Garden last Sunday to spot some of his favorite Rangers. “The crowd used to be much louder.”

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The Rangers celebrated after beating the Flyers at home on April 2. New York’s first-round series with Montreal moves to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for Game 3.

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Existential questions abound: If die-hard fans traditionally demand credit for motivating home teams to greater heights, should they be blamed for consistent failure? Are Rangers fans the most ineffective supporters in the…

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