Fans Of Both Teams Hope NHL's Sacred Chalice Really Comes To New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Stanley Cup was on display Tuesday at Madison Square Park, as the Rangers and Islanders counted down the minutes before the beginning of their first-round series.

The Islanders are entering the playoffs for the first time since 2007, playing the top-seeded Penguins starting Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, the Rangers travel to Washington on Thursday to play the Capitals in their opener.

Rangers fans dominated the crowd gawking at the Stanley Cup, but a few Islanders fans made their voices heard as well.

“It’s been a while, and it’s just good to see the kids coming together. It’s just nice, especially with the move to Brooklyn coming next year. It’s a good track,” one Islanders fan said.

But Rangers fans were every bit as enthusiastic.

“It’s amazing just to be in the presence of it. It’s just amazing. Let’s hope that the Rangers can take it home this year,” a Rangers fan said.

Residents of Breezy Point, Queens, who lost their homes during Superstorm Sandy were invited to take part in the Stanley Cup celebration.

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