GREENBURGH, N.Y. --
A pair of well-known Rangers have taken to Twitter to start pumping up the Madison Square Garden crowd in advance of Game 7 Thursday against Ottawa (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
(@MGaborik10) tweeted Tuesday, "Just got back to NYC. We need the MSG fans to take us to the next level on thursday#bringushome"
It was Gaborik's first tweet of the playoffs.
(@BRichards_1991) also sent his first tweet of the playoffs on Tuesday. It read:
"Get ready fans to rock MSG on Thursday night! We need you to push us to the next level! #NYR"
The Rangers anticipate a wild crowd at the Garden for Game 7. They are just 1-2 in the playoffs at home so far, but they feel with the backing of their boisterous fans they will be able to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
"So far home advantage hasn't really played out that well for anybody, but hopefully our crowd can be the difference to help us push our game here, help us get some confidence right away," goalie Henrik Lundqvist
said. "There is no better feeling to win at home. We've got to do all we can to win this game."
Added Brandon Dubinsky
: "To do it at home would be amazing. We're going to need those fans."
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