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Sarandon goes between the benches during Penguins-Rangers

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Susan Sarandon joins McGuire

PIT@NYR: Susan Sarandon talks Rangers, Jimmy Vesey

Academy Award winner and longtime Rangers fan Susan Sarandon joins Pierre McGuire inside the glass to discuss their game against the Penguins

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Susan Sarandon is a diehard New York Rangers fan, but she got to experience her beloved team from a new perspective Wednesday.

The Academy Award-winning actress was between the benches with Pierre McGuire during the first period of the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.

"It's very fast," Sarandon said on NBCSN during the first intermission. "The closer you get, I mean I've been in the stands before, but when you see it on TV, you can't imagine how fast it is and how strong [the players are]. It's really fun."

Sarandon, a regular attender of Rangers games at MSG, let her excitement show with an array of "oohs" and "whoas" during the action. She discussed recruiting Jimmy Vesey to come to New York in 2016, told Mats Zuccarello that he was her favorite player and joked about discussing the best wedding gifts with linesman Scott Cherrey during a stoppage in play.

"He said candles are good; candelabras [are] good," Sarandon said.

She also shared a few stories of attending Rangers games during their run to the Stanley Cup in 1994, including the once-in-a-lifetime dinner with her sons Miles and Jack and the Cup.

"[The Rangers] called me, and I brought my boys, who were young at the time, and ... we all had dinner with the Stanley Cup," Sarandon said during the intermission.

The next year after Sarandon won the Academy Award for best actress for "Dead Man Walking," she shared her hardware with her team.

"I gave them my Academy Award at one point to keep in the locker room," she said. "[I] gave it to [Rangers captain Mark] Messier to bring them luck."

Sarandon moved back to her seat after her TV appearance, where she cheered and sang along after Mika Zibanejad's game-winning goal in the Rangers 4-3 overtime win.

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