What it means to be a New York Rangers fan (VIDEO)

Greg Wyshynski

Obviously, as a New Jersey Devils fan, I feel the following video pays way too much attention to that blip on the pop culture radar known as the 1994 New York Rangers' Stanley Cup championship. Like, did you even know Messier played for that team? Me neither.

That out of the way, there's a lot to love about this clip by Self Modern that chronicles the New York Rangers' fan experience and celebrates the current incarnation of the team.

I Am the New York Rangers from Self Modern on Vimeo.

Cool clip. Would love to see every fan base get one of these.

Meanwhile, some Rangers vs. Knicks ratings news from Bloomberg:

The Rangers-Capitals game, which was the opening contest of their second-round NHL series, got a 3.5 household rating in New York City on Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)'s NBC, said Adam Freifeld, vice president for communications at NBC Sports Group.

That means 3.5 percent of all TVs in the city were tuned to that game.  That was 17 percent higher in the New York market than the second game of the Rangers most recent second-round playoff series, also shown on NBC. New York and the Pittsburgh Penguins drew a 3.0 household rating on April 27, 2008, Freifeld said in an e-mail.

The Knicks-Heat game on Walt Disney (DIS) Co.'s ABC network drew a 3.8 preliminary rating, up 6 percent from the first Saturday afternoon playoff game the network showed last season, between Miami and the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo.

Where the NHL is taking it on the chin against the NBA, as far as impact and interest: Los Angeles. Good lord, when even the Clippers are doing this, it's a tough market to own …