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Rangers fans keeping hope alive ahead of Game 3

Paul Lomtevas 47, and son Joey from Huntington,

Paul Lomtevas 47, and son Joey from Huntington, Long Island at Rangers Fan Fest at Madison Square Garden on Sunday June 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Zoe Lake

Rangers fans hope that returning to Manhattan will get their team back on the winning track.

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings is Monday and despite the Blueshirts being down 2-0 in the series, there's optimism in the air as the team plays its first Cup game at Madison Square Garden in 20 years.

"I would have felt better with a win Game 2," said Bill Colasanti, 48, of Yorktown, at a fan rally outside the Garden yesterday, "but I'm a Rangers fan. You've gotta hang with your team. Anything is possible."

After a second, devastating overtime loss to the Kings on Saturday night, fans Sunday looked like they'd lost sleep, but not hope.

"They won in 1940, 1994 -- its 2014, four is their number," said Dina Amendola from Long Island, who was joined by her daughter Victoria Amendola, 19, at the Garden .

Paul Shrager, 45, of Secaucus, N.J., was a little less confident about tonight's game. "I think they can do it," he said, "but [Martin] St. Louis can't do it by himself."

Much has been said about the Rangers finally coming home to play, and despite having a better record away from home, fans hope that the energy of the city will give the team a much-needed boost.

Paul Lomtevas, 47, of Hunington, L.I., is hopeful but realistic about Game 3. "It's not going our way," he said. "It's very strong oppostion but I think we can extend the series."

Despite the odds, Gregg Szumowski and his 9-year-old son Johnny from Lindcroft, N.J., were feeling pumped up about the Rangers' chances.

"I am feeling awesome," Johnny Szumowski said. "We've been going against the L.A. Kings pretty good ... it's our time now."


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