Did the Rangers Win the Deadline Derby?


It was 22 years ago when the Rangers concluded trade deadline deals which eventually won them the 1994 Stanley Cup.

Hey, the Blueshirts may have done it again this Leap Year as the dauntless 2016 Trade Deadline Derby officially is over.

Granted that this time around, Jeff Gorton didn’t match the quantity amassed by Neil Smith in ’94, but the gem the Blueshirts’ GM garnered in Eric Staal could catapult the Rangers into Champagne-land.

“Eric could be energized by this trade,” enthused Gorton. “We know him as well as anybody. Surrounding him with the players we have, we’ll get a lot out of him.”

In addition to adding a scoring machine to his roster, coach Alain Vigneault obtains a 31-year-old with considerable leadership ability, which was amply demonstrated as captain of the Hurricanes.

“He’ll be excited to play for the Rangers,” added Gorton.

Looking ahead to June, Vigneault is secure in the knowledge that the elder Staal (Marc is 29) will enhance the Rangers Cup dreams. “Our core group deserves another kick at the can,” noted Vigneault.

Why not?

Eric lines up on a club that preserved its roster without losing a single significant skater; not even the oft-discussed Chris Kreider. Plus, the eventual return of Rick Nash should provide more playoff power.

The fact that large Eric now will share the ice with kid brother Marc had no influence on the acquisition. “We didn’t bring him in because of what Marc’s doing,” asserted Gorton. “It’s all about Eric.”

What we already know is that the elder of three Staal NHL brothers — Marc and Jordan (27) being the others — guided Carolina to its only Stanley Cup in 2006.

He was an imposing presence both as a scorer and body checker — ask Marc — and has ranked among offensive threats for the past decade.

“He doesn’t have to be a star presence on the Rangers,” observes my sage Rangers-follower buddy, Gus Vic. “He just needs to be a presence. With the eventual return of Nash, the club is better-positioned to handle heavier opponents such as the Capitals.

One thing the Blueshirts have, in addition to gaining Staal, is a winning pedigree throughout the room. Looking forward, it is one advantage they have over all other Eastern Conference teams.”

Gorton’s trick — as it is with bosses in Los Angeles, Washington and other competitive points, East and West — is to find a formula that can topple Chicago from its championship defense.

Blackhawks Mister Trade, Stan Bowman, made a flurry of deals in pursuit of a second straight Cup which — think about it — doesn’t happen anymore. But give Swapping Stan credit for trying.

Bowman loaded up his defending Champs with the likes of Andrew Ladd, Christian Ehrhoff, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.

The quantity sure looks impressive as does the balance of talent, grit and experience. But it’s all on paper and guarantees nothing in terms of real time series victories in the Spring.

Meanwhile, Dale Tallon — Bowman’s predecessor in the Windy City — is telling his colleagues that his Florida Panthers are as serious about a Cup run as the Rangers or anyone else for that matter.

Knowing that Jaromir Jagr can only tap the Fountain of Youth so many times, Tallon has bolstered his Panthers by adding solid second line right wing Teddy Purcell from Edmonton as well as starboard-sider Jiri Hudler from Calgary, and backliner Jakub Kindl via Detroit.

Hudler is the perfect fit alongside fellow Czech Jagr, who also happens to speak the same language as Kindl. Czech-mates, so to speak.

Based on their regular season runaway, the Capitals are trying to ensure a long postseason by loading up their already potent arsenal.

Starting with the acquisition of defenseman Mike Weber from Buffalo, Washington’s GM Brian MacLellan added center Ryan Bourque — once a Rangers prospect — and left wing Daniel Winnik, out of the Toronto Housecleaning Bureau.

Then again, there are those execs who believe that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Garth Snow has just about every piece in place. Which explains why the Islanders boss did very little and corralled Ottawa’s 23-year-old left wing Shane Prince. The Senators got a third-round pick in return. On a smaller scale, the Isles moved little-used right wing Taylor Beck to Colorado for center Marc-Andre Cliche.

Across the Hudson, Ray Shero‘s overachieving Devils entered the final trade weekend on the outside of Wild Card Land — but not that far – three points back of Pittsburgh.

Under the circumstances, New Jersey’s hockey boss opted to make some interesting 11th-hour moves.

The big one was dispatching prolific right wing Lee Stempniak to Boston for a 2016 fourth-rounder and a 2017 second-rounder.

A potential winner for Shero was receiving from Montreal right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, 23, for disappointing Stefan Matteau. In addition, erratic defenseman Eric Gelinas was dispatched to Colorado for a third-rounder in 2017.

Right after that, Shero refilled the D-gap by claiming defenseman David Warsofsky on waivers from the Penguins. The total New Jersey exchange could be called addition by subtraction.

And there’s every hope that Stempniak, who made it clear that he enjoys playing for the Devils, will re-sign with them during the summer.

Based on the “Less is More” theory, Pittsburgh’s Jim Rutherford made one meaningful move. He bolstered his defense, plucking Justin Schultz from Edmonton for a third-rounder. In the end, that could be one of the best returns of any.

Freed from the disorganized Oilers, the once highly-touted Schultz could blossom into a Top-4 D-man adding to a Pitt team steaming toward a playoff berth.

Like the Penguins, the Blackhawks, Rangers and Panthers picked up usable assets without tapping existing rosters. That’s from the song “Nice Work If You Can Get It — And You Can Get It If You Try.”

Meanwhile, the annual playoff failure from Missouri appears to have failed again. The Blues did nothing of consequence and that includes adding goaltender — ex-Islander — Anders Nilsson who has shown nothing but bulk wherever he’s played. Bottom Line: The Blues are not keeping pace with their Western competitors.

And that means coach Ken Hitchcock will be a goner if St. Louis fails to make the Western Final. General Manager Doug Armstrong is on the spot as well.

By contrast to the Blues, San Jose added a pair of vital pieces when GM Doug Wilson wrangled defenseman Roman Polak and center Nick Spaling from the Maple Leafs for a pair of picks; not to mention enigmatic Toronto goalie James Reimer.

Cup-winners in 2014, Los Angeles remains a formidable contender although their adds — right wing Kris Versteeg from Carolina and defenseman Rob Scuderi, via Chicago — are less notable.

Desperate to regain its past glory, the Avalanche grabbed the much-sought left wing Mikkel Boedker from Arizona. The cost was left wing vet Alex Tanguay, center Conner Bleackley and defenseman Kyle Wood.

Suspect on defense, the otherwise strong Dallas Stars filled a need by capturing blue-liner Kris Russell, a terrific shot-blocker, from Calgary. In return, the Flames received defender Jyrki Jokipakka, a Dallas full-timer, and center prospect Brett Pollock, plus a conditional second-rounder.

The Surprise Steal Award goes to Anaheim GM Bob Murray for talking the Panthers Dale Tallon into dispatching gifted shooter Brandon Pirri to the Ducks for a sixth-rounder.

As an added fillip, the Ducks added Buffalo’s left wing Jamie McGinn for a conditional third-rounder.

Looking ahead, what does this all mean for the locals?

DEVILS: Shero’s overachieving club has been — and will continue to be — in a rebuilding stage. His players still believe that a playoff berth is in sight. And if New Jersey does miss the postseason, at least, Garden State fans remain secure in the knowledge that they made a good try. Unloading Gelinas and Matteau amounted to discarding players who simply couldn’t click after several tries. The hope is that Stempniak will be back.

ISLANDERS: From opening night to Game 82, the aim has been and will be making the playoffs. Period. Once that’s accomplished, a move past the first round is Objective Two. To that end, Snow’s add of Prince could turn into royalty down the line.

RANGERS: It’s all about the New Staal on Seventh Avenue and what he can do to enhance an already superior lineup from goal to fourth-liners. When Eric joined hands with Marc, it gave the Rangers a much better opportunity to win the Cup. It can be safely said that the Blueshirts are not “Staal-ing” anymore!

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Learn More About Forward Eric Staal

Looking to add extra firepower to their run at the Cup, the Rangers made a deal with the Hurricanes for Carolina captain Eric Staalthe day before the NHL trade deadline. The older brother of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is expected to make his Blueshirt debut tonight on MSG against the Blue Jackets.

Here’s 8 facts about Eric Staal that you should know:

  • Staal was drafted second overall by the Hurricanes in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • The 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward has played both on the wing and at center.
  • The former Canes captain made the NHL All-Star Team four times with Carolina — 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011.
  • He tallied a career-highs across the board during the 2005-2006 season — 100 points, 45 goals and 55 assists.
  • Staal won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and produced big numbers in the postseason — nine goals and 19 assists in 25 games during their Cup run.
  • The eldest Staal brother was on Canada’s 2010 gold-medal winning team along with Rick Nash and Dan Boyle. He was tied for second on the team with five assists.
  • Staal recorded 33 points (10 goals, 33 assists) in 63 games with Carolina this season.
  • Through 12 years in the NHL, Staal has compiled 322 goals and 453 assists for 775 points.

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Tackling Winter Sports In Calgary


Our media crew has been talking about going curling for more than a month. I don’t know what you and your coworkers sit around and chat about, but outside of hockey talk, there is a lot of discussion about press room dining and activities for off days in Canada.

This year, we decided to take on Canada’s second biggest sport – curling. Before the Islanders beat the Flames in overtime on Feb. 25, our crew visited the North Hill Curling Club the day before. Words cannot explain how much fun we had during the two hours we spent slipping, sliding and falling all over the ice.


We did our best to mimic the 70-to-85-year-old men that played actual games in the lanes next to us. At 11 AM on a Wednesday, the curling club was packed with senior citizens way more fit than most of my friends who are under 35. The secret to their happiness and feeling young? Curling. A sport many of them learned in school when it was commonplace to teach the sport in physical education classes around Alberta.


We took an hour lesson and I tried to soak up as much about the sport as I could. The main takeaway – get the 40 lb. “rock” into the middle of the bullseye “the button.” Our group was anxious to get right to the sweeping, but we had to work our way up to that. Each one of us took turns delivering the rock.

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Once we could deliver the rock without totally face planting, we moved on to playing actual games. As you can tell, none of us are going on the curling pro tour anytime soon, but we sure had some good laughs.

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After this experience, I will never watch curling the same ever again. It’s on TV all the time in Canada, and now has a House Hunters-like addictive quality. You put it on in the hotel room and the next thing you know, three hours have gone by.

Here are my MVP awards for our curling adventure:

Best Delivery: Szymon, Isles Flight Coordinator
Best Sweeper: Mike, MSG Graphics Coordinator
Best Skip (person who tells you how much to sweep): – Charlie, MSG Assistant Director


Sounds like a good trip so far, huh? Well, throw in an OT-winner (thanks to John Tavares and Josh Bailey) and another fun off day.

On Friday, I had the pleasure of riding up to Banff to ski for the day with some of the Islanders staff. Scott Boggs, the head equipment manager, helped organize the whole thing. He is what I like to call an expert skier with a fantastic sense of humor. I remember last season, Jiggs McDonald told me I had to go to Banff. The schedule didn’t allow for a trip then, so this year I wasn’t going to miss it.


Up to the mountains we went early Friday morning. We took an amazing gondola ride – about 15 minutes or 8,954 ft. up – to the heart of Sunshine Village. This is a serious ski resort. 115 runs. The first words out of my mouth when we got off the gondola, “So where’s the bunny hill?” I was partially joking, but not really. I was a college athlete and my parents never wanted me to break a leg, so I didn’t learn to ski until I was 25 years-old. I learned on icy Boyne Mountain, in what we Michiganders like to call “Up North.” Needless to say, the green runs in Banff are a little different.


After a few times plowing down the intermediate trail, I worked up the courage to take the “Angel Lift” to the top of the mountain. The views from the top were worth all of the anxiety I had about skiing down. You actually cross over into British Columbia at the top of the mountain and ski back down to the Alberta Province.


I didn’t fall once on my big 35-minute green run down to the village. I did though have to pull over at the intersection where the black diamond run crossed the trail for a hot second. A snowboarder about 17 years-old whizzed right by me screaming, “COME ON! YOU CAN DO IT!” So, I got back to work slowly weaving back and forth before I made it to the bottom. Since I avoided any major wipeouts, I considered that a sign I should stop while I was ahead. I grabbed a beer at the bottom of the mountain before the rest of our group skied down to meet me.


We made a quick stop in the picture perfect ski town of Banff before heading back to Calgary. I felt like a little kid that had just gone to Six Flags for the first time. Exhausted from worrying about the giant roller coaster and proud that I did it even though it was out of my comfort zone.


To wrap up my Calgary experience, I’m proud to say I survived my first chinook. It actually was quite enjoyable. If you don’t know what a chinook is, don’t feel bad. I had no idea until we landed in Calgary. I learned from Jiggs McDonald that a chinook is a blast of warm air that blows over the southern portion of Alberta, as winds make their way down the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Basically, it creates unseasonably warm weather. The natives say chinook means snow-eater. Last season we celebrated New Years in Calgary. It was below zero and covered in snow. This time, people were out and about jogging in t-shirts. It was a perfect time to visit Alberta’s largest city and made for a very nice first week of the road trip.


Stay tuned for my next blog where I share my adventures from Edmonton and Vancouver. More advice from Jiggs and a few more chuckles are pretty much guaranteed.

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Rangers Acquire Forward Eric Staal


Blueshirts trade Aleksi Saarela and two second round picks to Carolina

NEW YORK, February 28, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Aleksi Saarela, a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and a second round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Staal, 31, has skated in 909 career NHL games over parts of 12 seasons, all with Carolina, registering 322 goals and 453 assists for 775 points, along with 678 penalty minutes. Staal is one of only two NHL players who registered at least 30 assists and 50 points in 10 consecutive seasons from 2005-06 – 2014-15 (along with Martin St. Louis), and he is one of seven NHL players who have tallied 50 or more points in at least 10 different seasons since he entered the NHL in 2003-04. In addition, Staal is one of three NHL players who have skated in at least 900 games and have tallied at least 300 goals, 400 assists, and 700 points since the start of the 2003-04 season (along with Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau), and he is one of six NHL players who skated in at least 70 games in every season which was 82 games in length from 2003-04 – 2014-15. He ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (3,033), ranks fourth in games played, ranks eighth in goals, ranks 10th in power play goals (105), is tied for 10th in shorthanded goals (16), and ranks 11th in points since 2003-04.

The 6-4, 205-pounder has skated in 43 career NHL playoff games, registering 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. He is one of four NHL players who have averaged at least 1.00 points per game (min. 40 playoff games played) since 2003-04 (along with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Claude Giroux). In 2006, Staal helped the Hurricanes win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, as he led the NHL in assists (19) and points (28), and tied for third in the NHL in goals (nine) during the playoffs. Staal also helped Carolina advance to the Eastern Conference Final in 2009, as he led the Hurricanes with 10 goals and 15 points in 18 playoff contests.

Staal has skated in 63 games with Carolina this season, registering 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points, along with 32 penalty minutes. Staal was tied for the team lead in assists and even strength assists (17), ranked second in takeaways (45), ranked third in even strength points (26) and shots on goal (159), was tied for fifth in points, ranked sixth in goals, and was tied for sixth in power play points (seven) this season. He also led Carolina forwards in average ice time (19:17) in 2015-16. Staal has posted a 53.7 faceoff win percentage this season (323-for-601). He skated in his 900th career NHL game on Feb. 7 at Montreal, becoming the third player to skate in at least 900 games with the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise (along with Ron Francis and Glen Wesley).

Staal skated in 77 games with the Hurricanes during the 2014-15 season, registering 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points, along with 41 penalty minutes. He led the Hurricanes in goals, points, and shots on goal (244), tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (four) and power play goals (seven), ranked second in assists and power play points (17), ranked third in power play assists (10), and ranked fifth on the team – and led team forwards – in average ice time (18:50). In addition, Staal won 51.3% of faceoffs he took (343-for-669), marking the fourth consecutive season in which he posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0 or better (2011-12 – 2014-15). He recorded a point in 40 of 77 contests and posted 10 multi-point games.

Throughout his NHL career, Staal has received numerous awards and honors. He is a four-time NHL All-Star (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11), and he was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. He served as Carolina’s captain for parts of the last seven seasons after he was named the 13th captain in the history of the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise on Jan. 20, 2010. Staal was selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2005-06, as he established career-highs in goals (45), assists (55), and points (100).

Internationally, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native has represented Canada in several tournaments. Staal is a member of the “Triple Gold Club”, as he has won a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship (2007) and at the Olympics (2010) in addition to winning the Stanley Cup. He also helped Canada capture a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship by tallying seven points (four goals, three assists) in eight contests during the tournament. Most recently, Staal registered three assists in eight games while serving as the captain of Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Staal was selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, second overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Saarela was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 89th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.



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In 1985 Madison Square Garden hosted the first-ever Wrestlemania at ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ to a sellout crowd.

Take a look back at some of the key members of the historic event and see what they’re up to now.

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Show Clips: Madison Square Garden Opens

Check out some exclusive clips from The Garden’s Defining Moments – Madison Square Garden Opens:


Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, George Foreman, Mike Tyson and others talk about why Madison Square Garden is a special place.


Patrick Ewing, Mark Messier, Jim Boeheim and others explain what makes Madison Square Garden such a special venue to play at.


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Statements from Glen Sather & Rod Gilbert on Passing of Andy Bathgate


Rangers legend Andy Bathgate passed away at the age of 83 Friday, Feb. 22. Bathgate played 719 games for the Blueshirts from 1952-1964, scoring 272 goals, 447 assists and 729 points and served as the 11th captain in team history. The Rangers retired his No. 9 on Feb. 22, 2009.


NEW YORK, February 26, 2016 – Today the New York Rangers and the hockey world lost a beloved and cherished member of its community with the passing of our Legendary Blueshirt, Andy Bathgate. Andy’s Hall of Fame career and many tremendous accomplishments place him among the greatest players who have ever worn a Rangers jersey. Those fortunate enough to have known him fondly remember how he always carried himself with the utmost class and dignity. The entire Rangers organization sends our most heartfelt condolences to Andy’s wife Merle and the Bathgate family.


NEW YORK, February 26, 2016 – Andy set the bar for what it means to be a Ranger. He was a true innovator of the game and my idol. As a young player, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play with him and learn from him. He was class personified, on and off the ice. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Rangers organization and throughout the hockey world.


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Is ‘Hank Being Hank’ Enough To Nab Vezina?

You would be hard-pressed to find a goaltender more deserving of the Vezina trophy than Henrik Lundqvist this season. He was in the MVP discussion early in the season. But pulling that off, based on the statistical standards required, would demand one of the greatest single seasons in NHL history. Even the Vezina may be out of touch because of the defensive structure of the current Rangers makeup.

Lundqvist has been incredible this season, but the standards for the Vezina trophy seem to have been set and it requires a goaltender to play 50 games minimum, and lead the league in save percentage. Over the last decade, only one goaltender who met this criterion failed to win the award.

Lundqvist has been great, but his baseline for average is below most of the league that a SV% in the high .920s would require him to dominate the field. He is still among the contenders, but he trails the main pack of Corey Crawford, Cory Schneider and Petr Mrazek, who are all around the .928 mark.

The problem as always remains the perception of what the best goaltender is. There is a major struggle in the hockey community when defining what statistical consistency is and it flows from people in the game to the fans. Alain Vigneault commented earlier in this season, “We need Hank to re-become the Hank that he’s used to, for us and from there, I think everything else should fall into place.

The danger in this assumption is that it implies that Lundqvist is in control of his environment at all times. It is why the analysis we get when his numbers ebb and flow in small samples go straight to his playing style and his adjustments, as though these are responsible for his failures and his successes. Goaltending does require attention to detail and the work commitment to refining these details to perfection.

It is this repetition that leads to success, but the problem is in how we define this success. Early in the season, Lundqvist was destroying all his previous standards that I had tracked, but that was just because our sample was limited to 20 games. The biggest outlier in his numbers was his save percentage on clear-sighted pucks.

If his numbers had tracked anywhere near his 5,500-shot sample of .952, he would have been in the range where he currently resides. His .971 was inflating his save percentage and with Henrik’s unconventional inside/out style, regressing to his career .952 average, a slump was all but guaranteed.

It wasn’t Henrik going away from things that give him success, it was the law of averages catching up with him. No different than a player on an unsustainable shooting streak.

If we look at the 5,500 shots I tracked before the 2015-16 season, we see that Lundqvist settles into his true ability after about 2,000 shots. He fluctuates between .009 to .012 above the expected total of an average NHL goaltender under the exact same conditions. So when I see Lundqvist play and register a conventional .921 SV%, I make the automatic assumption that the league average for him isn’t .916, but likely somewhere in the .908 to .910 range.

When we start the sample from 0 at the beginning of each season instead of extending it from 5,500, we get erratic results with an extreme peak and a major descent.

This erratic small sample pushes our perceptions into searching for explainable reasons for his successes or failures. And discussions about his depth, structure and Benoit Allaire’s influence become the norm. Then the regression is complete and everything is fine when “Hank is Hank” again.

Goaltenders are slaves to the structure. They don’t just miss shots they can stop and stop shots they cannot in a random pattern. They continually place themselves in the same positions for success and failure. The great ones beat the play and solve the equation more often than their peers. The bad ones are behind the play regularly and sometimes manage to guess the equation, but these small sample runs always lose out to who the goaltender truly is.

The erratic nature of save percentage isn’t the goaltenders erratic behavior, it is the environments erratic nature. When we can separate that erratic nature from the sample, we can get a better read of the goaltender’s ability.
When we combine the large sample with the 2015-16 season sample, we see that Lundqvist hasn’t changed. He has remained consistently brilliant. After the 2,000-shot mark, he essentially maintains the same superstar goaltending in the exact same range for the next 4,000-plus shots. He wasn’t changing his depth or aggressiveness. He wasn’t struggling, the New York Rangers were.

Hank was always Hank.

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Was there even electricity back in 1879? Take a look at some comparisons from when the original Madison Square Garden opened in 1879 to today.

Be sure to catch an all-new episode of The Garden’s Defining Moments  focusing on the opening of the original Madison Square Garden Thursday on MSG at 11:30 PM.



Rutherford B. Hayes (19th) Barack Obama (44th)


Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb lights
the way for electricity revolution
Virtual Reality Headsets taking personal
entertainment to new heights


William Henry Vanderbilt – $230 Million Bill Gates – $76 Billion


980,000 8.5 Million


2 to 5 Cents $1.00 to $2.50


The Mulligan Guard Ball Hamilton


Carl Benz gets patent for first internal
combustion engine; leads to first automobile
Mercedes-Benz and other manufacturers
testing self-driving cars


38 50


Located at 26th St & Madison Ave
Had No Roof
10,000-seat capacity
Located at 33rd St & 7th Ave
State of the art renovation finished in 2013
20,000+ seating capacity for certain events

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Show Clips: Marciano Defeats Louis

Check out some exclusive clips from The Garden’s Defining Moments – Marciano Defeats Louis:

Watch: The Greatness of Joe Louis
Coming from humble beginnings, Joe Louis rose to become the first African-American heavyweight champion since Jack Johnson and a true American hero.

Watch: Rising to the Top
Though Rocky Marciano’s amateur record was not impressive, his professional record is one that boxers dream of achieving and breaking.

Watch: Fight Night
Rocky Marciano had to go through Joe Louis for a shot at the title and in the 8th round, the rising star took down his idol.

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