INT. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - PREGAME WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH, 2011.
Fans mill about, slowly filtering to their seats. Air of expectancy with some hostility for those unfortunate few clad in red.
Zambonis finish circling and go off the ice. Lights fade. Fans applaud. Scoreboard clock ticks down to 1:39 and stops.
PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER JOE TOLLESON speaks:
Good evening ladies and gentlemen.
Welcome to Madison Square Garden, the World's Most Famous Arena!
Tonight, Game 4 featuring the Washington Capitals (PAUSE FOR BOOS)
And your New York Rangers!
I Am A Ranger video plays:
Fans start LET'S GO RANGERS chant. Ranger logos are projected onto the ice and swirl around the arena.
NHL Playoffs History Will Be Made commercial plays:
Final frame is removed, replaced with: History will be made again. Tonight.
TOLLESON speaks again:
Ladies and gentlemen, here they are ... the New York Rangers!
Both teams take the ice. Spotlight on the RANGERS gate as they step onto the Garden floor. Lights remain out.
Spotlight pans across the ice to JOHN AMIRANTE on a small carpet. House lights remain off while AMIRANTE sings the NATIONAL ANTHEM.
Crowd roars. Spotlights swirl before going out completely. Single spot comes up again, only not on AMIRANTE. Instead it lands on the Washington Capitals bench. In-house camera shows CAPITALS COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU. A voice thunders over the PA system only it is not TOLLESON or AMIRANTE. It is BOUDREAU. (Starting at 0:31)
Well, the one thing, its reputation is far better than the actual building. I mean, it's nothing.
The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There's no room for anything.
But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous.
Also, our building's a lot louder, too.
So I mean, they can say what they want, but it's not that loud in there.
Lights up. Game on.