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NEW YORK -- The Islanders are off to a perfect start this season, but their 6-3 win over the New York Rangers was far from it on Tuesday night.

And while the players and coaching staff were happy about the win, there was no back patting in the Islanders dressing room. The visitors from Long Island played a strong third period from start to finish. The dominating four goal period helped push them passed the city dwelling Blue Shirts, but their first two periods put them in a serious bind.

"I thought we weren't playing a very good hockey game. We were turning pucks over a lot and we gave up over 40 shots tonight, so I think we feel fortunate to have a goaltender that really kept us in the game," John Tavares said. "I just like the way everyone came out hungry, played aggressive in the third there and we got rewarded. We knew we had to be a lot better after the first forty."

Tags: Islanders, jack capuano, john tavares, madison square garden, new york rangers, News
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UConn will play Michigan State in the East Regional Final at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon at 2:20 p.m.

The No. 4 seed Spartans knocked off top-seed Virginia 61-59 in the second game on Friday night.

UConn and Michigan State have been two of the better college basketball programs in the last 15 years and since 1998 have had several memorable games.

Tags: Madison Square Garden, Men's Basketball, Michigan State, UCONN, UConn
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The big news this morning is tangentially related to the Islanders -- their soon to be cross-borough rivals may have to vacate their home arena in Manhattan. 10 years from now.

By virtue of a 47-1 (!) New York City Council vote yesterday, Madison Square Garden has been granted an extension of it's operating permit?for the next 10 years. Mayor Bloomberg had recommended a 15-year extension and the Garden itself was hoping for literally an infinite extension, but the Council decided upon 10. The Garden?has to renew this permit every so often to retain the right to continue existing on top of Penn Station. In 1963, the old Penn Station was demolished to make way for the transit/sports sandwich that now sits on the site, consisting of Penn Station and the Garden, and was given a 50-year operating permit.

The reason this extension is so significant and possibly the beginning of the end for the Garden, is that the City Council seems to have every intention of kicking the Garden out of Penn Station after the 10 years is up. That time frame is the Council's guess as to how long it will take the city to come up with funding and, you know, a plan as to how to rebuild Penn Station.

Tags: Islanders, james dolan, madison square garden, the morning skate
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Derrel Johnson, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? Before the Knicks and Nets did battle for the fourth time on Monday, I had the opportunity to catch up with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

I asked Mr. Smith his thoughts on the Brooklyn Nets as they approach the midpoint of the season.

Tags: avery johnson, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, Derrel Johnson, ESPN, espn new york, ESPN2, madison square garden, pj carlesimo, Ryan Ruocco, Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith
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Tonight at 7 p.m., the Nets and Knicks will play in round three of the ?Battle of the Boroughs.? This will be the first time the new rivalry takes shape in Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks are 10-1.

The Nets are coming off another tough loss, losing 92-90 to the Utah Jazz Tuesday night. The Knicks are also coming off a loss at the hands of a familiar face, Jeremy Lin, and the Houston Rockets.

Jason Kidd

Tags: battle of the boroughs, Jason Kidd, knicks, madison square garden, Nets, nets, rapid recap
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Derrel "Jazz" Johnson, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? After seeing the Brooklyn Nets drop their fifth home game in their last six attempts last night to the Utah Jazz, who came into the game with a 4-10 road record, I was curious as to how the game unfolded from the very last play to the beginning of the third quarter, when the Nets held a 13-point lead.

Reggie Evans

Tags: avery johnson, Columns, deron williams, gerald wallace, kris humphries, madison square garden, New York Knicks, Paul Milsap, Reggie Evans, Third quarter woes, Tyrone Corbin, utah jazz
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Barclays Center

Barclays Center is the NBA's newest arena, while Madison Square Garden is probably its most famous. Inevitably, being that the arenas are in the same city, comparisons were bound to arise. Here's a pretty good piece discussing the food, location, and celebrities you're likely to see on site.

It's pretty good.

Tags: Barclays Center versus Madison Square Garden, NBA Brooklyn Nets News, Nets, SNY Brooklyn Nets Blog, Moke Hamilton
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Believe it or not, last night's 1-0 victory over the Rangers was only the 2nd time Martin Brodeur has recorded a regular season shutout at Madison Square Garden. The only other time was in a double shutout with Henrik Lundqvist in January of 2010.

Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Madison Square Garden, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, SNY, Stat of the day
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I had a conversation with a long-time season ticket holder who went to his first game last night vs. the Nets since the trade and he brought up a great point on the Garden crowd. I'm not a season ticket holder and I've been lucky enough to have attended 7-8 games this season, but the spectacle that is put on has been a source for debate.

Obviously, it's entertainment and with the money being shelled out for tickets, organizations feel the need to turn your experience from a game into an event. But, do we really need guys in orange shirts patrolling the aisles chanting "defense?" And, guys walking up to you mid-possession asking if you want your photo taken?

Bill Simmons has written on the select few crowds that know how to truly have an influence on the game, with the Spurs and Blazers crowds being the best at it in his opinion. But, in the 90's, the Garden crowd did the same, they (as my friend puts it) "knew when to pick the team up, and knew when to put the other team down."

Tags: Crowd, Madison Square Garden
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I was given this link by my friend over at Knicks Blogger. It's a post on Bleacher Report pontificating about how NY's rep as basketball town USA is over-hyped because, well, everything is in NY.

"...New York's self-given moniker of "the Mecca of the basketball" has far more to do with the city's real-life No. 1 rank in the world in both media and marketing.? After all, all four major television networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) are headquartered in the city.? Seven of the eight top global advertising agencies call Madison Avenue home...

It should come as no surprise to you there's a massive LeBron James-to-New York campaign, even though James never, not once, publicly said he wanted to play in New York.

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That's right, the Knicks are 10-9 at home after yesterday's win and their record should actually be a few games better if not for a loss to the lowly T-Wolves and a Jordan-esque performance by the incomparable Jarrett Jack.

But being over .500 at home is significant, and if the last two games were any indication, the Knicks may be building something with Danilo Gallinari happily playing to the crowd. It's called "buzz."

The team now has 9 able bodies, which is so incredibly important to the success of any team. Fortunately, they were able to get better without making a single move thanks to the addition of their prized rookie.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Madison Square Garden
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Even tough the Knicks can be called an embaressment on the court, their value is still souring according to analysts.

"An analyst commenting on the desire of Cablevision to sell off some of its holdings said today the Knicks likely are worth $500 million, well above the NBA average franchise value of $150 million."

Cablevision said today it is considering "several options to boost its stock price, including spinning off some of its diverse holdings". It did not say which businesses it would consider selling.

Tags: Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks
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Drew Cieszynski has done what many of us only dream of. The 26-year-old from Milwaukee has caught a game in every arena in the NBA and on January 11th made his way to Madison Square Garden.

Ciezynski notes his experience of the game verses the Lakers on his blog:

"This is what I was waiting for...
What happened on this day in New York was what I was in search of during my tour.

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Marc Berman of the NY Post gives a blog update from the NBA's pre-draft camp in Orlando. Among the topics he discusses his Michael Jordan's take on the Knicks, the future of the Knicks coaching staff, and the first signs of a relaxed MSG media policy. There is also some words from old friend Larry Brown, now the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. You could also read his entire column about MJ and the Knicks here.

Its nice to see MJ saying nice things about Mike D'Antoni and Donnie Walsh, but wasn't it Jeff Van Gundy that called him a "con man" that smiled in your face while he ripped your heart out? As far as the media policy, this is the first I have heard of things being better with respect to accessibility. Its a positive sign because I think part of the turnaround is the team embracing their stakeholders. Improved access will help all of us better understand whats going on and leave less for interpretation. In my opinion, speculation leads to trouble in this city. Then you get the kind of atmosphere you have had at MSG for nearly ten years. I am also glad to see Larry Brown doing well. Although I think he did a bad job with the team two years ago, he was in an impossible situation. I am sure he will wind up on his feet.

Tags: 2008 NBA Draft, 2008 NBA Pre Draft Camp, Madison Square Garden
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