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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Rangers fever started building early Wednesday afternoon outside the hockey house where fans were holding out hope for a big win.

“They’re not going to shut out, not here, “ said an optimistic John Montera, who flew in with his wife from Florida. The two tickets set the couple back $2,500.

When asked what the Rangers need to do, little Stephen Fuller had the answer. “They need to score more goals than the Kings,” said the 5-year-old.

And if they do pull it off, it means another huge night for The Thirsty Fan, the nearest bar and grill to Madison Square Garden.

Manager Marty McMahon is counting on a game five in Los Angeles.

“When they play away, we have a big watch night here, and we’re just as full as when they’re playing here, ”said McMahon.

Businesses surrounding the Garden have benefitted big time from the Rangers playoff run.

“It’s like having Christmas in June,” McMahon said.