“They’ll learn how not to play in Game 7 from this”: NHL fans react as Rangers stars attend Knicks vs. Pacers Game 7 at The Garden

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“They’ll learn how not to play in game 7 from this”: NHL fans react as Rangers stars attend Knicks vs. Pacers Game 7 at The Garden

Several New York Rangers stars were in attendance to watch Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Will Cuylle, Artemi Panarin, Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Lindgren, Alexis Lafrenière and Jack Roslovic were at Madison Square Garden today.

The Pacers routed the home team 130-109, prompting fans to use the Knicks’ elimination as a cautionary tale for Rangers’ players.

Here’s a look at some choice words fans had for the NHL players in attendance at MSG.

"They’ll learn how not to play in a Game 7 from this. Great learning experience for the boys," a fan commented.

Another fan couldn’t hold back their irony.

This other fan issued the following words of caution.

But not all comments were negative. Some fans showed their love for both teams.

A fan delivered words of encouragement for their beloved team.

"Can’t let that happen NYRangers. It’s your turn now."

This fan believes it’s their team's turn to win.

"Well… statistically the odds of the Knicks AND Rangers winning was staggering low so now the Rangers are due."

New York will begin its Eastern Conference finals series versus the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night. Both teams are eager to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and fans can expect a highly competitive series.

Blake Wheeler is ready if the Rangers need him

The Rangers veteran forward Blake Wheeler said he’s ready if his squad needs him. Wheeler confirmed the news following Sunday’s optional skate.

"I think once you get rid of the red jersey, and the fact they take me off of the injured reserve, I think that's been my goal the whole time since I got hurt: to be an option and be available again. And that's where we're at," he said (via ESPN). "It's going to be in the coach's hands from there, but I'm ready in any capacity I can to help out."

Wheeler has been sidelined since February with a leg injury. He missed the final two-plus months of the season and the first two playoff rounds.

Wheeler has been practicing with the team and is cleared to play.

New York will need all hands on deck as they face a tough opponent in the Florida Panthers. The Panthers eliminated the Boston Bruins in a competitive six-game series to reach the Conference Finals. Meanwhile, New York battled the Carolina Hurricanes, eventually dispatching them in Game 6.

This year’s Eastern Conference Finals should provide plenty of fireworks. Having Blake Wheeler available gives New York another highly skilled veteran who knows how to win.

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