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Entry from April 22, 2019
Hudson River Rivalry or Battle of the Hudson River (New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers)

A National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils (1982-) and the New York Rangers has been called the “Hudson River rivalry” or the “Battle of the Hudson River.” A National Basketball Association game between the New Jersey Nets (1977-2012) and the New York Knicks also had the same nicknames. The Hudson River separates New Jersey and New York City.

“Knicks beat Nets 126 to 94 in ‘Battle of the Hudson River’” was printed in the New York (NY) Amsterdam News on October 6, 1979. “HOCKEY / New Jersey players think they can upset the Rangers in the battle of the Hudson River” was printed in The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON) on April 23, 1992. The book Battle on the Hudson: The Devils, the Rangers, and the NHL’s Greatest Series Ever (2012) by Tim Sullivan chronicles the 1994 hockey playoff victory of the New York Rangers over the New Jersey Devils.

“It was billed as the Hudson River rivalry, but to paraphrase former Knick, and now Net point guard, Michael “Sugar” Ray Richardson, it was the sinking of the Knicks’ ship” was printed in the i>Daily World (New York, NY) on December 14, 1985. “(New Jersey Nets Coach Chuck—ed.) Daly said he is looking forward to building a Hudson River rivalry with the New York Knicks” was printed in the Kitchener-Waterloo (ON) Record on May 29, 1992. “Both teams (New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers—ed.), however, seemed to play with much less intensity than they usually do in this Hudson River rivalry” was printed in Newsday (Long Island, NY) on November 1, 1993.

The New York Islanders-New York Rangers rivalry has been called the “Battle of New York.” The Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks rivalry has been called the “Battle of the Boroughs” and the “Clash of the Boroughs.”


Wikipedia: Devils-Rangers rivalry
The Devils–Rangers rivalry (also known as the Hudson River rivalry or the Battle of the Hudson River), is an ice hockey rivalry between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers clubs of the National Hockey League (NHL). The two teams are called “cross-river rivals.” This is because Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan, where the Rangers play, is less than ten miles and across the Hudson River from the Prudential Center in downtown Newark (and previously, the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford), the home of the Devils. Travel between both arenas is easily accomplished by both road (usually through the Lincoln Tunnel) and rail (along the Northeast Corridor and PATH).

Wikipedia: Knicks-Nets rivalry
The Knicks–Nets rivalry is a crosstown rivalry between New York City’s two National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Both teams compete in Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks were established in 1946 as one of the charter franchises of the NBA, and have been based at Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan since 1968. The Nets were established in 1967 as a member of the now-defunct American Basketball Association, and joined the NBA in 1976. They have been based at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since 2012, though have played in the New York metropolitan area their entire existence.

The rivalry began in 1976 when the Nets joined the NBA as part of the ABA–NBA merger. At the time, the team was known as the New York Nets and played at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in suburban Long Island. The team became the New Jersey Nets the following season when they relocated to suburban New Jersey, playing temporarily in Piscataway before moving to Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford in 1981, their home until 2010. The Nets played their final two seasons in New Jersey at Prudential Center in downtown Newark.

6 October 1979, New York (NY) Amsterdam News, pg. 60, col. 3:
Knicks beat Nets 126 to 94 in “Battle of the Hudson River”

14 December 1985, Daily World (New York, NY), “Bucks, Nets help sink Knick ship” by Jim Liburd, pg. 12-D, col. 2:
It was billed as the Hudson River rivalry, but to paraphrase former Knick, and now Net point guard, Michael “Sugar” Ray Richardson, it was the sinking of the Knicks’ ship.

23 April 1992, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), pg. C6, col. 5:
HOCKEY / New Jersey players think they can upset the Rangers in the battle of the Hudson River
By DAVE ANDERSON
New York Times Service

29 May 1992, Kitchener-Waterloo (ON) Record, “Five minute wrapup,” pg. C1:
Basketball Chuck Daly, 62, the coach of the U.S. Olympic dream team, signed Thursday to coach the New Jersey Nets.

Daly said he is looking forward to building a Hudson River rivalry with the New York Knicks, who outdraw the Nets in attendance and media attention. The Knicks also improved this season under Pat Riley, eliminating Daly’s Detroit Pistons in a hard-fought first- round series.

Google Groups: rec.sport.basketball.pro
HUDSON RIVALRY IN THE MAKING!!!!!!!!!!
5che...@spcvxb.spc.edu
11/10/92
Isn’t it great to see a Hudson River Rivalry once again?  The Knicks, despite their changes, look to be one of the NBA’s Best once again.

31 January 1993, Hartford (CT) Courant, “NBA: A Closer Look” by Michael Arace, pg. C3, col. 1:
The Hudson River Rivalry is beginning to pick up steam.
(New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.—ed.)

1 November 1993, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “A Home Away From Home” by Laura Price, pg. 102:
Far from the smog, the concrete, the Village people in their Halloween finest, the Rangers won on what should have been the Devils’ night to raise hell.
(...)
Both teams, however, seemed to play with much less intensity than they usually do in this Hudson River rivalry

13 May 1994, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), “Devils will try to forget dominance of Rangers,” pg. 9C:
The first two games in the Hudson River rivalry will be played Sunday and Tuesday at New York’s Madison Square Garden before switching to the Meadowlands Arena for the next two games.

Google Groups: alt.sports.hockey.nhl.nj-devils
Ranger fans
Kevin Donohue
9/26/95
Shawn, Don’t group all NYR fans together.  When the Rangers got knocked out last year, I rooted for the Dev’s to win it all.  Can’t we all admit that we both have excellent teams that are cup contenders?  If it wasn’t for this Hudson River rivalry, we wouldn’t have anything to talk about.

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ESPN Zone New York
@ESPNZoneNewYork
Where are you watching the #Knicks - #Nets game on Saturday? Come celebrate the Hudson River rivalry at ESPN Zone
6:08 PM - 20 Nov 2009

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ESPN Zone New York
@ESPNZoneNewYork
Come into ESPN Zone tonight to watch the Hudson River rivalry heat up as the #Devils take on the #Rangers at 7pm
2:31 PM - 12 Jan 2010

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Omar Nova
@OmarNova
Replying to @project_talk
@project_talk yeah westbrook looked like the old westbrook lol, niners should be fine! nets vs knicks 2night battle of the hudson river lol
3:40 PM - 30 Nov 2010

OCLC WorldCat record
Battle on the Hudson : the Devils, the Rangers, and the NHL’s greatest series ever
Author: Tim Sullivan
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Summary:
“The monumental spring 1994 face-off between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers is recaptured in this mesmerizing account. Arguably one of the greatest series in NHL history, it changed the face of hockey in the New York metropolitan area through 27 periods in seven games across 13 days, during which Ranger captain Mark Messier guaranteed a game-six victory. The book presents a definitive portrayal of these two determined teams: the Rangers, an original-six franchise desperate to win their first title in 54 years, and the Devils, the underappreciated new kid from across the Hudson River who feverishly wanted to forge an identity of their own. This in-depth retrospective conducts an unforgettable rollercoaster ride of emotions that lives in the hearts and minds of hockey fans forever”

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New Jersey Devils
@NJDevils
Where will you be watching the renewal of the Hudson River Rivalry tonight? #NJDvsNYR
6:47 PM - 7 Dec 2013

Google Books
The Voices of Hockey:
Broadcasters Reflect on the Fastest Game on Earth

By Kirk McKnight
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
2013
Pg. 114:
Round one of this “Hudson River Rivalry” went to the Rangers during the 1994 Eastern Conference Final.

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🇬🇧TMarsh-Connors 🇬🇧
@TMarshConnors
NHL Battle of the Hudson River New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Full Game: http://youtu.be/_3brQTxoWOs?a via @YouTube
10:18 PM - 1 May 2018

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HockeyNews.se
@HockeynewsSe
Säsongens första ”Battle of the Hudson River” står för dörren! #NJDevils #NYRTranslate Tweet
6:29 PM - 31 Jan 2019 from Newark, NJ

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Brandon Holmes
@BHolmes_Hockey
Replying to @Hockey_Robinson
The Hudson River rivalry is going to be getting a big jolt next year. NYR adding Kakko, Kravtsov, Shestyorkin; NJD adding Hughes, Smith, Boqvist, the Metro is getting interesting in a hurry
4:27 PM - 15 Apr 2019

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