NY Jets CB Sauce Gardner receives loud ovation in Rangers playoff game

New York Jets defenders Sous Gardner and CJ Mosley were seen cheering for the Rangers in their playoff win at Madison Square Garden.


Sauce Gardner felt the love at Madison Square Garden during New York Rangers‘ Game 6 win

The New York Jets’ top 2022 draftee, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, brought every bit of his trademark swagger to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night; and the Ranger fans in attendance couldn’t get enough.

About midway through the second period of the New York Rangers’ Game 6 playoff matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes, a video of Gardner walking the draft stage in Las Vegas and shaking hands with Commissioner Roger Goodell played on the MSG jumbotron, before revealing Gardener himself in the stands.

Upon realizing Gardner was in the building, New York fans brought the noise and made sure to let Gardner know he’s been welcomed to the Big Apple with open arms.

Gardner, the fourth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, is the most drafted player ever from the University of Cincinnati. He ended his career with nine interceptions, 16 pass deflections and three-and-a-half sacks, while not allowing a single touchdown in coverage.

Gardner’s rare combination of size, length and fluidity allows him to smack receivers in man coverage and break the ball quickly even in zone coverage. His 6-foot-3 height and 33-and-a-half-inch arm length are in the 96th and 97th percentiles, respectively, among all corners to enter the league since 1999.

The Jets are hoping Gardner can help convert a defense that ranks 32nd in the league in total points, and 30th in total passing yards.

In the meantime, it looks like some “sauce” may have been drizzled on the Rangers. New York scored 5–2 over the Carolina Hurricanes with Gardner in attendance, leading the series 3–3 in the evening and a seventh game on Monday night, with the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Star goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin made an amazing save of 37 runs in 39 shot attempts. Fifth-year centreman Philippe Chitil led the way in scoring with two goals, while fellow centermen Tyler Motte and Mika Zibnejad and left-winger Artemi Panarin contributed with a goal each.

Unfortunately for Ranger fans, Game 7 will not take place at “The Garden,” and will instead take place at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, given how well things went for New York in Game 6, bringing some of that secret “sauce” south with them might serve them well.

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