• Game 5 tickets at MSG fall 4.8 percent since Wednesday loss
  • Capitals lead best-of-seven conference semifinal 3-1
The New York Rangers’ must-win game on Friday isn’t a must-attend event for the team’s fans.

The Washington Capitals won Game 4 of the best-of-seven conference semifinal 2-1 on Wednesday, taking a 3-1 lead in a series that’s seen each game decided by one goal. 

The average resale ticket price for Game 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York is $414, down 4.8 percent since the end of Game 4, according to secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.

Rangers’ fans who stuck by the team last year in this round were rewarded after the team fell behind the Pittsburgh Penguins three games to one. When the series returned to MSG for Game 6, ticket prices had fallen 18 percent. New York went on to win the series in seven games.

“We tend to see elimination games drop in price steeply in most cases,” Chris Matcovich, a spokesman for New York-based TiqIQ, said in an e-mail. “This usually occurs because of increased inventory making its way onto the resale market, which thus helps drive down price. In this case, quantity has stayed fairly level overnight, but I do expect price to continue to dip even lower than it currently is.”

With face-value tickets ranging from $88 to $1,716.50 for non-season-ticket holders, the least expensive are now $179, an 11 percent drop since Game 4 ended.

Two other series are 3-0 and fan interest for Game 4 is in line with their teams’ chances. With the Minnesota Wild trailing the Chicago Blackhawks and facing elimination at home, the average ticket price for Thursday’s game fell 38 percent to $214 since Game 3 ended, according to TiqIQ. The Tampa Bay Lightning, who beat the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday by scoring with one second remaining, can advance to the conference finals at home on Thursday. Resale tickets are averaging $155, up about a dollar since Game 3 ended.


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