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De Niro, Sting and the Rangers. Your rest-day Friday trivia

We're between games in both conference final series. Take a breather and try your best at this rest-day trivia, inspired by the Rangers and two of their fans in attendance, actor Robert De Niro and musician Sting.
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Couldn’t help but notice actor Robert De Niro and musician Sting in the Madison Square Garden audience Thursday during Montreal’s Game 3 overtime win over the Rangers.

Those are two icons of their industry. Superstars.

In deference to some of the great words they’ve put together over the years, here’s a fun rest-day quiz that will surely test the music, movie and Ranger knowledge among hockey fans. Guess the author of these famous quotes. Some are easy, others only a diehard fan in all three categories will get.

1. “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?”

Sting, from his Zenyatta Mondatta album with The Police

De Niro, from the movie Taxi Driver

Ranger Dan Carcillo, during his altercation with linesman Scott Driscoll in Game 3

2. “I may be numberless, I may be innocent, I may know many things, I may be ignorant.”

Sting, from his song A Thousand Years

De Niro, from the movie Awakenings

Ranger Derek Stepan, after getting blindsided by Canadien Brandon Prust

3. “I never made promises lightly. And there have been some that I've broken. But I swear in the days still left we'll walk in the fields of gold.”

Sting, from his song Fields of Gold

De Niro, from the movie Goodfellas

Ex-Ranger Mark Messier, after his last game as a New York Ranger

4. “There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way and the way that I do it.”

Sting, explaining the break-up of The Police in 1986

De Niro, from the movie Casino

Ex-Rangers coach John Tortorella, explaining the premise of his coaching philosophy

5. “Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”

Sting, from his album Songs from The Labyrinth

De Niro, from the movie The King of Comedy

Ranger Henrik ‘King’ Lundqvist, after appearing on the cover of GQ

6. “I can't, I can't, I can't stand losing.”

Sting, from his song Can’t Stand Losing You.

De Niro, from the movie Raging Bull

Ex-Rangers coach Frank Boucher, whose team went 6-39-5 in 1943-44

7. "Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut."

Sting, from his Outlandos d’Amour album with The Poilice

De Niro, from the movie Goodfellas

Tortorella, in a 2010 post-game pontification to writer Larry Brooks

8. “What did not kill me just made me tougher.”

Sting, from his song Ghost Story

De Niro, from the movie Meet the Fockers

Ex-Ranger Nick Kypreos, after his career ended after a fight with Ryan Vandenbussche

9. “I guess that’s what I’m saying Brooksie. You get that through your head? Get the f--- out of here.”

Sting, on his final words to The Police band member Stewart ‘Brooksie’ Copeland

De Niro, from the movie The Big Wedding

Tortorella, during one of his tirades at writer Larry ‘Brooksie’ Brooks

10. “I grew up in a tough neighborhood, and we used to say, you can get further with a kind word and a gun that you can with just a kind word.”

Sting, from his soon-to-be released unnamed album

De Niro, from the movie The Untouchables

Ex-Ranger Nick Fotiu, born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y.

11. “Since you've gone I been lost without a trace.”

Sting, from his song Every Breath You Take

De Niro, from the movie The Untouchables

Ex-Rangers GM Neil Smith, one year after coach Mike Keenan left

12. “It’s disrespectful and its wrong. It’s gutless. That’s gotta stop. Park your ego, shove it in your pocket. I’m not in the battle, I’m not in the battle, he isn’t in the battle. Shut your yap.”

Sting, from the song Fortress Around Your Heart

De Niro, from the movie Analyze This

Tortorella, talking about Ken Hitchcock in 2004

13. “Never got me down, Ray. Hear me? You never got me down.”

Sting, from his The Soul Cages album

De Niro, from the movie Raging Bull

Ex-Ranger Kris King, after a dressing room scuffle with Ray Sheppard

14. “How can you say that you're not responsible? What does it have to do with me?”

Sting, from the song Driven To Tears

De Niro, from the movie Casino

Tortorella to Brooksie

15. “Don't stand, don't stand so, don't stand so close to me.”

Sting, from his song Don’t Stand So Close

De Niro, from the movie Midnight Run

Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist to Alex Galchenyuk

16. “We know what we did. We know what we did. We know what we did. We know what we did.”

Sting, from the song If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

De Niro, from the movie The Godfather Part II

Tortorella, his answer to four consecutive questions from the media in 2007

17. "You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it's all about.”

Sting, from his song Demolition Man

De Niro, from the movie The Deer Hunter

Ex-Ranger Steve Vickers, who scored 41 goals and led the NHL in shooting percentage in 1974-75

18. "You're gonna learn about loss."

Sting, from his album Sacred Love

De Niro, from the movie Cape Fear

Harry Howell, the games played leader for the Rangers who never won a Stanley Cup

19. “Have you ever fought before? No, I’m not challenging you. You were probably beat up at the bus stop most of the time.”

Sting, from the song Englishman in New York

De Niro, from the movie Raging Bull

Tortorella to Brooksie during a 2010 post-game media scrum

20. “You don't have to put on the red light.”

Sting, from his song Roxanne

De Niro, from the movie American Hustle

Ex-Ranger goalie Glenn Healy, transitioning to backup status

21. “We will win tonight. I guarantee it.”

Sting, from the song Englishman in New York

De Niro, during the movie Bang The Drum Slowly

Mark Messier before Game 6 in 1994 Eastern Conference final


1. De Niro

2. Sting

3. Sting

4. De Niro

5. De Niro

6. Sting

7. De Niro

8. Sting

9. Tortorella

10. De Niro

11. Sting

12. Tortorella

13. De Niro

14. Sting

15. Sting

16. Tortorella

17. De Niro

18. De Niro

19. Tortorella

20. Sting

21. Messier

Brian Costello is The Hockey News’s senior editor and a regular contributor to the Post-To-Post blogFor more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazineFollow Brian Costello on Twitter at @BCostelloTHN


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