By Dan Treadway
June 09, 2014

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Last week we wrote about the truly absurd cost of attending a Stanley Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden. Well, despite the Rangers losing the first two games of the series, it doesn't appear that prices have budged too much.

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According to StubHub, the median ticket price sold for the Rangers first Stanley Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since 1994 is $1,290. On the surface, that sounds like a lot of money, but especially so when you consider what someone can actually purchase for that amount of money. So, with this is mind, here's a list of things that you can do that are cheaper than the median cost of attending Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

You can purchase season tickets for 8 other teams that participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (including the Kings)

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Granted they won't be the best seats, but you can purchase season tickets for The Avalanche, Ducks, Blue Jackets, Lightning, Stars, Red Wings, Blues and even the Kings, for less than the median ticket price sold on Stubhub for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. In fact, season tickets for nosebleed seats to Kings only cost $623.50, meaning you could get two seats for less than the median cost of attening game 3.

You can get six private lessons from former New York Rangers goalie Dan Blackburn

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Thuzio, a website where one can request appearances from current and former professional athletes, indicates that former Rangers goalie Dan Blackburn will give you a private lesson for $200. So you can either dominate your beer league forever, or you can pay $1290 to watch the Rangers potentially go down 3-0.

You can purchase a roundtrip flight from New York to L.A. and still have enough money to get a ticket to Game 5 at the Staples Center

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It seems that as of now, you can still purchase a roundtrip flight leaving New York on Friday and returning from L.A. on Saturday, and still have enough money to buy a ticket to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Hey, it's only money.

You can purchase 99 copies of the iconic Nintendo game Blades of Steel

What would you do with 99 copies of Blades of Steel? I have no idea, that was a very impractical purchase. What were you thinking?

You can buy your Dad at 65-inch TV for Father's Day

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If you have $1300 to drop on a hockey game, odds are you probably have a pretty nice TV already, but you could win some serious points with your Dad if you gave him this bad boy as an early Father's Day gift and watched the game together.

Also, let this serve as your reminder that Father's Day is this Sunday.

You can hop on a last-minute flight to Rio to watch the World Cup

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Kayak has a last minute one-way flight to Rio de Janeiro for $1095. Now, given recent reports, whether it's a good idea to be in Rio for the start of the World Cup is an entirely different matter completely.

You can purchase a jersey signed by members of New York's last Stanley Cup-winning team

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While the final result of this year's Stanley Cup is still very much in the air, you can own a bit of history for less than the median cost of attending game 3. This signed jersey by Mark Messier, Adam Graves and Mike Richter is available on for $1,199, and there's no chance that it will blow a 2-0 lead before eventually losing in overtime.

You can buy 645 hockey pucks


You could shoot a puck on net every 10 seconds for nearly two hours without having to retrieve any. Then you can pass out on the ice from exhaustion until someone revives you and asks why the hell you have so many hockey pucks.

You can (maybe) rent a (pretty terrible) room in a Manhattan apartment (for a month)

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New York sucks.

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