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There’s enough candidates running for mayor of New York City to field a pro-football team — but now one of them has some city sports legends aiming to give his campaign a boost.

Wall Street executive Ray McGuire will announce Tuesday that his 2021 mayoral bid has support from such former New York sports greats as Knicks stars Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and Giants Super Bowl running back Tiki Barber, The Post has learned.

Joining the power trio in the group, called Sports for Ray, is Giants co-owner Laurie Tisch, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon and current high school basketball coaches Joe Arbitello and Joe Lods. 

“Ray’s not trying to win over the one percent,” said Colon, a Bronx native. “He’s trying to win over, and really help and fight for those in my community and New York City as a whole.

“Not one man can make a difference, but a group of people who are like-minded and have the will and tenacity to do something, you can really move mountains.”

The group penned a letter explaining why they support McGuire, saying they believe the Democratic candidate can rebuild the city and bring everyone together.

“The pandemic has completely upended our lives, disrupted our routines, and made us question the future,” reads the letter. “Even in these dark moments sports across the spectrum have been a unifier, whether it is the socially distant gymnastics competitions or gathering with close loved ones to watch your favorite NY team win big.

“We want a unifier in City Hall who understands this industry, its importance to New Yorkers, a person with a plan informed by experience, and the relationships to deliver results.”

A photo of Ray McGuire provided by his campaign.AP

Members of the coalition will be directly involved in the campaign. Some will work in advising the policy teams. Others will help with direct voter engagement that could range from phone banking to sending text messages to attending events or speaking on behalf of McGuire and his campaign. There is already a virtual event planned for March 8 that will include Ewing and Barber, called “Ray of Hope: A Conversation with Sports Legends.”

“To have this kind of coalition assembled for one candidate during a primary is extraordinary, but it shows the reach that Ray has, the circles of friends, supporters and allies he’ll call upon to lead the comeback [of the city],” said Basil Smikle Jr., McGuire’s campaign manager.

He added of Sports For Ray: “Just using their voice [will be important]. These are known and important New York City figures and leaders.”

This won’t be McGuire’s first round of celebrity endorsements, the longtime finance man announced his candidacy in a December video narrated by filmmaker Spike Lee.

The Harvard University-educated McGuire, 63, who left his job as a vice chairman at Citigroup last October, has eschewed the city’s matching funds programs, so he will be able to take larger donations.

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The Buzzer: Patrick beats Patrik; Tkachuk fight; Draisaitl drives Oilers rally

The best TV shows that lasted only one season Ways women can rescue their retirement © Getty Images NHL Three Stars from Tuesday 1. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks over Patrik Laine, Columbus Blue Jackets

As the headline indicates, Patrick Kane and his Blackhawks did enough to be Patrik Laine and his still-new team, the Blue Jackets, on Tuesday night.

Kane ended up with four points (one goal, three assists), while Laine finished with three points (two goals and one assist).

For all of the attention Kevin Lankinen (understandably) generates as a catalyst for a surprisingly competitive Blackhawks team, you cannot forget Kane’s contributions. Kane now has nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points in 20 games this season. If you prorated Patrick Kane’s 30 points in 20 games over an 82-game campaign, that would translate to a 123-point season. His career-high is 110 from 2018-19.

Changing gears to Laine … well, it hasn’t been all good so far in Columbus. As you likely remember, we barely had time to get used to Laine in a Blue Jackets jersey before John Tortorella benched him. That’s not the last setback, either.

#CBJ coach John Tortorella on the performance of the first line (Patrik Laine, Jack Roslovic, Cam Atkinson) vs. Nashville on Saturday:

“It sucked."

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 22, 2021

After Tuesday, Laine’s a point-per-game player as a Blue Jacket (10 points in as many games). The production is there, even if the all-around play isn’t.

(For what it’s worth, Kane brings his own double-edged sword game to the table, people just linger on it less. Probably because he scores even more than Laine, points-wise.)

Even if Laine fails to ever be anything but a sieve defensively, he’ll earn big money if he can replicate nights like Tuesday. Laine scoring goals (not a goal, goals) on the power play, shooting from Alex Ovechkin‘s “office?” The Blue Jackets probably can work with that. Eventually?

2. Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

For Canucks fans, there might have been at least a slight sense of relief to start Tuesday. Just 1:06, Bo Horvat gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead. Elias Pettersson assisted on that goal, and provided one of his own. Even Tyler Myers (and his albatross contract) scored a goal. A 3-0 lead? That’s nice.

*Jaws soundtrack kicks in*

Of course, the headline sort of gave things away that this wouldn’t be a stroll in the park for Vancouver.

Instead, the Oilers waged an impressive comeback to win 4-3 — in regulation, too.

While Connor McDavid loomed large (and fast) with a game-tying 3-3 goal, it was Leon Draisaitl who starred in this rally. Draisaitl sent a beautiful pass to McDavid for that goal, one of three assists by the reigning Art and Hart winner.

Could this be that rare season where the Oilers’ overall … um, struggles … can’t subvert the brilliance of McDavid and Draisaitl? You get that feeling, at least.

3. Linus Ullmark, Buffalo Sabres

Throughout the Buffalo Sabres’ Forever Rebuild, there have been some goalies who sprouted up and put together hot streaks.

For some, those runs ended up being closer to last gasps than signs of thing to come. Michal Neuvirth falls in that category. Others, like Robin Lehner, ended up going on to bigger and better things.

Quietly, Linus Ullmark’s shown promise for the Sabres. Last season, Ullmark generated a .915 save percentage that was more impressive when you consider the Sabres’ sometimes shabby defense. He’s been hit-or-miss this season, but Ullmark was great on Tuesday, making 41 saves.

For all we know, a strong Ullmark season might mean more for his trade value than anything else. The Sabres need all of the happy developments they can get, though, so we’ll see if a 27-year-old can heat up.

Brady Tkachuk fight, Brady Tkachuk silliness

It’s not a marathon bout by any stretch, but Brady Tkachuk vs. Ben Chiarot was bloody and fairly entertaining:


I’m not sure Brady Tkachuk can outright claim victory in the fight. But he can definitely use the “You should see the other guy” line with Chiarot.

Also, there was this …

— SensChirp (@SensChirp) February 24, 2021

Rarely a dull moment with Keith’s kids. (Brady Tkachuk scored two goals, by the way.)

Controversy of the night: Goalie interference or not?

Tkachuk’s Senators squeaked out a shootout win against the Canadiens. Should that game have even gotten to overtime, though? Brendan Gallagher and the Habs think not:

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After being benched, Kasperi Kapanen bounced back with an assist, and this overtime game-winner:

Tuesday’s NHL scores

Penguins 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 5 (SO)

Senators 5, Canadiens 4 (SO)

Sabres 4, Devils 1

Predators 2, Red Wings 0

Oilers 4, Canucks 3

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