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by Paul on 05/15/12 at 05:09 PM ET
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The Garden’s human circus animals are legendary for their antics, which begin with vocal abuse of the opponent – no matter the sensitivities of the man, woman or child in the seat next to you. If you don’t want to hear it, stay home. And if you stay home, mute the television.
The Garden faithful were in fine voice during the Rangers’ Eastern semifinal victory over Washington, celebrating Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Creatively counting down to eight minutes remaining in a period, to the stroke of the second that was Ovechkin’s jersey number, fans would bellow “Ovi sucks!” in an impressive single, deafening voice.
On Monday, in Game 1 against New Jersey, they were all over Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, their “Mar-ty! Mar-ty!” heckling done in a superb fortissimo that belonged not so much in a hockey rink as under a maestro’s baton up the street at Carnegie Hall.
The late goaltender Gump Worsley could, and often did, relate stories about his days both with the Rangers and later the Canadiens, feeling the love and the wrath of Garden fans depending on the sweater he’d pulled on.
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