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"Potvin Sucks" Should Stay in MSG Lore for the Rest of Time With Rangers Fans

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Fans watch the New York Rangers warm up against the Washington Capitals in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Robert DemmettCorrespondent IIIJune 6, 2011

I was walking down the stairs of MSG on March 15th after watching the Rangers dismantle the Islanders when someone started the famous "Potvin Sucks" whistle. It was obviously a rowdy crowd because of this game against our "rivals" (and I put that in quotation marks because the Islanders are our little cousin who we beat up on. They're so cute).

An Islander fan then yelled, "Get a new chant" to which Rangers fans responded with "Islanders suck." But as I heard this going on, I couldn't help but laugh that it has been 30 years since the Potvin incident when he broke Ulf Nilsson's leg, and his name is still chanted by Rangers fans.

I also thought about Islanders games and one particular chant they do. The chant is the music to "The Chicken Dance" and ends with the words "the Rangers suck." To me this is a more pathetic chant by our little cousins because it has to be started by the sound system and that the organization needs to rally the fans by putting down another team.

Wikipedia also states that Devils fans do the "Potvin sucks" whistle but say "Rangers suck" instead. I would like to have been at the meeting by all 40 people who root for the Islanders and Devils who came together by their one similarity; that they both hate the Rangers.

At least the Devils do the whistle. Islanders fans should do something too. What's even more pathetic is that at Devils and Islanders games, they do the chants even when the Rangers aren't there. At the Garden, it is a tradition to do the chant and comes with the games because of a single incident. Islanders and Devils fans just need something to rally around.

The chant at MSG used to be accompanied by music over the sound speakers, but the organization stopped doing this so the fans have provided the background for the chant. It is something that unifies Rangers fans of all generations. The classic chants of "beat your wife Potvin beat your wife" are no longer around, but anyone can find it on my iPod.

Some people find it pathetic that Rangers fans can not forget this incident and let Potvin off the hook, it should be a rallying cry. Something that resonates with Rangers fans as much as the organ playing the music for "Let's go Rangers."

I want to tell my kids about the chant and let them know about the incident like my dad did with me. I hope this chant never dies because it is part of Rangers history, and hopefully it will live through my lifetime as well as that of my children.

By the way, can we keep the chant sacred by not doing it too much at games. Three or four times a game is enough, but sometimes it gets out of control.

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