Alex Ovechkin Elicits Familiar Response From Rangers Fans

As one of the most polarizing professional athletes in the world, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is as used to hearing jeers as he is cheers. Yet, during Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Madison Square Garden faithful serenaded Ovechkin with a unique chant.

During each period Saturday, Rangers fans bound together to count down to the eight-minute mark. Once the scoreboard clock struck the appropriate 8:00, every fan in attendance chanted “Ovi Sucks” in unison, berating Washington’s superstar.

“I hear ‘Ovi Sucks,’ but I didn’t know it was ‘1,2,’” Ovechkin said after Sunday’s practice at MSG.

The chant originally developed during the Rangers’ previous series against the Ottawa Senators. Senators fans counted down from 11:11 to 11:00 before chanting “Alfie” in honor of their captain and No. 11, Daniel Alfredsson, a chant that New Yorkers twisted and used against Ottawa by chanting “Alfie Sucks” at 11:00 during Game 7 Thursday.

Perhaps Rangers fans were onto something; Ovechkin was held to one shot on goal and finished a minus-1 Saturday (they also sporadically chanted “Ovi-Rated” throughout the game). Ovechkin is used to such chants, but hopes that he can convince Rangers fans to change their tune.

“It was good,” Ovechkin said, flashing his trademark gap-toothed grin. “I hope they’re gonna scream, ‘Ovi’s Good.'”

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One response to “Alex Ovechkin Elicits Familiar Response From Rangers Fans

  1. Not tonight baby, Ovi rules! Game winner in the Garden!

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