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May 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the overtime period in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Best Goal Song is on Broadway

Hockey fans love their goals. Seems like a bit of an understatement, but in a sport where a team is looking to score as many as they possibly can, there might actually be one thing that tops lighting the lamp: the combination of a team’s goal horn and goal song. There are no words to describe the feeling of a Stanley-Cup winning goal in overtime, but to score that goal at home with the chaos of the crowd/horn/song, the chills down your spine get maximized to the tenth degree. What makes a good goal horn-goal song combination? It has to be catchy and simple. Simplicity is vital because when that Game 7 comes along and the home team scores with just over a few minutes to play in the third, 20-thousand people chanting in unison is the mere definition of home-ice advantage. The most important responsibility of the crowd is to get under the skin of the opponent. And maybe just rattle them enough so that they may not be able to overcome the latest blow. Just ask the Vancouver Canucks how they feel about Chelsea Dagger. Go figure the team with probably the most famous goal song in hockey today, the Chicago Blackhawks, was the first franchise to implement a goal horn back in the 1973 Stanley Cup final. Now, Chelsea Dagger drives the Madhouse any time the Blackhawks bury, but even though it is probably the most popular in the league right now doesn’t mean it’s the best. The New York Rangers and their current run to the Final have helped them leapfrog the Blackhawks in the goal-horn supremacy column, hands down. Madison Square Garden is the most well-known sporting venue in the world. MSG hasn’t hosted a Stanley Cup Final since 1994 when Mark Messier’s guarantee in Game 6 propelled the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup on home ice in Game 7. But fast forward to tonight where the Blue-Shirts can clinch the Eastern Conference finals on home ice.If they manage to put one past Dustin Tokarski tonight, keep an ear open for their song, Slapshot. It won’t be hard, because a sold-out MSG will be chanting it so loud you’re going to have to turn the volume down on your television. You can call it a goal song if you like but it works so well because of it’s simplicity. It’s not hard to remember, that’s also pretty important. It’s so good I almost want to become a Rangers fan. Too bad I’ve put up with so much garbage with the Toronto Maple Leafs up to now, it wouldn’t make any sense to leave.

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