UNIONDALE, N.Y. – – Barry Trotz recalls his first narrow encounter with New Island Islanders islands out of Nassau Coliseum.
During the First Round of the 2015 Eastern Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference, Trotz, who trained the Washington Capitol at the time, tried to make the short-run tour of the hotel team, the near Long Island Marriott, to the Coliseo. But on the way, he was greeted by Islanders fans who arrived hours before the mathematical time to the gateway in the parking lot.
"Worst thing I've ever done," said Trotz, who took over as a Islanders coach this season, days after defeating the Stanley Cup with the Capitals.
"They were great, they were wonderful, as soon as I got a few meters away, I started to beat a bit. But that's great. I always love the passion of this area and this team. are there. "
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Trotz was on the other side on Saturday, coaching the first regular season NHL game at the Coliseo since the end of this 2014-15 season. The islands moved to their current home, Barclays Center, the following season.
In a typical Trotz fashion, the Islanders were constantly, even after falling after two goals, and gathered for a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets before a crowded crowd of 13,917.
It was a night that started with Islanders fans shouting when their players hit the ice for warmths, then they continued with them suddenly singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" in unison.
"I had skin blows," said Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier, which linked the game 2-2 at 15:24 of the second period. "It does not have better than that."
Their new captain, ahead Anders Lee, got them and the crowd back on the track after Columbus took 2-0 lead in the second period, a goal that turned one solid change into several lines. Beauvillier tied it less than four minutes later.
"You go there for warmths, and then that first shivo felt like 20 again playing your first NHL game," islands forward Matt Martin, 29, said. "It was just a wonderful feeling. You're ready to run a wall to them."
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Martin was in his usual place on Saturday, next to the center Casey Cizikas and right wing Cal Clutterbuck. Cizikas rewarded the fans for their efforts the best possible way when he gave New York 3-2 lead at 7:09 of the third period, which caused a noise that this building had not experienced since the islands left Barclays Center.
"It was huge," said Cizikas. "These points are as much as they are ours. We are a family here and they are part of this family. It will be difficult to play in this building, the electricity like every game."
But this was not unique as the preseason games, which the Icelanders played here during the past two seasons. They will play 20 more regular seasonal games here where they won the Stanley Cup four straight times from 1980 to 1983, and hope that the crowds will continue to help them secure victories. Maybe even late.
The win has a New York (13-9-3, 29 points) third in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the first place Capitals.
"You can say that there is a lot of passion," said Trotz. "I think there are so many good memories. It started with the group that won all Quotes.
"But it's beyond this. It's more proud of the Island, I have not been very long in the area of New York, but there are separate dishes. This is a Icelandic Country, simple and simple. They are extremely passionate about their team and where they live and this franchise. We are earnestly giving back to where we want it. That's our goal. I like where we go. "
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