Can you remember game 6 in 2002 against the Toronto Maple Leafs? Do you remember when Shayne Corson was totally undressed by Eric Cairns, and how the crowd just exploded and shook the barn to its core?
Well the 16,000+ that invade Uniondale tomorrow need to do just exactly that.
The game on Friday night gave the faithful a reason to be crazy excited tomorrow. That needs to be continued. Islander hockey from late March and April needs to be continued in May.
Many in Western PA just thought after game 1, that we would be just a brush off on their way to Cup success. However, they fail to realize that to the end of the regular season, there was a team that was just as hot, if not hotter than their beloved Penguins.
And we all know who THAT is….
Well, Roosevelt did not put the spelling of BeLIeve that way, but it is rather fitting, isn’t it?
The Islanders need to in a sense treat Game 3 just like Game 2. With the exception of having the last line change, they need to keep the game simple, the shifts short, and seize the moments.
We all know how the team improved after the Okposo fight, and we hope that they do not need to have another moment like that to fire the team up. But the overall play of the team was absolutely OUTSTANDING post fight.
Where was Sidney Crosby in periods 2 and 3? He was a non-factor; which is a testament to the defensive play of the Isles. Deny them their time and space in the offensive zone; keeping them to the outside, and deny them the opportunity to get scoring chances in front of Nabokov.
It was great to see the Matt Martin’s and Colim McDonald’s getting points, and showing that there is life besides the front line.
After the Isles got on the board, Nabby became the Nabby that we know and love. The Professor stood his ground, committed to his angles, and challenged anyone that came into his kitchen.
Now this is a problem that I seem to see from this Islander team. The guys played a great game in periods 2 and 3, but need to keep it going tomorrow afternoon. However, I know from my experience as a bowler, that at times, you begin to think a little more when things go well. I have to remind myself:
So boys, just go out there and play the game that got you in the playoffs, and don’t overthink it. Simple and steady will give you a 2-1 series lead.
You got thousands of friends in the seats that WANT to see you do it. Just get out there, and make the ISLAND proud. We beLIeve!
Calling Islander Country – Be Loud, be Proud, and let’s show the mighty Penguins that we are NOT fearful of them!