Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4/20/15

Islanders Insight's picture

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 19: The New York Islanders fans celebrate a second period goal by Kyle Okposo #21 as Washington Capitals fans wait for the faceoff in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 19, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin spoke, and New York Islanders fans heard and responded in a 2-1 overtime win at the Nassau Coliseum.

He probably won’t say it right now, but Islanders fans were loud in yesterday afternoon’s victory, rocking the barn from start to finish. To his credit, it was Ovechkin who did everything he could do quiet the electric crowd, providing the screen on Nicklas Backstrom’s game-tying goal late in the third period, but it only gave Islanders fans an opportunity to be even louder.

Enter Islanders captain John Tavares, who needed 15 seconds of overtime hockey to make his presence felt in this series, and the Islanders’ fanbase felt from Montauk to Brooklyn. Even more importantly, Tavares gave the Islanders their first 2-1 series lead since 1993, a year the Islanders made the Eastern Conference Finals and the last year the Islanders won a playoff series.

This overtime goal was special, and arguably the most important goal in franchise history over the past 20 years.

-CT (@christriants)

In Case You Missed It

Around The NHL

The post Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4/20/15 appeared first on Islanders Insight.