Open Plea To Islanders Fans To Rock The Barn

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders takes a penalty shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tomorrow afternoon (noon to be exact), the New York Islanders will host game three of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

With each team alternating playing their best games in the first two of this series, it heads to Hempstead Turnpike with everything deadlocked at a win each. It now becomes a best of five with the Islanders holding three games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which is, as everyone knows all too well, in its final season.

The first game featured New York playing practically the perfect road playoff game, stifling the Capitals en route to a 4-1 victory. Game two saw the tables turned, as Washington dominated possession in every aspect and coming away with a 4-3 win on a Jason Chimera goal with 12 minutes remaining in the third period.

Even though game two was a slaughter in terms of advanced stats and the infamous ‘eye-test’, the Islanders were still in a position to steal the game and head home with a 2-0 lead. A disastrous sequence when Nicklas Backstrom picked up the puck at center ice and was allowed to stroll within 15 feet of Jaroslav Halak in addition to a rare defensive blunder by Nick Leddy combined to doom the Islanders to defeat.

With their best season in 31 years in the books and the aforementioned closing of the Coliseum imminent – whether it be in round one or four – every Islanders fan in attendance tomorrow is being asked to make it the most boisterous and insane atmosphere any player on either team has ever experienced. Louder than the 1980 Stanley Cup championship years, louder than the Shawn Bates penalty shot goal and series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In a simple word – LOUDER.

If that’s not enough, take a look at this Alex Ovechkin quote courtesy of writer Brian Compton, who was at practice this morning for both teams.

The Coliseum will be handing out orange rally towels, already in place per the photo below by Allan Kreda of the New York Times. Every Islanders fan in attendance is being asked to wear blue and create a truly once in a lifetime experience for all involved. (courtesy Chris Dordon, section 329).

By: Allan Kreda, NY Times

Photo By: Allan Kreda, NY Times

Every single player in that locker room that I have had the unique privilege to speak with this year has all repeated the same mantra. The fans have given them energy and an extra boost to their game. They have said you are the best fans in the game, more than they could ever ask for. They have mentioned about the barn ‘rocking’ in pre-game when they are in the room putting on their equipment and how it gave them goosebumps.

It’s time Islanders fans. Time to let Kate Murray hear you. Time to let all the Nassau County politicians who call themselves ‘servants of the people’ hear you. Time to let all the New York Rangers fans in New York City and its surrounding boroughs hear you. Time to let Alex Ovechkin hear you.

It’s just time…

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