9. Islanders Close Nassau Coliseum With Crucial Win
The New York Islanders were set to move to the Barclays Center at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and they needed a victory in what turned out to be the final ever home game to keep their season alive. Down 3-2 to the favored Washington Capitals, the Islanders fought out a gutsy 3-1 win at home to force Game 7, to close Nassau Coliseum in style.
Captain and superstar center John Taveras started the scoring in the first period. However, with 4.3 seconds left in the first, John Carlsonn scored a power play goal to tie the game at 1 heading into the first intermission. In the third, Nikolay Kulemin scored to make it 2-1 Islanders before Cal Clutterbuck’s empty netter made it 3-1 and sealed the victory.
Sadly, the Capitals took Game 7 to advance, but the Islanders closed out their Long Island tenure with an impressive victory.