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Potvin’d: Pinch Yourselves, The New York Islanders Dominated Game 1

Chris O'Meara, AP
Chris O’Meara, AP

In this edition of Potvin’d, Jeff Clutterbuck provides five reactions to the New York Islanders Game 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Named for the legendary defenseman and captain of the Islanders dynasty teams of the 1980’s, ‘Potvin’d’ will highlight five concerns, questions, thoughts, and opinions about the New York Islanders and the NHL.

The New York Islanders, still giddy over making the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993, got off to yet another strong start in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After an initial surge from Tampa Bay, Travis Hamonic tied it up with a blast from near the blue line that trickled past Ben Bishop, and from that point on it was off to the races, with the Islanders claiming their second consecutive Game 1 victory of these playoffs 5-3.

So with that in mind, let’s dig deeper into the huge win for the Islanders in this edition of Potvin’d:


Jeff Clutterbuck resides just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has inherited a passionate fandom for the New York Yankees and New York Islanders from the Long Island-based side of the family. Jeff has been a long time member of the music review site The Daily Vault, but recently decided to experiment with sports writing, and express all of the frustrations and joy of being a New York sports fan!