New York Islanders fans love their team. One fan showed up as early as possible to Nassau Coliseum to start the party.
In fact, one fan is so excited about Game 2, he showed up almost nine hours in advance of the game. Jeff from Long Island was in the parking lot tailgating at 10:40 a.m. ET in preparation for the 7:30 p.m. game.
Just talked to Jeff from Long Island. HUGE Islanders fan is literally the first person in the parking lot to tailgate for tonight’s game. Puck drops at 7:30pm….it’s 10:40am right now! Love it #Isles pic.twitter.com/uf3F6SFIby
— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) April 12, 2019
Honestly, we have to give Jeff credit here. This is an absolutely insane move, but it might be exactly what the Islanders need to take Game 2.
Nassau Coliseum was rocking on Wednesday, but it wasn’t quite as loud as it used to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Of course, the crowd was in full force during the first period and after Josh Bailey scored the game-winner in overtime.
But head coach Barry Trotz thought the crowd was too quiet in a second period that was controlled by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“In the second, they got a little quiet on us,” Trotz told Larry Brooks of the New York Post. “I didn’t like that. They need to be loud the whole time.”
That being said, the Isles let the Penguins dictate the pace of play after an energetic first period from the home side. Obviously, the crowd’s energy could lift up the Isles. But it’s hard for the crowd to go all out when the Penguins are constantly on the attack.
Hopefully, everyone in the crowd is like Jeff from Long Island on Friday—a true hero.