The Islanders only played 2 games this week as they are now getting ready for the remaining 3 games of the 2014-15 regular season. The Isles lost a tough one against the Columbus BlueJackets in overtime after blowing a 2 goal lead in the remaining 9 minutes of the 3rd period. However, they bounced back against the bottom-feeding Buffalo Sabres in a 3-0 shutout victory for Jaro Halak. The Isles finish out the season with road games in Pennsylvania against Philly and Pittsburgh before coming home for the final game ever at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Although the Isles haven’t quite clinched a playoff spot yet, they only need 1 point in their remaining 3 games, or 1 more Ottawa loss. There’s still no telling who the Isles’ first round opponent will be but as of right now it would be the Washington Capitals. Ovechkin and the Caps have been playing great hockey as of late while Crosby and the Penguins have been sputtering towards a second wild card spot or maybe even out of playoff contention. There’s still a lot of questions to be answered in this last week of the season.
It was a nice sight to see Jaro earn his 6th shutout of the season. He has been playing pretty well as of late and it will be crucial for him to get a “hot hand” leading into the post season. He’s played a pivotal role as to why the Isles are where they are, and could be a big reason why they get knocked out of the playoffs. His playoff resume isn’t anything spectacular but everyone has to start somewhere.
It will be extremely sad to say farewell to the Coliseum this weekend as the Islanders play their last regular season game there. Thankfully, they will be playing playoff games there and the fans absolutely deserve nothing less. Through all the ups and downs that this franchise has had, the fans have stuck around and still continue to support the team as they get ready for their move into Brooklyn. I have been visiting the old barn since I was 4 years old and it was a big part of my childhood. While I wish nothing but success for the Islanders in their move I feel like a little piece of me will always be left at the Coliseum. I’ve always believed in the mantra, never say never, but as of right now it will be a very sad day for all of the Islander fans living on the Island. Through the rough upstart years in the 70’s to the dynasty years of the 80’s through the torturous defeats in the 90’s and through the rebuild years of the late 2000’s, this team has always treated its fans well. It’s nice to see that their window to win a Cup is only just beginning to open, but it’d be even better if they could send off the fans of the Coliseum with a nice exhilarating cup run to end of an era of Isles hockey on Long Island.
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