The New York Islanders eliminated the Boston Bruins in Game 6, and there was much rejoicing.
The victory finished off an opponent whose coach whined openly about power plays and narratives after not just one, but two games, and the victory came in a convincing fashion where the vice was tightened throughout the second and third periods.
That made for a great party at Nassau Coliseum, possibly the last one the ol’ Fort Neverlose will ever see. (We hope there’s more, but you know: Playoffs. And the Lightning will have plenty to say.)
So this is just a post collecting some fun reactions. (Our official game recap story is over there.) Maybe we’ll add to it as more come across. Feel free to link your faves in comments.
NOTE: To view most of these, you need access/enabled Twitter, which is largely a terrible cesspool of humanity but can be really great if you curate your feed and ignore random hacks.
Getting Warmed Up
Technically these first two aren’t post-game reactions. But they capture the feeling of the day, from “New York Saints” to “No WAY you guys are beating the Isles in this building tonight.”
Pre-Game: Tailgating and Saluting the New York Saints
I don’t know if or when Bruce Cassidy will live down his ill-advised officiating laments(s), the second of which — and from which the New York Saints moniker was born — cost him $25,000. I was telling my brother about this tonight and he was like, “Oh yeah, this is what you wrote about a couple of days ago right?” and I had to explain, “No, that was after Game 4. He actually did it again after Game 5, only much worse. But he got his two power play goals tonight so hopefully he has a good summer.”
When the saints go marching in pic.twitter.com/N56cgfFQMn— Tro (@fluffytro) June 9, 2021
Before Puck Drop: Anthem Singing
This has been growing this postseason but on Wednesday the crowd really came to play. Er, sing.
Fans join @thenicoleraviv singing the anthem before Game 6. #Isles #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/eJOwDGjVfA— Christian Arnold (@C_Arnold01) June 9, 2021
This playoff run has brought a lot of famous or locally famous celebs and athletes out for their support of the Islanders. Instead of just a tweet from one famous person or another saying LGI, etc., well this picture from former J-E-T-S guard Damien Woody is the sweetest:
Father/son bonding ☺️ pic.twitter.com/e4aAFOn3Rp— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) June 10, 2021
The Final Horn: The joy and the sadness
As the horn sounded to signal the end of the game and the end of the Bruins’ season, we get an Isles mob...and the obligatory zoom-in on the reaction of Brad Marchand. The Bruins’ lethal winger is a really good player but unfortunately has spent much of his career doing stupid things that make people hate him. (The rehabilitation feature story asserting that he’s totally, totally matured now at age 32 and realized he shouldn’t go around licking players was...unconvincing.)
Oh when the Saints go marching on @NYIslanders | #ItsOn pic.twitter.com/93VFHMvkQk— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 10, 2021
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Handshakes to finish off a great series. #ItsOn pic.twitter.com/WwuW3KMLLb— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 10, 2021
Salute to the Coliseum Crowd
The Nassau Coliseum crowd salutes the #Isles after a second-round series clincher over the Bruins. pic.twitter.com/GSWtWaK9Ar— Nick Hirshon (@nickhirshon) June 10, 2021
Aaron Asham Joins the Party
Ash! He’d have fit the current Islanders squad perfectly.
Yeah baby !!! pic.twitter.com/3iuP693dza— Arron Asham (@TheRealAsham45) June 10, 2021
Hooray for Papa Nelson
Tonight we learned that Brock Nelson’s partner delivered a new baby the other day, so he was on no sleep for Game 5 and was fully recharged for Game 6.
I asked Barry Trotz what makes Brock Nelson a big-game player.— Joe Pantorno (@JoePantorno) June 10, 2021
He went on to tell me that Brock Nelson and his wife are celebrating the birth of their child, which was on the same day as Game 4. We saw a "rested" version of Brock tonight who is happy and with his family. #Isles
Nelson has been a playoff stud, and there’s also some stat out there about him having the most goals of anyone in potential series clinching games.
Brock Nelson leads all @NYIslanders players with 22 playoff goals since making his postseason debut in 2013, with nine coming in potential series-clinching games. #StanleyCup#NHLStats: https://t.co/UOGDzzQ0Q2 pic.twitter.com/Fz3k8CGMbc— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 10, 2021
Mobbing and Moshing with Jon Ledecky: ‘Take that, Boomer!’
Careful out there, Jon. Isles fans are animals. Just ask Boston or Toronto media.
Co-owner Jon Ledecky celebrating with #isles fans. “Jon “Le-decky” chants rain. pic.twitter.com/Zhf1FscwEG— James Nichols (@JamesNicholsNYI) June 10, 2021
Update: Here he is celebrating a goal in the stands, then uttering, ‘Take that, Boomer!’ presumably to the former NFL QB, radio personality, and father-in-law of Matt Martin.
Here’s the islander owner after the empty net goal sending his team to the conference finals saying “take that boomer!” pic.twitter.com/dv5FPrJHpL— Gregg Giannotti (@GioWFAN) June 10, 2021
Hacks, You Ignorant...Well, Hack
Speaking of which, possibly the worst offender in the Boston “media” echo-system is this Hacks guy, who’s always full of really basic, reactionary, “hey-I-can-get-clicks” takes. He’s one of those, um, accounts or platforms who just sucks up oxygen, but it’s still fun to see the occasional dunking.
June 10, 2021
Pictures That Sums Up Game 6, in a Nutshell
Pictures That Sums Up Game 6, If We Had to Pick Just One
Love that guy and would definitely pay great attention to details for him.
“Our crowd, what a great atmosphere. I was saying just before we came on here, it was deafening. I couldn’t hear anything out there, I had some white noise for a while. That’s fantastic, what an atmosphere.”— x - New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 10, 2021
Trotz ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/JaQbf51LoR
Thanks for hanging with us through this fun ride so far. Sounds like there’s yet more to come!