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Game 6 Reactions, Pictures: Papa Brock, Ledecky mosh, more after Isles dump Bruins

Sharing some favorite reactions, sights and sounds after the Islanders eliminated Boston to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinal.

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Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
The Trade Dead Line
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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.”

Before Puck Drop: Anthem Singing

This has been growing this postseason but on Wednesday the crowd really came to play. Er, sing.

Celebrity/Athlete Fans

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:

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.)

Handshake to Say Thanks for Staying with Us, Please Join Marriott Rewards

Salute to the Coliseum Crowd

Aaron Asham Joins the Party

Ash! He’d have fit the current Islanders squad perfectly.

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.

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.

Mobbing and Moshing with Jon Ledecky: ‘Take that, Boomer!’

Careful out there, Jon. Isles fans are animals. Just ask Boston or Toronto media.

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.

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.

Pictures That Sums Up Game 6, in a Nutshell

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
GTFO of our house.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
“I’ve made this left turn so many times and it never gets old!” [Smiles at Bruce Bennett]
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
“I’m here to show the proper respect your coach has informed me should be shown.”
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Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
“In Russia we have word for your kind but the species is not found here.”
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
[SUCCESSORIES FONT] When your buddies have been Pageau’d, and all you’ve worked for is undone by the bottom half of your roster.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Pictures That Sums Up Game 6, If We Had to Pick Just One

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders - Game Six
“This is SO much better than fishing in Colorado!”
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Barry Speaks

Love that guy and would definitely pay great attention to details for him.

Thanks for hanging with us through this fun ride so far. Sounds like there’s yet more to come!