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Islanders players nearly got knocked out — by their own fans.
After Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier scored in overtime Wednesday to force a Game 7 in the semifinal against Tampa Bay, fans threw beer cans, water bottles and towels onto the Nassau Coliseum ice as their favorite players celebrated.
“Never seen that,” Islanders star forward Mat Barzal told reporters after the 3-2 win. “A little dangerous, but we’ll go with it.”
While fans throwing bottles onto the ice is nothing new, especially after a loss, it’s unusual for them to do so in celebration — especially when they may be putting their favorite players at risk.
“Feels amazing, to be honest,” Beauvillier said of the beer-throwing. “Going into OT the building smelled like cigarettes, and now it smells like beers.”
Perhaps Islanders fans were just saying their goodbyes to Nassau Coliseum, for Wednesday will end up being the last game there if the Islanders don’t advance to the Stanley Cup finals on Friday.
The Islanders are expected to move from Nassau Coliseum, which they have called home for almost every season since 1972, to the newly constructed USB Arena at Belmont Park next season.
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