New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz credited the raucous fans at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum after his club defeated the Boston Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 to win their second-round series Wednesday night.
"What a great atmosphere," the Islanders head coach said. "I was saying just before we came on here (that) it was deafening. I couldn't hear anything out there. I had some white noise for a while there, so that's fantastic."
The always boisterous supporters at the Islanders' original home chanted "New York Saints" at various points in Wednesday's game, including after the officials gave the Bruins a two-man advantage late in the first period.
They chanted the playful moniker in response to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy's remarks after Game 5. Cassidy said the Islanders "sell a narrative over there that it's more like the New York Saints" regarding one-sided calls. He was later fined $25,000 for criticizing the officiating.
The Islanders will play all of their remaining home playoff games at the Coliseum before moving into their new facility, UBS Arena, at Belmont Park next season.