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New York Islanders Prove Their Mettle In Retribution Game Against Penguins

In Sports on February 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

For many years, the most excitement surrounding the New York Islanders came at the end of the season.  In the 1980’s that meant Stanley Cup Championships.  However, for the modern-day Islanders, the end-of-the-season excitement has been about adding yet another high draft pick to the mix of young talent already on the roster.

If you’re not going to win, you should at least be entertaining to watch if you expect fans to show up and spend their hard-earned money to watch games inside of an antiquated arena.  Quite frankly, up until their performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins this past Friday night, it was hard to get overly excited about going to watch the Islanders play live.

You wouldn’t think that a storied franchise who once won four Stanley Cups in a row would need to put on a performance that is best described as bonus footage from the 1977 classic movie Slap Shot to excite the fan base.  But it is exactly what the Islanders needed, despite the cries from Penguins’ Owner Mario Lemieux that the game is not supposed to be played that way.

In the retribution game for the damage that the Penguins did to Rick DiPietro and Blake Comeau the last time that the two teams met, the Islanders extracted their “pound of flesh” and then some.

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