If you ever want to check the pulse of the fans, there's not better place than a team message board. This season the Islanders' new official message board is Islandermania, one of the best run fan boards in sports. Here are some highlights of their take on Opening Night, the work ethic of Ted Nolan's team and the atmosphere at the Coliseum for two home sellouts.
"I LIKE THIS TEAM!!! They finish their checks, are nasty in front of their own net and play a sound team game. I know it's only 2 games but thus far I really like what I see. As for #89 ... yeowza! I knew the guy had skill ... but he has some set of soft hands on him. I dare say he is the most skilled player the Islanders have had since Ziggy & Turgeon… Ted's got the boys playing some good hockey and I have a very good feeling about this year."- Witty User Name
"This team is out of its mind. The stadium was the loudest it's been since the Toronto series. The sellout crowd rallied behind this team like I've never seen before. Comrie? I don't even know what to say. Can you say CLUTCH?... That salute at the end was the icing on the cake.- NyIslesRus
"Did anyone else get chills when the kids came out with that giant flag. That was great!!!!- paulas
"The first line (Comrie in particular) has been nothing short of fantastic."- Son of Scissons
"Last year we played pretty well. We needed more aggressive players and we got em' It's early in the season, I know...but I think this team is gonna do very well."- Islanderbabe4life
"Comrie scores twice, DP solid again and from the sounds of it the Islanders were just the better team. Nolan and his hard-nosed work ethic is rubbing off. Looks great and keep the W's coming. I love the fact the Islanders are not afraid to get dirty and work hard along the boards and in the corners."- T.S16
"Comrie is hands down one of the most exciting players we have had here in years, and everytime he gets the puck in the offensive zone he makes something happen. Guerin can't say much more than glad he is here, and glad he is Captain of this team. Feds I really do like, and hopefully he has a good year, and him and Comrie return to what can be a very good first line for this team. Yeah one other thing I noticed Comrie - wins a lot of faceoffs.
"Vasicek I really like a lot as well, the guy is HUGE, and can skate very well. Hunts, silly, and sim-you know what to expect, and they give it every game, Silly was taking the body with force last night, and was in it verbally with Peters."- Kvashinator12
"It's only 2 games, but there is plenty to get excited about.....this team is a much better skating team than last years, the D looks to be improved and deeper......and they have an edge.......add a healthy dipietro, you never know."- nymets23x
"One (heck) of a game, man. Louder than the playoffs were last season. I have a feeling I better be finding a credit card with a high enough limit to get season tickets. This team is going to give us one (heck) of a ride this season, and I better be on the bandwagon. No way will I be able to buy day-of-game tickets every game."- FluffyCowNYI
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