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Playoffs Return To The Coliseum

From the tailgates to Bailey's OT winner, all the moments from the first playoff game at the Coliseum in four years

by New York Islanders NYIslanders /

After four years, playoff hockey returned to Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday. If anything, absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

Wednesday's game one was the hottest ticket on Long Island, with anticipation building for the first playoff game on Long Island since April 2015. It had all the trademarks of an Islanders playoff game, complete with a tailgate, rally towels and rowdy fans. If you weren't there, you missed out, but luckily we have a few more of these. 

"We've been getting asked about it obviously since we came back in December. Obviously, this was a different level," Cal Clutterbuck said. "You think you remember how loud it is until you get back into it. It's awesome. I hope people continue to show up and support us that way."


Video: Coliseum Gives Me Goosebumps


Tweet from @NYIslanders: Having a blast at the season ticket member tailgate presented by @Ticketmaster! 🥳

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Taking their playoff wardrobe to another level at today���s game 1������ fan fest! 🤩


The Islanders laid free shirts on all the seats ahead of Wednesday's game one and handed out rally towels at the door. Is there a better playoff aesthetic?

Tweet from @NYIslanders: You ready? #LGI

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Rally together. #YesYesYes


The doors opened at 6 p.m. and the crowd filed in early. Have to get here early to get a good seat for warmups. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: The calm before the storm.Let's do this. #LGI

Tweet from @NYIslanders: It���s GO time. #LGI


Playoff hockey. Nothing better. 

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