Eager to break the trend, forward Zenon Konopka
looked to shake up the team’s pre-game routine...
Throughout the season, Islanders players have been known to kick around soccer balls or throw baseballs before games, but on Thursday night, Konopka took it upon himself to introduce a football to the mix.
With Konopka, PA Parenteau
and Rob Schremp taking turns at QB, the rest of the team faced off in wide reciever vs. cornerback, one-on-one battles.
Despite the somewhat tight quarters of the bowels of the HSBC Arena, many player-specific on-ice skills were brought to light on the makeshift gridiron. Isles speedster Michael Grabner
burned cornerbacks on deep routes, while gritty winger Matt Moulson
took pride in jamming opposing players at the line of scrimmage.
The Islanders didn’t concede a goal in the opening period that night. Better yet, they grabbed a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes and won the game 5-2.
Something tells me that, come Sunday’s home game vs. the Sabres, the Jets won’t be the only New York sports team playing football.