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Islanders' Sparky lights up Empire State Building in blue, orange

Mascot snuck into New York City landmark to support team before Qualifiers

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A giant blue and orange dragon isn't exactly inconspicuous, but Sparky the New York Islanders mascot managed to slip into the Empire State Building for the more than justified cause of supporting his team in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

While the Islanders are in Toronto for their series against the Florida Panthers, Sparky was busy holding down the home front with some hijinks. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Sparky visited the @empirestatebldg to give it a blue & orange💙🧡 glow just in time for the start of #StanleyCup Qualifiers tomorrow! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/1nWWpiamjT

After rolling and twisting and tiptoeing his way to the light controls, Sparky lit up the top portion of the iconic New York City landmark in orange and blue for Friday night. The colors of the lights change from the normal soft yellow lights regularly to support different causes or to signify special events and occasions.

Tweet from @EmpireStateBldg: Pass the puck���hockey is back! We���re glowing blue & orange tonight, celebrating the @NYIslanders Return to Play, with game 1 starting tomorrow! #Isles 📷: craigsbeds/IG pic.twitter.com/0BB4plOK5q

And hockey coming back is definitely a reason to celebrate.

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