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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week … New York Islanders

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It is very seldom we feature Hockey on these pages but one must give the New York Islanders their due. According to one published report …

It took the New York Islanders just shy of 23 years — 8,381 days, to be exact — to finally win a postseason series. They would like to wait only a couple weeks to win another one.

The Islanders’ third overtime win — and second double-overtime win in as many games — gave them a 4-2 series win. New York will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference semifinals later this week.

New York Islanders

“We want to enjoy tonight, but we want to keep this thing going,” Tavares said. “We’ve got a special group. We believe we can do something special.”

“It’s been a long time coming, honestly,” Islanders right winger Cal Clutterbuck said. “It’s just good to be the team that kind of allows people to enjoy the moment, to get over that hump.”

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Clutterbuck said. “We’re trying to win the Stanley Cup.”

This is a franchise that has seen it share of bad to awful seasons, bad management and a fan base that was left out in the cold. Yet for the diehard Islander fans this is their moment in the sun …so enjoy it, it is so long over due. Congratulations to the Islander and hope they continue to advance in the playoffs.

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