The New York Jets’ new friends from Uniondale advanced to the semifinal round as the Islanders picked up a win over Boston on Wednesday.
The scariest part about the New York Islanders’ one-sided triumph over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night might’ve been the fact that their personal good luck charms weren’t in the building to witness it. Still, the New York Jets gave their congratulations from afar.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 10, 2021
Brock Nelson scored two goals, each featuring an assist by Josh Bailey, as the Islanders rolled to a 6-2 victory in Game 6 of second-round action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. New York will move on to the NHL’s semifinal round for the second straight season, as a rematch awaits with the defending Cup champions. The Tampa Bay Lightning ousted the Islanders in six games en route to their second championship last fall in the NHL’s Edmonton bubble.
Members of the Jets, namely their plethora of new offensive stars, have been regular attendees at the Islanders’ postseason tour at Nassau Coliseum. Wednesday’s affair wasn’t a group outing for the active Jets, but Jets old and new took to social media to express their support, including former Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody and native Long Islander Greg Van Roten.
The boys are buzzing. The barn is rocking. What a time to be alive
— Greg Van Roten (@GVR64) June 10, 2021
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) June 10, 2021
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The Islanders are making the most of their final year at Uniondale’s Coliseum, which will give way to UBS Arena in Belmont Park next season. Since last year’s semifinal proceedings took place in Edmonton, the upcoming games against Tampa Bay will be the latest playoff games the Coliseum has hosted since 1993, when the Islanders fell to the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the Eastern Conference Final. Montreal is likewise part of the NHL’s “final four”, as they’ll be taking on the winner of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Though the schedule of the Islanders-Lightning series has not been released, the Coliseum is confirmed to be hosting Games 3, 4, and (if necessary) 6 of the series. It’s safe to say that that the Jets will be making their way back to the Island for at least one of those crucial contests.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags