Paramount Playoff Party

Fans come together to cheer on playoff-bound Islanders

Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 10:45 PM ET / News
By Matt Markowitz
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Paramount Playoff Party
Fans come together to cheer on playoff- bound Islanders

The Islander faithful packed The Paramount in Huntington Thursday to watch their favorite team take on the Philadelphia Flyers. The viewing party, which brought fans together with Islander alumni as well as players of the future, had a playoff atmosphere with the team already having secured a spot in the postseason Tuesday in Carolina.

The event was free to the first 1,000 fans that secured their tickets, and with their ticket came the opportunity to mingle with Islanders prospects like 2011 first-round pick Ryan Strome, who is thrilled when thinking about the hot streak that his future team has been on.

“The team and the fans deserve a playoff run - hopefully I can just do my part to contribute sometime soon,” Strome said. “I think the passion and the huge fan support here is really special. It’s great to see how many people really care about the team, even for road games like this one. They have locked up a playoff spot, but they (the fans) are still pretty interested. It’s really cool to see.”

Die-hard fans watched Thursday’s game with extra adoration for the Islanders knowing their season was far from over. Although the club has already punched its ticket to the postseason, Thursday's game still carried significance with playoff seeding yet to be determined.

While Thursday night’s event was a celebration of the Islanders playoff berth, the fan base was beaming with excitement for what lies ahead. Kevin Wilber of Seaford, who has been an Islander fan since he moved to Long Island seven years ago, said he is “amped” about the team’s recent success.

“I’ve watched them and they’ve struggled in the past,” Wilber said. “But this year they’re into it and they’re playing really well.”

Loyal supporters of all ages from across Long Island joined together as one to support the Orange & Blue, and lifetime fan Ryan Curran expressed his enthusiasm for the younger generation of Islanders fans.

“Some of the younger people get to see what we saw at the tail end of the team’s success a while ago, “ Curran said. “It’s nice to see the excitement among the fans.”

Islanders greats Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy entertained the capacity crowd during the second intermission, invigorating the group with memories of their past Stanley Cup titles as well as their belief in the 2012-13 squad.

“This year’s team has really inspired me,” Bossy said, as the crowd chanted his name. “I really think this team has a shot to go deep into the postseason.”

The level of excitement at The Paramount on Thursday night made it feel as if the Stanley Cup Playoffs had already begun. If the Islanders make as much noise in the postseason as their fans made Thursday, there is no doubt the team will make a serious run for the cup.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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