After the New York Islanders ugly 5-2 loss, the Islanders were booed off the ice. Barry Trotz didn’t care for the response but he was wrong to be critical of it.
I want to preface this by saying how much I love Barry Trotz. The guy has gotten more out the New York Islanders this year than anyone could have reasonably expected. I even put him second in the Islanders coaching ranking already, it is justified.
Just like with anyone you love, you’re not going to agree with everything that the person says or does. That applies to Trotz’s comments after their loss to the Flyers.
The Islanders have gone 3-4 in their last seven games and haven’t scored a power-play goal in eight games. The fans were frustrated during the Flyers game and booed their team off the ice after a brutal second period.
Trotz didn’t care for the Islanders fans booing:
"“They were getting on us and they have a right to do that,” Trotz said. “But we’re going to need their energy of when that building is rocking. Don’t make us grip our sticks. Cheer for us. Be on the right side.”"
He’s right in the first part, the fans do have every right to react how they want. It’s the second part where he loses me. “Be on the right side”. That’s the line that really gets to me. Being critical of your team is just as important as a fan than supporting them.
Agreeing with every move the team makes just because their your team is silly. It’s the team’s responsibility to get a good reaction out of the crowd. If you play well they’ll cheer, if you play badly they’ll boo you. It comes with the territory of sports, and frankly, I don’t think it’s the crowd’s fault the team can’t find the back of the net.
Tonight, the Isles have a chance to get back in the win column against a struggling Columbus team. The Coliseum will start off well again, like usual, but fall behind three goals and they’ll get upset, sorry Barry.
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