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Islanders: When Were You Most Mad At The Team?

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders reacts at the end of a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders reacts at the end of a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Every sports fan has a point when they were mad at their team. As an Islanders fan when were you most mad at the team or a decision?

Islanders fans have a lot to be angry about. Just go on Twitter for three seconds and you’ll find someone on there complaining about something. It’s fine, it’s the nature of being a sports fan, but it got me thinking.

In your time as an Islanders fan, when were you most mad at the team? Was it something that happened on the ice, was it a decision from coaching or the General Manager?

Well, for me, mine is a semi-recent decision that took place. I’ve mentioned this before on the website and in podcast form, but hockey is something that I got into later in life. I was a casual fan growing up in the 2000s but then got really into it during the early 2010s in my teen years.

The time I was most mad at the Islanders came during the 2015 season. It was the final year at the Nassau Coliseum, and the Isles found themselves in the playoffs against the Capitals after a 101 point season.

If you remember during Game 4 of the series, Tom Wilson essentially ended Lubomir Visnovsky’s career with a dirty hit:

As a result, in Game 5 Anders Lee decided to fight Tom Wilson in the first period. Lee, a rookie at the time, was the one who stood up for his teammate. It was a little weird, because the team had Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck, but I was glad to see Lee step up.

He was rewarded with a healthy scratch in Game 6, a must-win game for the Islanders. The Isles extended the series on home ice and forced a Game 7. Jack Capuano, if anything was a man of superstition, decided to run back the same lineup that featured Colin McDonald.

Now during the regular season, McDonald played in just 18 games and had two goals to his name. Lee on the other hand? 25 goals, as a 24-year-old in his first full year in the league.

This became extra frustrating when the Islanders managed just 11 shots on goal for the game. 11 shots in 60 minutes is honestly so hard to do, even against a Barry Trotz team.

Pulling a 25 goal scorer for a grind-it-out bottom-six forward is so Jack Capuano, it broke my brain. I couldn’t process the decision and the more I thought about it, the more disappointed and angry I got.

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So I ask you, what was the angriest that you’ve ever been at the Islanders? Send us your response in the comments or @EyesonIslesFS on Twitter.

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