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Islanders Fans Wondering What Could Have Been

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 25: Mathew Barzal #13 and Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders react after their team's 1-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on June 25, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 25: Mathew Barzal #13 and Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders react after their team's 1-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on June 25, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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I’m going to be completely honest for a second, I’ve probably watched 10 minutes combined of the last two Stanley Cup Finals. I love hockey, especially playoff hockey, I just couldn’t get myself to watch the last two years and it seems I’m not the only one.

Islanders fans, for the second year in a row, are having a tough time coming to grips with missing out on the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back years. Especially this season in a 1-0 Game 7 loss in which they allowed a short-handed goal, something they didn’t do all season.

With Tampa Bay up 3-0 on the Montreal Canadiens, it’s probably fair to say that the Isles have once again lost to the eventual Stanley Cup winner (and gave them a better fight than the Cup loser) two years in a row.

This isn’t meant as a knock on Tampa Bay, who is clearly the best team in the league right now. Instead, it’s more of a realization of how close this Islanders team actually is and how frustrating that is.

Islanders fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration about the situation:

It’s hard for me to explain what I’m feeling at the moment. A part of it is frustration and just sadness that they missed out on two really good chances the past two years in playing teams in Dallas and Montreal that they would’ve had a good chance against.

At the same time, it also has me excited for next season too. Like this team is so close and they have a really good chance of being back to where they were this past year if not further if everything breaks right.

The fact of the matter is this is a really good hockey team. They’ve proved it for three years in a row now. They just have one thing left to do and that’s win a Cup. They’ve come about as close as you can get without actually doing it, now it’s time to get over the hump.

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