5. Anthony Beauvillier Sparks Crowd in Coliseum Return
One of the saddest moments in Islanders' history was the announcement by ownership, led by the late Charles Wang, that they would be relocating from the legendary Nassau Coliseum to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It felt like a huge part of Islanders' history was about to get demolished to never be seen again. Ironically enough, the coach that closed its doors by defeating them in the 2015 playoffs, Barry Trotz, was the coach that reopened the doors in 2018.
The Barn closed for extensive renovations while the Isles and their fans were taking the train to Brooklyn for games, but made a return three years later to host games, albeit part-time. The home games for the Islanders would be split between both arenas during the 2018-19 season, and then would become their full-time home for the next two seasons before the opening of UBS Arena.
Their first game back was on December 1st against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that they played in their "last" regular-season game there in 2015. Coincidence? I think not.
The Islanders' first goal of the game for the Islanders was a controversial one, with it being waived off immediately by the referee from it going directly off Anders Lee's glove. It would be reviewed and later overturned to make the score 2-1, so the first goal back wasn't exactly having you jump out of your seat.
The second goal was the complete opposite, with Mat Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier racing to create a 2-on-1 rush, and Beauvillier was able to slip it under the legs of Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the game at 2 and bring Isles fans to their feet. They would go on to win their return to the Coliseum 3-2.