Bruce Cassidy's New York Saints Quote Provides A Heavenly Boost To The New York Riptide And The NLL

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Islanders fans — and indeed, Island residents with even a casual knowledge of the area's past and present pro sports teams — were far more focused on the nostalgic history conjured up by Cassidy's comments, because the New York Saints were a National Lacrosse League team that shared the Coliseum ...
Boston, MA. - May 31: Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy screams out during the second period ... [+] of Round Two, Game Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at the TD Garden on May 31, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) MediaNews Group via Getty Images

With the Islanders and Bruins knotted at a goal apiece during a second period stoppage in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series at Nassau Coliseum Saturday night, Ralph Macchio and Bobby Nystrom — one of the Island's 1980s pop culture exports and the man who has been known as "Mr. Islander" ever since he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal on May 24, 1980 to give the Islanders the first of their four straight championships — were pictured on the scoreboard exhorting Islanders fans to get even louder in an already raucous arena.

It was a fun, organic and decidedly Long Island-centric moment, one which could not possibly be topped in these playoffs. At least until one-plus games and two nights later, when Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy opened his mouth and complained about the lack of penalties being called on the Islanders.

"It's a very well-respected management and coach staff over there," Cassidy said Monday night after the Islanders scored three power play goals in four opportunities and edged the Bruins, 5-4, in Boston to take a three games to two series lead. "But they sell a narrative over there that they're the New York Saints rather than the New York Islanders."

Any coach putting his sour grapes into words is going to draw the attention of his opponent's fanbase. But with the Islanders from 1989 through 2003.

(Other former Islanders co-tenants, in case Cassidy is looking to further wax nostalgic before or after tonight's scheduled Game 6 at the Coliseum: The New York Arrows of the Major Indoor Soccer League, the New York Sets of World Team Tennis and the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League)

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