Islanders fans will make Bruce Cassidy pay for big mistake

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Oh, Bruce Cassidy, you shouldn't have. No. Really. You shouldn't have.
Oh, Bruce Cassidy, you shouldn't have.

No. Really. You shouldn't have.

Cassidy's Bruins were already going to be skating into a cauldron of sound and fury Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum. Part of that is because the Old Barn on Hempstead Turnpike really is, and always has been, noisier and more cantankerous than your cranky neighbor, especially when its favored tenants, the Islanders, are playing.

That's especially true when those Islanders have an opportunity to close out a playoff series. And if you'd like to take it a step further: if the Islanders don't close out this second-round playoff series in Game 6 Wednesday, there is the possibility that it might be the last Islanders game ever played in The Barn.

So all of that was already in play.

Then Cassidy cleared his throat Monday night, after the Bruins somehow lost 5-4 in a Game 5, in which they outshot the Islanders 347-6 (or thereabouts) and spent 59 ½ minutes (or thereabouts) camped in the Isles' zone:

"We're playing a team that has a very well-respected management and coaching staff. But I think they sell a narrative over there that it's more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders."

Oh, Bruce. Now you've done it. The 12,000 or so zanies who were going to make the pilgrimage Wednesday were already prepared to go home with their voice boxes ruined. They were already going to fill the Coliseum with a sublime sound unmatched by even The Barn's more esteemed contemporaries. You were already going to get an earful.

Islanders fans will be even more riled up for Game 6 Wednesday following Bruce Cassidy's comments Monday. Charles…
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