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There’s no more glorious sound on earth than this band playing “When the Saint Go Marching In” at the New York Saints, er, Islanders tailgate on Wednesday night

June 10, 2021

We don’t know how closely you’ve been following Bruins-Islanders, but it’s been such a great series we’re almost sad to see it go. There’s been goals galore. There’s been rocking barns and more chippiness than a Lays tater factory. After a 5-4 loss in Game 5 on Monday night, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy dumped hot grease on the fire, dubbing the Islanders the “New York Saints” in response to perceived favoritism by the officials. The clip immediately went viral (well, hockey viral) and the world waited to see how Islanders fans would react as the series swung back to the Nassau Coliseum for Game 6.

Well, on a steamy Wednesday evening in Long Island, the world got its answer, as the Isles faithful marched into the Coli to the sweet, dulcet sounds of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” performed by some random marching pond in the parking lot. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what playoff hockey is all about.

As it turned out, that extra little bit of accelerant from Cassidy was all the Islanders needed, closing out the series with a resounding 6-2 victory as the Coliseum chanted so damn loud they heard them all the way down in New Orleans.

You absolutely, 110% love to see it. The victory sets up an Eastern Conference Finals rematch with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who took down the Islanders in six last season. But that was then and this now, and if the Islanders can’t get the job done, perhaps the Saints finally will.