Islanders fans throw beer on ice in ‘dangerous,’ crazy scene after OT win

The Islanders nearly got knocked out — by their own fans. After Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier scored in overtime Wednesday to force a Game 7 in the semifinal against Tampa Bay, fans threw...

The Islanders nearly got knocked out — by their own fans.

After Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier scored in overtime Wednesday to force a Game 7 in the semifinal against Tampa Bay, fans threw beer cans, water bottles and towels onto the Nassau Coliseum ice as their favorite players celebrated.

At one point, hard-nosed Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck had to knock a can out of the air — and did not seem happy about it.

“Never seen anything like that,” Islanders star forward Mat Barzal told reporters after the 3-2 win of the fans tossing beer. “A little dangerous, but… that’s the Islanders faithful. They’re passionate, they get excited.”

Though fans throwing objects onto the ice is nothing new, especially after a loss, it’s unusual for them to do so in celebration — especially when they may be putting their favorite players at risk.

Perhaps Islanders fans were saying their goodbyes to Nassau Coliseum, for their won’t be another game there if the Islanders don’t advance to the Stanley Cup final on Friday.

Islanders fans throw beer on ice in bizarre scene.
Corey Sipkin

The Islanders, who have called the Coliseum home for almost every season since 1972, are expected to move to the newly constructed USB Arena at Belmont Park next season.

Beauvillier said the unusual celebration felt “amazing.”

“Going into OT the building smelled like cigarettes, and now it smells like beers,” the 24-year-old told reporters afterward.

Longtime NBC hockey analyst and former Ranger Eddie Olczyk wasn’t as amused.

“I can’t understand this,” Olczyk said. “This is dangerous for the players. This is your team.”

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Mark Fischer

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