May 12, 2013
Islanders made believers out of doubters
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

New York Islanders' John Tavares celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins' with teammate Josh Bailey (12) during the third period of their Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference quarter-final game in Uniondale, New York, May 7, 2013. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Maybe a lot of people in the hockey world didn't give the New York Islanders much of a chance against the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins before their opening-round Stanley Cup series.

But the Islanders made a lot believers with their speedy pace of play and punishing forecheck which gave the Penguins all they could handle before bowing out in six games.

There was a lot to like about the Islanders. Jack Capuano, the coach who looks like he stepped out of The Wedding Singer, refused to see his team as the default bridesmaids in this series.



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