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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Nassau Coliseum was quite different Tuesday than it had been three days prior. The ice was gone and instead of fans there were only workers. There was no cheering anymore, just the sound of silence.
But as the New York Islanders gathered their things and said goodbye to the 2013 season, they fondly remembered one last time the excitement and adrenaline that they received from the fans at the Coliseum.
“I’ve heard a lot about it over the three years I’ve been here and I’ve never really seen it,” Matt Martin said of the atmosphere for games 3, 4 and 6. “The last three home games and in the playoffs, it was just electrifying. It made a huge difference for us I think. It turned into the funnest rink in the league to play in.”
Other members of the team were quick to comment on how exciting it was to play in the building.
“The best experience I’ve ever been a part of,” David Ullstrom said. “I’ve played some juniors or something,