My first memories of watching hockey was catching the tail-end of the Islanders glory years so I rooted for the Islanders before I became a Devils fan in 87-88. I have no problems rooting for this Islanders team as an underdog against arguably the most universally hated team in the NHL right now.
If the Isles do end up pulling the upset heads will roll in Pittsburgh. I believe Sherro is safe but everybody else not named Crosby will be on the block especially with the cap going down.
Wow, I'm going to start sounding like Triumph, but it's a mistake to make decisions based on playoff performance. When it comes down to it, it's a small sample size, and it's almost no different than going on a three game losing streak in December. We saw it in reverse with Salvador getting a ridiculous contract based on playoff performance.
You have to judge a coach and player by the whole body of work. You make personnel decisions based on "clutchness", you end up overpaying for otherwise marginal players, selling low in good players, and firing a good coach.
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