Before this afternoon, it had been six years since the Islanders dropped Game Four to the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - the last playoff hockey game played on Long Island. Today, the NHL Playoffs made its return to the Nassau Coliseum.Mike Stobe (Getty Images)A boisterous sold-out crowd packed the Old Barn on Sunday afternoon. I was in the stands for this one and I have to say that the crowd was the loudest it has been since the Islanders took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2002 postseason. From start to finish, Islanders' fans projected their voices for all of the nation to hear. Take notice, NHL. This Barn can rock. Take notice, Nassau. This is what you're losing.Today, the Islanders were all heart. The Islanders fed off the crowd's frenzy. It was a...

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