The New York Islanders played their first regular season home game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday, a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The game marked the beginning of an era, but also the end of 43 seasons played at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, a stretch that included four Stanley Cup championships.
We were on hand for opening night. Here is what we saw.
According to the Barclays Center Fact Sheet it has 'one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose sports arena with unparalleled sightlines.'
Before the game the Islanders observed a moment of silence in memory of Al Arbour, the coach who led the team to 4 straight Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983.
Islanders captain John Tavares leads the Islanders onto the ice for the 2nd period. Soon thereafter, Tavares tied the game at 1.
The Islander Ice Girls were replaced by a regular ice crew. The fans booed several times when the ice crew came onto the ice.
Marek Zidlicky celebrates with Brian Strait (37) after tying the game at 2 early in the 3rd period. The game would go to overtime.
Duncan Keith (2), Marian Hossa (81) and Jonathan Toews celebrate with Patrick Kane (88) after he netted the game winning goal on the power play. The Blackhawks won 3-2.
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