Islanders' Barry Trotz on fan support before potential final game at Coliseum: 'It's nothing like anything I've ever experienced'

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Isles fans celebrate at Coliseum in Stanley Cup Semis
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After winning a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018, Barry Trotz came to New York and has made the Islanders a contender for a Cup of their own.

He has become a hero on Long Island. And Islander fans are hoping for more heroics on Wednesday - and then eventually Friday.

Wednesday's Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning could be the final game played at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum before they move to UBS Arena in Belmont next season.

But if it's up to the fans to help the Isles stay alive and see the franchise's first Stanley Cup game since 1984, Trotz knows he has top-notch home-ice advantage.

"I didn't know much about the island other than the Marriott and the parking lot to the Coliseum over the years [before I came to the Islanders]," Trotz told reporters on Wednesday morning. "...And I found out it's really a terrific community. Just the support in this area, it's nothing like anything I've ever experienced. You're a little bit in the suburban part, but just the passion of the fans and how loyal they are year in and year out, they're not fickle, or they're only with you when you win. They're with you all the time. And that's the really great thing."

Trotz has been hearing his name chanted at the barn, but he wants the focus to be on his players.

"I appreciate it. It's sort of embarrassing for me. I'm always a team guy, so I want them to cheer, but cheer for the guys,' he said. "I appreciate all our fans appreciating what we've been able to do, but it's the guys that get it done night in and night out. I'm humbled by it. I don't know if it's embarrassing. I'm humbled by it -- that they appreciate me on the island, and I appreciate them."

The Islanders will look to avoid elimination when the puck drops at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Obviously tonight, I know they'll be with us, and we're gonna need them all. We're gonna need everything that we have to give to beat this team," Trotz said.