So Islander fans didn't hold back on Sunday when they packed the Coliseum for Game 3. Hours before the puck even dropped, fans filled the parking lot to tailgate and when they got into the building they didn't stop making noise.
"I didn't think it could be any louder than when we played Pittsburgh," Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said about the atmosphere. "But it was. It was just a lot of energy in the building tonight and that's what it's about."
In 2013, the players really got a taste of what the Nassau Coliseum could be like when it was sold out and rocking. This season the Islanders have seen the building full on a number of occasions and it has been a real home-ice advantage for them.
Fans booed Ovechkin ever time he touched the puck and chants of "Can You Hear Us?" echoed across the building throughout the night. Even as Capitals' Coach Barry Trotz addressed reporters in the Coliseum Expo Hall, fans could be heard chanting in the lower lobby.
"It was huge," Kyle Okposo said about the fan support. "It was a little bit louder than the Verizon Center I think. We'll take the atmosphere and try to use it to our advantage."
After the game Johnny Boychuk was asked if he felt the crowd. His response, "oh definitely."
"If you didn't feel it, I mean, you probably weren't in the building," he added.
It's hard to say even that was true. At times the decibel level felt so high that fans in Washington D.C. could hear the Coliseum crowd. When the Islanders scored in the second period, and in overtime, the "Yes!" chant was the loudest it had been all season.
It's probably safe to say that Ovechkin's opinion about about noise level at Nassau Coliseum has likely changed.