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What the playoffs mean to me: Mark Streit
BUFFALO -- Mark Streit may be at the tail end of his Islanders career, and a two-year run as captain. He’s still unsigned beyond this season and it will take some compromise for the 35-year-old to remain an Islander.
Still, Streit -- who is sixth all-time in franchise scoring by a defenseman -- has been through the tough times. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” playoff thoughts:
“It’s really special. I got here from the start, basically, kind of when the rebuilding process started. Through the draft, been playing with the guys like Kyle, Frans, Josh, Johnny, those guys for years now. We’ve always had a great group of guys, but we didn’t make it there. This year, it’s been great. We finally made it and it’s an unbelievable feeling.
“Being captain of the team, I’m really proud of the group. You can tell everybody is pulling in the same direction, everybody is working hard, accepting his role. All the guys played well and having a goalie like Nabby, you need that in order to make it.
“I always thought there’s a lot of hockey fans on the Island. You can tell the last few weeks, everybody’s excited wherever you went -- in Garden City, at the mall, you can feel people are really into hockey again. People are excited. The crowds at the Coliseum have been great. I’m glad we had such a strong road trip and we made it. It’s just an incredible feeling.”
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