Nassau County Police will increase patrols around Nassau Coliseum Saturday when the Islanders face the Capitals in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, according to a department spokesman. The Islanders could be facing an elimination game -- and their last at the Coliseum -- if they lose Thursday night in Washington.
There will be an increase in uniformed and plainclothes personnel in addition to the usual officers on horseback, the spokesman said.
A "handful" of seats were removed from the Coliseum after Sunday's Game 3. There were also reports of violence and vandalism aimed at Capitals' fans.
There were no incidents after Monday's Game 4, according to Coliseum general manager Jerry Goldstein.
"The safety and enjoyment of patrons is always our top priority," Goldstein said in an email.