Silverman: With Pivotal Game 5 Looming, Islanders Need To Fix Their Power Play STAT

CBS New York

By Steve Silverman
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The ability of hockey players to bounce back from adversity should never be doubted.

The greatest example is what happens in sudden death overtime. While the NFL also has a form of sudden death in its makeup, it almost never occurs with the shocking finish that regularly occurs during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the NFL, they like to play fair and make sure each team gets a chance to possess the ball, assuming that a touchdown (or safety) is not scored on the opening possession.

There are no provisions for giving both teams a chance in the NHL. That’s because each team has an equal chance of winning from the second the puck is dropped.

Overtime in hockey is simply a heart-wrenching experience, and the longer it goes, the more bile is produced.

Win in overtime, and the emotion is immediate joy that eases into…

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