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Islanders fans continue bad behavior as Brooks Orpik gets hit with cup (video)


The Washington Capitals got a huge road victory Tuesday night, beating the New York Islanders in overtime 2-1 courtesy of an overtime winner from Nicklas Backstrom.

As Capitals players slapped each other on the back and celebrated on the ice, what appears to be a beer cup comes flying onto the ice, hitting defenseman Brooks Orpik on his shoulder.

It’s obviously a safe assumption the beer cup-chucker was a surly, disappointed and dejected Islanders fan, given the OT victory allowed the Capitals to tie-up the series at two games apiece on a night when the Islanders could have seized control of the first-round showdown. The fact that the NHL team is set to depart Long Island for fancier environs in Brooklyn at Barclays Center next season certainly doesn’t help, either.

Furthermore, this latest act of untoward behavior perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising, given the apparent conduct of a select few of the Islanders fans packing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum during Game 3 on Sunday, it arguably isn’t surprising there are a few apples among them spoiling the bunch.

Nate “Igor” Smith, a Brooklyn-based Capitals fan, detailed the treatment he and some like-minded fans endured when cheering on the visiting squad during Sunday’s game. Smith alleges the following incidents — as well as others — occurred during Game 3 (via D.C. Sports Bog):

  • A beer poured on his head
  • Homophobic slurs hurled their way
  • Racist commentary directed at a specific member of his group
  • A bottle thrown at the group
  • A rear license plate stolen from a group member’s car
  • Profane group chants.

Not a good look to say the least. But, as noted above, the kind of behavior described above — as well as the cretinous fan who threw a beer at Capitals players — is being perpetrated by only a few fans and shouldn’t be attributed to Islanders fans as a whole. Still, it’s a shame that only a handful can make an entire fan base look bad.

[H/T Deadspin, screengrab via Russian Machine Never Breaks]