We can’t imagine the heartbreak New York Islanders veteran forward Leo Komarov felt on Thursday night when Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime and Tampa Bay beat the Isles 2-1 in Game 6 of the East final to go back to the Cup Final for the first time since 2015.
Most fans couldn’t imagine Komarov’s day getting any worse. But it was probably the most heartbreaking one of his career and personal life.
On Thursday, as he and his teammates battled to stay alive and force an ultimate Game 7 to get a chance to make it to the Stanley Cup final, Komarov missed out on such an important moment when he couldn’t be home next to his wife for the birth of his son.
He posted how he felt on Twitter and it is just hard to read…
“Emotional day , this afternoon I got my newborn son.. Really proud of how my wife handle this whole situation without me.. Our hockey journey did not the end the way we wanted it to, I can’t say enough how proud I am to have these guys as my teammates. Thank you to every Islanders fan who cheered for us and supported us…”
The 33-year-old recorded a goal and three points in the Islanders’ 17 playoff games in this postseason. We bet he is wondering if the Isles could have just lost Game 5 and ended this earlier in order for him to get back home in time for the birth of his son.
However, we can understand how he and his family come to terms with the fact that he fought hard to make it to the Stanley Cup finals, and there was a chance it would have all been worth it in the end.
For now, we also understand if it hurts for a couple of days… We bet his son won’t be named Anthony or even Stanley.