The Islanders’ Travis Hamonic Is as Excited as the Fans Are

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The Islanders’ Travis Hamonic, right, aiding goalie Thomas Greiss in Game 2. The team’s fans “are passionate and intense,” Hamonic said.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. — Travis Hamonic has seen most everything in his six seasons with the Islanders. The chance to play before the home crowd in a second-round playoff game will be a first.

Hamonic, a 25-year-old defenseman, has been a key player on the Islanders’ roster during the course of his career. Hamonic proved that again when he returned from a late-season knee injury to play at his usual high level as the Islanders ousted the Florida Panthers in the first round.

Their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning is tied, 1-1, entering Game 3 in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

Hamonic, who has been paired with Nick Leddy during the playoffs, said he was eager to skate before the rabid Islander fans at Barclays Center, which was as loud as Nassau Coliseum during two overtime victories against the Panthers in the first round.

“It’s awesome,” Hamonic said Monday. “You…

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