This Day in Islanders History


1984 - The Islanders complete their 19th consecutive playoff series triumph with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, winning the Wales Conference Final four games to two.


1979 - The Rangers eliminate the Islanders in a classic semifinal, four games to two, with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden. Writes Mike Lupica: "The Rangers and Islanders have spoiled us. New York will never forget these hockey games."

1993 - Tom Fitzgerald becomes the seventh player in NHL history to record two shorthanded goals in one playoff game, in Game Four of the Patrick Division Final. He is the first to record both goals on the same minor penalty.


1980 - The Islanders advance to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final, defeating Buffalo in the semifinals four games to two.


1975 - In the semifinals, the Islanders fall behind three games to none, this time to the Philadelphia Flyers, but rally once again to force another Game Seven with a 2-1 win at home. Gerry Hart's third period goal snapped a 1-1 tie to clinch the victory.


1982 - Mike Bossy's acrobatic goal highlights a 3-0 victory in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final versus Vancouver. After being knocked out of the crease by a defender, Bossy flips his body around and unleashes a backhander while in mid-air.

David Volek

1975 - Ed Westfall presents Philadelphia icon Kate Smith with a bouquet of roses before her performance of "God Bless America," but the Flyers go on to win Game Seven, 4-1, to eliminate the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Al Arbour salutes his team's maturity by saying, "If I called a practice next week, every one of them would show up."

1993 - David Volek scores at 5:16 of overtime as the Islanders stun the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins four games to three in the Patrick Division Final. Watch


1973 - Islanders take Denis Potvin with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Amateur Draft.


1982 - The Islanders win their third Stanley Cup in a row by sweeping Vancouver in four games. Bossy is selected as the Conn Smythe winner. Watch


1983 - The Islanders win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup by sweeping the Edmonton Oilers in four games. Watch


1984 - The dynasty ends. Edmonton defeats the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Final, four games to one. George Vecsey of the New York Times calls the Islanders "the best sports team of this generation."

Butch Goring

1981 - The Islanders win their second Stanley Cup, defeating the Minnesota North Stars four games to one. Butch Goring wins the Conn Smythe Trophy. Watch


2001 - Peter Laviolette is named the tenth head coach in New York Islanders history.


1980 - Bobby Nystrom scores at 7:11 of overtime against the Flyers as the Islanders win their first Stanley Cup. Bryan Trottier is named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Watch


1974 - Islanders choose Clark Gillies in the first round and Bryan Trottier in the second round of the draft.