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Ed Westfal

November 8, 1971 - The National Hockey League awards a franchise to Long Island, with the team to begin play in the 1972-73 season.

February 14, 1972 - Bill Torrey, 38, an executive vice president with the Oakland Seals, is named the team's first General Manager.

June 7, 1972 - Islanders select 21 players in the Expansion draft, including Eddie Westfall, Gerry Hart and Billy Smith.

June 8, 1972 - Billy Harris is taken first overall by the Islanders in the amateur draft. Lorne Henning is taken in the second round, Bobby Nystrom in the third.

June 20, 1972 - Phil Goyette, a former Canadien, Blue, Sabre and Ranger, retires as a player to become the Islanders' first coach.

October 7, 1972 - Islanders lose their home opener and first game in franchise history, 3-2, to the Atlanta Flames. Ed Westfall scores the Islanders' first goal at 17:29 of the second period.

October 12, 1972 - Islanders beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at home for the franchise's first win. Billy Harris takes the first penalty shot in Islanders history and is unsuccessful.

November 1, 1972 - Germain Gagnon scores the Islanders' first hat trick and shorthanded goal in a 6-2 road win over the California Golden Seals.

January 18, 1973 - In the highlight of the inaugural season, the Islanders defeat Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the Bruins, 9-7, at Boston Garden.

January 29, 1973 - Goyette is fired and replaced on an interim basis by two men, head coach Earl Ingarfield and assistant Aut Erickson. Says Goyette: "I wish Earl and Aut a lot of luck. They're going to need it."

May 8, 1973 - Original Isle Terry Crisp is traded to Philadelphia for Jean Potvin. Experts believe the move is in preparation for the Islanders' drafting of Jean's brother, top prospect Denis Potvin.

June 10, 1973 - Al Arbour becomes the Islanders' head coach.

June 17, 1973 - Denis Potvin is the first pick overall by the Islanders.

October 27, 1973 - Denis Potvin scores his first NHL goal as the Islanders defeat the Rangers for the first time, 3-2. Said Brad Park: "They have a system. They look like a hockey team."

February 19, 1974 - Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens for the first time in history, a 5-3 victory.

June 11, 1974 - Denis Potvin is awarded the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

May 28, 1974 - Islanders choose Clark Gillies in the first round and Bryan Trottier in the second round of the draft.

Al Arbour

August 23, 1974 - Islanders trade Bart Crashley to Kansas City for Bob Bourne.

January 6, 1975 - Islanders acquire J.P. Parise from Minnesota in exchange for Ernie Hicke and Doug Rombough.

January 7, 1975 - Islanders obtain Jude Drouin from Minnesota for Craig Cameron.

April 4, 1975 - The Rangers help the Islanders clinch their first-ever playoff berth by defeating Atlanta, 3-2, to eliminate the Flames from the final playoff spot in the Campbell Conference.

April 11, 1975 - The Islanders win their first playoff series, ousting the Rangers two games to one when J.P. Parise scores 11 seconds into overtime at Madison Square Garden to give the Isles a 4-3 win.

April 26, 1975 - The Islanders come back from a three games to none deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in the second round of the playoffs. Westfall scores with just over five minutes left in regulation and Resch makes 30 saves in the Isles' 1-0 victory, which makes them the second team in NHL history (Toronto, 1942) to make such a comeback.

May 12, 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.

May 14, 1975 - 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."

October 11, 1975 - The Islanders win their home opener 7-0 vs. Los Angeles as rookie Bryan Trottier tallies three goals and two assists.

March 14, 1976 - Garry Howatt scores three goals in a 5-3 win at Chicago. He passes up the chance to become the first Islander to score four in a game when he dishes the puck to Lorne Henning with the Blackhawks goalie removed for an extra skater. "I think that typifies our team," says Arbour.

April 22, 1976 - After defeating the Vancouver Canucks, 2-0, in the preliminary round of the playoffs, the Islanders eliminate the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 in the Quarterfinals. The Isles then lose in the Semis to Montreal 4-1. Down but still determined, Al Arbour says after the series, "We're going to get that Cup yet." 

June 7, 1976 - Denis Potvin is awarded the first of his three Norris Trophies as the NHL's top defenseman. He also wins in 1978 and 1979. Bryan Trottier wins the Calder Trophy.

Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin

February 3, 1977 - Richie Hansen of Northport becomes the first Long Islander to score a goal for the Isles in the team's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

April 17, 1977 - For the third consecutive season, the Islanders advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals when they sweep the Buffalo Sabres in four straight games. They had defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in the preliminary round. They fall to the Canadiens once again in the semis four games to two. It is the third straight year that the Islanders fall to the eventual champions.

June 14, 1977 - Islanders select Mike Bossy in the first round of the draft. Houston Aeros forward John Tonelli is selected in the second round out of the World Hockey Association.

June 17, 1977 - Islanders sign Swedish defenseman Stefan Persson, their 14th round pick from 1974.

January 10, 1978 - Islanders acquire Wayne Merrick and Darcy Regier from Cleveland Barons for J.P. Parise and Jean Potvin.

January 12, 1978 - Five Islanders are named to the starting lineup of the Campbell Conference all-star team: Trottier, Bossy, Gillies, Potvin and Smith.

December 23, 1978 - Trottier scores five goals and three assists against the Rangers in a 9-4 Islander victory.

April 1, 1978 - Bossy becomes the first Islander and first rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season, in a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals.

April 8, 1978 - The Islanders clinch their first Patrick Division and Campbell Conference championships with a 7-2 win over the Rangers at the Coliseum.

April 29, 1978 - The Islanders are eliminated by Toronto, 4-3, on Lanny MacDonald's overtime goal in Game Seven.

June 12, 1978 - Bossy becomes the third Islanders player in five years to win the Calder Trophy.

February 19, 1979 - Bossy scores his 100th career goal in his 129th game. It is the fastest 100 goals ever scored by a player in the NHL.

March 13, 1979 - Ed Westfall announces that he will retire effective at the end of the season.

April 8, 1979 - Bossy scores his 69th goal of the season against the Rangers. It is the second-highest total in NHL history. The 5-2 win gives the Islanders the best overall record in the NHL at 51-15-14.

April 22, 1979 - The Islanders complete a four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-1 win at Chicago Stadium.

May 8, 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."

June 11, 1979 - Bryan Trottier wins the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

August 9, 1979 - Duane Sutter is selected with the Islanders'' first pick in the draft.

October 11, 1979 - Clark Gillies relinquishes the captaincy. Denis Potvin takes the "C."

November 28, 1979 - Bill Smith is given credit for a goal in a 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

December 7, 1979 - Islanders acquire Gord Lane from Washington for Mike Kaszycki.

March 1, 1980 - Ken Morrow joins the New York Islanders after helping Team USA to the Gold Medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.

March 10, 1980 - The Islanders acquire Butch Goring from Los Angeles for Bill Harris and Dave Lewis.

Mike Bossy

April 17, 1980 - In a 5-4 Islanders win in overtime at Boston in Game Two of the second round of the playoffs, Clark Gillies and Terry O'Reilly fight twice in the first period. Later, Duane Sutter and Mike Milbury square off, starting a bench-clearing brawl. The game is seen as the Islanders notice that they will not be intimidated.

May 10, 1980 - The Islanders advance to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final,defeating Buffalo in the semifinals four games to two.

May 13, 1980 - Denis Potvin's goal 4:07 into OT gives the Islanders a 4-3 win in Game One of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final in Philadelphia.

May 24, 1980 - Bobby Nystrom scores at 7:11 of overtime against the Flyers as the Islanders win their first Stanley Cup. Trottier is named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

January 6, 1981 - John Tonelli scores five goals in a 6-3 win over Toronto at Nassau Coliseum.

January 24, 1981 - Bossy becomes the second player in NHL history to record 50 goals in 50 games by scoring two goals in the Islanders' 7-4 win over Quebec.

March 10, 1981 - Chico Resch and Steve Tambellini are traded to Colorado for Mike McEwen and Jari Kaarela.

May 21, 1981 - The Islanders win their second Stanley Cup, defeating the Minnesota North Stars four games to one. Butch Goring wins the Conn Smythe Trophy.

October 1, 1981 - Bob Lorimer and Dave Cameron are traded to Colorado for the Rockies' first round pick in 1983. The Islanders use the pick to select Pat LaFontaine third overall.

Pat LaFontaine

February 18, 1982 - Trailing 4-2 midway through the second period, the Islanders rally to score five straight goals to beat Philadelphia, 7-4, for their 14th consecutive win.

February 20, 1982 - John Tonelli scores with 47 seconds left in the third period to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Islanders establish a new NHL record with their 15th win in a row. Chico Resch was in net for Colorado, in his first game back at the Coliseum.

April 13, 1982 - Tonelli's goal at 6:19 of overtime gives the Islanders a 4-3 victory in the fifth and deciding game of the Patrick Division semifinals against the Penguins. The Islanders trailed 3-1 in the third period before Mike McEwen scored at 14:33 and Tonelli scored the tying goal at 17:39.

April 23, 1982 - Dave Langevin and Bob Bourne score in the last six minutes as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 5-3, to win their second round playoff series four games to two.

May 13, 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.

May 16, 1982 - The Islanders win their third Stanley Cup by sweeping Vancouver in four games. Bossy is selected as the Conn Smythe winner.

June 8, 1982 - Bill Smith is awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender.

February 8, 1983 - The 35th NHL All-Star Game is played at Nassau Coliseum. Wayne Gretzky scores four goals as the Campbell Conference wins, 9-3.

May 17, 1983 - The Islanders win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup by sweeping the Edmonton Oilers in four games. They visit Ronald Reagan at the White House, as Conn Smythe winner Billy Smith presents the President with a goalie stick inscribed, "The Puck Stops Here."

January 14, 1984 - Bossy scores his 400th career goal in his 506th NHL game against the Rangers. At the time, it was the quickest 400 goals scored in NHL history. It has since been surpassed by Wayne Gretzky, who accomplished the feat in 436 games.

February 29, 1984 - Patrick Flatley plays his first game for the Islanders after competing for the Canadian Olympic team at Yugoslavia. He scores on his first shot against the Winnipeg Jets. Pat LaFontaine makes his debut in the same game after playing for Team USA.

April 10, 1984 - Ken Morrow's goal at 8:56 of overtime gives the Islanders a 3-2 win in the fifth and deciding game of the Patrick Division semis against the Rangers. The Rangers had tied the game on a goal by Don Maloney with 39 seconds remaining in regulation.

May 5, 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.

May 19, 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."

January 29, 1985 - Trottier becomes the 20th NHL player to score 1,000 points.

April 16, 1985 - The Islanders become the first team in NHL history to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series, eliminating the Capitals, 3-2. Brent Sutter and Anders Kallur score in the Islanders' 2-1 win in the deciding game.

December 20, 1985 - Potvin passes Bobby Orr to become the NHL's all-time leading point scorer among defensemen when he assists on a Bossy goal against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

January 2, 1986 - Bossy scores his 500th career goal in his 647th NHL game, a 7-5 win over Boston.

Bill Smith

January 24, 1986 - Bossy scores his 1,000th NHL point as the Islanders beat Washington, 7-5.

January 28, 1986 - Potvin nets his 271st NHL goal to surpass Orr as the top goal-scoring defenseman in NHL history.

March 11, 1986 - John Tonelli is traded to Calgary for Rich Kromm and Steve Konroyd.

April 5, 1986 - Bob Nystrom plays in his 900th and final NHL game against the New Jersey Devils.

April 12, 1986 - Washington eliminates the Islanders in a first-round sweep.

May 28, 1986 - Arbour announces his resignation as head coach.

June 18, 1986 - Terry Simpson is named head coach.

April 4, 1987 - Potvin scores his 1,000th career point in a 6-6 tie with Buffalo.

April 18, 1987 - Pat LaFontaine scores at 8:42 of quadruple overtime as the Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game Seven of the Patrick Division semifinals.

January 14, 1988 - Potvin becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 300 goals.

March 31, 1988 - The Islanders clinch the Patrick Division title with a 39-31-10 record after a 7-3 win over Washington at the Coliseum. It was Potvin's final regular season game.

March 31, 1988 - Potvin plays in his final regular-season game, a 7-3 win over Washington at Nassau Coliseum.

April 10, 1988 - Brent Sutter becomes only the second player in NHL history to score a shorthanded overtime goal in the playoffs as the Islanders beat the Devils, 5-4. The Devils win the series 4-2.

Denis Potvin and Bill Smith

December 7, 1988 - Terry Simpson is dismissed as Islanders coach. Al Arbour returns to the bench.

February 22, 1989 - The Islanders send Kelly Hrudey to the Los Angeles Kings for Mark Fitzpatrick, Wayne McBean and Doug Crossman.

February 13, 1990 - Bryan Trottier records his 500th NHL goal in a 4-2 loss to Calgary.

March 31, 1990 - The Islanders clinch a playoff berth when, after they defeat the Flyers 6-2 in the regular season finale, the Penguins fall to Buffalo 3-2 in overtime. The Isles go on to lose to the Rangers in the Patrick Division semifinals four games to one.

October 25, 1991 - Torrey deals Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood, Randy Hillier and future considerations to Buffalo for Pierre Turgeon, Benoit Hogue, Uwe Krupp and Dave McLlwain. He also sends Brent Sutter and Brad Lauer to Chicago in exchange for Steve Thomas and Adam Creighton. Patrick Flatley is named the team's new captain.

February 1, 1992 - Denis Potvin's number 5 is retired.

March 3, 1992 - Mike Bossy's number 22 is retired. Scott Lachance and Marty McInnis make their Islander debuts after playing with the U.S. Olympic Team in Albertville, France.

August 17, 1992 - A group of Long Island businessmen (Robert Rosenthal, Stephen Walsh, Ralph Palleschi and Paul Greenwood) acquire managing control of the team from owner John O. Pickett, Jr. Don Maloney is named the team's new general manager, replacing Bill Torrey.

February 20, 1993 - Billy Smith's number 31 is retired.

April 2, 1993 - Turgeon records his 50th goal of the season, an overtime goal at Madison Square Garden.

April 24, 1993 - The Islanders win their third consecutive overtime game against the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in game four of the Patrick Division semifinals on a goal by Ray Ferraro in the second overtime. The win puts the Isles up three games to one in the best-of-seven series. It is Ferraro's second consecutive game-winner. Brian Mullen recorded the first overtime goal in Game Two, also in double overtime, in Washington.

April 28, 1993 - The Islanders eliminate the Capitals, four games to two. After scoring an insurance goal in the third period, Turgeon is attacked from behind by Caps captain Dale Hunter, who later receives a 21-game suspension from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

May 8, 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.

May 14, 1993 - David Volek scores at 5:16 of overtime as the Islanders stun the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins four games to three in the Patrick Division Final. The Isles fall to the Montreal Canadiens four games to one in the Wales Conference Final.

April 13, 1994 - The Islanders clinch a playoff spot with a 2-0 win in Tampa Bay. They are swept by the Rangers in the Conference quarterfinals.

June 1, 1994 - Al Arbour announces his retirement as Islander coach and accepts the position of Vice-President of Hockey Operations. He leaves as the NHL's all-time leader in games coached (1,601) and is second on the all-time coaching victories (779), playoff games coached (209) and playoff victories (123) lists behind Scotty Bowman.

June 20, 1994 - Lorne Henning is introduced as the Islanders' fifth head coach.

Bob Nystrom

April 1, 1995 - For his contributions to Long Island on and off the ice, Bob Nystrom's number 23 is retired.

July 5, 1995 - Mike Milbury is named the sixth head coach in Islanders history.

Dec. 12, 1995 - Mike Milbury is named the third General Manager in Islanders history.

March 13, 1996 - The Islanders acquire Kenny Jonsson, Darby Hendrickson, Sean Haggerty and Toronto's first pick in the 1997 Entry Draft (Roberto Luongo) from the Maple Leafs for Wendel Clark, Mathieu Schneider and D.J. Smith.

December 7, 1996 - Clark Gillies's number 9 is retired.

January 24, 1997 - Rick Bowness is named the seventh head coach in Islanders history.

January 25, 1997 - A banner commemorating Al Arbour's 739 regular season wins is raised to the rafters.

June 19, 1997 - Bryan Berard becomes the fourth Islanders player to win the Calder Trophy.

June 21, 1997 - With the fourth and fifth overall selections in the Entry Draft the Isles select goaltender Roberto Luongo from Val D'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and defenseman Eric Brewer from Prince George of the Western Hockey League.

February 25, 1998 - The sale of the Islanders to New York Sports Ventures co-chairmen Steven Gluckstern and Howard Milstein is completed.

March 3, 1998 - Trevor Linden is named the seventh captain in Islanders history.

March 11, 1998 - Mike Milbury replaces Rick Bowness as head coach.

April 8, 1998 - In a 3-2 win vs. New Jersey, Zigmund Palffy scores his 40th and 41st goals to become only the fourth player in franchise history to score 40+ goals in three straight seasons. (Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Pat LaFontaine). The Islanders franchise record shutout streak of 208:41 is snapped at 9:37 of the first period.

January 21, 1999 - Bill Stewart is named head coach as Mike Milbury gives up coaching duties.

March 20, 1999 - Mats Lindgren and Brad Isbister are acquired in separate deals with Edmonton and Phoenix for Tommy Salo and Robert Reichel, respectively.

Clark Gillies

April 30, 1999 - Butch Goring is named the ninth head coach in Islanders history.

June 20, 1999 - The Islanders acquire Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and the Kings 1999 first round draft pick (8th overall) in exchange for Zigmund Palffy, Bryan Smolinski and Marcel Cousineau on June 20, 1999.

June 26, 1999 - The Islanders, with four picks in the first round of the Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history, select Tim Connolly (5th), Taylor Pyatt (8th), Branislav Mezei (10th) and Kristian Kudroc (28th).

September 30, 1999 - Kenny Jonsson is named the eighth captain in franchise history.

December 19, 1999 - Bill Muckalt, Kevin Weekes and Dave Scatchard are acquired from Vancouver in exchange for Felix Potvin, a 2000 second round draft choice and a conditional draft choice.

April 26, 2000 - Computer Associates founder and CEO Charles Wang and CA President and COO Sanjay Kumar purchase the Islanders.

November 18, 2000 - Kenny Jonsson steps down as captain of the New York Islanders.

March 4, 2001 - Lorne Henning is named interim Head Coach, replacing Butch Goring.

March 29, 2001 - First annual Pat LaFontaine Trophy awarded to the New York Rangers as Rangers win season series, 3-2.

Charles Wang

May 23, 2001 - Peter Laviolette is named the 10th Head Coach in New York Islanders history.

June 22, 2001 - Adrian Aucoin and Alex Kharitonov are acquired from Tampa Bay for Mathieu Biron and a 2002 pick.

June 23, 2001 - The Islanders acquire Alexei Yashin from Ottawa in exchange for Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt and their 1st Round (2nd overall) pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida.

June 24, 2001 - Islanders acquire Michael Peca from Buffalo in exchange for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt.

July 1, 2001 - Garth Snow signs a free agent contract with the Islanders.

September 5, 2001 - Alexei Yashin signs a 10-year deal with the Islanders.

September 28, 2001 - The Islanders acquire Chris Osgood from the Detroit Red Wings as the first overall pick in the Waiver Draft.

October 3, 2001 - Michael Peca is named the ninth captain in Islanders history.

Mike Milbury, Michael Peca, and Peter Laviolette

October 11, 2001 - Peter Laviolette becomes the first coach in history to start his NHL head coaching career with four straight road wins. The Islanders become the second team in history start the season with a four-game road winning streak. The team posts a record of 9-0-1-1 in October, for the best start in team history.

October 20, 2001 - Bryan Trottier's number 19 is retired and raised to the rafters at Nassau Coliseum in a pre-game ceremony.

April 4, 2002 - The Islanders earn their sixth overtime win with a 2-1 victory at the Fleet Center in Boston, setting a new franchise mark for OT wins in a season.

April 6, 2002 - With a 5-4 win over Washington the Islanders clinch their first playoff berth in eight seasons.

April 12, 2002 - Wrapping up their road season with a win at Tampa Bay, the Isles finish with a road record of 21-15-3-2 marking the 5th time in franchise history that the team has posted more than 20 road wins.

April 14, 2002 - In net for a season-closing victory over Philadelphia, Chris Osgood makes his 66th appearance of the season, setting a new franchise record. Osgood's 66 games topple Billy Smith's franchise record of 65 in a season, set in 1981-82.

April 14, 2002 - After finishing with 21 wins and 51 points for the 2000-01 season, the Isles complete the 2001-02 season with 42 wins and 96 points, marking the 4th-biggest one-year turn-around in NHL history.

April 28, 2002 - Shawn Bates scores on a penalty shot (Curtis Joseph) in a Game 4 win vs. Toronto. Bates is the second American-born player to score on a penalty shot in the playoffs, the 13th NHL player overall, and the first Islander to do so.

April 30, 2002 - The Islanders lose to Toronto 4-2 in Game 7 of the Conference Quarterfinals at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Bryan Trottier

June 20, 2002 - Michael Peca becomes the first Islander to win the Frank J. Selke Trophy given to the League's top defensive forward. It was the second time Peca had won the award (1997, 2002).

June 22, 2002 - Arron Asham and a 5th rounder are acquired from Montreal for Mariusz Czerkawski.

December 21, 2002 - Rick DiPietro stops Washington's Michael Nylander on a penalty shot. 10 different Islander goaltenders have been in net for the last 10 penalty shots against, which is a NHL record.

January 11, 2003 - Jason Blake nets a hat trick against Atlanta, marking the third time in five games the Isles net a hat trick. Mark Parrish got it going on Jan. 3 vs. Boston and Dave Scatchard posted one on Jan. 7 vs. Pittsburgh.

March 11, 2003 - The Islanders acquire Janne Niinimaa from the Edmonton Oilers along with a 2003 second round pick for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres. That same day, Chris Osgood is traded to St. Louis along with a 2003 third round pick for Justin Papineau and a 2002 second rounder.

March 25, 2003 - Alexei Yashin scores a career-best four goals and adds an assist in a 9-2 route in Chicago. Arron Asham recorded a career-high five points in that game. It is the Islanders' first-ever win at the United Center.

April 4, 2003 - The Islanders clinch their second-straight playoff berth as the Rangers lose at home to the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.

April 9, 2003 - Garth Snow records the shutout as the Isles take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup vs. Ottawa, 3-0.

April 17, 2003 - The Ottawa Senators eliminate the Islanders in five games with a 4-1 triumph in Game 5 at the Corel Centre.

June 3, 2003 - Steve Stirling is named the 11th head coach in New York Islanders history as Peter Laviolette is relieved of his duties after two seasons at the helm.

July 22, 2004 - The Islanders purchase their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

August 3, 2005 - A day after signing Alexei Zhitnik, the Islanders make a flurry of roster moves. Miroslav Satan signs as an unrestricted free agent, while Brent Sopel is acquired from Vancouver for a conditional draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Later that day, Michael York and a 2006 conditional draft pick are acquired from Edmonton in exchange for Michael Peca.

Rick DiPietro
October 19, 2005
- Rick DiPietro turned away all three Rangers shooters at Madison Square Garden and Miroslav Satan scored the Islanders’ first-ever shootout goal for the franchise’s first-ever shootout win.

January 12, 2006 - Owner Charles B. Wang announces that general manager Mike Milbury, upon the naming of a successor, will step away from the GM position and become a Senior Vice President for Wang's sports properties, which includes the Islanders, New York Dragons (AFL), Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) and Islanders Iceworks. Steve Stirling was also relieved of his duties as head coach and assistant coach Brad Shaw was named interim head coach. Shaw would lead the team to an 18-18-4 record.

March 4, 2006 - The Islanders honor their 1980 Stanley Cup team with events scheduled throughout the day. Activities are capped off with “The Walk of Champions”, where each member of the team in attendance walked from the Long Island Marriott hotel to ice level of the Coliseum, followed by a 45-minute on-ice ceremony.

March 9, 2006 - A day after trading Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel to the Los Angeles Kings for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini, the Islanders trade Oleg Kvasha and Brad Lukowich to the Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils for draft picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

June 6, 2006 - Ted Nolan is named the thirteenth head coach in Islanders history and Bryan Trottier is formally introduced as the team’s Executive Director of Player Development.

 July 18, 2006 -  Garth Snow announces his retirement as a player and is hired as the general manager of the Islanders.

 September 13, 2006 -  Rick DiPietro is signed to a 15-year contract. It is the longest contract in franchise history.

February 27, 2007 - The Islanders acquire "Captain Canada" Ryan Smyth from the Edmonton Oilers for prospects Robert Nilsson, Ryan O'Marra and the team’s first round draft selection in 2007.

February 27, 2007 - The Islanders acquire "Captain Canada" Ryan Smyth from the Edmonton Oilers for prospects Robert Nilsson, Ryan O'Marra and the team’s first round draft selection in 2007.

March 5, 2007 - Rick DiPietro sets a career-high and new franchise record by making 56 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

March 10, 2007 - Rick DiPietro becomes the first goaltender in franchise history to win 30 or more games in multiple seasons with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

April 8, 2007 - Already receiving help from other teams, the Islanders enter the regular season finale needing a victory over the New Jersey Devils to qualify for the playoffs. They do, winning 3-2 in the shootout with a memorable poke-check from Wade Dubielewicz to clinch the game.

July 5, 2007 - The Islanders announce the free agent signings of Bill Guerin and Mike Comrie. Guerin is named the team captain in an introductory press conference the following week.


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