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Overtime is no longer 'Islander Time'

Monday, 05.06.2013 / 1:38 PM

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist / Penguins-Islanders series blog

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Overtime is no longer 'Islander Time'

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- For the first two decades of their existence, the New York Islanders were the most successful overtime team in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Islanders won the first of their four consecutive Stanley Cups on Bob Nystrom's OT goal in Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final. They eliminated the arch-rival New York Rangers in the fifth and deciding game of their first-round series when Ken Morrow scored in overtime. And they completed one of the biggest upsets in playoff history when David Volek's OT goal in Game 7 of the second round eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were going for their third consecutive Stanley Cup.

At that point in their history, the Islanders had played 36 overtime games in the playoffs and won 29 of them.

Twenty years later, they're still looking for win No. 30.

New York's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins on Sunday was the fifth time in a row the Islanders have lost a playoff game in OT. Three of the losses have come at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where they haven't won in OT since beating Washington in Game 4 of the first round in 1993.

Sunday's loss also put the Islanders in line to make some unwanted history. They've now dropped seven consecutive playoff games in their own building, matching a record held by five other teams. A loss in Game 4 on Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS) will give New York sole possession of a record no one wants.

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