In their four years as Stanley Cup champions, the New York Islanders faced only one game in which their dynasty could have ended with a single loss. Thirty years later, longtime Isles forward Bob Nystrom and then-Pittsburgh defenseman Randy Carlyle both have vivid memories of April 13, 1982 -- albeit for different reasons.
The Islanders had stormed through the regular season, finishing first in the overall standings and setting an NHL record by winning 15 straight games. The Penguins had finished fourth in the Patrick Division with 75 points, 43 behind New York.
"We were a young hockey club, and that was the first or second year of Eddie Johnston as coach. We were an offensive team and we were really the underdog to go in against the Islanders and that dynasty of a hockey club they had," Carlyle, now the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, told NHL.com's Neil Acharya.