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Maven's Memories: The Stan and Nabby Show

Stan Fischler on his unique bond with goalie Evgeni Nabokov

by Stan Fischler @StanFischler / NewYorkIslanders.com

Evgeni Nabokov is from Kazakhstan and The Maven is from Brooklyn. Nabby is a goalkeeper turned goalie coach and I'm a journalist. So how come we bonded?

I'm glad you asked.

These are questions that I'm still pondering now that our tight Islanders relationship has become long ago and far away. But we're still pals, via email.

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NHL History

Ross, Smythe ended bitter feud following 1939 Stanley Cup Final

Managers shook hands after Bruins defeated Maple Leafs in 1st best-of-7 championship series

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

This week, Fischler looks back 84 years when the NHL held its first best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, pitting the Boston Bruins against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 1939 Final also featured a personal battle between the leaders of each team, Art Ross of Boston and Conn Smythe of Toronto, as well as an unexpected happy ending to their feud.

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NHL History

Black Hawks had subdued celebration after winning Stanley Cup in 1961

Snowstorm, hotel renovation, exhaustion among obstacles after defeating Red Wings

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers each Wednesday. 

This week Fischler reports about the subdued celebration after the Chicago Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961. 

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Maven's Memories: Trent Hunter, A Powerful Power Forward

Stan Fischler looks back at Trent Hunter's Islanders tenure

by Stan Fischler @StanFischler / NewYorkIslanders.com

When Trent Hunter broke into the NHL with the Islanders, all the starry goods were there. The shot -- a bullet. The style -- aggressive. The grit -- he hit. The defense; he diligently played the 200-foot game.

Everything looked so good right from the get-go in his first NHL games during the intense 2002 playoff against Toronto. Chronicler Zachary Weinstock, remembers it only too well.

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NHL History

Richard's controversial goal helped Canadiens win Stanley Cup in 1966

'I had to make a tough call,' referee said after Game 6 OT score decided best-of-7 series

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

This week Fischler reveals the strangest Stanley Cup-winning goal he's ever seen.

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Maven's Memories: Frans Nielsen, Sultan of the Shootout

Stan Fischler profiles Frans Nielsen and the Danish Backhand of Judgement

by Stan Fischler @StanFischler / NewYorkIslanders.com

There were a lot of things to like about Frans Nielsen when he wore the Islanders livery; not the least of which was his unmitigated mastery of the Shootout.

In fact, it would be a fair to say that Denmark's gift to the National Hockey League ranks among the most multi-dimensional forwards in the Islanders half-century of operation.

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NHL History

Smythe provided Maple Leafs with inspiration in 1942 Final despite ban

Team founder overcame obstacles to deliver between-periods speech in Game 7 against Red Wings

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers every Wednesday.

This week, Fischler recalls a rare behind- the-scenes story of Toronto Maple Leafs patriarch Conn Smythe and a bizarre situation in the 1942 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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NHL History

Devils' Cup win in 1995 not only time experts were wrong in playoffs

Stan Fischler explores other surprising NHL postseason results

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers every Wednesday. 

This week, Fischler offers five unexpected Stanley Cup Playoff results from the past.

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Maven's Memories: Joe Reekie, Stand-up Comic and Stand-up Defenseman

Joe Reekie was a comedian in the room, but no joke on the ice

by Stan Fischler @StanFischler / NewYorkIslanders.com

When Joe Reekie became a New York Islander in 1989, he could have been mistaken for a refugee from Saturday Night Live.

Or, as one reporter remarked after a few interviews with the native of Victoria, British Columbia, "If you didn't know better, you'd mistake Joe for a stand-up comic. The one-liners pop out of his mouth faster than poke checks from his stick."

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NHL History

Flyers' 1974 Stanley Cup win among biggest upsets in NHL playoff history

Fischler lists top postseason surprises

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

 

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