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40 years by the numbers

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

40 – Years that the New York Islanders have been in the National Hockey League. The franchise played its first game Oct. 7, 1972.

– Hat tricks recorded by Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy between 1977-88. 

– Years old, the age when Islanders Hall of Famer and original captain Ed Westfall retired.

– Game-winning goals scored by each Bob Bourne and Brent Sutter.  

Michael Grabner (Getty Images)
36 – Home overtime wins. The Islanders tend to play the full five minutes with 194 ties and 68 shootouts after the extra frame.

– Points scored by Mike Bossy in the 1980-81 playoffs, the most in Islanders history.

– Goals Michael Grabner scored in his rookie campaign. It led the team during 2010-11.

– Wins the Islanders needed to qualify for their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in 1974-75. They would go on to beat the Rangers in a best-of-three series and come back from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the Penguins in seven games. The miracle run ended against the Flyers in the semifinals.

– Wins, the most by an Islanders goaltender in a single year. Three Islanders lay claim to this record: Billy Smith, Chris Osgood and Rick DiPietro.

– The number worn by Billy Smith, the first goaltender in NHL history to be credited with a goal. It hangs from the rafters at the Coliseum.

– Playoff series won by New York Islanders.

– Points scored by Bryan Trottier in the 1979-80 playoffs, leading him to the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup.

– Islanders that have played in the NHL All-Star Game.

– Seconds for the fastest three goals in Islanders history. Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier and Bob Bourne lit up the Rangers on Oct. 23, 1983.

– Consecutive games played by Tommy Salo in 1996-97. The most any Isles goalie has played in a row.

– Career shutouts recorded by Chico Resch in an Islanders uniform. This is still the Islanders record.

– Players who have worn number 34 for the Islanders, the most of any jersey number.

– Home games without a loss. The streak happened twice: Oct. 17, 1978 – Jan. 20, 1979 and Jan. 2 – Apr. 3, 1982.

Mike Bossy (Getty Images)
– The number worn by Mike Bossy throughout his 10-season NHL career. Bossy scored .762 goals per game in his career, the highest of any player in NHL history.

– Players selected by the Islanders in the 1972 Expansion Draft. That includes: Ed Westfall, Gerry Hart and Billy Smith.

– Assists in one game. The Islanders totaled 20 assists against the New York Rangers on Nov. 17, 1984.

– Consecutive playoff series won from 1980-1984, an NHL record.

– 100-point seasons for Islanders players. Mike Bossy’s 147-point season in 1981-82 is the most to date.

– Seasons played by Billy Smith. It still stands as an Islanders record.

– Goals scored by Mike Bossy in five career playoff hat tricks. He scored four goals against Boston on May 7, 1983, his last playoff trick.

– Losses in a single season, a franchise low. The Islanders were 51-15-14 in 1978-79.

– Wins in a row at the Coliseum. The streak lasted from Jan. 2 – Feb. 25, 1982.

– Team captains in franchise history from Ed Westfall to Mark Streit.

– Times an Islanders player has scored over 50 goals in one season.

– Goals, the most the Islanders have scored in a single game. They did it twice: Dec. 20, 1983 at Toronto and Mar. 3, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh.

– Team shutouts in a single season. The record was set by Chico Resch (7) and Billy Smith (3) in 1975-76. 

Billy Smith (Getty Images)
9 – Shootout wins in a season. This franchise high was set in 2005-06, the shootout’s inaugural year in the NHL.

– Individual banners that hang from the rafters at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

– Periods in the Islanders longest game, the Apr. 18, 1987 “Easter Epic” against the Washington Capitals. The game ended in the fourth overtime of Game Seven in the semifinals.

– Assists in one game. Mike Bossy recorded six on January 6, 1981.

– Seconds to score a goal. Bryan Trottier scored the Islanders fastest goal just five seconds into a tilt with Boston on Mar. 22, 1984. It is tied for the NHL record. 

– Stanley Cups. 1980, 81, 82, 83.

– 1,000+ point players. Bryan Trottier (1,353) Mike Bossy (1,126) and Denis Potvin (1,052) are the only Islanders to surpass 1,000 points.

– 50+ goal scorers in the same season. Mike Bossy (64) and Bryan Trottier (50) accomplished this in 1981-82.

– Rink that the Islanders have called home. In 40 years, a lot of history has taken place at Nassau Coliseum. 
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