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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

FSN steps up with bonus coverage of Al Arbour's 1500th game on Saturday

For those fans who can't make it out for Al Arbour's historic return behind the Islanders' bench on Saturday, the place to be from 6:00 – 10:00 pm will be FSN.
  • Here's a rundown of FSN's special coverage of a night Islanders fans will never forget.
  • "Hockey Night Live: Al Arbour Returns" will begin at 6:00 pm on Saturday – adding a half-hour of pre-game coverage. The first half-hour of this special program will be co-hosted by Deb Kaufman and Butch Goring.
  • FSN will re-visit one of most memorable moments from Al's coaching career:  April 13, 1982 against the Penguins.  With only 5:50 remaining in the fifth and deciding game of the Patrick Division Semifinal series – and the Islanders trailing the game 3-1 – Arbour elected to pull Billy Smith in favor of Roland Melanson.   By rule, the Islanders were allowed to warm up the replacement goaltender.  This gave the power play unit a chance to rest, which paid dividends after the warmup period when Mike McEwen scored a power play goal before the next whistle even sounded.  Billy Smith was put back in and then John Tonelli scored the tying goal, sending the game into overtime, where Tonelli again played the hero and won the game.  That game preserved the team's run at the dynasty, as well as solidifying Al's reputation as a master of strategy.
  • During the 6:30 "Hockey Night Live" time period FSN will air a feature with some of Al's former players (Bryan Trottier, Bob Bourne, Gerry Hart) and current coach Ted Nolan talking about what it means to have Al behind the bench one more time, as well as airing sound from Al's contract-signing press conference on Friday.

During the game FSN is adding a camera that will focus on the Islanders bench for the entire game and the FSN crew will have Ted Nolan miked throughout.

Of course, FSN will also cover all post-game activity.

So if you can't make it to the Coliseum on Saturday, tune in to FSN.

To purchase your tickets for Al Arbour Night, #1500 when the Islanders host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at the Coliseum, click here.

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