Playing on the penalty kill unit can be a thankless job. But these ten Islanders forwards proved that it can be rewarding. In this edition of NYI Top 10, we take a look back at the team’s greatest forward penalty killers. Below are picks 6-10.
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10. Richard Park
|Richard Park |
Entering his third season with the Islanders, Park is rapidly developing into the best penalty killer on the team. Park led the team with four shorthanded goals this past year, including a goal scored in the season finale against the Rangers during a Rangers 5-on-3 power play. That goal was Park’s second 3-on-5 goal in two seasons. His first came against the Penguins during his inaugural season with the Isles. His tenacious play on the penalty kill has made him one of the best on the Islanders today.
9. Zigmund Palffy
|Zigmund Palffy |
Palffy is tenth all-time on the Islanders with nine shorthanded goals. His ability to score during the penalty kill was unquestionable, particularly after he led the team with four short handed goals in 1996-1997. In each of his four full seasons on the Island he had at least one short handed goal. He also had a knack for creating opportunities for others with his five assists on the penalty kill. Palffy also holds the franchise record for the fastest consecutive shorthanded goals, scoring two in 53 seconds in 1999.
8. Benoit Hogue
|Benoit Hogue |
Hogue was a brash player whose four years on Long Island marked the apex of his career. He was acquired in 1991, and his impact would be almost immediate. In 1993-1994, he tied for the team lead with five shorthanded goals. Additionally, he made a name for himself as a defensive-minded winger, and this play carried over extremely well to the penalty kill.
7. Brent Sutter
|Brent Sutter |
Sutter was an Islander for a decade, and was a major factor in the team’s success during the dynasty years. He was also named captain of the team in 1988, a role he fulfilled well until his departure in 1991. Sutter’s leadership abilities on the ice were part of what made him so strong on the penalty kill. He commanded the unit, and was strong on the counterattack, using his skills as a goal scorer to create shorthanded opportunities. Sutter is seventh all time in shorthanded goals for the Isles, and led the team in the same category in his last four seasons on the Island. Sutter’s aggressive play, paired with his prowess at winning face-offs and his strong defensive skills, all combined to make him the ideal forward on the penalty kill.
6. Bob Bourne
|Bob Bourne |
This member of the Islanders Hall of Fame was known mostly for his offensive play during his 12 years on the Island. Using his skills as a goal scorer, Bourne also brought versatility to the penalty kill. His ability to attack the puck and then create offensively going the other way was vital to both his and the team’s success when shorthanded. Bourne is currently fifth all time in shorthanded goals for the Isles with 16. He led the team in the same category in the 1980-1981 season with seven shorthanded goals. Bourne’s seven shorties is still an Islanders single season record. More NYI Top 10 lists:
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