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This Day in Isles History: July 9

Bill Guerin is named the 11th captain in franchise history

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July 9, 2007 - Bill Guerin is named the 11th captain in franchise history. The four-time NHL All Star joined the Islanders in 2007 after inking a two-year deal. During his two seasons with the Isles, Guerin compiled 80 points (39G, 41A) in 142 games. Under his captaincy, the Islanders posted an overall record of 55-74-16.

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This Day in Isles History: June 6

June 6 marks the anniversary of the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft

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June 6, 1972 - The 1972 NHL Expansion Draft - the date when the Islanders tangibly became a team. At NewYorkIslanders.com, we look back at a landmark moment for the franchise. 

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This Day in Isles History: May 24

Bobby Nystrom scores in overtime and the Islanders win their first Stanley Cup

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May 24, 1980 - The dynasty is born! Bobby Nystrom scores at 7:11 of overtime from John Tonelli's cross-ice feed as the Isles beat the Flyers 5-4 in Game 6 to win their first Stanley Cup. Bryan Trottier wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with 29 points (12G, 17A) through 21 games.

May 24 marks arguably the most important date in franchise history and the start of the Islanders four-straight Stanley Cups. To the guys on the ice, Nystrom's OT winner marked both excitement and relief. 

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This Day in Isles History: May 21

The Islanders win their second-straight Stanley Cup

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Islanders Win Second Stanley Cup

This Day in Isles History: Isles Win 2nd Stanley Cup

May 21, 1981 - The Islanders defeat the Minnesota North Stars in Game 5 to win their second Stanley Cup.

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May 21, 1981 - The Islanders win their second Stanley Cup, defeating the Minnesota North Stars four games to one. The Islanders beat Minnesota 5-1 in Game 5 to clinch the series. Butch Goring scored two goals in Game 5, putting the finishing touches on his Conn Smythe Trophy win. Goring won the Conn Smythe with 20 points (10G, 10A), including two game-winning goals, through 15 playoff games.

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This Day in Isles History: May 17

The Islanders win their fourth-consecutive Stanley Cup

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TDIIH: Isles Win 4th Stanley Cup

This Day in Isles History: Isles Win 4th Stanley Cup

May 17, 1983 - The Islanders completed a sweep of the Edmonton Oilers to win their fourth-straight Stanley Cup.

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May 17, 1983 - The Islanders win their fourth-straight cup with a sweep over the Edmonton Oilers. The Isles win 4-2 in Game 4 with goals from Bryan Trottier, John Tonelli, Mike Bossy and Ken Morrow. Goaltender Billy Smith wins the Conn Smythe Trophy after picking up 13 wins and two shutouts through 17 playoff games.

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This Day in Isles History: May 16

The Islanders win their third-straight Stanley Cup completing a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks

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TDIIH: Isles Win 3rd Stanley Cup

This Day in Isles History: Isles Win 3rd Stanley Cup

May 16, 1982: The Islanders win their third-straight Stanley Cup completing a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks.

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May 16, 1982 - The Islanders win their third-consecutive Stanley Cup, with a four-game sweep over the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Bossy wins Conn Smythe Trophy with his 27 points (17G, 10A) through 19 playoff games. The Islanders clinch the Cup in Vancouver, the only time during the dynasty they clinch the championship on the road. 

 

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This Day in Isles History: May 15

The Islanders draft Denis Potvin first overall in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft

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May 15, 1973 - The New York Islanders drafted a franchise cornerstone and future Hall of Famer when they selected Denis Potvin first overall in 1973. Potvin's resume is second-to-none: captain of the Islanders four Stanley Cup winning teams, three Norris Trophies for best defenseman (1976, 78 and 79), a Calder Trophy and 1052 points in 1060 games - all with the Isles. 

When he retired in 1988, he left as the NHL's highest-scoring defenseman ever, and the first to score 300 goals and 1,000 points. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and had his number retired by the team in 1992.

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This Day in Isles History: May 14

The Islanders defeat the reigning Stanley Cup champions with David Volek's OT winner

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May 14, 1993 - David Volek scores at 5:16 of overtime, as the Islanders stun the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-3 win in Game 7 of the Patrick Division Final.

The Islanders, who were heavy underdogs without leading scorer Pierre Turgeon, led 3-1 with four minutes to play in Game 7 before allowing two goals in the final four minutes of regulation. However, they shook off the comeback to clinch the series in OT, as Ray Ferraro set up Volek for the winning goal. 

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Read Stan Fischler's profile of Volek here

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This Day in Isles History: April 26

The Islanders complete a 0-3 series comeback with Game 7 win over Penguins in 1975

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April 26, 1975: The Islanders come back from a 0-3 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in the second round of the playoffs. Ed Westfall scores with just over five minutes left in regulation and Glenn Resch makes 30 saves in the Isles' 1-0 victory, which made them the second team in NHL history (Toronto, 1942) to complete such a comeback.

Video: Memories: Isles conquer 3-0 series deficit vs. Pens

From Stan Fischler's account of the 1975 comeback

After two periods, fans were treated to a perfect 0-0 game although the shots on goal indicated otherwise -- 25-11 in favor of Pittsburgh.

"Even though we were being outshot," captain Ed Westfall claimed, "we stuck to our game plan. Our energy level still was high and our discipline good."

Under the circumstances, Resch had to be better than just good. Ditto for his colorful face mask. In the first period Syl Apps, Jr. of Pittsburgh fired a blast that proved a bullseye on the mask but rebounded to the corner and then to the point outside the blue line.

Read more here. Read Chico Resch's account here

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This Day in Isles History: April 24

Shawn Bates' penalty shot and a pair of OT winners highlight this day in Isles history

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April 24, 2002: Shawn Bates scores on a penalty shot against Curtis Joseph in a Game Four win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bates is the second American-born player to score on a penalty shot in the playoffs, the 13th NHL player overall, and the first Islander to do so.

Video: Shawn Bates Penalty Shot

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