Bob Nystrom’s OT goal leads the Islanders to Game 6 win over Flyers and a first Stanley Cup.
As the Islanders wind down their era at Nassau Coliseum during the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Daily News takes a look 10 of the most memorable moments in their history there.
1. BOB NYSTROM’S OT GOAL
Tied 4-4 at the 7:11 mark of overtime of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, Nystrom tapped a John Tonelli pass past Flyers goaltender Pete Peeters to give the Islanders their first championship and ignite a dynasty.
2. FOURTH CUP WIN
The capacity crowd counted down with glee as goaltender Billy Smith — the eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner — snagged one last shot by Wayne Gretzky as the Isles swept the Oilers to win their fourth consecutive Cup, a feat unlikely to ever be equaled again.
3. KEN MORROW OT WINNER
Don Maloney and the Rangers pushed the Islanders to the brink in Game 5 of the 1984 Patrick Division semifinal, but Morrow’s OT game-winner temporarily kept the dynasty alive.
4. SHAWN BATES PENALTY SHOT
Arguably the loudest moment in the history of the Coliseum, Bates beat Toronto goaltender Curtis Joseph to carry the Isles over the Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the first round of the 2002 playoffs.
Captain Denis Potvin and Conn Smyth Trophy winner Butch Goring celebrate back-to-back win.
5. BACK TO BACK
After winning the year before on Nystrom’s dramatic overtime goal, the Coliseum crowd got to soak in the team’s second straight championship as the Isles defeated the North Stars, 5-1, in Game 5 as Captain Denis Potvin and Conn Smyth Trophy winner Butch Goring celebrate.
6. TONELLI OT WINNER
Tonelli produced the most memorable assist in Islander history on Bob Nystrom’s OT winner in 1980 and also gave the franchise another unforgettable goal. His Game 5 score in the first round of the 1982 playoffs carried the Isles past the Penguins and toward their third consecutive Cup.
7. MIKE BOSSY 50 IN 50
Arguably the greatest goal scorer in NHL history, Bossy became the second player to score 50 goals in 50 games with a two-goal night over Quebec in 1981.
8. AL ARBOUR 1,500
The legendary Islanders coach came out of retirement for one last game behind the bench in 2007 to coach in his 1,500th game. The Isles won, 3-2, for Arbour’s 782nd career victory, his 740th with the Islanders.
John Tavares helps Isles to first home playoff win since 2002 with 2013 victory over Penguins.
9. BRYAN TROTTIER’S 8 POINTS VS RANGERS
Probably the greatest player to ever wear an Islander uniform, Trottier scored five goals and three assists in a 9-4 victory over the hated Rangers in 1978.
10. JOHN TAVARES GAME-WINNER VS. PENS
In the first round of the 2013 playoffs, Game 4 was tied, 4-4, midway through the third period before Tavares snapped a rebound past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. It was the Isles first home playoff win since 2002.
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