In 1975 the New York Islanders made the playoffs for the first time in their existence. Their first postseason foe? None other than the New York Rangers, still the team of Gilbert, Park, Ratelle, and Giacomin, all of whom were on the ice in overtime when this happened:
The Islanders then moved on to play Pittsburgh.
Seven years later, the Islanders would face a scrappy Penguins team in the first round of the 1982 playoffs. Pittsburgh took the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions to a deciding game, which it was leading, 3-2, in the Islanders’ home rink. Then this happened:
So the game went to overtime, where this happened:
John Tonelli later shared his reaction to his series winner.
Eleven years later, the roles were reversed. Now it was the scrappy New York Islanders who took on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, a confrontation best represented here:
The two teams battled to a deciding game at Pittsburgh’s Igloo, where this happened:
I wonder whether David Volek is as well known in Pittsburgh as Bucky Dent is in Boston.
Just remember, John Hennessy: the refs always catch the retaliation.