30th Anniversary of the Greatest Playoff Streak

The Islanders Dynasty won four cups in a row and was one of, if not the best dynasties ever in major professional sports. One of the records the team set during the dynasty run may stand forever and, as resident IPB Historian Steven Steinsaltz writes, today is the 30th anniversary of the occasion:

30 years ago today, Mike Bossy scored two goals and Billy Smith stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Islanders beat Montreal 4-1 to take the Prince of Wales Conference Championship series in 6 games. It was their record 19th-straight playoff series win. Only one team in North American major sports history (1959-66 Celtics, 17) has come within 6 of that mark.

On that night, the Islanders’ all-time playoff series record in their 12 years of existence stood at 26-5, their game record stood at 104-49, and their all-time overtime record stood at 21-5. Since then, in 29 seasons plus the 1984 Finals, their series record is 4-13, their game record is 32-61, and their overtime record is 8-8.

The Islanders beat the Canadiens in Game Six in 1984 at the Coliseum, and here’s the 8-minute highlight video of the action:




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tag1
tag1

Moves continue to be made in the NHL, from TSN:


"The Philadelphia Flyers have called a news conference for Wednesday morning to announce "front office promotions," amid reports that assistant general manager Ron Hextall will be promoted to general manager.

According to a report from Comcast Sportsnet and Philadelphia Daily News reports, it is expected that Hextall will take over, while existing GM Paul Holmgren as team president."

I'm sure Holmgren was out all night celebrating his "promotion".

jepliberty
jepliberty

Bossy, from 25, 30 feet out was deadly with his shot and also my favorite player, with Trots 2nd, Jethro 3rd and the great JT next. oh yeah JT was Tonelli, the original JT.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

The goaltending has been subpar league-wide these playoffs. Even stalwarts like Rask and Quick and Lundquist have looked incredibly average. Maybe that's one of the reasons you have all these blown leads.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Islanders blew two goal leads this season because they were an average to below average team......happens every year to teams with holes in their lineups.  Nothing to see here.  Why it's happening in the playoffs to more skilled teams is worth examining.  What happened to the Islanders and the rest of the bottom feeders in November, has little to do with what's happening to the elite teams in the playoffs.  To try to link the two is ridiculous, the kind of thing a put upon beat writer would come up with while trying to cobble together a story while the team of ne'er do wells he covers are off playing golf.  Beat writer for the Islanders should come with combat pay and additional PTSD coverage.

tag1
tag1

Nashville just hired Lavy as their coach.

camb33
camb33

@gleichzahl I bet you collberg never even makes a pass in an islander uniform

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Scott Weinstein  there's also been some quick early game spurts based on wild crowd support.  but then some of the 'weaker' teams ran out of steam (dal, cbj).  in regular season the visitor might give you those games, in the playoffs they come back.  and in the second round it hasn't happened anyway.  maybe it was more of an underdog against favorite first-round thing.

dkdk
dkdk

Staple has to make sure he keeps his credentials and part time job intact

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@rmreturns  You're the poster boy for Stockholm Syndrome.  You need help, you really do.  I'm not kidding, you're sick.  

rocco
rocco

@rmreturns- Stay off the sauce and pills, you're starting to slip like a Mo-fo...

dkdk
dkdk

Nashville just became a better team. Congrats Lavy.

dkdk
dkdk

A little difference when it happens in the playoffs against another very good team with their season on the line than it is a Tuesday in November against Winnipeg or buffalo.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Macacawitz @rmreturns  


Yeah guys like this worry me.  How many more posts before he goes postal?

John Falcone
John Falcone

@dkdk  I think he's a good coach, but maybe has that Tortorella effect where he loses the team after 4-5 years.  

dkdk
dkdk

Yes keep putting down teams for trying something else when our status quo brings so much success

dkdk
dkdk

From your fingers to Gods ear mitch

dkdk
dkdk

Exactly tag. I know there are a couple that are way too overly polyannic about things, but I don't think anyone else comes on solely to alienate and attempt to belittle people.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk all fun no headaches for him dk

dkdk
dkdk

That probably is the answer tag

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

haha dont blame you.  if there is any such clause that snow stays on that would be the biggest joke ever. 

tag1
tag1

@dkdk I'll tell you one thing I won't think much of this new owner if he needs wang's approval to make changes in the organization.

dkdk
dkdk

I don't know Slapshot, is that confirmed? There was someone saying he wanted a snow stays on clause, who knows what is rumor and what this egomaniac wants. The bottom line for me is a want this team fully ripped out of his claws.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk "The only thing I didn't love about the four cups post was the 25% retention. Which again goes back to, if the team is such a hardship why would he want any stake"

wang doesn't want to have to answer to the barclay's people because the great charles wang doesn't answer to anybody this way the new owner has to deal with the barclay's people and wang gets to keep his hand in the cookie jar.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@dkdk  but does that really matter? he wouldnt be in charge of operations.

dkdk
dkdk

Yes mitch I have often wondered about that myself. He certainly seems far more wang centric than team oriented to me.

The only thing I didn't love about the four cups post was the 25% retention. Which again goes back to, if the team is such a hardship why would he want any stake

dkdk
dkdk

Exactly mitch .... If he is right, four cups became my idol without ever having met him!

mets8669
mets8669

The starting pitching is solid we just need bullpen help and one big power bat (Giancarlo Stanton)

dkdk
dkdk

Lol .... Mets8669 ..... How many years can we keep watching the pen crap out constantly! They actually had me starting to get a little excited about the decent start and then the BP phone rings and I deflate. At least the rotation looks like it will be the REAL deal relatively soon.

mets8669
mets8669

That's call sportscenter

dkdk
dkdk

Orange .... A 77 acre lighthouse with highlights of the mets bullpen playing in a loop

mets8669
mets8669

Someone with a sense of humor ... Finally

dkdk
dkdk

77 .... You are right, venting about a criminal salary cap circumventing owner is the same as posting insults and belittling comments all over every thread like rm. completely the same.

As far as I know wang is the only one in the organization and on this board that has overseen the biggest accounting fraud in Long Island and/or the software industry's biggest book cooking. He is the only one that put numerous direct reports in jail. The only one that cost thousands their jobs. So I have no problem with all he bad he has done in his life telling him to go F himself. There will be a special place in helllll with his name on it.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@dkdk You are the last person who should talk about showing class. How many FU Wang chants have you endorsed. Fifth graders have more class than that. 

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@rmreturns @gleichzahl  i've never argued 'the 2 goal thing.'  but if you do it's got to be apples to apples.  the islanders' regular season compared to other teams' regular season.  the data seems to suggest a difference btwn regular season and playoffs, if teams perform differently in the two.  seems to me it's iffy to compare islanders' regular season to someone else's playoffs.

dkdk
dkdk

Rm we have done this dance before and again being insulted by someone who's life goal is defending a corporate acct fraud who adversely affected innocent investors for his personal gain has no effect on me. Actually it makes me feel better to be honest because you are all about going against results and common sense and on top of that never show a single bit of humility or a modicum of class.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

rm its not really the same...the 20/52 makes up of multiple different teams, and in a small sample size.  odds are over time, things would even out and they wouldnt get to blow 15 games out of 82 as the isles sadly have.  

mets8669
mets8669

@rmreturns    what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

dkdk
dkdk

The spin is the playoffs and regular season are completely different animals. One has nothing to do with the other.

dkdk
dkdk

You should be employed by NASA with all of the centrifuge spinning you do around here.

dkdk
dkdk

Yes a 2 goal lead in a best of 7 against a team like the kings is definitely the same as game 26 against buffalo.

Even wang snow and staple wouldn't believe that spin

dkdk
dkdk

There is some irony there. The wins didn't offset the blown leads and that is where it lies, on a golf course. Going back rm's initial hey look at me post, teams blow leads in playoffs yes. More logical as to why in my opinion.

Playoffs and regular seasons are apples and oranges comparisons though. There is a reason why the playoffs are often called the second season.

doc942
doc942

@dkdk  I realize that... that's because they aren't as good as most teams.  Funny that the led the league in 3rd period comeback wins though right?

dkdk
dkdk

Mitch ..... That's how Golden Eagles do it ... Lol

dkdk
dkdk

Doc the point is no one blew anywhere near the amount of 2 goal leads that we did. But we know you aren't a fan of those facts or standings.

doc942
doc942

@orange2327  The point is ALL teams blow 2 goal leads.  The Islanders aren't as good as those teams in the playoffs.  It's not complicated.  Good teams blow leads and bad teams blow leads more often.

doc942
doc942

@orange2327  I'm sorry did I speak out of turn.  I'll be quiet now.  

doc942
doc942

@rmreturns  Amazing how the logic changes whenever it doesn't fit the FU Wang, Snow, "Cappy" addenda. 

dkdk
dkdk

Everything with you is sarcasm and agenda based, no need to preface.

Where did I say it is acceptable? To the contrary I said when you are playing better teams in a more intense environment it makes more sense than wetting the bed in November against a dreg like buffalo that knew they were done by Halloween.

Solid wang/snow/Cappy pandering though. No sarcasm there.