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: