40 years by the numbers

A look at milestones and historic happenings in the Islanders 40 years, counting down from 40 to 1.

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 4:25 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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40 years by the numbers

40 – Years that the New York Islanders have been in the National Hockey League. The franchise played its first game Oct. 7, 1972.

39
– Hat tricks recorded by Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy between 1977-88. 

38
– Years old, the age when Islanders Hall of Famer and original captain Ed Westfall retired.

37
– Game-winning goals scored by each Bob Bourne and Brent Sutter.  

Michael Grabner (Getty Images)
36 – Home overtime wins. The Islanders tend to play the full five minutes with 194 ties and 68 shootouts after the extra frame.

35
– Points scored by Mike Bossy in the 1980-81 playoffs, the most in Islanders history.

34
– Goals Michael Grabner scored in his rookie campaign. It led the team during 2010-11.

33
– Wins the Islanders needed to qualify for their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in 1974-75. They would go on to beat the Rangers in a best-of-three series and come back from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the Penguins in seven games. The miracle run ended against the Flyers in the semifinals.

32
– Wins, the most by an Islanders goaltender in a single year. Three Islanders lay claim to this record: Billy Smith, Chris Osgood and Rick DiPietro.

31
– The number worn by Billy Smith, the first goaltender in NHL history to be credited with a goal. It hangs from the rafters at the Coliseum.

30
– Playoff series won by New York Islanders.

29
– Points scored by Bryan Trottier in the 1979-80 playoffs, leading him to the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup.

28
– Islanders that have played in the NHL All-Star Game.

27
– Seconds for the fastest three goals in Islanders history. Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier and Bob Bourne lit up the Rangers on Oct. 23, 1983.

26
– Consecutive games played by Tommy Salo in 1996-97. The most any Isles goalie has played in a row.

25
– Career shutouts recorded by Chico Resch in an Islanders uniform. This is still the Islanders record.

24
– Players who have worn number 34 for the Islanders, the most of any jersey number.

23
– Home games without a loss. The streak happened twice: Oct. 17, 1978 – Jan. 20, 1979 and Jan. 2 – Apr. 3, 1982.

Mike Bossy (Getty Images)
22
– The number worn by Mike Bossy throughout his 10-season NHL career. Bossy scored .762 goals per game in his career, the highest of any player in NHL history.

21
– Players selected by the Islanders in the 1972 Expansion Draft. That includes: Ed Westfall, Gerry Hart and Billy Smith.

20
– Assists in one game. The Islanders totaled 20 assists against the New York Rangers on Nov. 17, 1984.

19
– Consecutive playoff series won from 1980-1984, an NHL record.

18
– 100-point seasons for Islanders players. Mike Bossy’s 147-point season in 1981-82 is the most to date.

17
– Seasons played by Billy Smith. It still stands as an Islanders record.

16
– Goals scored by Mike Bossy in five career playoff hat tricks. He scored four goals against Boston on May 7, 1983, his last playoff trick.

15
– Losses in a single season, a franchise low. The Islanders were 51-15-14 in 1978-79.

14
– Wins in a row at the Coliseum. The streak lasted from Jan. 2 – Feb. 25, 1982.

13
– Team captains in franchise history from Ed Westfall to Mark Streit.

12
– Times an Islanders player has scored over 50 goals in one season.

11
– Goals, the most the Islanders have scored in a single game. They did it twice: Dec. 20, 1983 at Toronto and Mar. 3, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh.

10
– Team shutouts in a single season. The record was set by Chico Resch (7) and Billy Smith (3) in 1975-76. 

Billy Smith (Getty Images)
9 – Shootout wins in a season. This franchise high was set in 2005-06, the shootout’s inaugural year in the NHL.

8
– Individual banners that hang from the rafters at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

7
– Periods in the Islanders longest game, the Apr. 18, 1987 “Easter Epic” against the Washington Capitals. The game ended in the fourth overtime of Game Seven in the semifinals.

6
– Assists in one game. Mike Bossy recorded six on January 6, 1981.

5
– Seconds to score a goal. Bryan Trottier scored the Islanders fastest goal just five seconds into a tilt with Boston on Mar. 22, 1984. It is tied for the NHL record. 

4
– Stanley Cups. 1980, 81, 82, 83.

3
– 1,000+ point players. Bryan Trottier (1,353) Mike Bossy (1,126) and Denis Potvin (1,052) are the only Islanders to surpass 1,000 points.

2
– 50+ goal scorers in the same season. Mike Bossy (64) and Bryan Trottier (50) accomplished this in 1981-82.

1
– Rink that the Islanders have called home. In 40 years, a lot of history has taken place at Nassau Coliseum. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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