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
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)
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)
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)|
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.