NEW YORK ISLANDERS POSTSEASON
Named in honor of Long Island, New York, which they call home, the New York Islanders is one of three NHL franchises in the Tri-State area, and many feel they have experienced the most impressive run of success. The Islanders have made the playoffs 21 times, won six division championships and won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-1983.
The Islanders enjoyed a golden age during the 1980s that saw various Hall of Famers wear the blue, orange and white. Legendary players such as goalie Billy Smith, wingers Mike Bossy and Clark Gilles, centers Bryan Trottier and Pat LaFontaine and defenseman Denis Potvin made up one of the best squads ever put on the ice.
In 1983, the Islanders' easy road through the playoffs in recent years was blunted by the emergence of increasingly talented teams like the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. While the Isles looked overmatched against Wayne Gretzky's high-powered Edmonton Oilers, the Islanders completed a picture-perfect sweep to capture their fourth straight Stanley Cup title.
Over recent years, the team has assembled veterans and high draft picks to continue to be a consistent presence in the Eastern Conference postseason race.