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Saturday, December 31, 2011
In honor of Ken Morrow entering the Islanders Hall of Fame, some Morrow Q&A.
1. Q Ken Morrow scored three playoff overtime goals as an Islander. Who were the opponents?
A Los Angeles (1980), Edmonton (1981) Rangers (1984)
2. Q Who was the starting Islander goaltender for Ken Morrow's NHL debut?
A On March 1, 1980 the starting goalie was Richard Brodeur (later to face the Isles in 1982 Stanley Cup finals); it was his only home start as an Islander.
3. Q (Warning--this one is hard) Who is the only player besides Ken Morrow to play for Bowling Green, the Islanders, and in the Olympics. (Hint: appeared in Olympics after he played for Isles)
A Greg Parks ( who played in 23 games for Isles in early 90s and then for Canada in 1994 Olympics)
4 Q Morrow is one of 2 defensemen who played for Bowling Green and then had a lengthy career that included a stint with the Isles. Who's the other?
A Garry Galley played 1149 NHL games -- the final season of which was for the Isles.
5 Q Morrow's first NHL goal came in the playoffs and is one of the most important goals in Isles history. Who was the opponent and goaltender?
A On April 11, 1980, Morrow scored in overtime of game 3 of the playoffs vs Los Angeles (and Mario Lessard). (The best-of-5 series was tied 1-1 at the time; had the Isles lost the game history would likely be totally different.)
6 Q In the first week of his NHL career, Morrow received a lengthy standing ovation in what opposing rink?
A The Spectrum (in Philadelphia) -- becoming one of the few opponents to ever recognized in that manner.
7 Q What Cup feat does Morrow share with Bob Nystrom, Mike McEwen and Mike Bossy (and nobody else)?
A They scored the final goal in each of the 4 Stanley Cup clinchers. Morrow's went into an empty net.
8 Q Morrow's arrival allowed the Islanders to make a trade to acquire Butch Goring -- the final piece of the Stanley Cup puzzle. What two players went to LA?
A Dave Lewis and Billy Harris
9. Q Morrow is one of 4 former Islander players to win the Lester Patrick Award. Who are the others?
A Reed Larson, Brian Mullen and Pat Lafontaine. (Arbour and Torrey are also so honored; there also is a Tom Fitzgerald who has been honored, but he is NOT the former Islander player)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick