Road to the Cup - May 24, 1980 -- Isles 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT) (Isles win best-of-7 series AND STANLEY CUP 4-2)
40 Years Ago Today By Eric Hornick Game 6 Isles 5, Philadelphia 4 The Stanley Cup is ours! Bob Nystrom converted a pass from John Tonelli...
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
However, this morning, it appears that that hill may soon be flattened:
<<Ryan Strome scored twice and defenceman Morgan Rielly had a goal and two assists as Canada overcame two game misconducts and a pair of two-goal deficits to rally past Slovakia 6-3 at the World Junior Hockey Championship.>>
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Pominville continues to grow --even in the lockout (classic clip : www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmB-_XK5i1Q ) Tyler Seguin had Canada's only goal.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I, on the other hand, do.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The complete results are here: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opinion/nhl/survey-results.pdf
Some notes: 80% of respondents are either "angry" or "don't care"; 55% support neither side, with 1/4 backing the players and 1/6 behind the owners. 78% says they won't buy a ticket this season if they play and 85% won;t buy merchandise. 71% did say they would watch on TV.
While we know these polls aren't scientific, important to realize that since this is a CBC poll, most respondents were Canadian. One can only imagine how much worse the results would be for a US-commissioned poll.
1. Steve Vickers
2. Rod Gilbert
3. Ron Duguay
5. Brian Mullen
6. Pete Stemkowski
7. Ed Hospodar
8. Peter Ferraro
9. Chris Ferraro
1. Gordie Lane
2. Pat Flatley
3. Mick Vukota
4. Benny Hougue
5. Eric Cairns
6. Randy Wood
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
As you do, think of this Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum -- the only day the building will hold an event between now and Christmas. Not including a blood drive, of course.
Seth Rorabaugh @emptynetters 10 Dec
Nine current NHL franchises have played fewer regular season games than Gary Bettman has canceled (2,224).
Sporting Charts @sportingcharts 10 Dec
#NHL has now cancelled 526 games from the season. 2,224 games have been lost to lockouts/strikes - 670 more than the other leagues combined.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
Monday, December 10, 2012
The rivalry between the squads is in full-force. It was in game 1 of the series that Pat LaFontaine was knocked unconscious on a hit from James Patrick (the Isles' Jeff Norton noted it was "Clean"). There was a disagreement regarding the medical treatment of LaFontaine -- Islander trainer Mark Aldridge also complained LaFontaine's ambulance was "rocked and pounded by fans" leaving MSG. The Rangers won that game 1, 2-1 and then beat the Isles 5-2 in game 2.
That set up a must-win game 3 for the Isles at the Coliseum. It is that game 3 that is featured on MSG tonight (9:00pm). It turns out to be the first of only three double-OT games in Coliseum history, won by Brent Sutter early in the second OT.
A couple of personal memories from that night:
1. It's one of the only times in recorded history (because who records such things) that two statisticians were jointly interviewed on radio between periods -- the late Joel Blumberg needed guests on Isles radio between the 1st and 2nd overtime so Kenny Albert (who was working with his dad on Ranger radio) and I were Joel's guests. I wonder whatever happened to Kenny? :)
2. The game was played on the first night on Passover. So while I was breaking matzvah with Blumberg, Landers, Fischler and Albert at the Coliseum, my fiancee was at a Passover seder ...with my extended family! (FWIW, the Isles are 3-1 in playoff games played on the first night of Passover...and we're still married!)
The Rangers would win the series in 5, but would lose to the Capitals in the Division Final, extending their Cup-less streak to an even 50.
In addition to tonight's 9pm airing, the broadcast will also air at midnight Mon/Tue, as well as at noon and 4 pm on Tuesday, and noon and 4 pm on Thursday.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
(Also airs at 2AM, 10AM and 4PM tomorrow and at noon Saturday)
This game was played during winter break of my senior year in College -- could it really be this long ago???
A bit more on Potvin passing Orr, twice: http://www.nyiskinny.com/2011/12/isles-40-in-40-31.html
Stan's memories here: http://www.msg.com/blogs/stan-fischler/rangers-islanders--december-20--1985--potvin-breaks-orr-s-record.html