The Greatest Rivalries series continues with the 5th and final game of the 1990 Patrick Division Finals. This was a wild game, one that would have been Bryan Trottier's final game in an Islander uniform ... had he not been benched by Al Arbour.
In the end, it was a big night for Mike Gartner and the Rangers...who survive a furious Islander onslaught late in the game. The Rangers' victory came on the 50th anniversary of their 1940 Stanley Cup championship. The game airs on MSG at Midnight tonight --and repeats at 2pm tomorrow. (I can only imagine the Islander fans complaining about the time slot had this been an Islander victory.)
NY Times coverage (no subscription needed) http://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/14/sports/hard-hitting-rangers-reach-patrick-final.html
Earlier tonight (10pm) -- a new episode of the Garden Transformed ... which features a special guest: Denis Potvin. Preview it here: http://tinyurl.com/c3yhr6y
BTW -- MSG has a Christmas present scheduled for Isles fans as well. The next episode of Greatest Rivalries will premiere on Christmas Night at 9:00, and repeat at midnight. It's the April 2, 1993 game in which Pierre Turgeon's 50th goal of the season comes in overtime at the Garden. While there were still two weeks left in the season, the win gave the Isles a three-point lead over the Rangers, and propelled the Islanders towards the playoffs. The Rangers would lose 11 of their final 12 under former Islander Ron Smith (who had replaced Roger Nielsen). Smith's replacement: Mike Keenan.
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