26 years ago tonight (1988): Derek King scored a goal and added three assists as the Isles pounded Quebec 7-3 at the Coliseum. Gerald Diduck added three points, and was a +4 for the Isles. Pat LaFontaine scored the Isles’ 4th goal, which was the last allowed in two periods of play by Bob Mason; LaFontaine had beaten Mason, then a Capital, 18 months earlier to end the longest game in Islander history. A rookie by the name of Joe Sakic had a hat trick for the Nordiques. The future Hall-of-Famer was in the midst of a 12-game point streak to begin his NHL career.
|Terry Simpson (undated)|
The win was the Isles’ 4th straight, and was their final winning streak under Terry Simpson. Simpson told Newsday’s Sherry Ross: “"It was nice the way we played. It was a very strong game offensively. The forechecking was very tenacious, and I thought we played the body well." Simpson would be dismissed about 6 weeks later.
Also on this date: (1977) – Michel Bergeron scored two goals while Dave Lewis and Bryan Trottier each scored shorthanded as the Islanders pounded the Rangers 7-2 at the Coliseum.
All-time, the Isles have played nine October 22nd games at the Coliseum and finish with a 3-3-3 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.
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