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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 31st

3 years ago tonight (2011) John Tavares was named the game's first star for the second straight game and Matt Moulson added a goal and two assists as the Islanders inducted Ken Morrow into the team’s Hall of Fame and then defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1.
Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves for his 297th NHL victory, passing former Islander Ron Hextall for 26th place on the all-time list. 

Tavares’ strong play was not lost on his head coach. "He's playing extremely well," Isles coach Jack Capuano said of Tavares. "He's strong on the puck, and his skills speak for themselves. He's playing with a lot of desire and determination right now."

It was the first NHL game in 18 years to feature the past three No. 1 overall NHL draft picks: Tavares (2009), and Edmonton's Taylor Hall (2010) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011). 

Two videos on this one - one of Morrow's ceremony and the other featuring game highlights with Howie and Butch.

Also on this date: (1990) – Derek King scored four goals for his second career hat trick as the Isles beat Quebec 6-3.

All-time, the Isles have played five December 31st games at the Coliseum and finish with a 4-1-0 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.

Have a happy and safe New Year!  Thanks for Reading!

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