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Monday, January 19, 2015

It Happened at the Coliseum … on JANUARY 19th

26 years ago tonight (1989) – The Isles survived a pair of late goals from John Tonelli as they held on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Brent Sutter, Pat LaFontaine and Patrick Flatley had given the Isles a 3-0 lead and with four minutes left it looked like the Isles might cruise to an easy win.

However, Tonelli, who had many big late game moments at the Coliseum, had other ideas – scoring at 16:06 and 17:50 to make it a one-goal game.  While Tonelli’s first goal was unassisted, he had some help on the second one as Hall-of-Famers Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky (playing his first game for the Kings on Long Island) had helpers.

For many Isles fans, this just doesn't look right.

As Los Angeles pressed for the tie, it was a future Islander overtime hero named David Volek who would cement the contest with an empty-netter. Kelly Hrudey, who would be traded to LA later that season made 21 saves for the win; a future Islander named Glenn Healy made 34 saves in defeat.

Also on this date: (2004) – Cliff Ronning scored twice to reach the 300 goal mark as the Isles beat Ottawa 5-2.  Here's more on that game from Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/cliff-s-no-hanger-on-ronning-scores-twice-including-no-300-in-isles-win-1.722074

All-time, the Isles have played nine January 19th games at the Coliseum and have compiled a 3-3-3 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.  The 10th and final January 19th home game is this afternoon –as the Isles host Philadelphia at 1:00. Make sure you’re there, because after today, there are only 21 regular season games remaining.

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