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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

It Happened at the Coliseum … on FEBRUARY 3rd

38 years ago tonight (1977) – Northport’s Richie Hansen became the first Long Islander to score a goal for the Isles and it cemented a 6-3 win over the rival Rangers at a sold-out Coliseum.







                                                            Hansen would score only one more NHL goal, for the Isles in the 1978-79 season.

Denis Potvin had a goal and three assists for the Islanders.

Clark Gillies got the Islanders started with a goal just 2:21 into play.  It was Gillies’ first game since being named the second captain in Islander history, succeeding Ed Westfall.  Westfall told Newsday’s Joe Gergen: “I was very proud to be Captain of our team.  I know being captain is not a big deal to a lot of people, but to me it was.”  Westfall resigned the captaincy, telling Bill Torrey it was time for the leadership to pass to a younger player.

Gillies was named captain on the third ballot of his teammates.  He would serve as captain through the end of the 1978-79 season. Denis Potvin took over as the Captain for the 1979-80 season.

Gillies, in a jersey with the Captain's C, was honored at the Coliseum on 12/13/14

Hansen relished his first NHL goal.  “Hey, I’ve been thinking about that first one a long time.  Everybody thinks about it, I guess”, he told Newsday’s Pat Calabria.

Also on this date: (2004) – Adrian Aucoin scored in the first minute of overtime as the Isles extended their point streak to six games with a 5-4 win over Vancouver. Rick DiPietro made 25 saves as the Isles rallied from a 3-1 deficit with 7 minutes to play to take a 4-3 lead, only to have Henrik Sedin force overtime with the tying goal with 1:22 to play.

Here's Howie and Joe with the call on the winning goal:


All-time, the Isles have played nine February 3rd games at the Coliseum and have compiled a 4-1-4 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.  The tenth and final February 3rd home game is tonight –as the Isles host Florida at 7:00. Make sure you’re there, because after tonight, there are only 18 regular season games remaining.

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