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Thursday, March 19, 2015

It Happened at the Coliseum … on MARCH 19th

32 years ago tonight (1983) – Mats Hallin put his name into the Islander record books, tying the franchise rookie record with three goals, as the Isles pounded the Flyers 9-2.

The Isles jumped all over the Flyers in the first period, scoring four goals.  Ten different Islanders had points in the period including a player more known for his defense, Dave Langevin.  Langevin earned assists on three straight goals in one of the bigger offensive performances of his career.

This "Spamboni"  was bought recently by Dave Langevin's son -- also named
Dave Langevin. It was used at the St. Paul Civic Center.

Hallin had the second of those four goals, and then completed his hat trick by scoring both Islander goals in the second period.

'I got that first goal on my first shift and got confidence from there,'' Hallin told the NY Times' Kevin Paul Dupont. ''I'm not a goal scorer --'It was just one of those nights.'' 

Mark Howe had the first of the two Flyer goals -- just 8 seconds into the middle period.  Ilkka Sinisalo had Philadelphia’s other goal – ironically it came at the 7:11 mark of the second period.

Besides Hallin’s hatty, six other Islanders scored the other six goals.  Denis Potvin did not have any of the goals, but the Islander captain did have four assists.

It was the second straight game that the Isles scored 9 goals; the only time in franchise history that they scored at least 9 goals in consecutive contests.

Also on this date: (2004) – Jason Blake scored all three goals, completing a hat trick into the empty-net in the final second, as the Islanders beat Minnesota 3-1.  Rick DiPietro made 16 saves for the Isles, while his future teammate, Dwayne Roloson, stopped 21 shots for Minnesota.

All-time, the Isles have played seven March 19th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 5-1-1 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. 

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