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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It Happened at the Coliseum … on MAY 20th

22 years ago tonight (1993) For the second consecutive game, the Islanders and Canadiens went to overtime; once again the Islanders ended up on the short end as Guy Carbonneau scored 12:34 into overtime for a 2-1 Canadien win and a 3-0 lead in the Wales Conference Final.

Pierre Turgeon, making his first Coliseum appearance since being mauled by Dale Hunter, scored the opening goal for the second straight game.  The similarities didn’t end there—for the second straight game Montreal caused overtime by scoring with just over five minutes to play. Vincent Damphousse had the tally.

The Isles outshot Montreal 28-19 in regulation, and 32-23 overall, but could beat Canadien goaltender Patrick Roy only once.

The loss ended an Islander 9-game home overtime winning streak, dating back to a loss to Boston in 1980.

It was the Canadiens’ 11th straight playoff win, tying the Stanley Cup record for a single season and was Montreal’s 7th overtime win of the playoffs

Here's the video of the winning goal:

After the game Al Arbour was furious about the officiating, particularly the fact that it appeared that Montreal had EIGHT players on the ice for the winning goal (as told to Newsday's Jeff Williams):

"I think it's very apparent, the last couple of games, that there are two sets of rules. There is a rule regarding the Montreal Canadiens and there is a rule regarding everybody else. I mean, on that play, they have eight guys on the ice, including the goaltender. They play the puck right after that. There is a tripping penalty. Brunet tripped Dalgarno. Brunet gets the puck back. He makes the play and Dalgarno is in {their} end. I mean it was very obvious to everyone."

All-time, the Isles played one playoff game on May 20th at the Coliseum; they compiled a 0-1 playoff record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.

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