- Steve Steinsaltz, who contributed a lot of the videos from the Cup era,
- “StevieNics”, who posted so many of the videos onto youtube that appeared in this series
- Hockey Summary Project (hsp.flyershistory.com), for filling the gaps in my memory with their boxscores
- Hockey-Reference.com – my go-to source for NHL stats and data
- The Syosset Public Library – amazing how much research you can do online if you have a library card
- Isles-blog – for helping to make this obsession a wonderful charitable endeavor
- and of course to my family.
Bob Nystrom converted a pass from John Tonelli at the magical 7:11 mark of overtime as the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia 5-4 to win the Stanley Cup in 6 games.
|Taken at the Coliseum during the 2014-15 season|
|This scene was recreated in the same corner i.n 2015, when John Tavares scored to beat Washington in overtime in game 3.|
The first sentence on page 3 of Newsday ends this way: “We Are Long Island and Proud. Thank You.” If a similar sentence was written today, it could end: “We Are Long Island – home of the Lizards, Ducks, Cosmos and Rough Riders.”
This was the only game that aired on network television in the US in a span of nearly two decades -- Dan Kelly was at the microphone for CBS when Nystrom made history.
Kelly also had the honors as the voice behind the 1980 Stanley Cup Film:
The Isles' win even merited a mention on Saturday Night Live (wonder whatever happened to that anchor?)
Nystrom's goal was a work of art. Literally.
The historic boxscore:
1 - PHI : Reggie Leach 9 (Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber) (PP) 7:21
2 - NYI : Potvin 6 (Bossy, Trottier) (PP) 11:56
3 - NYI : Sutter (Gillies, Goring) (EV) 14:08
4 - PHI : Brian Propp 5 (Paul Holmgren, Ken Linseman) (EV) 18:38
5 - NYI : Bossy 10 (Bourne, Trottier) (PP) 7:34
6 - NYI : Nystrom 8 (Tonelli) (EV) 19:46
7 - PHI : Bob Dailey 4 (Ken Linseman, Paul Holmgren) (EV) 1:47
8 - PHI : John Paddock 2 (Andre Dupont, Rick MacLeish) (EV) 6:02
9 - NYI : Nystrom 9 (Henning, Tonelli) (EV) 7:11
One year ago today, I wrote a Skinny post on that day -- it included a picture of the scoresheet that a 16-year old future statistician had typed up about the game:
My complete post on that day is here:
The Skinny on May 24, 1980
Truth be told -- it was writing that post that gave me this crazy idea to cover the Coliseum's history on a day-by-day basis.
In honor of the 30th anniversary in 1980, I shared a draft of the script that Jiggs McDonald used in 2006 to introduce the Stanley Cup champions.
1980 Stanley Cup Champions - Jiggs script
Also on this date: (1993) In Montreal, the Canadiens eliminated the Isles in five games with a 5-2 victory. The Isles have not been out of the first round since.
The final words in this series belong not to me, not to Howie and not to Jiggs.
They belong to a radio broadcaster (who died in 2009) named Bob Lawrence, who called the play-by-play for only a handful of Islanders games -- he was John Sterling's sidekick when Sterling did the play-by-play for three seasons and then mainly served as the host of radio broadcasts that were simulcasts of the TV broadcast. With CBS televising Game 6, the Isles did their own radio broadcast and it was Lawrence (along with Jean Potvin) who had the call.