In addition to battling the Panthers on Friday, the Isles will be battling history- their own.
The Isles have lost 11 straight game 5s since defeating Philadelphia in game 5 of the 1987 Division Finals. That was so long ago that it was 3 1/2 years before Jaromir Jagr made his NHL debut.
(The last 10 losses have all come on the road)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
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