The history of Penguins/Islanders playoff series is very decidedly one-sided. In 1975 the Islanders became the first team to ever come back from a 0-3 deficit and win a 7 game series. They remain the only team in NHL history to do so. In 1982 they came back from a 2 goals down in the final 5 minutes, then won the game in overtime to once again send the Penguins to the golf course. The Islanders went on to win the Stanley cup.
Even more heart-breaking was 1993, easily the best Penguins team ever. One of the best hockey teams ever, period. Lemieux in his prime. Jagr. Mullen. Stevens. Tocchet. Murphy. Francis. And the Islanders beat them in 7 games. In overtime.
David Volek’s at 5:16 of the first overtime was the fall of Constantinople; it marked the end of the last great NHL dynasty.
The history of the Penguins/Islanders playoff rivalry it has been very one-sided, indeed. 3-0 in favor of the team from Long Island. 3 series wins to none, all in dramatic and heartbreaking fashion.
Last night’s opening game was very one-sided, but not in favor of the Islanders. It wasn’t dramatic at all. To have drama you need suspense, and this game had all the suspense of a train vs. a tomato.