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New York Islanders Top 10 Moments – Nassau Coliseum [Video]

By Kevin Cosgrove
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Ken Morrow: Flickr Creative Commons

#5 April 10th, 1984: Morrow Wins it in Overtime

In what some fans say was the most exciting game they’d ever seen, Ken Morrow kept the Islanders dynasty alive a few more weeks by beating the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.  Going into the 1983-84 season, the cracks were beginning to show in the aging Islanders squad.  The Islanders barely beat out the Washington Capitals for the Patrick Division title, and had both a 5 game and a 4 game losing streak during the regular season.  Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier each missed more than 10 games that season due to injuries as well.  While Bossy still led the team in points, the Islanders age was becoming an issue.

This series in particular pitted the upstart Rangers against the Islanders in a best of five playoff round.  Games 1 and 3 were typical Islanders wins, but the Rangers outscored them 10-2 in games 2 and 3.  In game 5    Don Maloney of the Rangers tied it with a controversial high-stick goal with less than a minute left to tie the game, but Morrow ended it at 8:56 of OT.  There are two important side notes from this game and accompanying video clip: A) Morrow eliminated his Team U.S.A. coach Herb Brooks, who was the coach of the Rangers then; and B) Bob Bourne was robbed by Rangers goalie Glen Hanlon and color commentator Dick Irvin encouraged fans to “put that one on your VCR machine”.  Ah, the VCR.  Remember those?