New York Islanders Three Greatest Playoff Sweeps In Team History

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02: Denis Potvin of the 'Core of the Four' New York Islanders Stanley Cup victories take part in a ceremony prior to the Islanders game against the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum March 2, 2008 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02: Denis Potvin of the 'Core of the Four' New York Islanders Stanley Cup victories take part in a ceremony prior to the Islanders game against the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum March 2, 2008 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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UNIONDALE, NY – MARCH 02: Denis Potvin of the ‘Core of the Four’ New York Islanders Stanley Cup victories take part in a ceremony prior to the Islanders game against the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum March 2, 2008 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

In light of the Vegas Golden Knights greatest NHL Stanley Cup playoff series sweep in franchise history, let’s remember some of the New York Islanders greatest sweeps in their franchise history.

The New York Islanders have been around since 1972-73, they’ve made the postseason in 24 of their 45 years of existence. We’ll move past that slightly above 50% playoff attendance rate. Even though the bulk of that is thanks to the lost year between 1994 to present where they missed the playoffs 16 of 23 years. (So much for moving past that.)

They’ve played in 51 different series. They’ve been swept but twice and swept teams on six different occasions. Think about that. In 51 postseason series, the Islanders have only been swept twice.

To be fair one of those sweeps was in a best of five series against the Capitals in 85-86. Where three wins takes the series rather than four. So while still a sweep it’s got to count for less. (Washington Capitals fans probably disagree on that.)

For the Vegas Golden Knights, they couldn’t have scripted their introduction to the Stanley Cup playoffs any better. A series sweep is the single greatest way to prove the doubters. Unless they sweep whomever they face in the Stanley Cup Final, if they make it that far, would be the only way to top it.

The Islanders aren’t participating in the playoffs so we have to live vicariously through everyone else’s experience and relive the past. In this case, it’s living through the Golden Knights glory and look at our own from years gone by. What are the Islanders three greatest sweeps in their 45-year franchise history?

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