With the Stanley Cup final upon us, we wanted to rank the New York Islanders four Stanley Cup Championships. Which one was the best?
Through 1980-to 1983 the New York Islanders dominated the NHL. Through those four seasons, the New York Islanders were the dynasty in the NHL. Out were the Montreal Canadiens, in were the suburbanites.
For four seasons the New York Islanders not only owned the NHL but New York City.
Through 1980 and 1983 the New York Islanders became, the only other team to win four Stanley Cups in a row. It’s an achievement that won’t likely be equaled again with the salary cap and the parity of talent across the league. There were also ten more teams in the league now then there was in 1980.
We’re all caught up in Stanley Cup fever with the Vegas Golden Knights continuing to push our expectations of an expansion franchise. We’re all wondering if Alex Ovechkin can finally get that one championship that’s seemingly missing for his resume to truly make him a legend of the game.
We’ve all caught Stanley Cup fever. But since the New York Islanders were 17 points out of the playoffs all we can do is all reminisce about the Islanders four cups. Which one was the greatest of the four?
It’s not to belittle any of the Islanders cups, they were all special and all deserve to be celebrated. But which ones were that much more difficult to achieve than others? Which ones came with a degree of hardship or where the Islanders maybe weren’t so fashioned to make a run for to the cup?