There’s nothing quite like winning your first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It’s the one that started the dynasty, which is one of the main reason’s this falls number one on our list. It was the first, the original.
After wins against the Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, and Buffalo Sabres in the previous rounds of the playoffs the New York Islanders found themselves going up against the only team to finish with more points than them in the Patrick Division, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly won the Division by a landslide, with 116 points in the regular season, which was 25 more than the second place Islanders finished with. The Flyers were easily heavy favorites to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.
After going up 3-1 in the series it was only a matter of time before the Islanders would have their first championship under their belt. In overtime of Game 6 on their home ice, Bob Nystrom scored the biggest goal in franchise history.
The goal finally got the Islanders over the hump. The Isles made the playoffs five years in a row before their first cup and were unable to get to the Final let alone win the thing.
Since it was the first in team history and featured an overtime Cup-clinching goal it comes in at number one.