Islanders Three Longest Goal Streaks in Team History
Mike Bossy: 8 Games | 1978-79 Season
Dates: November 25 to December 12, 1978+
Again? Yeah, again. In Bossy’s second season in the NHL, he had two of the longest goal streaks in New York Islanders history. His ten-game goal streak from later in the season has already been covered, but he also has an eight-game goal streak from earlier in the 1978-79 season.
Again, Bossy would score a career-high 69 goals in 1978-79.
Through eight games between November 25 and December 12, Bossy would score ten goals. In nine games he’d notch a single goal, but on December 7 against the St Louis Blues, Bossy would notch his first hat-trick of the season.
He’d score a total of four hat-tricks in the 1978-79 season.
The 1978-79 season was, at that point, the most successful the Islanders had ever been. With Bossy scoring goals at will and Bryan Trottier running the ice with a Hart Trophy-winning 134 point season, the Islanders won 51 games for 116 points.
If not for a 4-2 series loss to the New York Rangers in the playoff semi-finals the Islanders might just be the second team in NHL history to win five Stanley Cups in a row.
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While we’re in the hypothetical world. It;’s incredible to think how prolific Mike Bossy was. You wonder if back issues didn’t limit him how many more goals he would have had over Wayne Gretzky and his 894.
At the pace, Bossy was scoring he’d have to have played another 244 games. It sounds like a lot, right? It’s not. It’s just over three 80 game seasons. Had Bossy played at least another three years he’d likely hold the record for goals in NHL history.
I know it’s a hypothetical situation. But it underlines just how prolific of a goal scorer Mike Bossy was.