With Sidney Crosby playing game 1,000 in his NHL career (and of course, it’s against the New York Islanders) there’s a lot being made about how well he plays against the Isles. Over his 16 year NHL career, Crosby has 116 points in 70 games against the Isles.
So, flipping the narrative a bit, who are the top three Islanders players in franchise history to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins? If you didn’t know who the top three are, you could probably guess who they are.
(All stats were pulled from NHL.com)
New York Islanders top producers against the Pittsburgh Penguins
1. Bryan Trottier | 105 points in 82 games
The Islanders hall of frame center put up an incredible 105 points over what is effectively a full NHL season against the Penguins. Which really puts into perspective how productive Crosby has been against the Isles. The Penguins captain has eleven more points in 12 fewer games than Trottier does against the Pens.
Of Trottier’s 105 points 47 of them as goals (58 are helpers). Trottier has four four-point games in his career against the Penguins.
You’ll see just how dominant Trottier was for the Isles in games against the Penguins when you catch the production for number two on the list.
2. Mike Bossy | 73 points in 53 games
In 53 games, Bossy put up 73 points against the Penguins. And a remarkable 42 of those points are goals. The fact that Bossy has more goals than assists is no surprise. But 42 in 53 is incredible, even for Bossy.
That’s a 0.792 goals per game average. That’s higher than his already incredible career 0.761 goals-per-game average.
His best game against the Penguins came on January 13, 1981, where he scored four goals in a single game. Three came on the power play and his fourth came just 36 seconds before the end of regulation.
Bossy is a full 32 points back of Trottier against the Pens. Incredible.
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3. Denis Potvin | 73 points in 74 games
Three Hall of Famer players all in a row. There shouldn’t be any surprise that Potvin is on this list. The first defenseman to hit 1,000 points in his career was not only a defensive force but an offensive one as well.
Potvin’s most productive game came just a few years into his career. He put up a goal and three helpers in a 7-6 loss to the Penguins on November 5, 1975.