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Top 5 all-time Islanders vs Rangers games at Nassau Coliseum

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 13: In an aerial view from a drone, this is a general view of the NYCB's LIVE at Nassau Coliseum as photographed on May 13, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 13: In an aerial view from a drone, this is a general view of the NYCB's LIVE at Nassau Coliseum as photographed on May 13, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Trevor Linden (right) and rightwinger Mariusz Czerkawski of the New York Islanders.
Trevor Linden (right) and rightwinger Mariusz Czerkawski of the New York Islanders.

The Most Penalties: April 4, 1998

Sometimes the sign of a good rivalry game isn’t so much the score but how that rivalry manifests itself on the ice. In hockey, there’s no better measure for a good rivalry night like penalty minutes.

On April 4, 1998, the Islanders welcomed the Rangers to the Coliseum and it didn’t take long for things to get testy. Just two minutes into the game Islanders Gino Odjick fought Darren Langdon.

In total 14 fighting majors were awarded that night. Here are all the Islanders players that were given five for fighting that night:

  • Gino Odjick
  • Rich Pilon
  • Jean-Jacques Daigneault
  • Trevor Linden
  • Mariusz Czerkawski
  • Tommy Salo
  • Zdeno Chara

At one point, Rangers goalie Dan Cloutier, after dispatching Tommy Salo, skated up to the Islanders bench and taunted the Islanders players there. (You can fast-forward this video to 4:30 to see that wild interaction.)

You can hear the crowd losing its mind there. I can only imagine how wild things were in the stand at the Coliseum that night.

And look, there was still an actual hockey game going on. A game that the Islanders won 3-0 by the way. Ziggy Palffy picked up two points as did defenseman Bryan Berard. Salo stopped all 14 shots he faced before being given a game misconduct for his fight with Cloutier. Wade Flaherty would stop another three shots to complete the shutout.

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