New York Islanders legends Denis Potvin and Bryan Trottier are making the rounds after it was announced they and the team are putting out a series of NFT’s. So the news cycle is filled with Isles talk about the good ol’ days.
You know, the days where they won four straight Stanley Cups and appeared in five straight Cup finals. The Islanders, the last undisputed dynasty in the NHL, were truly something special. We’ve seen back-to-back Stanley Cup Winners, but we haven’t seen four-in-a-row since the Isles did it in 1983.
Talking to SportsNation, Potvin states that the team’s record 19 straight playoff wins will never (ever) be broken.
New York Islanders unbreakable record
It’s impossible to disagree with Potvin. Nineteen straight playoff series wins is a ridiculous amount of winning. Over those 19 series, the Isles went 72-27. That’s an insane 72% win percentage.
Hear Denis say that “absurd” record won’t be broken and enjoy him saying they were the greatest ever (they were):
Those 19 straight playoff series wins aren’t only an NHL record, it’s a record for North American sports. That’s just how dominant the 1980-1983 Islanders were. Again, they lost only 28% of the time, and 15% of those losses come in 1984 when the Isles lost in the finals to the Oilers.
Here’s how the Isles compare to other runs since they won their19 straight:
- Tampa Bay Lightning: The most recent back-to-back champs only have 8 series wins.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: The previews B2B champs have 9 straight series wins.
- Chicago Blackhawks: Absurdly referred as a dynasty have, at most, 7 straight playoff series wins.
- Edmonton Oilers: Another team referred to as a dynasty only has 8 straight series wins.
Oh and even if you got back in time to when the Montreal Canadiens won their five-straight cups the Islanders record totally embarrassed them. Sure, the Habs won 5 Cups from 1956 through 1960, but they won a combined 10 straight playoff series.
The Isles have nine more series wins! So yeah, the Islanders record of 19 straight playoff wins will never (ever) be broken.