As UBS Arena gets set for postseason hockey; a look back at first home playoff games
April 10, 1975: Game 2 vs. NYR - NHL Preliminary Round
The Al Arbour-led upstart Islanders hosted the crosstown rival New York Rangers in the first postseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles had an opportunity to close out the best-of-three preliminary round series against the Blueshirts after scoring three unanswered goals in Game 1 to win 3-2 at Madison Square Garden.
However, the Rangers jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first period and scored the first two goals of the second period to take a 6-1 lead and go on to defeat the Islanders 8-3 to send the series back to MSG. As we know, things worked out just fine as J.P. Parise, who scored the team's first goal in Game 1, scored 11 seconds in OT in Game 3 for the Islanders' first playoff-series win and setting into motion the Islanders-Rangers rivalry for years to come.