NY Islanders: Top 5 Electrifying Goals 2000-2010

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The start of the NHL season is sneaking up on us, as training camp and even preseason games have started to get underway. This season is going to be a special one for the NY Islanders and their fans, with it being the 50th anniversary of the team's inception into the NHL, and there will be plenty of reminiscing to be done by both old fans and new about their favorite moments watching the blue and orange.

The first decade of the new millennium for the Islanders wasn't the greatest time for the team, with them making the playoffs only four times during this time while missing it six years. Their best run as a squad was most certainly from the 2001-02 season until the 2003-04 season before the lockout, when they made the playoffs for three straight years and began what many called a "new era" in Islanders history.

Overall, they were a mediocre team, but a competitive one for the first half of this decade. Their best season came in 2001-02, finishing with 96 points in a breakout season for the team considering their major changes. Peter Laviolette was hired as a new head coach over from the Boston Bruins organization, and GM Mike Milbury made many significant moves to say the least for the Islanders. Most notably, he acquired forward Alexei Yashin from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Zdeno Chara and a second overall draft selection that turned out to be Jason Spezza. Yashin led the team in points this season with 75 points after signing a 10-year contract with the team. One of the more memorable seasons in Islanders history.

That season along with a few others produced some moments that Islanders fans still remember fondly while cheering in a packed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Here are five of the most electrifying goals that have sent fans into a frenzy on Long Island from 2000-2010.