End Of A Dynasty, 1984 Islanders Didn't Go Away Quietly, Went Out Like Champions
A few weeks ago I was visiting my father for Father's Day, and the Islanders came up in our conversation. I asked him about how great those teams were. He said they were good, and they had a bunch of hall of fame players. Yet, the one specific game he mentioned wasn't a win but rather a loss...the loss that ended the dynasty on Long Island.
It was May 19, 1984 and the Islanders were down three games to one in a best of seven series to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were led by two of the greatest players to ever play the game Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. The Oilers could smell a championship and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two peroids. However, the Islanders like true champions weren't going to go away quietly.
The Islanders scored two goals within 35 seconds to start the third period, both were by young phenom Pat Lafontaine. Suddenly, the Oilers and their fans were thinking about 1983 when the Islanders crushed Edmonton on their way to their fourth Stanley Cup.
The Islanders pushed the tempo of the game that third period looking for that third goal, but it never came. The game stayed 4-2 until the last minute of the game when the Oilers added an empty net goal on their way to their first Stanley Cup championship.
This game, while a loss was one of the greatest games I ever saw the Islanders play. It showed the class and greatness of a champion not to roll over when faced with adversity.
If you want to watch a great hockey game start to finish here's the video from YouTube.