All Games 7s are created equal. The winner advances or wins the championship. The loser is eradicated.
But these final showdowns usually are not all equally as memorable. And in all probability not equally as important regardless of the identical reward for successful and the identical consequence for shedding. A Game 7 first-round defeat in a yr with few expectations doesn’t equate to shedding the final showdown as a championship favourite.
For occasion, shedding to Washington in the 2015 first spherical whereas amassing all of 11 photographs was not tantamount to shedding to Toronto in the 1978 quarterfinals on Lanny McDonald’s semi-breakaway in extra time a few weeks after the Islanders clinched their first division championship and anticipated to go to the finals.
Friday evening’s Game 7 in opposition to Tampa Bay was for the proper to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. So this one shall be remembered as important. How memorable would rely upon how the sport unfolded.
Ranking the most memorable 5 Games 7 in Islanders historical past:
5. May 13, 1975, misplaced Game 7 of the semifinals, 4-1 to the Flyers at the Spectrum
After having turn out to be the second workforce in NHL historical past to beat a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven by successful at Pittsburgh in Game 7 of their quarterfinal collection, the Islanders have been, extremely, on the verge of doing it once more.
For after the defending champion Flyers took a 3-0 lead, the Islanders roared again by successful the subsequent three to arrange a winner-take-all showdown at the Spectrum.
The Flyers had encounter a supposed good-luck allure in Kate Smith, whose rendition of “God Bless America” was performed earlier than the membership’s most necessary video games. For this sport, Smith appeared stay, accompanied by an organ on the ice.
While reveling in the standing ovation she obtained from the crowd, Smith was greeted, first by Islanders captain Eddie Westfall, who offered her with flowers, after which by the complete workforce. For just a few moments, it appeared as if the Islanders had stolen the Flyers’ thunder.
But simply 19 seconds into the match, Gary Dornhoefer blew one by Chico Resch and the Flyers rolled from there to stop the Islanders from making historical past twice inside just a few weeks.
4. April 29, 1978, misplaced Game 7 of the quarterfinals, 2-1 to the Maple Leafs in extra time at the Coliseum
This was the collection wherein the Islanders, who had entered as large favorites and had gained the first two video games, have been bullied by Toronto as designed by head coach Roger Neilson and in the end went down on McDonald’s rating at 4:13 of OT.
3. May 14, 1993, gained Game 7 of the Patrick Division finals, defeating the Penguins 2-1 in extra time
This was as surprising a collection end result because it will get. The Penguins, two-time defending champions, had completed the season with an 18-game unbeaten streak (17-0-1), tying the ultimate sport of the yr after establishing an NHL report with a 17-game successful streak. The report they broke had belonged to the Islanders, who had gained 15 straight in 1981-82.
Moreover, the Islanders have been with out their greatest participant, Pierre Turgeon, who had suffered a shoulder damage on the Game 6 clinching purpose on a examine from behind by his stalker, Dale Hunter. But that didn’t deter the Islanders, who had stayed alive with a 7-5 victory in Game 6 at the Coliseum.
The Islanders had a 3-1 lead halfway via the third interval in the match, wherein Kevin Stevens had suffered an early first-period grievous facial damage. But Ron Francis scored at 16:13 earlier than Rick Tocchet tied it at 19:00. The Penguins appeared primed.
Until, that’s, David Volek transformed a two-on-one feed from Ray Ferraro to beat Tom Barrasso from the proper dot at 5:16 of extra time to KO the champs and ship his workforce to the convention finals, which they misplaced in 5 video games to Montreal.
2. April 18-19, 1987, gained Game 7 of the opening spherical, defeating the Capitals 3-2 at Landover, Md., when Pat LaFontaine beat Bob Mason from 45 toes at 8:47 of the fourth extra time
This clearly is the most historic of the Islanders’ Game 7s as a result of it stands as the longest Game 7 in NHL playoff historical past.
In the sport referred to as the Easter Epic as a result of it ended at 1:58 a.m. on Easter, Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves whereas Mason made 54. The Islanders overcame a 3-1 collection deficit to win it. The Islanders rallied in the subsequent spherical from 3-1 all the way down to power a Game 7 in opposition to the Flyers, however have been routed 5-1.
1. April 26, 1975, gained Game 7 of the quarterfinals in opposition to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, 1-0
This is the one which established the legend and put the Islanders on the nationwide map. Westfall scored at 14:32 of the third interval in opposition to Gary Inness, whereas Resch kissed the goalposts whereas recording the shutout as the Islanders recreated the historical past recorded by the Leafs 33 years earlier.