New York Islanders Playoff History

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In History
  • Islanders Defeat Rangers 3-2

    Islanders Defeat Rangers 3-2
    The Islanders 1st playoff game came at the crosstown rival Rangers' Madison Square Garden. The Isles would go on to win the series, an improbable upset, along with two more before falling the Philadelphia Flyers in the semi-finals.
  • Islanders Fall in 7 to Flyers

    Islanders Fall in 7 to Flyers
    New York's first postseason ended with a 4-1 loss at the old Philadelphia Spectrum. The 8th seeded Islanders won 2 series in upset fashion, but the top seeded Flyers took the series in 7 games.
  • New York Drops Game 7 2-1 in OT

    New York Drops Game 7 2-1 in OT
    In the Islanders' first playoff series in 1978, Toronto took game 7 on Long Island. New York suffered its quickest playoff exit in team history, up to that point.
  • Isles Win Team's 1st Stanley Cup

    Isles Win Team's 1st Stanley Cup
    Nystrom Wins ItNew York defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in 6 games for the title. The Isles clinched the franchise's 1st Stanley Cup with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 6. The series was highlighted by Bobby Nystrom's game-winning goal to clinch the cup.
  • New York Takes 2nd Straight Cup

    New York Takes 2nd Straight Cup
    Islanders Take 2nd StraightThe Islanders won their 2nd Stanley Cup in as many years in 1981. The team defeated the Minnesota North Stars in 5. Butch Goring, now an Isles broadcaster on MSG, was named series MVP.
  • Islanders Sweep Way to '82 Cup

    Islanders Sweep Way to '82 Cup
    The Islanders won their 3rd straight Stanley Cup in 1982 with a 4-game sweep of Vancouver. Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff's MVP. This was the first Cup the Islanders clinched outside Nassau Colliseum on Long Island.
  • Stanley Cup Stays in NY for 4th Season

    Stanley Cup Stays in NY for 4th Season
    The Islanders swept Edmonton for the 1983 Stanley Cup. The Oilers were outscored by the Isles 17-7 in 4 games. New York is still the most recent North American professional sports franchise to win 4 straight league championships.
  • Oilers Get Revenge in '84

    Oilers Get Revenge in '84
    New York lost to Edmonton in a rematch of the '83 Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers won in 5 games, this time outscoring the Islanders 22-11. To date, this is the last time the Islanders appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • Isles Fall to Rival Rangers

    Isles Fall to Rival Rangers
    The Isles returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1990, having missed out in the previous 2 years. But, the Islanders dropped their first round series to the New York Rangers in 5 games.
  • New York Falls Short in Conference Finals

    New York Falls Short in Conference Finals
    In 1993, the Islanders captured the Patrick Division title and advanced to the Whales Conference finals. New York dropped the series in 5 games to the Montreal Canadiens who would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Isles Suffer Early Exit in '94

    Isles Suffer Early Exit in '94
    The Islanders were swept in the opening series by the New York Rangers. This was the first 4-game playoff sweep in Isles history. It also marked the final Islanders playoff game for the next 8 years.
  • Isles Return to Playoffs as 8 Seed

    Isles Return to Playoffs as 8 Seed
    The New York Islanders eaned the bottom seed in the '07 Eastern Conference Playoffs. It was the first time since '04 that the team made the postseason. New York fell to Buffalo, the highest scoring team in the NHL, in the 1st round 4-1.
  • New York Shutout By Pens In Playoff Return

    New York Shutout By Pens In Playoff Return
    Game 1 CoverageIn the lockout-shortened 2013 season, the Islanders made the playoffs for the 1st time in 6 seasons. New York took on the top-seeded Penguins in the Steel City for Game 1. It was all Pittsburgh as, even without star Sidney Crosbay, the Islanders fell 5-0.
  • Isles Take 1st At Home Since '02

    Isles Take 1st At Home Since '02
    New York took game 4 from Pittsburgh 6-4, for the team's first home playoff win in 11 years. With the victory, New York evened up the series at 2 games apiece before heading back to The Burgh.
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    1975-88 Islanders Playoff Run

    The New York Islanders reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 14 straight seasons starting with the 1974-75 season and ending with the 1987-88 one. The highlights included the team's only 4 Stanley Cup Championships, which they won back-to back-to back-to back from 1980-1983. New York made a 5th straight appearance in the finals in 1984, but fell to Edmonton.
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    Isles Get 3 Straight Shots at Cup, But Fall Short

    New York put together a strak of 3 straight playoff appearances. But, they didn't advance past the 1st round each season. In 2002, the Isles fell to Toronto in 7 games. In '03, they lost to Ottawa in 5. In 2004, New York fell to the Lightning in 5.