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April 5, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Sylvain Turgeon scored two goals and Ron Francis had three assists last night as the Hartford Whalers clinched their first National Hockey League division title by defeating the visiting New York Rangers, 5-3. The Whalers pelted the Rangers with a team-high 46 shots on goal for the season to win the Adams Division regular-season championship for the first time since being absorbed into the NHL from the World Hockey Association in 1979. Turgeon, whose goal after 13:11 of the first period made it 2-0, scored his second goal of the game after 4:57 of the third period to make it 3-3, and John Anderson put the Whalers ahead to stay after 6:24.
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October 17, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Denis Potvin set a record for career assists by an NHL defenseman, and the New York Islanders scored three times in the first 6 minutes, 4 seconds of the third period last night for a 7-4 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals. The Islanders became the last NHL team this season to collect a point. They lost their first two games. The win also was the Islanders' seventh straight in home openers. Potvin helped set up Bryan Trottier's power-play goal at 8:39 of the first period, giving him 684 career assists, one more than the previous record, held by Brad Park.
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October 29, 1986 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
Bobby Clarke and Brad McCrimmon have talked three times now in the last four days, doing some groundwork toward ending the defenseman's holdout. So, is today's scheduled phone conversation between the Flyers' general manager and agent Herb Pinder critical toward avoiding another long stalemate? "Might be," Pinder said last night from his Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, home. "You don't really know about these things. "There's been some movement. The key is that we've gotten away from the four-year deal and are talking now about a one(-year deal)
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June 24, 2000 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It has been more than a couple of decades since the New York Islanders last owned the No. 1 pick in the NHL amateur draft. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup earlier this month. The Islanders, however, won the draft lottery, giving them the top pick for the first time since 1973. That year, the Isles chose defenseman Denis Potvin, who would go on to captain four Cup winners. Now Mike Milbury, the Isles' general manager, has to decide whether there any future Cup captains among a weak crop of juniors, collegians, and national-team members.
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April 22, 1987 | By LES BOWEN, Daily News Sports Writer
Tonight, the Patrick Division Stanley Cup final series gets under way. Maybe you thought it started Monday night, when the Flyers cruised to a 4-2 victory at the Spectrum over a bunch of guys in blue uniforms. But that victory didn't prove much. The Islanders were physically and emotionally spent from their four-overtime victory over Washington early Sunday morning that got them into the final series. They gave up all four Flyer goals by 3:11 of the second period, then got their second wind and outplayed the Flyers the rest of the way. Tonight's game should give a much better indication of how the teams stack up. The Islanders contend that, should they win it and tie the series going into Friday's Game 3 at Uniondale, Long Island, they will be right on schedule.
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September 26, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Denis Potvin, the leading scorer among defensemen in NHL history, entering his 15th year with the New York Islanders, announced that he will retire when his contract expires at the end of this season. Potvin, who will turn 34 next month, is the Islanders' captain and has played for the team since being chosen No. 1 overall in the June 1973 NHL entry draft. The 6-foot, 205-pound native of Ottawa holds NHL career records for defensemen in goals, assists and points. He picked up his 684th assist on Oct. 16, 1986, to become the league's all-time leader among defensemen in that department, passing Brad Park.
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January 22, 1986 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
It wasn't completely against their will that the Flyers were dragged into the time machine last night. They went passively, almost sleepily, and awoke uncomfortably sometime between 1980 and 1984. Mike Bossy was knocking down two goals, Bryan Trottier was having a five-point night, Denis Potvin was making those crisp outlet passes, Billy Smith was making all the required saves and the Flyers were helping to beat themselves. And the four-time champion Islanders were taking apart Philadelphia and All-Star goalie Bob Froese, 7-3, exactly as they did last night.
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January 21, 1988 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
If a man can be judged by the players he picks, then there is a soft spot in the heart of Flyers coach "Iron Mike" Keenan, after all. Keenan, head coach of the Wales Conference in the National Hockey League All-Star Game, which will be played Feb. 9 in St. Louis, yesterday announced the 14 players he had selected to fill out the roster. His selection of two aging but future Hall of Fame defensemen, Denis Potvin, 34, of the Islanders, and Larry Robinson, 36, of Montreal, added a touch of nostalgia to the club.
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January 17, 1986 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
The milestones, so worthy of celebrations, can nonetheless be cruel teases of the glory that has passed. The Islanders keep knocking them off. Denis Potvin broke Bobby Orr's record of 915 points by a defenseman earlier this season. Mike Bossy became the 11th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. Bryan Trottier reached 400. The music goes on for these great players, tributes to their excellence and longevity. "Thanks for the Memories" is entirely appropriate, but when the band strikes up "The Way We Were" Bill Torrey, the Islanders' general manager, will sit out the dance.
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April 17, 1987 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kelly Hrudey isn't a carpenter by trade, but he knows sawdust when he sees it. "Everyone wrote us off before the series," said the New York Islanders' goalie, "and then we get down 3-1 in games and you got guys carving us out. We showed a lot of character tonight. "We played this game without our superstars and everyone had to pull their socks up. If we lose this series, no one can't say we haven't played our hearts out. " Last night at Nassau Coliseum, Hrudey and the Islanders outplayed the Capitals for a wild 5-4 victory to send the Patrick Division semifinal series back to Landover, Md., tomorrow night for the seventh and deciding game.
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May 7, 2010
INJURED FORWARD Ian Laperriere showed up yesterday after the Flyers' practice and was chatting with a couple of reporters in the hallway. Question: Have you ever played for a team that went down 3-0 in a series? Laperriere: Yes. Question: The Islanders? Laperriere: I'm not that old. Well, I am. The last time an NHL team came back from the same kind of 3-0 deficit that the Flyers now face against the Bruins and won the series, it was the 1975 New York Islanders.
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June 24, 2000 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It has been more than a couple of decades since the New York Islanders last owned the No. 1 pick in the NHL amateur draft. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup earlier this month. The Islanders, however, won the draft lottery, giving them the top pick for the first time since 1973. That year, the Isles chose defenseman Denis Potvin, who would go on to captain four Cup winners. Now Mike Milbury, the Isles' general manager, has to decide whether there any future Cup captains among a weak crop of juniors, collegians, and national-team members.
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May 14, 1996 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The rumors that floated approaching the 1994 NHL draft seem laughable now. The Florida Panthers supposedly were considering passing on defenseman Ed Jovanovski with the first overall pick. He was voted best checker in his junior league, but maybe the Panthers would trade the pick for an established star; perhaps they'd take Radek Bonk, a Czech forward who was tearing up the International Hockey League. Bob Clarke, who helped build the Panthers before returning to the Flyers as president in 1994, had seen Jovanovski play.
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September 24, 1991 | The Inquirer Staff
The San Antonio Spurs traded center Dwayne Schintzius and a 1994 second- round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings yesterday for forward Antoine Carr. The 6-foot-8 Carr, 30, is a seven-year NBA veteran from Wichita State who led the Kings in scoring last season with a career-best 20.1 points per game. The 7-2 Schintzius, 22, averaged 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game in his rookie season last year as a backup to Spurs starting center David Robinson. He was a 1988 Olympic team finalist from the University of Florida.
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February 7, 1989 | By Jay Greenberg, Daily News Sports Writer
The oldest tree in the NHL forest is a redwood named Larry Robinson. Gray is beginning to intrude on his burnt-orange hair, which is cut close and in a manner that lends dignity to his advancing years. The fire inside Robinson still burns bright red, however. For most 37-year- olds, this is a sign of having eaten too much. For Robinson, it informs him to play another season. Why shouldn't he? Though Robinson is far removed from being the best defenseman in the game, as he was between the peaks of the careers of Bobby Orr and Denis Potvin, he is still a smart and strong contributor on a fine Montreal team.
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March 29, 1988 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
The New York Islanders' abilities in the short run - when they are down, 3-1, in a playoff series, for example - are well-documented. But even their goalie wondered about them in the long run. Did Kelly Hrudey think they could win a Patrick Division title? "Realistically," he said yesterday, "you had to wait and see what kind of year Philly and Washington had. "But now that we're down to this, we have just as much right to be in first as anybody. " The Islanders might even earn the right to stay there, if they beat the third-place Flyers tonight at the Nassau Coliseum, then defeat Washington on Thursday night.
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February 14, 1988 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although Mario Lemieux created the story line with his sensational three- goal, three-assist explosion in Tuesday's NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis, the stunning manner in which the 22-year-old Pittsburgh center outshone Wayne Gretzky merely underscored what is going on around a league that has been taken over by guys the age of the average college senior. It has been apparent for some time that hockey has become a young man's game - a very young man's game - but things are getting uncanny.
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January 21, 1988 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
If a man can be judged by the players he picks, then there is a soft spot in the heart of Flyers coach "Iron Mike" Keenan, after all. Keenan, head coach of the Wales Conference in the National Hockey League All-Star Game, which will be played Feb. 9 in St. Louis, yesterday announced the 14 players he had selected to fill out the roster. His selection of two aging but future Hall of Fame defensemen, Denis Potvin, 34, of the Islanders, and Larry Robinson, 36, of Montreal, added a touch of nostalgia to the club.
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September 26, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Denis Potvin, the leading scorer among defensemen in NHL history, entering his 15th year with the New York Islanders, announced that he will retire when his contract expires at the end of this season. Potvin, who will turn 34 next month, is the Islanders' captain and has played for the team since being chosen No. 1 overall in the June 1973 NHL entry draft. The 6-foot, 205-pound native of Ottawa holds NHL career records for defensemen in goals, assists and points. He picked up his 684th assist on Oct. 16, 1986, to become the league's all-time leader among defensemen in that department, passing Brad Park.
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May 1, 1987 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
After exchanging thudding body checks, sticks and punches with the Flyers for 14 bruising seasons, Denis Potvin is eminently qualified to peek inside the Flyers' heads. How worried, Denis, do you think the Flyers are, facing a seventh game after they have allowed a 3-1 series lead to vanish? Tomorrow night's game is against a New York team that climbed off the canvas from an identical 3-1 deficit to beat Washington in their opening-round playoff series. "I'd be pretty worried (in their position)
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