Forty years have gone by since the New York Islanders hoisted their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups. Experiencing those madly exhilarating seasons was a highlight of my life. Insane achievements occurred with regularity in those days. From the 15 game winning streak in 1982 to Mike Bossy’s ’50 in 50’ goal scoring run, those days were unforgettable and are etched deep in the psyche of every Islander fan that lived through them. Champagne in the stands seemed like an April holiday that would come every Spring.

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But that was forty years ago and today, there are entire generations of Islander fans who have lived through the agony of defeat year after year, season after season. Even now, after a 10 game winning streak and in the midst of a 12 game point streak, the Isles aren’t at the top of the power rankings. They are ranked 20th as a likely Stanley Cup winner, alongside the lowly Rangers.

This team has major hurdles to surmount. After losing John Tavares to the Maple Leafs, the team shrugged off the staggering loss by advancing to the 2nd round of last year’s post-season. Tavares had never taken them further. Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz and all-time great cup-winning General Manager Lou Lamoriello brought a new mindset and a winning system to Long Island. Behind young Matt Barzal, the glory days are in sight again.

This is a young squad, with Anthony Beauvillier, Devon Toews, Noah Dobson, Ryan Pullock, Adam Pelech, Michael del Colle, Oliver Wahlstrom. The Islanders also have a formidable group of grinders and scorers, all in the prime of their careers. Cup-winners Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk are still a top blueline pairing. Captain Anders Lee is the power-forward who has made the slot his home. The Cizikas-Clutterbuck-Martin line remains the most effective 4th line in the league.

The tandem of Greiss and Varlamov in net is holding the opposition to a manageable limit.

Hope springs eternal on Long Island. Lets Go Islanders!!!