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Customer Review

on November 22, 2009
As someone who grew up in New York and has watched the Islanders from almost their first game in 1972, I thought this was a good but not great set with a fair selection of games. Of course disputes are inevitable in any "10 greatest" list, but my objections are:

The Islanders first big playoff push was in 1975, and there should have been at least one game from that year. The preferred games would be game 3 vs. the Rangers or game 7 vs. Pittsburgh. As I have never seen anything but short clips from these game since I saw them (or heard them on the radio) live when they were played, I don't know that they still exist in complete form. They probably don't. I'm pretty sure nothing remains from the Rangers series but a 15 second clip of JP Parise's game 3 OT goal. If they don't, some game from the Philadelphia series should be included. I have seen full game videos from this series and the absence of a 1975 playoff game is the most serious flaw in this set.

The second missing essential game is the winning streak record breaker vs. the Colorado Rockies. I was at that game in person and not only was it historic, it was a thrilling match with a wild finish. It's a crime this game wasn't included. Their winning streak record has since been broken, but when the Islander won their 15th straight, the record they erased went back to 1929 & it was a big deal.

For the more recent selections, I think it was right to include one game from the '02 series vs. Toronto, because that was one of the best, most intense early round playoff series I've ever seen. But they picked the wrong game. Game 6 was the best single playoff game the Islanders have had since their Stanley Cup years. This was the game after Michael Peca was injured on Darcy Tucker's cheap shot & the Isles were out for revenge & got it, at least temporarily. There were no penalty shots, but penalty shots are very overrated to this hockey fan, especially in comparison to a nasty 60 minute contest between two teams that hated each other.

In order to get these three games in, I'd drop the Al Arbour game & the Volek OT game & exchange game 6 in the Toronto series for game 4. The Al Arbour game was fun, but compared to games in the past when this team was winning cups, it falls short. I got the idea they included it because they wanted something recent for a team that has had little success in 20 years. Dropping the Volek game is a hard choice, but it was really a dead end for the Islanders while a '75 playoff game and the game vs. Colorado were of historic significance. There's one last game I'd like to see that goes way back in NYI history. In their first year, 1972-73, they played a wild game vs. the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins which they won I believe 9-7. This game was a fantastic result because the Islander won only 12 games that year and that one of them was vs. the great Bobby Orr Bruins, and that it was a 9-7 game made it one of the most unlikely occurrences in NHL history. I've seen some video of this game & if the entire game exists in video form, that it wasn't included in this set shows the lack of perspective suffered by those who put the set together. I'd like to give this set 3 1/2 stars coz it's better than 3 but not as good as 4, but I'll be generous. If it included at least one 1975 playoff game, I would give it five stars, but completely missing that truly important year is a bad flaw for a set like this.
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