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Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Islanders

The New York Islanders joined the NHL for the 1972-73 season. In their early days, the Islanders were a lousy hockey team and the Canucks beat them (just like every other NHL team did). By the late 1970s, the Islanders were one of hockey's elite teams and they beat the Canucks regularly (just like they beat every other team). Since the mid-1980s, the two teams have been almost evenly matched. The Canucks and Islanders have met in the playoffs twice. As of 2015-16, the Islanders are the only team the Canucks have met in the playoffs and have yet to win a game against.

Historical Notes: The Islanders drafted John Schella and Ted Taylor from the Canucks in their expansion draft. Both players jumped to the WHA instead of joining the team ... Dave Balon was the first Canuck to score against the Islanders ... Of the four times the Islanders won the Stanley Cup, the only time they won it on the road came in 1982 (in Vancouver) ... Greg Adams and Cliff Ronning set a team record by scoring six seconds apart during a game against the Islanders (February 6, 1992) ... The Canucks and Islanders did not meet in 2006-07.


Regular Season

 DATE  H/A SEASON  SCORE OT  GP  W  L  T OL  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
NOV  3  H  1972-73 7-2 W      1  1  0  0      7   2   2 1.000 First game against Islanders   
DEC 21  A          4-4 T      2  1  0  1     11   6   3 0.750 Dunc Wilson returns in net     
DEC 30  H          5-2 W      3  2  0  1     16   8   5 0.833 Another Schmautz hat trick     
JAN 26  H          5-1 W      4  3  0  1     21   9   7 0.875 Boudrias records 100th assist  
MAR  3  A          3-9 L      5  3  1  1     24  18   7 0.700 Islander Cook scores hat trick 
DEC 18  A  1973-74 2-2 T      6  3  1  2     26  20   8 0.667 All scoring in first period    
DEC 29  H          3-4 L      7  3  2  2     29  24   8 0.571 Schmautz records two points    
JAN  3  A          2-3 L      8  3  3  2     31  27   8 0.500 Ververgaert scores both goals  
FEB  2  H          2-2 T      9  3  3  3     33  29   9 0.500 Dunn, O'Flaherty score         
FEB 26  A          1-1 T     10  3  3  4     34  30  10 0.500 Kearns scores tying goal       
MAR 30  H          4-2 W     11  4  3  4     38  32  12 0.545 Jim Mair scores game winner    
NOV 23  A  1974-75 3-3 T     12  4  3  5     41  35  13 0.542 Oddleifson has two point night 
NOV 30  H          3-0 W     13  5  3  5     44  35  15 0.577 Lalonde has three point night  
FEB 21  A          4-1 W     14  6  3  5     48  36  17 0.607 Gould gets natural hat trick   
MAR  8  H          5-7 L     15  6  4  5     53  43  17 0.567 Lalonde has a three piont game 
MAR 18  A          4-4 T     16  6  4  6     57  47  18 0.563 Lever ties game in third       
OCT 21  A  1975-76 5-5 T     17  6  4  7     62  52  19 0.559 First two NHL goals for Blight 
NOV 15  H          4-3 W     18  7  4  7     66  55  21 0.583 Robitaille gets two points     
FEB 10  H          3-2 W     19  8  4  7     69  57  23 0.605 Canucks trail 2-0 after first  
MAR  4  A          3-3 T     20  8  4  8     72  60  24 0.600 Mike Walton opens scoring      
MAR 23  H          5-2 W     21  9  4  8     77  62  26 0.619 Walton, Blight 3 points each   
OCT 19  A  1976-77 1-6 L     22  9  5  8     78  68  26 0.591 Ververgaert scores only goal   
NOV  1  H          2-3 L     23  9  6  8     80  71  26 0.565 Canucks up 2-1 after first     
NOV 19  H          4-6 L     24  9  7  8     84  77  26 0.542 Islander Gillies gets hat trick
JAN  1  A          5-1 W     25 10  7  8     89  78  28 0.560 Spruce records three assists   
FEB 14  H          1-2 L     26 10  8  8     90  80  28 0.538 Goodenough scores lone goal    
OCT 27  H  1977-78 2-3 L     27 10  9  8     92  83  28 0.519 Rick Blight assists on both    
NOV 19  A          2-9 L     28 10 10  8     94  92  28 0.500 Sedlbauer fails on penalty shot
DEC 27  H          2-4 L     29 10 11  8     96  96  28 0.483 Gillis, Snepsts score          
JAN  3  A          1-4 L     30 10 12  8     97 100  28 0.467 Islanders up 3-0 after second  
MAR  7  A          2-5 L     31 10 13  8     99 105  28 0.452 Another Sedlbauer penalty shot 
OCT 28  A  1978-79 2-5 L     32 10 14  8    101 110  28 0.438 Gillis, Sedlbauer score        
NOV 25  H          2-5 L     33 10 15  8    103 115  28 0.424 Derlago put out for the season 
JAN  2  A          0-9 L     34 10 16  8    103 124  28 0.412 Bossy hat trick, Resch shutout 
FEB 17  H          3-5 L     35 10 17  8    106 129  28 0.400 Stan Smyl scores twice         
OCT 31  H  1979-80 2-2 T     36 10 17  9    108 131  29 0.403 Gillis in on both goals        
DEC  4  A          5-1 W     37 11 17  9    113 132  31 0.419 Hanlon makes 25 saves          
JAN  8  A          0-3 L     38 11 18  9    113 135  31 0.408 Islander Resch records shutout 
FEB 17  H          4-2 W     39 12 18  9    117 137  33 0.423 Smyl in on all four goals      
OCT 21  A  1980-81 6-3 W     40 13 18  9    123 140  35 0.438 Brodeur new number one goalie  
DEC  7  H          3-5 L     41 13 19  9    126 145  35 0.427 Fraser, Smyl, Ashton score     
FEB 27  H          1-5 L     42 13 20  9    127 150  35 0.417 Williams scores lone tally     
MAR  7  A          1-3 L     43 13 21  9    128 153  35 0.407 Gradin gets the lone goal      
OCT 15  A  1981-82 1-4 L     44 13 22  9    129 157  35 0.398 Islanders up 3-0 after first   
DEC  9  H          4-3 W     45 14 22  9    133 160  37 0.411 Boldirev scores twice          
JAN  4  A          1-4 L     46 14 23  9    134 164  37 0.402 Fraser scores lone marker      
OCT  5  H  1982-83 2-1 W     47 15 23  9    136 165  39 0.415 Some revenge against Cup champs
OCT 19  A          4-5 L     48 15 24  9    140 170  39 0.406 Stan Smyl in on all four goals 
JAN 29  H          3-5 L     49 15 25  9    143 175  39 0.398 Halward, Lupul 2 points each   
NOV  1  A  1983-84 3-6 L     50 15 26  9    146 181  39 0.390 Darcy Rota scores twice        
DEC  6  H          2-5 L     51 15 27  9    148 186  39 0.382 Lanz in on both Canuck goals   
FEB 11  A          4-6 L     52 15 28  9    152 192  39 0.375 Neely scores a pair            
OCT 23  A  1984-85 5-6 L     53 15 29  9    157 198  39 0.368 Hall, Neely both injured       
DEC  3  H          4-5 L     54 15 30  9    161 203  39 0.361 Islanders up 5-0 after second  
JAN 15  H          6-5 W OT  55 16 30  9    167 208  41 0.373 Neely scores two goals         
OCT 14  H  1985-86 4-2 W     56 17 30  9    171 210  43 0.384 Lanthier gets winner in third  
OCT 22  A          2-2 T OT  57 17 30 10    173 212  44 0.386 Smyl, Gradin two points each   
FEB 11  A          0-1 L     58 17 31 10    173 213  44 0.379 Brodeur outdueled by Smith     
DEC  5  H  1986-87 3-4 L     59 17 32 10    176 217  44 0.373 Canucks trail 2-0 after first  
FEB  4  H          4-1 W     60 18 32 10    180 218  46 0.383 Caprice makes 26 saves         
MAR 26  A          5-2 W     61 19 32 10    185 220  48 0.393 Sundstrom records three points 
OCT 10  H  1987-88 1-7 L     62 19 33 10    186 227  48 0.387 Boyd gets assists in his debut 
FEB 23  A          1-6 L     63 19 34 10    187 233  48 0.381 Skriko ends shutout bid late   
MAR  8  A          4-7 L     64 19 35 10    191 240  48 0.375 Bradley, Bakovic debut         
OCT 10  H  1988-89 2-3 L     65 19 36 10    193 243  48 0.369 Nordmark assists on both goals 
OCT 18  A          2-3 L     66 19 37 10    195 246  48 0.364 First NHL goal for Linden      
MAR 18  H          2-1 W     67 20 37 10    197 247  50 0.373 Linden, Skriko score           
OCT  9  H  1989-90 2-5 L     68 20 38 10    199 252  50 0.368 Skriko opens scoring in second 
OCT 21  A          2-1 W     69 21 38 10    201 253  52 0.377 Linden gets winner in third    
JAN 16  A          0-3 L     70 21 39 10    201 256  52 0.371 Canucks fire 51 shots at Isles 
NOV 16  H  1990-91 3-2 W     71 22 39 10    204 258  54 0.380 Canucks up 3-0 in second       
DEC  4  A          4-2 W     72 23 39 10    208 260  56 0.389 Valk scores a pair of goals    
MAR 16  H          4-4 T OT  73 23 39 11    212 264  57 0.390 Ronning records three points   
NOV 10  H  1991-92 6-0 W     74 24 39 11    218 264  59 0.399 McLean makes 28 saves          
FEB  6  H          4-5 L OT  75 24 40 11    222 269  59 0.393 Two Canuck goals in six seconds
FEB 15  A          1-3 L     76 24 41 11    223 272  59 0.388 Longest losing streak of season
JAN  9  A  1992-93 5-4 W     77 25 41 11    228 276  61 0.396 Canucks down 3-0 in first      
MAR 20  H          2-7 L     78 25 42 11    230 283  61 0.391 Fergus, Nedved score           
NOV  2  A  1993-94 2-1 W     79 26 42 11    232 284  63 0.399 Ronning scores one, adds assist
MAR  9  H          5-4 W     80 27 42 11    237 288  65 0.406 Canucks trail 3-1 in second    
NOV  7  A  1995-96 5-2 W     81 28 42 11    242 290  67 0.414 Mogilny two goals, winner      
JAN 27  H          6-3 W     82 29 42 11    248 293  69 0.421 Third (red) uniform debuts     
NOV 13  A  1996-97 4-5 L OT  83 29 43 11    252 298  69 0.416 Bure scores twice              
JAN 30  H          2-1 W OT  84 30 43 11    254 299  71 0.423 Lumme scores in overtime       
MAR 14  A  1997-98 6-2 W     85 31 43 11    260 301  73 0.429 Aucoin gets winner in second   
MAR 24  H          4-3 W     86 32 43 11    264 304  75 0.436 Linden returns to standing "O" 
FEB  7  A  1998-99 3-3 T OT  87 32 43 12    267 307  76 0.437 Canucks trail 3-1 in second    
MAR 19  H          1-3 L     88 32 44 12    268 310  76 0.432 Naslund gets lone goal         
OCT 23  A  1999-00 2-2 T OT  89 32 44 13  0 270 312  77 0.433 Kariya, May score in first     
FEB 18  H  2000-01 3-2 W     90 33 44 13  0 273 314  79 0.439 Baron scores game winner     
MAR 21  A  2001-02 2-3 L     91 33 45 13  0 275 317  79 0.434 Naslund fails on penalty shot
DEC  3  A  2002-03 1-2 L     92 33 46 13  0 276 319  79 0.429 Salo gets lone marker       
MAR 11  H          4-3 W     93 34 46 13  0 280 322  81 0.435 Salo gets winner in third   
FEB  3  A  2003-04 4-5 L OT  94 34 46 13  1 284 327  82 0.436 Grenier's first NHL goal    
JAN 14  A  2005-06 8-1 W     95 35 46 13  1 292 328  84 0.442 Bertuzzi gets hat trick     
JAN  8  H  2007-08 3-2 W SO  96 36 46 13  1 295 330  86 0.448 Linden, Edler in SO         
NOV 17  A  2008-09 1-2 L SO  97 36 46 13  2 296 332  87 0.448 Demitra gets only goal      
MAR 16  H  2009-10 2-5 L     98 36 47 13  2 298 337  87 0.444 Wellwood, Burrows score     
JAN 11  A  2010-11 4-3 W SO  99 37 47 13  2 302 340  89  .449 Kesler gets shootout winner 
NOV 13  H  2011-12 4-1 W    100 38 47 13  2 306 341  91  .455 Rome goal, two assists      
OCT 22  A  2013-14 5-4 W OT 101 39 47 13  2 311 345  93  .460 Richardson gets OT winner   
MAR 10  H          4-7 L    102 39 48 13  2 315 352  93  .456 Canucks up 3-0 after second 
JAN  6  H  2014-15 3-2 W    103 40 48 13  2 318 354  95  .461 Vey gets eventual winner    
FEB 22  A          4-0 W    104 41 48 13  2 322 354  97  .466 Miller, Lack share shutout  
JAN 17  A  2015-16 2-1 W SO 105 42 48 13  2 324 355  99  .471 Vrbata gets shootout winner 
MAR  1  H          2-3 L    106 42 49 13  2 326 358  99  .467 Vey, Daniel get goals       

Playoffs

 DATE  H/A SEASON  SCORE OT  GP  W  L  -  -  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
APR  6  A  1975-76 3-5 L      1  0  1  -  -   5   5   0 0.000 Oddleifson records two assists 
APR  8  H          1-3 L      2  0  2  -  -   4   8   0 0.000 Oddleifson scores only goal    
               New York Islanders win best of three series 2 games to 0                   

MAY  8  A  1981-82 5-6 L OT   3  0  3  -  -   9  14   0 0.000 Bossy gets hat trick, OT winner
MAY 11  A          4-6 L      4  0  4  -  -  13  20   0 0.000 Canucks up 3-2 after second    
MAY 13  H          0-3 L      5  0  5  -  -  13  23   0 0.000 First Finals game at Coliseum  
MAY 16  H          1-3 L      6  0  6  -  -  14  26   0 0.000 Smyl scores lone marker        
                New York Islanders win Stanley Cup four games to none                     

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