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April 13, 2019, 2:59 am

NHL playoffs 2019: Islanders' 2-0 start vs. Penguins could be a good omen

The Islanders are excited to be up 2-0 in the best-of-seven ordering with the Penguins, but they could be truly blessed when they find out the importance of this peculiar lead.

NHL playoffs 2019: Islanders' 2-0 start vs. Penguins could be a good omen
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The Islanders are excited to be up 2-0 in the best-of-seven ordering with the Penguins, but they could be truly blessed when they find out the importance of this peculiar lead.

It has been 36 years since New York started a ordering with a 2-0 lead and the year it complete that was beautiful special.

The time period was 1983 and the Islanders were in the thick of one of the most unbreakable streaks in NHL past — but more on that later.

Mike Bossy and the Islanders were fetching on Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final and New York had outscored Edmonton 8-2 over the first two games of the ordering.

The Islanders wouldn't slow down either as they eventually swept Edmonton to win their 16th straight playoff ordering and fourth consecutive Stanley Cup.

The @NYIslanders took a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven ordering for the first time since the 1983 #StanleyCup Final – an eventual four-game triumph over Edmonton. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/jetPXfO472

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 13, 2019

New York would eventually go on to win three more playoff ordering before falling to the Oilers the next time period in the Final in five games.

That loss broke an NHL record streak of 19 straight playoff ordering wins. It's a mark that stands to this day.

So the Islanders of 2019 are doing something that team did on a regular basis — setting up a ordering win.

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  • And who knows? Maybe these two wins in the ordering will be the ultimate difference and it could mean the Islanders are on the way to their first Stanley Cup since that 1982-83 time period.

    But we're getting ahead of ourselves. We'll let this ordering play out.

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