Oh Yeah looks back at the first Gatorade shower, which was popularized by the New York Giants on coach Bill Parcells in 1986.


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Frank Gifford was a great Giant and loved by just about everyone who followed sports and lifestyle. When you think about which athletes had the most prosperous careers after retirement, Gifford might be the first person that comes to mind (sorry, Arnold Palmer).

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In the book Behind The Moves, former Rangers GM Neil Smith details how he used to mess with former Devils GM and current Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello.

Smith said, "nobody f----- with Lou because he was such a hardass. But he and I once flew to Chicago together on Devils Owner Dr. McMullen's plane. Back in the 1990s', the portable phones had an LCD display that would say, 'phone is on' and the time. You could change 'phone is on' to....whatever you wanted. Lou had the same phone as me and I said, 'Hey, you've got the same phone. Can I see it for a minute?'

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Former Giants head coach Bill Arnsparger has passed away at the age of 88 (Giants.com). He coached Big Blue during their "nomad" period (1974-76), a painful era that saw the Giants lose 75% of their games and play in three different stadiums over three seasons.

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Saturday marks the final regular season game at Nassau Coliseum. For so many people the Coliseum is so much more than just a hockey arena, it is a second home. A place where friends and family gather to cheer on a team that they love with a deep passion.

Earlier on twitter, I asked for fans to tweet their favorite memories from being at Nassau Coliseum and here as some of the replies.

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Shawn Bates never won a Stanley Cup during his time on Long Island, but he will forever be etched into the fabric of the team's history thanks to his penalty shot goal in Game 4 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It's one of the greatest moments in my hockey career," Bates said on Saturday, when the Isles honored alumni spanning across different decades. Bates and former enforcer Eric Cairns represented players from the 2000s.

Bates' notorious goal came in the closing minutes of the third period in a tie game between the Maple Leafs and Isles. Bates was driving to the net when Bryan McCabe tripped him up?and the officials awarded a penalty shot. Bates, who had been a major impact player in Game 3 of the series, riffled a shot over Curtis Joseph's right shoulder and gave the Islanders a 4-3 lead.

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There have been 48 Super Bowls and I personally have a cognizant recollection of all but the first two. For the first 20 years of Super Bowl games, Giant fans had to endure the indignity of watching two franchises other than theirs battle for the NFL Championship. The team was generally non-competitive and had no shot at appearing in the big game.

Since 1986, the Giants have qualified for five Super Bowls, winning four, and have provided their fan base with countless memories and a sense of fulfillment.

The past week, we've been recollecting some of those moments and, of course, we've been forlorn over the team's latest postseason dry spell. Below are some Giant-related Super Bowl facts as this year's game approaches...

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With he Super Bowl only days away, we decided to take a stroll down memory lane and hit you with some Giants Super Bowl trivia. Big Blue has been to five of the big games, winning four. Two of those wins came over Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's New England Patriots.

Answers are on the bottom in the drop down.

1. Which Giant QB rushed for the most yards in a single SB game?

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The Super Bowl is rapidly descending upon us and, sadly, the Giants won't be participating. But that doesn't prevent us from having a little fun with trivia from the games the Giants have played in.

We all know that QB Phil Simms had a day to remember in Super Bowl XXI:

  • Highest passer rating, game, 150.92 - Phil Simms - New York Giants vs. Denver, XXI
  • Highest completion percentage, game, (20 attempts), 88% - Phil Simms - N.Y. Giants vs. Denver, XXI (25-22)
In Super Bowl XLVI, QB Eli Manning set a record when he completed his first nine passes to start the game.

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Twenty eight?years ago today, the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins, 17-0, in the NFC Championship Game at a wind-swept, raucous Giants Stadium. The victory jettisoned Bill Parcells' top-seeded 14-2 crew to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance.

Two weeks later, the Giants rocked the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena to win the team's first of four Super Bowl championships.

I was in attendance for both of those games. Grown men, who had not seen the Giants win anything for 30 years, broke down and cried. Others drank and cheered. Me, personally? ?I was stunned. Both settings were surreal. It's as if it wasn't happening. But it did. And how.

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Don't let the snow and cold weather get you down, here are some Giants tidbits that may or may not add to your grey day...

Longest playoff droughts in New York Giants history:

  1. 1964-1980 - 17 seasons
  2. 1951-1955 - 5 seasons
  3. 1928-1932 - 5 seasons
  4. 1947-1949 - 3 seasons
  5. 1994-1996 - 3 seasons
  6. 2012-2014 - 3 seasons
First team All-Pros in the Tom Coughlin era:

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The anniversary of the Santa brawl that took place 11 years ago at?Nassau Coliseum may have been on Tuesday, but there is no better time to look back at it than on Christmas Eve.

The date was December 23, 2003 and the Islanders thought it would be a nice idea to invite fans to come to that night's game dressed as Santa. Anyone who did so would be allowed to attend the game for free. The team expected only a few hundred people to take part, but, according to the Associated Press, about 1,000 Santas showed up.

They were allowed to parade around the ice during the first intermission and all was going well. That was until one Santa took off his red jacket to reveal a New York Ranger Jersey.

Tags: History, Islanders, nassau coliseum, new york islanders, new york rangers, Santa Brawl
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Throughout the season Islanders Point Blank will speak with fans, players and media about their favorite memories at Nassau Coliseum?

It's been a while since we did one of these, so what better way to begin the day of the home opener of the final season in Uniondale than with some memories from fans?

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The Giants use the NFL Draft much like many other teams - as an instrument to amass young talent to develop over time. The learning curves for many of their recent draftees has not been as exact and consistent as they may have anticipated.

Since 2007, when all eight draft picks were on the team's roster during Super Bowl XLII, the draft classes have been littered with projects that haven't panned out and players that were simply poor selections.

Last year, the Giants began looking at filling possible needs in the draft and at players could help them right out of the gate. First round pick RT Justin Pugh started every game, the first rookie to so since Lawrence Taylor in 1981. Second rounder DT Jon Hankins, who played sparingly, would have been utilized more had the defensive line been shorthanded or struggling, which they weren't.

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The Giants will celebrate their 90th season in the NFL when they host the Cardinals on today at MetLife Stadium. A special program of events has been planned throughout the day. From the Giants:

The pregame celebration will include Giants players and coaches taking the field prior to the game by running through a fan gauntlet formed by 90 season ticketholders.

The National Anthem will be performed by the West Point Band. The Giants and the NFL?s 31 other teams will recognize the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key?s writing of the ?Star-Spangled Banner.? The Presentation of Colors will be by the Joint Honor Guard. A full-field American flag will be unfurled by season ticketholders and members of the FDNY, NYPD, and Port Authority Police departments. There will be a moment of silence in a tribute to 9/11 victims.

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We learned Monday that the Giants' top pick in this year's NFL Draft, WR Odell Beckham Jr., will not be ready to play for several more weeks. He keeps aggravating his ailing hamstring, delaying his NFL debut.

Waiting for first-round picks to make an impact on the field is nothing new to the Giants. Since Jerry Reese became the GM in 2007, he's drafted a slew of talented players in Round One of the NFL Draft, but few have been able to get on, and stay on, the field.

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On Thursday we looked at a great moment in Islander history; Bob Nystrom's game winning goal in Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals.

Well, one lucky Islanders Point Blank reader has a piece of history from that day. IPB read Barry won an auction last year held by Heritage Auctions for Nystrom's game worn jersey. As was noted in IPB's article last year, the jersey shows obvious signs of wear and tear and has the Olympic patch on the left arm commemorating the 1980 winter games held in Lake Placid. Nystrom's goal began the Islanders run of four straight Stanley Cups, which eventually ended in 1984.

Barry also owns a handful of other collectible jerseys, including ?a game worn Denis Potvin sweater, a Butch Goring jersey from the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals and a John Tonelli jersey worn during the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals against the Oilers.

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The Islanders will begin play of their final season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in October and to commemorate the final year, Islanders Point Blank will take a look back at some of the greatest moments in the old barn's history. Each week we will highlight one memorable moment, whether it be hockey related or not. ?So, let's begin...

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Below are the moves that Rangers President and GM Glen Sather made in his first summer as GM after being hired on June 1, 2000. (Rangers 2013-14 Media Guide)

June 24, 2000 ? 2000 second-round pick (Tomas Kopecky) to Detroit for 2000 second-round pick (Filip Novak) and 2000 third-round pick (Dominic Moore.)

June 25, 2000 ? 2000 fourth-round pick Jon DiSalvatore to San Jose for 2000 fourth-round pick (Premsyl Duben) and 2000 compensatory fifth-round pick (Brandon Snee.)

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In anticipation to next week's opening of training camp, blogs and mainstream media sources are tripping over themselves with posts about camp battles and other events that may or may not transpire this summer.

Let's have some fun. Here's five questions for you to tackle today...

1. LB Lawrence?Taylor was named All-Pro a franchise-high eight times. Since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970, only one Giant player has gotten as many four All-Pro nods. Who is he?

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There's still ten days until camp begins and the fans are gearing up for a new chapter in Giants football. The team is celebrating it's 90th season this year, joining the NFL in 1925. Only the Bears, Packers and Cardinals have been in the league longer.

Some quick hits from the first 89 years...

The team was founded in 1925 by Tim Mara and run by him until his death in 1959.?His sons, Wellington and Jack co-ran the club until Jack's death in 1965. Jack's son, Tim, took over his father's share and held it until 1991, when, after his death, his descendants sold their half to Robert Tisch. Wellington Mara passed away in 2005. His son, John, is now the team's CEO. Tisch also died in 2005. His son, Steve, is the Giants' Chairman.

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Both the NBA and NHL Finals kick off this weekend, the former in San Antonio and the latter in?Los Angeles, and two teams involved are getting near to some historical Islanders streaks. The Los Angeles Kings?and Rangers both had a long journey to the Finals. They each played 14 games in the first two rounds this year and made the final, something that's never happened before for one Finals team let alone both. For the Kings, they took it one step further and are poised to tie, or beat, a pre-dynasty Islanders record should they come from behind in the best-of-seven.?The 1975 New York Islanders won eight elimination games in a row, an NHL record. IPB Historian Steven Steinsaltz?explains?how they, and the Kings, made their runs:[sny-box]In 1975, the Islanders faced elimination 9 times, staying alive the first 8 of those - one vs. the Rangers in the preliminary round, 4 against Pittsburgh in the quarter-finals, and 3 against Philadelphia in the semi-finals.LA has gone 7 for 7 so far - 4 against San Jose, 2 against Anaheim, 1 against Chicago.[/sny-box]Go Kings! And if we're getting picky, get it done quickly so as not to disrupt any records. (sidebar, follow @theroyalhalf for all your Kings fodder).As far as the NBA goes, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs begin their Finals series this week, with the winner taking home their fourth NBA title in the new millennium (and to be fair, San Antonio won in 1999, so it would almost be their fifth if I wasn't being selective).The Heat have won 11 playoff series in a row over the last three seasons and can make it 12 in a row with a series win this week over San Antonio. They're still a couple years away from the Islanders record of 19 consecutive series wins but this is as close as anyone has come recently (and maybe as good a chance as anyone will have as?LeBron is 29). The NBA has four?rounds, so even if Miami swept the 2015?playoffs, they would still need a conference finals victory in 2016 to tie the Isles' legendary mark.But -- the Heat could have been a lot closer had they not lost to the Mavericks in 2011. If?we adjust history and let the Heat?win that series, a victory over the Spurs this year would put them at 16, and they could surpass the Islanders mark next year. But that's not the case, and there are two more years of domination they need to achieve.And as far as titles go, the Islanders four-straight are in some elite company. Steven complied a list of?franchises that own streaks of at least three titles in a row, which is mostly lofty company:
Boston Celtics (4+)
Chicago Bulls
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Lakers
Montreal Canadiens?(4+)
New York Islanders?(4+)
New York Yankees (4+)
Oakland A's
Toronto Maple Leafs
UCLA Basketball?(4+)
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The Islanders Dynasty won four cups in a row and was one of, if not the best dynasties ever in major professional sports. One of the records the team set during the dynasty run may stand forever and, as resident IPB Historian Steven Steinsaltz writes, today is the 30th anniversary of the occasion:[sny-box]30 years ago today, Mike Bossy scored two goals and Billy Smith stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Islanders beat Montreal 4-1 to take the Prince of Wales Conference Championship series in 6 games. It was their record 19th-straight playoff series win. Only one team in North American major sports history (1959-66 Celtics, 17) has come within 6 of that mark.
On that night, the Islanders' all-time playoff series record in their 12 years of existence stood at 26-5, their game record stood at 104-49, and their all-time overtime record stood at 21-5. Since then, in 29 seasons plus the 1984 Finals, their series record is 4-13, their game record is 32-61, and their overtime record is 8-8.[/sny-box]
The Islanders beat the Canadiens in Game Six in 1984 at the Coliseum, and here's the 8-minute highlight video of the action:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqCwZO9Sdb8
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Here's a little bit of a history lesson as we start to near the summer, which is the usual time of year for these things. Back in 1984, Pat Flatley joined the Islanders for the first time since being taken 21st overall in the 1982 draft. The long time Islanders captain made his debut for the team on February 29, 1984 in Winnipeg against the (old) Jets. Flatley would contribute immediately, scoring on his first NHL shot only 5-plus minutes into the game. ?Want to go into a bit of a time warp? Well, here's the video of that entire game. Thanks to Eric D for passing it along. Flatley's goal comes at the 11:20 mark of the video but if you have the time you might want to watch the whole 11?minutes for the 30-year old commercials and the soothing tones of Jiggs McDonald. He sounds exactly the same, save for the different names on the ice.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgfXGOs9IroAfter the goal McDonald and his co-announcer?Ed Westfall remark about how they, and Flatley, will remember this for a long time. And, well, here we all are.Eric Hornick also writes in to say that this game is the only?leap-day win in the history of the franchise.Here's part of the NY Times' recap of the game:[sny-box]Flatley, who became a professional Monday after returning from the Olympics, scored on his first National Hockey League shot 5 minutes 53 seconds into the opening period.With John Tonelli fighting for the puck in the left corner, the 20-year-old right wing moved into the fray and cleanly checked Lucien DeBlois into the boards and took the puck. He then skated out toward the slot, turned around, and beat Soetaert with a 15- footer that went just inside the left post.''I usually don't look at the net when I'm in that close,'' said Flatley, whose goal gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead. ''If you look, then the goalie might see you looking. I just fired away. The passing is harder, crisper here. And the players are stronger. But I think I'll get used to it.''[/sny-box]In more modern?news, Sebastian Collberg has a separated shoulder and may fly to Long Island to be further evaluated by the Islanders medical staff. In his?post, Arthur Staple also hints at Collberg heading to Bridgeport next year.To build off of the Josh Bailey-centric post from yesterday, Harry shares his thoughts and analyzes the 9th overall picks taken in the years prior to and after the drafting of Bailey. Harry writes that Bailey is in the middle of the pack. The whole thing is worth a read as well.[sny-box]Summary: The draft sucks. That 2008 draft sucked after the 4th pick. So in moving down, we got a few more lottery tickets that eventually allowed us to pick Hamonic. Also, take a look at how many really good teams missed completely in these draft spots, but surprise, surprise, they spent and were able to cover up the mistake.So from 2000 through 2011, Phaneuf, Couture, Granlund, and Hamilton are better choices at the 9 spot, leaving Bailey right in the middle of players drafted in this spot. The argument can be made that he isn't a star and we should cut him loose, but then there is an argument that his floor is 30 points plus good possession, with the clear skill to produce more, and he's an NHL player.[/sny-box]Also: Pro Hockey Talk ranks the worst 5-on-5 teams and the Islanders are where you would expect them to be... Sports Illustrated puts the Islanders at #2 on the "Fan Misery Rankings"...
Tags: History, Islanders, Videos, Kevin Schultz

The Giants have been to the Super Bowl five times, winning four, and in the process have wedged themselves among the top franchises in the NFL.

Winning the Super Bowl is greatest accomplishment an NFL player can experience, and it can never be taken away. That being said, it is very difficult to repeat, or even get back to the game the following year (the last team to do it was the Patriots in 2004). To illustrate how difficult it is, just look at the Giants, who have experienced disappointment in each season following a trip to the Super Bowl.

Here's how the Giants fared the seasons after their four championships:

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A lot has happened in the last two years. The Giants have gone from rubbing elbows with the haves to bumming around with the have-nots.

Two years go today, the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, at Candlestick Park to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.

In a brutal, physical battle, the Giants held their own, took advantage of some turnovers and won in overtime on a 31-yard FG from Lawrence Tynes. (See recap)

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Today, we've got a pretty cool piece of Islanders history to share. It's a time capsule of sorts; the program from the team's first ever game at Nassau Coliseum. Also, it's not just the cover, you can click through the slideshow below to peruse the entire thing.?On September 27, 1972, the Islanders and Rangers did battle at the Coliseum for the first pre-season game on Hempstead Turnpike and the first of many games between the brand new rivals. The Rangers won the game 6-4 with current GM Glen Sather at left wing. Official attendance for the night was 11,053.Steven Steinsaltz, IPB's resident historian who helped out a great deal with the pre-season countdown this year,?was kind enough to scan in his program from the night, which is really an amazing walk through the past. The program was 80 pages long and cost only $1 (or $5.58 adjusted for inflation). If you look carefully, Al Arbour is listed as St. Louis Blues coach and there are features on first year coach Phil Goyette, Bill Torrey and Ed Westfall. In the ads, Dr. Pepper is only just starting to break into the New York market and Vanguard Bank touts itself as "Long Island's first interracial bank." Different times.The program should be fully visible below but if it's not working you can also click here. Big thanks to Steven for taking the time to do this!We'll be taking it easy the rest of the week. The mailbag responses will be up over the next couple days. Enjoy!http://www.flickr.com//photos/86387270@N06/sets/72157638217574445/show/
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The Islanders are currently mired in a nine-game losing streak as well as a nine-game road losing streak. Both streaks could end tonight or reach 10 as the Isles take on the Ducks in Anaheim at 10pm.As far as the road streak goes, if?it does get to 10, it will be the Islanders worst road losing streak since the inaugural 1972-73 Islanders season.Via team statistician Eric Hornick, these are the 10+ road losing streaks in team history:[sny-box]
  • 15 games 1/20/1973-3/31/1973 -- streak ended with 4-4 tie in Atlanta on April 1, 1973
  • 13 games 11/26/1972-1/13/1973 -- streak ended with 9-7 win in Boston on January 18, 1973? (The Boston win was the only one in a 1-28-0 stretch)
[/sny-box]There are three road losing streaks of nine games in team history, the most recent of which came in 1999.
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This week, the Giants will be playing in San Diego, a place they haven't been since 2005.?Some may call him quirky, but Tom Coughlin is keeping the team in New York time to adjustm to the time difference.

From Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

As they have done since Coughlin became the head coach in 2004, the Giants will arrive on Saturday, the day before their 1:25 p.m. meeting against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. They?ll get off the plane, get to the hotel, have some meetings and be in bed early. It's their first West Coast trip this season and only the third in four years.

?We have always done it that way, and we believe in it,? Coughlin said Wednesday on a conference call with San Diego reporters. ?We all have a way in which we go about our business when we come on the road. It?s worked in the past, and we?ll continue to follow that.?Big Blue has been traveling out to the west coast since 1947, but going westward hasn't been very fruitful during the regular season for the Giants:

Against teams in the Pacific time zone during the regular season, the Giants are 17- 27.

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In a recent article from NFL writer of record, Peter King, the Jacksonville Jaguars have only four current starters to show from their 2009-2012 drafts:

Of the 26 players he (GM Gene Smith) selected in his four drafts, only three figure to be Jaguars starters (not including punter Bryan Anger) when the team comes off the bye Sunday at Tennessee.
The Jags are 0-8 and may not win a ballgame this season. If he is using that as a barometer for how good and bad teams are, you can look at the Giants' 2-6 record and find it justifiable.

The last four drafts have only yielded six current starters for the Giants. Three on offense (WR Hakeem Nicks, OT Will Beatty and OL Justin Pugh) and three on defense (CB Prince Amukamara, DT Linval Joseph and DE Jason Pierre-Paul).

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We're only a day away from hockey and we're up to the last spot in the countdown...[sny-box]At #1, while Roland Melanson was good, there is really only one #1 - Chico Resch, who played two big parts in Islanders history as well as making up one of the most even long-term goalie pairings in NHL history. From 1974-75 through late in the 1979-80 season, nearly six full seasons, every single Islanders game was started by either Resch or Smith. During those six seasons, Smith played in 250 games and Resch played in 245. In 1975, Resch came in when the Islanders were down 3-0 to Pittsburgh and won four straight, famously kissing the goalposts in game 6 when they helped him out a couple of times in the first period as the Islanders tied up the series.
Then in 1982, less than a year after he and Steve Tambellini were traded to Colorado for McEwen, Tonelli ripped a slapper through a screen past Resch with 47 seconds left in the third to give the Islanders a 3-2 win and their then-record 15th straight win. It is still the?record for most straight wins without the help of overtime, which did not exist in the regular season in 1982.
[/sny-box]1Gerry Gray (1973)Glenn Resch (1974-1981)Roland Melanson (1981-1985)Jeff Hackett (1989-1991)Steve Weeks (1992)Danny Lorenz (1992-1993)Eric Fichaud (1996-1998)Marcel Cousineau (1999)Roberto Luongo (2000)Rick DiPietro (2001-2003)Mike Dunham (2007)Peter Mannino (2009)Mikko Koskinen (2011)
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We're only two days away from Islanders hockey and we've reached the second to last spot in the countdown. Probably the best player to wear the jersey is the most recently departed captain, Mark Streit.?You already know all about Streit but here it is anyway.Streit signed a lucrative, long-term deal on Long Island at time where that was essentially unheard of. In the summer of 2008 after only three years in the league but at the ripe age of 31, Streit signed a five-year, $20.5 million deal with the Islanders. The team was horrendous but Streit was solid, leading the blueline and notching 56 and 49 point seasons in his first two years. In his first year on the Islanders, 2008-09, he actually led the entire team in points by a wide margin and tied for second in goals because he was that good and the team was that bad.Things would take a turn for the worse in 2010, as Streit was injured during the preseason and missed the entire year. He would have two more good years after returning but was never the same. The Islanders parted ways with Streit earlier this year by sending him to the Flyers.There are two other notables to wear #2, as Steven tells us:[sny-box]Mark Streit is probably the best player to wear the jersey, but a couple of others had their moments. Mike McEwen came over at the trade deadline of the 1980-81 season and was part of three Cups, giving the Islanders four great point men for the power play (Potvin, Persson, Jonsson, McEwen). And he scored an often forgotten goal, the PPG that pulled the Islanders within 3-2 in game 5 against Pittsburgh in 1982 and set up Tonelli's heroics.Also at #2 was Gord Dineen, who played five years and whose big moment was not a goal, but an assist. It was his burst of energy to pinch in and carry the puck around the net that led to Lafontaine's winner in the fourth overtime of the Easter Epic.[/sny-box]2Gerry Hart (1973-1979)Mike Hordy (1979-1980)Mike McEwen (1981-1983)Gord Dineen (1984-1988)Dean Chynoweth (1989-1992)Wayne McBean (1994)Chris Luongo (1994)Bob Beers (1995-1996)Rich Pilon (1997-2000)Branislav Mezei (2001-2002)Mattias Timander (2003-2004)Aaron Johnson (2008)Mark Streit (2009-2013)
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In the fourth spot in the countdown are Islanders defensemen. A lot of them. 16 players in all have worn the number and 15 of them are defenders, with nine of those defenders wearing the number for multiple years. Steven, Resident Historian, fills us in on the first few important players to wear #4:[sny-box]Jean Potvin was obtained in 1973 to entice Denis Potvin not to sign with the WHA. He was half of an all-Potvin power play defense that scored on nearly 32% of its chances in 1975-76. Their 31.7% was just a hair below the record 31.9% set by the Canadiens two years later.Next came Bob Lorimer, much more of a defensive defenseman. But as with many Islanders defensemen of the dynasty era, he had a big offensive moment. In the 1980 semi-finals against the Sabres, the Islanders had gone up 3 games to 0, then lost two straight. Game 6 was at home, and the Islanders quickly fell behind 2-0. We fans were very nervous - after two straight playoff chokes, we were afraid another was coming. But the Islanders scored five straight goals to win it and go to the Final for the first time. And the game winner was the only goal Lorimer scored in that year's playoffs.Paul Boutilier and Gerald Diduck followed, Boutilier did just enough as a rookie in 1982-83 to get his name on the Cup, but neither stood out.Uwe Krupp was on two Islanders playoff teams in the mid-90s, but his biggest Islanders moment came when he was on the Sabres in 1990. He scored an overtime goal in the final game of the season to beat the Penguins and put the Islanders in the playoffs - and cost them Jaromir Jagr, whom the Penguins chose with the fifth pick in the next draft. The Islanders, picking sixth, chose Scott Scissons, who played 2 NHL games and was the only player in the top 8 of that draft not to play at least 900 NHL games.[/sny-box]After Krupp, Bryan McCabe would pick up the number in 1996. He was selected in the second round in 1993 and would make the big club in 1995-96 at age 20. Two solid years later he was named captain as the successor to Pat Flatley. But in true Mike Milbury fashion, the GM would TRADE HIS 22-YEAR OLD DEFENDER JUST-NAMED-CAPTAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON. [sny-box]...McCabe was "shocked." He never figured the Isles would trade him after naming him captain. "I guess I'm stupid to think like that," said McCabe, 22. "But I figured I was just named captain so I'd stick around for awhile.[/sny-box]The trade was McCabe, Todd Bertuzzi and a third rounder for Linden and it paid dividends for years for the Canucks. Seriously, those three pieces all played roles in Brian Burke's ability to draft both Sedins, acquire Roberto Luongo from Florida and re-acquire Trevor Linden. This is worth a read, if you're interested. But anyway, another young defender Milbury would ship out would next wear #4. Eric Brewer, taken fifth in 1997 when the Isles had the fourth and fifth picks, would play 89 games on Long Island before being shipped to Edmonton for the next player to wear #4... ...Roman Hamrlik in what was actually a good trade for Milbury. Milbury paid a steep price for Hamrlik (Green, Brewer and a 2nd) but Hamrlik was part of the Islanders resurgence in the early 2000s. He spent four seasons on Long Island, three of them ending in a playoff appearance, which is a probably some kind of a record for post-dynasty Islanders. 4Jean Potvin (1973-1978)Jim Mair (1973)Bob Lorimer (1977-1981)Paul Boutilier (1982-1986)Gerald Diduck (1987-1990)Bill Berg (1991)Uwe Krupp (1992-1994)Bryan McCabe (1996-1998)Eric Brewer (1999-2000)Roman Hamrlik (2001-2004)Joel Bouchard (2006)Bryan Berard (2008)Brett Skinner (2009)Mark Flood (2010)Mark Eaton (2011-2012)Radek Martinek (2013)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okMMqsrX71UFrom Steven S:[sny-box]The next number is an easy choice, but Denis Potvin is well-known enough that there isn't much I can add. He was, in my opinion, the best combination of physical defenseman and offensive defenseman ever. Bobby Orr was the first defenseman to get 30 goals and 100 points in a season, but Potvin was second. He was the first defenseman to 300 goals and 1000 points in a career. The only defenseman who might be a match for him at both physicality and scoring is Ray Bourque.And he along with Bryan Trottier were the constants on a power play that went over 31% three times in four years and over 25% another 4 times. [/sny-box]And some personal memories from Steven, who seemed to have been at every important Islanders game save for one:[sny-box]I was watching the video of the Morrow empty netter against the Oilers from 1983 that I linked to, and I saw something I hadn't seen before. Just after the goal, at 45:46, there is a crowd shot. At the top left is a kid in a white Islanders t-shirt, and just below him is a clapping person in a striped shirt. I'm pretty sure that's me. I know I had a shirt like that, and that's right where my seats were. I had the last final exam of my sophomore year of college that morning in Baltimore. It ended at noon. By 1:00 I was in my car, by 6:00 I was home, grabbed some dinner and my sister, and headed to the Coliseum. Fortunately, back then the Islanders games started at 8:00. Now, of course, TV tells them when to start, but back then even in the Final games started when the home team wanted them to. Also, in case you think I got to see every great moment, I attached a photo of a ticket stub from game 3 of the 1982 PDSF, the game where the Islanders came back from two down in the third to win in OT. I missed this game because I was a freshman in college. It's the only ticket stub I have, and I keep it because I missed the game - instead, my parents, sister, and grandmother went. Just after the winning goal, there is a crowd shot and you can see my father (big bald guy in a beige shirt about three rows up from the bottom of the screen), with my mother and sister hugging each other in celebration, and my white-haired grandmother on the left. Also, it might interest you to note the price - $26 face value for a seat 10 rows off the ice on the blue line for a playoff game.[/sny-box]$26 bucks for a playoff game in the 100s, not a bad deal. 5Ken Murray (1973)Ernie Hicke (1973)Ron Smith (1973)Bob Nystrom (1973)Denis Potvin (1974-1988)
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There have been a lot of #6s in Islanders history, but there's really only one. We'll turn it over again to Steven: [sny-box]On March 1, 1980, nine days before the trade for Butch Goring that provided the final piece of the puzzle, the Islanders added to the roster two other players who would be vital members of the dynasty. The Islanders' first-year captain, Denis Potvin, returned after 41 games missed with a thumb injury. And Ken Morrow, one of the heroes of the US OIympic Team that had just beaten the Soviets and won the gold medal, was in uniform for the first time. The Islanders lost a close one that day (scoring what would have been the tying goal just after the final horn), but they started playing better and their defense solidified. 10 days later Goring was in uniform, the Islanders went unbeaten in their last 12, and the rest is history.And Morrow turned out to be one of the most clutch playoff goal scorers in history. He averaged a goal every 32 games in the regular season, but one every 11 games in the playoffs. He only scored 11 playoff goals, but among them were three overtime goals (making him the first defenseman in history with 3), including the winner in the 1984 game 5 with the Rangers. In the 1983 Final, while the Islanders were holding the second-highest scoring team of all time to 6 goals in four games, Morrow scored three of his own, all of them turning one-goal leads into two-goal leads in the third period - an empty-netter to clinch game 1, a rebound goal to clinch game 3, and the empty-netter that sealed the Cup in game 4. (By the way, keep watching the video in that link for the classic interview as Billy Smith is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy and speaks his mind in front of an increasingly uncomfortable NHL President John Ziegler, at 55:26.)Of his 11 playoff goals, nine came in the third period or overtime, 10 came in Islanders wins, and eight either put the Islanders ahead or increased a one-goal lead to two goals.Not bad for a guy known for his defense.The only other guy to play more than 80 games in #6 was Morrow's immediate predecessor, Bert Marshall. Marshall was also a steady, stay-at-home defenseman who scored only 4 playoff goals in 72 games. He also scored a big goal - he scored with 19 seconds left in the third period in Buffalo to break a 3-3 tie and finish off the Islanders' first-ever four-game sweep in the 1976 quarter-finals. He and Westfall were the only players over 31 on the 1979 team that finished first overall, and like Westfall he retired after the season and missed the dynasty years.[/sny-box]6Bill Mikkelson (1973)Bert Marshall (1974-1979)Ken Morrow (1980-1989)Randy Johnston (1980)Wayne McBean (1990-1992)Chris Luongo (1995-1996)Doug Houda (1997-1998)David Harlock (1999)Jamie Heward (2000)Mathieu Biron (2001)Ken Sutton (2002)Brandon Smith (2003)Bruno Gervais (2006)Sean Hill (2007)Matthew Spiller (2008)Ty Wishart (2011-2012)Jesse Joensuu (2013)
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In the seven spot on the countdown -- yep, only a week left to go -- are two role players for two different Islander teams. The first is Stefan Persson, who along with Anders Kallur (#28), were the first Europeans to win the Stanley Cup.Persson spent his entire career with the Islanders and was originally a 14th, yes fourteenth, round selection in the 1974 draft. After a few more years in the Swedish league, Persson came to North America for the 1977-78 season and was outstanding. He had 50 assists and 56 points in only 65 games. Although he only scored double digit goals once, Persson was an excellent setup man and five times had 35 or more assists, including three seasons with more than 50 helpers. He was also a key part of the Islanders power play, throughout the early 1980s. Persson would spend nine years with the Islanders and total 369 points in 622 games. He still has the eighth most assists in franchise history.More recently, Trent Hunter wore the #7 for the Islanders for eight years. Hunter was acquired for a fourth round pick in 2000 from Anaheim and made his Islanders debut at the end of the 2002-03 season. He made an immediate impact with four points in eight games and then another two in the series against Toronto in 2002.Hunter would continue to help the Islanders in the following years even though the team had already reach its high point. In 2003-04, he scored 25 goals and 51 points, both which would be career highs. For the next five seasons he would notch 15-20 goals and 30-40 points for the Islanders on some bad teams. In 2010-11, a torn MCL would limit him to only 17 games and the Islanders would choose not to renew his contract at the end of the season.7Germain Gagnon (1973-1974)Dave Fortier (1975-1976)Stefan Persson (1978-1986)Greg Gilbert (1987-1989)Tom Fitzgerald (1990)John Tucker (1991)Scott Lachance (1992-1999)Brad Turner (1992)Greg Parks (1992)Ray Schultz (2000)Dallas Eakins (2000)Kevin Haller (2001-2002)Trent Hunter (2004-2011)Matt Carkner (2013)
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The player who stands out the most for the eighth spot in our countdown is probably Gary Howatt, another original Islander. Howatt was originally the Islanders' 10th round pick in 1972 and spent nine years with the team through 1980-81.Howatt contributed around 20-30 points a year as a rough and tumble role player on the early Islanders. He would accumulate between 150-200 penalty minutes each season by not being afraid to go toe-to-toe with opposing enforcers, even though he was only 5-foot-9.Kind of a crazy piece of trivia about Howatt is that he actually refereed a period of a game when he was with the Whalers in 1983. With a referee and a linesman stuck in a snowstorm on the way to the game, the second linesman who was in the arena assumed referee duties. Howatt and a player from the opposing team filled in for a period as linesmen until the two snowstuck referees arrived. This is a thing that actually happened in the NHL in the expansion era.For the Islanders, the best moment for a #8 would probably be when Pat Flatley wore it during his rookie season. In Game Five of the Patrick Division Semifinals in 1984, Flatley screened Rangers goaltender Glen Hanlon as Ken Morrow would score the winning goal and send the Drive for Five to the second round.8Garry Howatt (1973-1981)Don Blackburn (1973)Darcy Regier (1983-1984)Pat Flatley (1984-1985)Randy Boyd (1986-1987)Jeff Norton (1988-1993)David Maley (1994)Bob McGill (1994)Gord Dineen (1995)Mike Donnelly (1997)Steve Webb (1998-2001)Jason Krog (2001)Dick Tarnstrom (2002)Tomi Pettinen (2003-2006)Bruno Gervais (2007-2011)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_c0ZGbES5YOur resident historian, Steven S: [sny-box]In addition to destroying Dave Schultz's career and playing on Trottier's left wing, there are two items of importance, once from the beginning of the dynasty in 1980 and one from the end in 1984.In 1980 the Islanders played the Bruins in the Quarter-Finals. The Islanders had a reputation for being a soft team that could be pushed around, as they had been by the Leafs in 1978 and the Rangers in 1979. Game 1 was calm, and Gillies won it with an OT goal. Game 2 was a war, including what was at that time the biggest brawl ever in a playoff game. The Islanders stood up to the Bruins there, and over the course of the series Gillies fought Terry O'Reilly 4 times and Al Secord twice, winning all 6 fights. Considering that Gillies only fought 71 times in his career, that six of them came in this one series shows what the Bruins tried to do. But the Islanders beat them on the ice and in the fights, and in a sense grew up. Five weeks later they were Cup Champions.But just as amazing was 1984.Gillies had a horrible regular season. After only 41 points in 1982-83, he had only 28 points in 76 games in 1983-84. He got moved off the top line onto the checking line with Goring and Duane Sutter. We fans could see that he wasn't the player he had been.But then in the playoffs he came alive and was key to the Islanders continuing their Drive for Five. He led the team with 12 goals and 19 points in just 21 games. He had a hat trick in game 2 of the Final, the only game the Islanders won from the Oilers, the last Final game the Islanders have won, and the last Stanley Cup Final game ever played at the Coliseum (unless they can make the Final again in the next two years). In the 29 years since the Islanders have had only one playoff hat trick (the amazing game 5 of the 1993 PDSF vs. Washington when Ray Ferraro scored all 4 goals in a 6-4 loss).And that was it. As it turned out, he was washed up at age 29 - he recorded only 80 points in 195 games the rest of his career. [/sny-box]Brian Spencer (1973-1974)Clark Gillies (1975-1986)Dave Chyzowski (1990-1995)Kirk Muller (1995-1996)
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At #10 on the countdown is another original Islander. Lorne Henning was the Islanders second ever draft pick, taken in the second round in 1972 (and at that time it was only the 17th overall pick). He spent nine years with the Islanders from 1972 through 1980-81 and accumulated 184 points in 543 games, all for the Islanders. Henning's specialty was the penalty kill and as a defensive forward. During the 1980 cup run, he had three shorthanded goals in the playoffs and was the second assist on Nystrom's Cup winning goal. The following year, Henning would retire after only nine games in 1980-81 and immediately stepped into a role as an assistant coach with the team. The cup win that year would make Henning a player-coach to win the Cup, and he has since been the last one to do so. Henning has continued to be in hockey operations around the NHL. He originally left the Islanders bench to become head coach with the Minnesota North Stars in the 1980s. Later on he spent two more stints as an Islanders assistant coach in the early 1990s and at the turn of the century. Twice he has briefly filled in as an interim head coach for the Islanders in 1995 and 2001. Currently, he is an assistant GM in Vancouver.10Lorne Henning (1973-1981)Wayne Merrick (1982)Alan Kerr (1986-1991)Claude Loiselle (1992-1994)Brad Lauer (1992)Dave McLlwain (1992-1997)Craig Darby (1995-1996)Kip Miller (1995)Corey Foster (1997)Joe Sacco (1998)Jason Dawe (1999)Mats Lindgren (1999-2002)Eric Manlow (2003)Sean Bergenheim (2004-2006)Richard Park (2007-2010)Mike Mottau (2011-2012)Keith Aucoin (2013)
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If there's one guy who was never afraid to go right at the opponent's superstars, it was Darius Kasparaitis. You don't even really need to remember that generation of Islanders hockey, all it takes is typing in his name on YouTube and his legend is right there in front of you. It almost reads like a hit list of 1990s stars; there's Kasparaitis' biggest feat of going right at Mario Lemieux in the 1993 playoffs, there's his abuse of Mark Messier to the dismay of announcers Sam Rosen and John Davidson, and there's him going after Wayne Gretzky to the delight of the Coliseum crowd in a random regular season game. And that's just the guys he went after as an Islander. Another famous highlight is Kasparaitis destroying Eric Lindros when he was with the Penguins. Kasparaitis was originally a first round pick, fifth overall in 1992, which was the first draft after the fall of the Soviet Union. He was Lithuanian by birth, but trained and played hockey in Russia. In the early 1990s, the floodgates opened as more and more Russian players headed to the NHL. He spent five seasons with the Islanders, making his debut in 1992-93 and racking up 166 PIM and 21 points that season. He'd continue with his agitation along the blueline until November 1996 when he was traded with Andreas Johansson to Pittsburgh for Bryan Smolinski.Honorable Mentions: Wayne Merrick and Randy Wood11Dave Hudson (1973-1974)Billy MacMillan (1974-1977)Wayne Merrick (1978-1984)Roger Kortko (1985-1986)Randy Wood (1987-1997)Adam Creighton (1992)Darius Kasparaitis (1993-1997)Sean Haggerty (1998)Kevin Miller (1999)Craig Janney (1999)Jason Krog (2000)Niklas Andersson (2000)Bill Muckalt (2000-2001)Kip Miller (2002)Mattias Weinhandl (2003-2006)Andy Hilbert (2007-2009)Chris Simon (2008)Nate Thompson (2010)Brian Rolston (2012)Lubomir Visnovsky (2013)
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Only a few Islanders have dared to wear lucky number 13, the first of which was Claude LaPointe who played for the team in the late 1990s. He was signed as a free agent during the summer of 1996 and spent six seasons playing for the Islanders. Lapointe was built from the small, speedy cut of players like Michael Grabner and Jason Blake albeit which much less scoring acumen. Imagine Michael Grabner's breakaways, but infinitely more frustrating. Lapointe was also an excellent penalty killer, some years it felt like he literally was the penalty kill. He scored 11 shorthanded goals over his Islanders career, good for 8th all time on the Islanders and he would be second on that list if you remove the dynasty era Islanders from the high-scoring eighties. Lapointe, who played on a lot of terrible Islander teams, did finally make the playoffs with the team in 2001-02. The following season he would be shipped to the Flyers at the trade deadline for a 5th round pick. 13Claude Lapointe (1997-2003)Bill Guerin (2008-2009)Rob Schremp (2010)Colin McDonald (2013)
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At 15 in our countdown comes the Islanders first-ever entry draft pick, selected first overall in 1972, Billy Harris. Harris plays an important role in Islanders history on both the beginning and tail-end of his Islanders career.He would lead the Islanders in scoring in their inaugural year with 28 goals and 50 points, and he would finished second in the two following seasons with only Denis Potvin surpassing him (yes, a defender led the team in points those years).During the 1975-76 season, Harris hit a career high in goals and points with 32 and 70, respectively. By that point there was some help around him, as the team had added Jean Potvin, Bryan Trottier and Jude Drouin, all who had 60+ point seasons in addition to Harris and Potvin. Harris would be an iron-man for the Islanders during these years, playing 576 consecutive games during the 70s,a streak that still stands as the franchise high water mark today.In 75-76, the Islanders would make the third round of the playoffs for the second season in a row, falling to the Canadiens in the semi-finals. They would lose in the third round again the next year, were bounced in the first round in 77-78 and failed again in the second round in 78-79 as they earned a reputation for playoff failure, similar to what the San Jose Sharks are today.?But that would all change in 1979-80 for the team as we all know. However, Harris wouldn't be around to see it. Harris played the majority of the 79-80 season for the Islanders, 67 games in all, but was becoming less of a factor as he had only racked up 30 points to that point. On March 10, 1980, GM Bill Torrey would trade Harris to the Los Angeles Kings with Dave Lewis for Butch Goring in what would be known as the trade that "started" the Islanders dynasty, with Goring being the final piece of the puzzle. The trade would spark a run through the end of the regular season where the Islanders were undefeated with Goring in the equation:[sny-box]"I actually didn't have much conversation with Bill or Al (Arbour, coach) when I got here. I was 29 years old; there were not going to be any surprises on my end. I knew the organization; I knew how they played. I knew?Al Arbour's style, how he coached. I knew what he expected. On the other side of the coin, they knew what they were getting. I had been around for a while and established a certain style of play -- and results. Both parties were like, 'Let's go do this.'"Goring fit in so well on the ice that the Islanders didn't lose another regular-season game after the deal, winning eight of their final 12 games and tying four others."Coming out here and having that success initially -- for me, that made it a much easier adjustment to be accepted," he said.Three months after the deal, Goring was a Stanley Cup champion. By the next spring, when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, he was a fan favorite. He still is -- he's currently the Islanders' TV analyst.Goring is well aware of how his fortunes -- and those of the Islanders -- were altered by one trade."I'm not saying that trade was the reason we won four (Cups), but the fact of the matter is that they made a trade and they ended up winning four," he said. "That's why it's been such a much talked-about trade, and I'm happy to enjoy the moment every year."[/sny-box]For Harris, it was just about the end of the line in his career. He would be traded again from Los Angeles to Toronto in November of the same year, the beginning of the 1981-82 season, only six months later. He would be swapped back to Los Angeles for cash during the 1983-84 season and would retire at the end of that year.For Harris, the trade is still understandably a touchy subject:[sny-box] "I was ticked off. I avoided watching the games on TV. Mr. Torrey ( Islanders General Manager Bill Torrey ) gave me a full share (players championship money ) in '80", says Billy. There was no Cup ring coming to Harris. This is understandably a touchy subject for the original Islander, and one in which he doesn't want to give detail to. [/sny-box]15Billy Harris (1973-1980)Brad Dalgarno (1991-1996)Bryan Smolinski (1997)Ted Donato (1999)Tom Chorske (1999)Brad Isbister (2000-2003)Jeff Tambellini (2006-2010)P.A. Parenteau (2011-2012)
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Today in Great Moments in Giants' History, we go back to Tiki Barber's final regular season game in a Giant uniform: December 30th, 2006.

The Giants (7-8) travelled down to the DC to face the Redskins (5-10) with their playoff hopes barely alive and calls for Tom Coughlin's head reverberating through Giants Stadium and in media. New York had lost six of their last seven after starting the season at 6-2. The Giants won, 34-28 and advanced to the NFC WildCard Playoffs.

From the AP: "We won a game, and we got into the playoffs," said Coughlin, who grew a little testy when reporters asked whether he was coaching for his job. "Is that good enough?"

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Former Giants head coach Bill Parcells was asked this week what he sees as the highlight of his Hall-of-Fame career. He didn't take long to answer...

?If you pin me down, I would probably say the ?90 Championship Game in San Francisco. We were heavy underdogs there that day, and San Francisco was going for their three-peat, We had lost our quarterback, Phil Simms, and we had Jeff Hostetler playing, who did a great job for us....I think probably that if you pin me down, that was ? there were so many great players playing in that game, really, that that?s what makes it memorable to me."
Today, we salute of those plays as our Great Moment in Giants History series continues:

Down 13-9 in the 4th quarter of the 1990 NFC Championship Game, the Giants were faced with 4th and 2 on their own 46 yard line. Rather than punt, Parcells called for a direct snap to up man Gary Reasons. Here's how it went down....

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The Giants have been lacing up their cleats since 1925 and have created a plethora of classic moments. In my 46 years of following Giants' Football, I've seen quite a few memorable moments such as the one we bring you today.

It happened on January 7, 2001 late in the second quarter of the 20-10 NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium.

From Ashley McGeachy of the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 08, 2001:

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RB Ron Johnson rushed for 112 yards in the Yankee Stadium farewell. (SI Photo)

The New York Football Giants played their final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 23, 1973 vs the Philadelphia Eagles.?It was a sunny afternoon with a temperature of 72 degrees at kickoff. It would be their final day in the sun, so to speak, in the storied building they had called home since 1956.

The contest ended in a 23-23 tie, fitting for a Giants-Eagles game and even more fitting for a Giant team that was about to embark on three-year, three-state odyssey in which they would win only nine games.

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Yesterday's question:?When was the last time the Giants scored a TD on a fake FG in a regular-season game?

Answer: Oct. 8, 1989...Jeff Hostetler rolled out and threw a 22-yard TD pass to Carl Banks at Philadelphia. The play gave the Giants a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. The Eagles rallied in the 4th quarter to beat the Giants that day, 21-19.

Today's question: The last time the Giants allowed an opposing player to rack up 200 yards receiving against them was....

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Yesterday's question: What is the least amount of points scored by the Giants in a full single season since the 16-game schedule was instituted in 1978?

Answer: 237 in 1979. It was the first season George Young took over at GM. Young hired Ray Perkins to be his head coach and the team's first round selection in the draft that year was QB Phil Simms. The team would qualify for the playoffs two seasons later under Perkins, who left in 1983 to coach at his alma mater, Alabama. The Giants would go on to become one of the league's best over the next decade under Bill Parcells, making the playoffs five times and capturing two Super Bowls.

Today's question: When was the last time the Giants scored a TD on a fake FG in a regular-season game?

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The answers to Sunday's trivia challenge:

1. The team the Giants have beaten the most times is...the Redskins. The Giants are 92-64-4 against the Redskins, who were originally the Boston Braves in 1932 before becoming the Redskins in 1933. They moved to Washington in 1937.

2. HOFer Emlen Tunnell holds the Giants' all-time mark for punt returns with 257. Who is second?? Phil McConkey with 213. Tunnell (8.6 yds per attempt) had five returns for TDs. McConkey (8.0 YPA) had none. David Meggett was the team's most prolific returner: He averaged 11 YPA on 202 returns and scored six TDs.

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