Palffy played for the Islanders from 1993 through 1999 and that era in Islanders hockey is sort of left behind the curtain many times; the noteworthy items from that era are almost all negative. That's partially evidenced in our own Retro Video segments?(they've all been from 1993 or earlier and post-2000).
The following video is from the 1996-97 season, the Islanders 25th anniversary season and the year Mike Milbury relieved himself of coaching duties. The Islanders would finish with 70 points that year and 71 the next, the only times during Palffy's tenure the team would crack the 60 point barrier. 70 points wouldn't get them out of the Atlantic Division cellar -- the division was seven teams in that era -- although 71 was good for fourth the next year. But even that was still 12 points removed from the eighth playoff berth. That's as good as it got during that era.
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Nearly a month earlier, on December 25, 1985, Potvin broke Orr's record for points by a defender. He currently sits in 5th on the all-time goals list and 7th in points, behind many of the great defenders of the 80s and 90s such as Ray Bourque, the all-time leader in both categories, Paul Coffey and Al MacInnis. However, Orr and Potvin are still impressively first and seond on the list of goals per game, scoring their goals at an impressive pace.
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If you're a fan of enforcers or early-90s Islanders, then you'll surely know the name Mick Vukota. Vukota was the Islanders' enforcer of the era, spending a decade in the system and playing 60+ games on Long Island for five seasons between 1989 and 1994. In his career, Vukota racked up more than 2,000 penalty minutes and more than 150 fights; and that's only from what HockeyFights.com has on record.
One of the most memorable moments of his career didn't come via his fists, though. On October 20th, 1989, he scored a natural hat trick -- three consecutive goals -- against Don Beaurpe and the Washington Capitals. Up to that point, he had notched only three goals in his NHL career.