Even before he was an Islander, John Tavares had a deep respect for the franchise’s history. The admiration grew deeper once he became the captain, as he always treats alumni from the Stanley Cup era like royalty. Now, having experienced the difficulty of winning a single playoff series, his appreciation is off the charts for the Islanders who won 19 of them in a row.

“It’s unbelievable. Honestly, it’s unbelievable,” Tavares said after his exit interview Tuesday morning at IceWorks in Syosset. He told reporters about how hard it is to close out an opponent and how daunting it must be to beat four teams in a row. “We haven’t come close to that.”

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Which makes it all the more remarkable that the early 1980s Islanders won four Cups and reached the final round in the following year.

“It’s remarkable. It’s truly a testament to what those guys did,” he said. “I mean, a lot of people say that’s a record that will be never broken in pro sports. It’s tremendous to think they won 19 in a row.”