Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the overtime goal by Bobby Nystrom that gave the Islanders a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
And, to mark the start of the Islanders’ dynasty as they went on to win four straight Cups, both MSG Networks and NHL Network are featuring full days of programming to commemorate the anniversary on Sunday.
MSG Networks is re-airing the four victories over the Flyers, culminating with lifting the Cup on May 24, 1980. The four games will be shown on MSG Plus, starting at 2 p.m.
NHL Network will start 10 straight hours of Islanders-themed broadcasts at 1 p.m.
MSG Networks will start with the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 at Philadelphia on May 13, 1980.
The Islanders’ 6-2 win in Game 3 on May 17, 1980 – after they lost Game 2, 8-3, two days earlier – will be shown at 4 p.m. The Islanders built a six-goal lead through two periods on a shorthanded goal from Lorne Henning, two power-play goals from Potvin and additional power-play goals from Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Clark Gillies.
At 6 p.m., the Islanders’ 5-2 win in Game 4 on May 19, 1980, will be re-aired.
Game 6 will be shown at 8 p.m. Potvin and Bossy had power-play goals, Duane Sutter added a first-period goal and Tonelli, as he would also do in overtime, set up Nystrom for a second-period goal. The Islanders had lost Game 5, 6-3, in Philadelphia on May 22, 1980.
NHL Network will re-air Game 1 of the 1982 Cup Final against the Canucks at 1 p.m. Game 6 of the 1987 Patrick Division final against the Flyers will be shown at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Islanders win over the Minnesota North Starts in Game 2 of the 1981 Cup final will be broadcast.
At 7 p.m., on NHL Tonight: 1980 Islanders 40th Anniversary, which will feature Butch Goring as a panelist along with a guest appearance by Trottier.
The documentary “Fort Neverlose: The New York Islanders and Nassau Coliseum,” will be shown at 8 p.m.
At 9 p.m., NHL Network will also show Game 6 of the 1980 Cup final.