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Top 15 Islanders regular-season moments at Nassau Coliseum

Former Islanders coach Al Arbour poses with the

Former Islanders coach Al Arbour poses with the new and the old Islanders as he is honored after coaching his 1,500th game with the team on Nov. 3, 2007 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum. Photo Credit: Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Newsday picks the 15 biggest Islanders' regular-season moments at Nassau Coliseum, listed in chronological order.

Sept. 27, 1972: FOR OPENERS

The Islanders' 43-year run begins with a 6-4 preseason loss to the Rangers.

October 12, 1972: FIRST WIN

A 3-2 decision over the Kings marks the first victory in team history. Unfortunately, it would be one of only 12 all season.

October 27, 1973: TWO FIRSTS

After seven tries, the Islanders finally beat the Rangers (3-2). Rookie Denis Potvin scores his first NHL goal.

Feb. 3, 1977: HOMEGROWN TALENT

Northport's Richie Hansen becomes the first LIer to score for the Islanders in a 6-3 win over the Rangers.

Dec. 23, 1978: THE TROTS SHOW

Bryan Trottier scores five goals and adds three assists in a 9-4 Islanders victory over the Rangers.

Jan. 13, 1981: HATS OFF TO BOSSY

Mike Bossy ties an NHL record with his seventh hat trick of the season, adding an empty-netter as his fourth goal in a 6-3 win over the Penguins.

Jan. 24, 1981: 50 IN 50

With two goals in the final 4 minutes, 10 seconds, including one with only 1:19 remaining in a 7-4 win over the Nordiques, Bossy became the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games, matching Maurice Richard of the 1944-45 Canadiens.

Jan. 26, 1982: THAT'S A HANDFUL

Five goals in 2 minutes, 37 seconds! Three Islanders combine to score them: Trottier and Duane Sutter had two each in that span and John Tonelli had the other in a 9-2 romp over the Penguins.

Feb. 20, 1982: 15 IN A ROW

John Tonelli scores against former teammate Chico Resch with 47 seconds to play as the Isles beat Colorado, 3-2, for a record-setting 15th consecutive win.

April 6, 2002: BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS

Five different players score as the Isles beat the Caps, 5-4, to make the playoffs for the first time since 1994.

Nov. 3, 2007: AL ARBOUR RETURNS

Arbour came out of retirement for his 1,500th game, working the bench beside Ted Nolan. He led a 3-2 win over the Penguins.

Oct. 3, 2009: NO. 1 FOR NO. 91

John Tavares nets his first NHL goal on a first-period power play in a 4-3 loss to the Penguins.

Oct. 11, 2014: BEGINNING OF THE END

With a full house of 16,170 on hand, the Islanders beat the Hurricanes, 4-3, in the final Coliseum home opener.

Feb. 27, 2015: JARO'S THE MAN

Jaroslav Halak stops 26 of 27 Calgary shots to record his team-record 33rd win of the season.

April 11, 2015: END OF REGULATION

Isles make their regular-season farewell to the Coliseum against the Blue Jackets.

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