The last time the New York Islanders advanced out of the first round they then went on to eliminate the highly-favored Pittsburgh Penguins. David Volek's goal in overtime of Game 7 in 1993 to send New York to the conference final is forever etched in both franchise's histories. Twenty years later they meet again and both teams enter in different states of existence. The Penguins are one of the NHL's powerhouse teams, while the Islanders are the up-and-comers. Hmm, sounds a lot like 1993, doesn't it?
Pittsburgh took the season series 4-1, but aside from a 6-1 loss in March, the Islanders' losses were close. They last played March 30, two days before the Islanders started a month where they would go with just one loss in regulation and fight to earn the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It's a different team that the Penguins will face over the next week and a half.
Sidney Crosby will likely come back at some point in the series, adding to Pittsburgh's highly-powered arsenal. Can the Islanders withstand their offensive weapons and provide another monumental upset 20 years after another they managed the same feat?
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