This Day In Sports History (May 24th) — New York Islanders

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It was on this day in 1980 that the New York Islanders won their first Stanley Cup in team history.  This would begin a string of four straight Stanley Cups for the Islanders.

Just before the playoffs began, general manager Bill Torrey made a controversial decision to trade away long-time Islander veterans Billy Harris and Dave Lewis to the Los Angeles Kings for center Butch Goring.  Goring would add depth down the middle while serving as the second line center, taking away some of the defensive attention from the first line of Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies.  Many considered Butch Goring to be the final piece of the puzzle.

The Islanders faced the Philadelphia Flyers, the league’s best team during the regular season, in the finals.  After taking a 3-2 series lead, New York headed home for Game 6, where Bob Nystrom scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal in overtime.  Bryan Trottier was named the Conn Smythe award winner as the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs.

Here is a look at Nystrom’s Stanley Cup clinching goal.

Notable Birthdays

Joe Dumars, NBA – Born May 24th 1963 (age 50) in Shreveport, Louisiana

Brad Penny, MLB – Born May 24th 1978 (age 35) in Blackwell, Oklahoma

Tracy McGrady, NBA – Born May 24th 1979 (age 34) in Bartow, Florida

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