Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|NHL New York Islanders 10 Greatest Games|
They are among the greatest dynasties in hockey history. Between 1980 and 1983, the New York Islanders won four consecutive championships, a feat that has not been repeated since. With a history reaching back only 35 years... more »
A must have for any Isles fan.
Yankee Mike | Brooklyn,NY | 02/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The ten games that will be on this set are:
1-1980 Cup Final, Game 6. (CBC)
2-1981 Cup Final, Game 5. (CBC)
3-Game 5 of 1982 Division Semi Finals vs Pittsburgh (WOR)
4-1982 Cup Final, Game 4. (CBC)
5-1983 Cup Final, Game 4. (CBC)
6-Morrow's OT goal beats Rangers, 1984 Div. Semi Finals, Game 5. (CBC)
7-The Easter Epic vs Washington, 1987 (CBC)
8-Volek's OT goal in Game 7 beats Pittsburgh, 1993 (CBC)
9-Bates penalty shot game vs Toronto, 4/24/2002 (ESPN2)
10-Al Arbour's 1500th win. (MSG)
There are some problems. With just three exceptions all the games use the (Hockey Night In Canada Feed (CBC). You only get to hear Islanders' announcers Jiggs McDonald and Eddie Westfall in one game. (1982 Game 5 vs Pittsburgh) and the picture quality on that game is terrible.
Picture quality on most of the game is just fair to good. Even the Bates game fromm 2002 is sub par.
I actually have better copies of some of these games on VHS tape so I wonder why the quality could not have been upgraded on the DVDs.
Good, But Missing Some Games
R. F. Mojica | Staten Island, NY United States | 11/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As someone who grew up in New York and has watched the Islanders from almost their first game in 1972, I thought this was a good but not great set with a fair selection of games. Of course disputes are inevitable in any "10 greatest" list, but my objections are:
The Islanders first big playoff push was in 1975, and there should have been at least one game from that year. The preferred games would be game 3 vs. the Rangers or game 7 vs. Pittsburgh. As I have never seen anything but short clips from these game since I saw them (or heard them on the radio) live when they were played, I don't know that they still exist in complete form. They probably don't. I'm pretty sure nothing remains from the Rangers series but a 15 second clip of JP Parise's game 3 OT goal. If they don't, some game from the Philadelphia series should be included. I have seen full game videos from this series and the absence of a 1975 playoff game is the most serious flaw in this set.
The second missing essential game is the winning streak record breaker vs. the Colorado Rockies. I was at that game in person and not only was it historic, it was a thrilling match with a wild finish. It's a crime this game wasn't included. Their winning streak record has since been broken, but when the Islander won their 15th straight, the record they erased went back to 1929 & it was a big deal.
For the more recent selections, I think it was right to include one game from the '02 series vs. Toronto, because that was one of the best, most intense early round playoff series I've ever seen. But they picked the wrong game. Game 6 was the best single playoff game the Islanders have had since their Stanley Cup years. This was the game after Michael Peca was injured on Darcy Tucker's cheap shot & the Isles were out for revenge & got it, at least temporarily. There were no penalty shots, but penalty shots are very overrated to this hockey fan, especially in comparison to a nasty 60 minute contest between two teams that hated each other.
In order to get these three games in, I'd drop the Al Arbour game & the Volek OT game & exchange game 6 in the Toronto series for game 4. The Al Arbour game was fun, but compared to games in the past when this team was winning cups, it falls short. I got the idea they included it because they wanted something recent for a team that has had little success in 20 years. Dropping the Volek game is a hard choice, but it was really a dead end for the Islanders while a '75 playoff game and the game vs. Colorado were of historic significance. There's one last game I'd like to see that goes way back in NYI history. In their first year, 1972-73, they played a wild game vs. the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins which they won I believe 9-7. This game was a fantastic result because the Islander won only 12 games that year and that one of them was vs. the great Bobby Orr Bruins, and that it was a 9-7 game made it one of the most unlikely occurrences in NHL history. I've seen some video of this game & if the entire game exists in video form, that it wasn't included in this set shows the lack of perspective suffered by those who put the set together. I'd like to give this set 3 1/2 stars coz it's better than 3 but not as good as 4, but I'll be generous. If it included at least one 1975 playoff game, I would give it five stars, but completely missing that truly important year is a bad flaw for a set like this."
Even Ranger fans Can Appreicate History
Steve Komito | 04/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I was an early teen in the early '80's and had a Dad who refused to get cable, a lot of the Islander dynasty was seen through either the newspaper, the radio or my mind's eye. While I still cringe at the horror of the Ranger-Islander playoff game of 1984, one can still appreciate the Bossy's, Gillies, Smith's and Trottier's of the dynasty era up to the current team highlighted with the complete Al Arbor tribute which I thought was very classy and a good game as well. The quality on a couple of the early games is fairly weak but not enough for you not to enjoy. It's a good trip down memory for any NHL fan but a must have if your an Islander fan."
AWESOME!!!! Better than the best history book!
John Keitz | Nevada | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a die hard Islanders fan since 1972. In fact, the Isles were the reason I started playing hockey at a time when no one else in my family knew what hockey was. The Isles have brought me great joy and pain since I was 6 years old, and this is a great way to re-live the great times.
I have had many of these games on VHS, but as we all know tape degrades. I can finally have a permanent record of these great moments. I agree with everyone who remarked about the video quality, but please remember that many of these games are pretty old. Just keep in mind that if it was the 10 best Rangers games, most would be radio only!
I'll treasure this collection, both on the DVDs and on my phone (ripped and converted for my Treo).