Sport: Hockey's Power Players

The Islanders' top line could be one for the books

Every seat in suburban Long Island's Nassau Coliseum was occupied, and the hockey fans were in full throat. The New York Islanders, two months a franchise in the National Hockey League, were taking on their mighty Manhattan rivals, the New York Rangers, for the first time and the cheers of the crowd were deafening. And, for the Islanders, galling: the first full house in the team's history was rooting for the Rangers.

Seven years later, the Islanders have carved up every other team in hockey...

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