Sport: The New Jersey Turnpike Cup

It's the bridesmaid Islanders vs. the born-again Bullies

When the New York Islanders first reached the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs in 1975, a scant three years after starting from scratch as an expansion team, hockey insiders dubbed the strong young squad "the team of the future." Fans all over Long Island sat back to await the glories sure to come. But for the luckless New Yorkers, the future was always in the future.

Through five frustrating springs, they were unable to improve upon their playoff record, contriving to swoon at Stanley Cup time despite regular-season records that were the envy of...

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