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April 26, 2007

NHL Playoff Legends - Bob Nystrom

Bob Nystrom arrived in New York in the early 1970s and was an integral part of a young team on the rise. Nystrom helped the Isles slowly progress into Stanley Cup champs. Much of the mid to late 1970s was filled with their rise to contender-hood and then followed by disappointing setbacks. That of course must have made the Isle's 4 year strangle-hold on the Cup even more sweeter for Nystrom.

Every Stanley Cup dynasty is magical, and the Islanders were perhaps the most incredible. The one image that perhaps remains strongest of that incredible team was the overtime goal in the Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers that earned the Islanders their first Stanley Cup. That goal was scored by no other than Bob Nystrom. With Jim Robson's incredible play by play call and the dramatics involved in the overtime goal, that footage ranks high on the all time greatest goal list.

Nystrom was a warrior in the playoffs - a fearless banger who did anything to help the team win. The ultimate team player, Nystrom was a huge part of those Islander championships. While he never reached the acclaim of Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin or Billy Smith, there is little doubt that his impact on that team was immeasurable.

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