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MAY 24, 1980 @ 7:11

"When the Islanders were setting records as the worst team in the NHL, cynics said hell would freeze over before they won the Stanley Cup Today, Lucifer is wearing ice skates."

-NY Post, May 25, 1980

May 24, 1980 - Bobby Nystrom scores at 7:11 of overtime against the Flyers as the Islanders win their first Stanley Cup.

Trottier is named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Fans, dressed in orange and blue or aluminum foil Stanley Cups, chanted "We want the Cup" as both teams took the ice for overtime. Smith continued to turn away shot after Flyer shot as Philly continued to press. When Lorne Henning, Bobby Nystrom and John Tonelli took the ice, it seemed as though it would be another checking shift. Instead, it would become a moment that would be etched in the annals of Long Island.

Then, it was all about 7:11. That's when Bob Nystrom redirected home Tonelli's centering feed past Pete Peeters sending all Islander fans into delirium. Fittingly, two original Islanders, Nystrom and Lorne Henning figured in on the play.

Not only did it remove the "jinxed" tag from the Islanders, it gave Long Island an identity-a championship one. "I'm glad we beat Philadelphia," said Nystrom, "because we feel we beat the best. They were the best team in the regular season and no one can call them losers. This was a win for all of Long Island and our fans."

It certainly was one for a lifetime.

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