The NHL’s New York Islanders are the last North American, professional sports franchise to capture four straight league championships. From 1980-83, the team won its only four Stanley Cups. In addition to the titles, the team earned a playoff spot each season from 1975-88, a franchise record.
Since the ’88 season, New York had trouble maintaining its status as one of the league’s elite organizations. Since that run ended, the team has a total of seven playoff appearances, including 2013.
Before earning a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 4 of the 2013 opening round series, New York had gone 11 years without a playoff win on home ice. In front of a sold out crowd at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Islander fans saw their team knock-off the top-seeded Pens 6-4 and tie the 7-game series 2-2.