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Islanders "Bright Fourth The Cup"
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
May 17, 1983
The New York Islanders had a slogan all season: "Bring Fourth the Cup." With a sweep of the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers -- led by a guy named Gretzky -- the Islanders do just that. Their 4-2 win in Game 4 gives the Islanders their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup, a feat second only to the five straight Cups brought home by the Montreal Canadiens (1956-60).
"We're not the New York Yankees," Islanders center Butch Goring says. "We don't go around telling everyone how great we are."
But the Islanders are great. They take a 3-0 lead midway through the first period of the clincher as Bryan Trottier, John Tonelli and Mike Bossy score in a span of 97 seconds. Edmonton mounts a comeback of sorts. Second-period goals by Mark Messier and Jari Kurri spark the Oilers, who scored a record 424 goals in the regular season.
But in the end goalie Billy Smith stymies the explosive Oilers' offense. The feisty Islander allows six goals (none by Gretzky) in the four games, and receives the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
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