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NHL Playoffs Notes

May 29, 2015

The New York Rangers are (7-0) in home game sevens in their history. Tonight in another game seven home game, this one vs the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers are bidding for a second straight NHL finals appearance.

There has been at least one time that the Rangers did lose the decisive, maximum numbered game at home.

That was 40 years ago, when an upstart New York Islanders team won the decisive third game of a preliminary series at the Rangers’ Madison Square Garden home, to take the series two games to one.

That year, the Islanders began a span in which they at least made the NHL semi-final round nine times in ten seasons. They won 4 straight Stanley Cup titles from (1980-1983) and made five straight finals appearances from (1980-1984).

Coincidentally, on that same night in 1975 (it happened to be a Friday as is today) current Tampa Bay Lightning broadcaster Phil Esposito, a great NHL player, and his Boston Bruins team, were also eliminated at home in a decisive, maximum numbered game three of a preliminary series by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks will play a decisive 7th game of their semi-final series in Anaheim vs the Ducks tomorrow night.

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