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Snack On That Childhood snack cakes that evoke nostalgia

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remember going to school and eagerly anticipating what delicious snack I would find in my lunch box. There is something about an individually wrapped dessert made just for you that made any youngster feel independent. Noisily unwrapping a Ring Ding, Twinkie or Devil Dog before quietly indulging in their sweet, creamy goodness until the bell rang was one of the great joys of elementary school once you grow out of snack time. Years later, I still have a sweet tooth, and brands like Hostess, Drake’s, TastyKake and Little Debbie keep it going. My dad loves Hostess cupcakes and Yankee Doodles and my brother is still as obsessed with Mallomars as he was when he was a kid. Let’s get down to business. Hostess and Drake’s are without doubt the two biggest names in the snack cake industry (Little Debbie would be third with brownies, soft baked sandwich cookies, seasonal cakes, honey buns, donuts and rolls, and TastyKake would come in fourth, with offerings like Butterscotch Krimpets, Kandy Kakes, Donuts, Chocolate Bells, Dreamies and Honey Buns),

each bringing comparable versions of their own sweets to the table. Easily the most recognizable for Hostess is the Twinkie, proclaimed “The snack cake golden child,” by the brand. A lighter than air vanilla cake filled with creamy filling is devoured in a maximum of three bites. Much like the Oreo, the Twinkie has become a friend to the fryer, with staples like fried Twinkies and even chocolate dipped Twinkies popping up at carnivals and on restaurant menus. A close runner up for Hostess is the chocolate cupcake, enrobed in chocolate frosting with a squiggle of icing. The popular choice at Drake’s is the Yankee Doodle cupcake; just a simple chocolate cake with cream filling, no frosting. Many tend to mix up the treats of both brands as they are similar. For example, Hostess has Ding Dongs while Drake’s has Ring Dings, the same chocolate hockey puckshaped cake covered in chocolate and filled with cream. Another snack sibling is Hostess Ho Hos versus Drake’s Yodels. There’s no difference here between these two chocolate rolled logs, but if you want to step up your cream-filled game, go for FunnyBones, which are pumped full of peanut butter and elicit delightful

moans from lovers of the chocolate and nut combo. Hostess is also home to Zingers, Chocodiles, and a personal favorite, Snowballs, which marries chocolate and coconut together. Drake’s rounds out the list with Fruit Pies and Devil Dogs, and if that wasn’t

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that construction will begin this winter on the Jones Beach Shared Use Path, a $3.5 million project that will expand cyclist and pedestrian access to one of the island’s most heavily trafficked beaches. The new project also complements more than $25 million in additional infrastructure work occurring on roadways around Jones Beach to help ease travel and enhance traffic safety. “Jones Beach is one of New York’s most beloved state parks and this new path will connect runners, walkers and cyclists to miles of recreation and white sand on the Atlantic Ocean,” said Cuomo. “Through historic investments in our infrastructure, New York is not only modernizing roads, bridges, rail systems and airports, but improving recreational trails to help make Jones Beach and other natural treasures more accessible for everyone.” On Long Island’s South Shore, the new Jones Beach Shared Use Path will connect to the Ocean Parkway Greenway Shared Use Path near the East Bathhouse in Jones Beach. On the west end, the new path will connect to the Greenway by way of the eastbound section of the Bay Parkway and the Jones Beach Boardwalk. Beach appropriate vegetation and bike racks will also be installed along the path, as well as traffic control signage and lighting. The approximately 4.5-mile-long paved path is being built under a contract with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Visible construction of the path will begin this winter. Project completion is scheduled for the summer of 2019. To harden infrastructure and improve travel safety for residents and visitors DOT continues to make further enhancements

The new Jones Beach Shared Use Path will connect to the Ocean Parkway Greenway Shared Use Path near the East Bathhouse. to roadways, including on the way in and out of Jones Beach. The drawbridges on both the Meadowbrook State Parkway and nearby Loop Parkway are currently undergoing a $22.5 million maintenance project that is expected to finish in the spring of 2019. Crews are working from barge boats to replace steel on the piers, span, and frame of the bridges, to upgrade the span-lock mechanism, which keeps the bridge secured. They are also working to improve the system controls for motor, brakes and lighting. Beachgoers may also have noticed new monuments erected, welcoming them to Jones Beach on the Wantagh State Parkway and the Ocean Parkway this past summer. Two new stone structures were built as part Cuomo’s plan to enhance the historic getaway for tourists and beach lovers. In addition, when leaving Jones Beach, motorists will soon have an upgraded variable message sign on the Meadowbrook State Parkway near the Loop Parkway with LED technology and new fused lenses that will make the signs easier to read when displaying crash alerts, travel times, and other important communications. This is just one piece of a $3.9 million project retrofitting a quarter of the variable message signs on 13 of Long Island’s highways, which is scheduled to be completed next spring. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license. “The start of construction on the Jones Beach Shared Use Path is essential to improving the experience of beachgoers year-round,” said Senator John Brooks. For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or the mobile site at m.511ny.org. Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @ NYSDOTLI. Find the DOT on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT.


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Nassau BOCES recently renamed the building that houses its music and theatre programs at the Long Island High School for the Arts’ (LIHSA) in honor of the mother of legendary musician and Long Island native Billy Joel. The Rosalind Joel Conservatory for Music and Theatre was dedicated at the art school’s Syosset campus. Rosalind Nyman Joel was born on Feb. 15, 1922, in Brooklyn to Philip and Rebecca Nyman, who had emigrated from England. In a 1942 student musical production at City College of New York, she met Rosalind Howard Joel, a German immigrant Nyman Joel whose family had escaped Nazi Germany in 1939. World War II would interrupt their courtship, but after Howard’s service in the U.S. Army, he returned and they married in 1946. Rosalind supported various charitable endeavors. Progressing from her strong support in assuring his musical education, the son who would reach world renown as singer-songwriter Billy Joel used his grounding in classical music to help create one of pop music’s most enduring bodies of work. His poignant song, “Rosalinda’s Eyes,” from the 1978 album 52nd Street, is a tribute to her, derived from

Long Island icon Billy Joel stands with a placard honoring his mother at Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts dedication ceremony for The Rosalind Joel Conservatory for Music and Theatre. the family history. Rosalind Nyman Joel passed away July 13, 2014, at the age of 92. A longtime arts and music education advocate, Joel is a strong supporter of the Long Island High School for the arts. He conducted a Master Class for LIHSA students and has visited them in their classrooms. Joel pledged $1.5 million in 2016 to

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A little over a year ago, another deranged individual aimed a gun at a group of members of Congress who were at a softball practice. The major victim was a Congressman Steve Scalise, who is a member of the Republican leadership. Scalise won bipartisan support for this speedy recovery and his trauma was even highlighted on 60 Minutes. Did anything happen to change the gun laws after one of their own was shot? You know the answer.

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Thought Gallery Consider these recommendations for upcoming talks, readings and more in and around New York City: Susan Jacoby: The Age of American Unreason Thursday, Jan. 18, at 8:30 p.m. Books Are Magic 225 Smith St. 718-246-2665 www.booksaremagic.net Susan Jacoby’s cultural history of anti-intellectualism in America hasn’t lost any relevance in the decade since it was published. Hear from her next week as she releases a new edition of that work, The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies, freshly updated for modern times (free). Resisting Paradise Screening with Barbara Hammer in Person Sunday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave. 718-777-6888 www.movingimage.us Director Barbara Hammer appears in person at a screening of her 2003 film Resisting Paradise, which looks at intersections of resistance and art. Interviews, archival footage, and contemporary cinematography bring to life the story of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard’s work in the south of France during World War II ($15).

Just Announced | Muldoon’s Picnic Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Irish Arts Center 553 W. 51st St. 212-757-3318 www.irishartscenter.org Maggie Gyllenhaal headlines the opener of the eighth season of the word and music jamboree Muldoon’s Picnic. Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon will host, joined by Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole and The Last Days of Oscar Wilde author John Vanderslice ($40).

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Communication Goals For Creating Intimacy Intimacy is an important part of a relationship. Intimacy is often mistaken for sex, and while sex can be part of the equation, it does not paint the full picture. According to psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, intimacy “… refers to feelings of closeness, connectedness, and bondedness in loving relationships” (Sternberg, 1986, p. 119). It is the sense of fully knowing and understanding your partner and involves a great deal of self-disclosure. Intimate relationships are often more satisfying, as a stronger, more genuine bond is created. Below are some clear action-oriented goals you can set with your partner to increase intimacy.

Have deep and meaningful conversations

Too often our daily stresses and hassles overtake our relationships. Rather than focusing on important issues and uplifting news during our exchanges, we may get stuck on the difficulties we faced during the day. Spend less time giving your partner a play-by-play of every annoyance that you experienced (unless they are really affecting you),

LOVE LESSONS Marisa T. Cohen, PhD and spend more time sharing positive and important news.

Some possible goals you may set:

1. Limit the amount of time you spend venting to one another about trivial issues from work that aren’t causing you any major amount of stress 2. Institute a policy about discussing at least one topic that you find exciting each night (whether it be dreams for the future, something new you learned, something interesting you heard, etc.). 3. Turn off the phone, TV, etc. during your conversations. Limit any outside distractions so you can both listen to one another.

Discuss an approach to communication that you think will be beneficial to your relationship. Some examples include:

1. Allowing each partner to speak without interruption 2. Addressing each potential conflict-related topic fully (the point at which both individuals feel that they have reached a resolution), before moving to the next topic 3. Creating a safe and non-judgmental space

Create a plan for open and honest communication

To successfully create an intimate bond with your partner, you must be able to share your feelings, thoughts, and desires. Evaluate the serious conversations that you had over the last year. Were they easy or difficult to have? Did you leave the conversation feeling as if you were really heard? If you feel that you couldn’t properly or easily express yourself, it is time for a change.

Implementing these goals may help you and your partner communicate more openly and effectively, which in turn, will increase the intimacy you experience. Relationships are always a work in progress, so continue to strengthen your bond by working together. Reference: Sternberg, R. J. (1986). A triangular theory of love. Psychological Review, 93(2), 119-135. Marisa T. Cohen, PhD is a psychology professor, relationship researcher, and relationship coach. Learn more about Marisa at www.marisatcohen.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want to say the right thing -- to say the thing with the exact right meaning and sound to make the other person understand and take action. The thing is, it’s not just words that motivate people. It’s the whole package. It’s delivery, body language and emotional investment. This persuasion is going to take an all-in effort.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You make it a policy not to lean on people psychically, emotionally or in any way at all. However, you’re perfectly willing to be the sturdy mast for others if that’s what they need. Consider bending your personal rules this week as one policy will not fit all situations. Take a flexible approach to relationships. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The tree doesn’t invite the birds to perch. Nor does it do anything to keep them there or weep when they fly off. This week your heart will be like such a tree, visitors coming and staying for as long as feels natural, as you radiate a rather neutral, centered kind of strength and hospitality. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Some believe the earth is a conductor of electrical currents that can, at certain prime locations, create biochemical reactions in people. Even if you don’t ascribe to this school of thought, this week you may feel you’ve stumbled across a powerfully restorative vortex producing a vitality in you that you can’t quite explain.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Some say that the land of unguarded thoughts is a hazard zone, although the poets, mystics and anyone else who’s been unexpectedly moved by the muses might disagree. Anyway, it’s exhausting business guarding thoughts full time -- like herding cats. Build boundaries. Make observations. See what happens. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Most people need to be exposed to ideas multiple times before they decide what they think about them. Seven times is pretty common. So don’t give up on selling yourself or your idea. Non-response isn’t really rejection this week, and even flat-out rejection of an idea isn’t to be considered definitive or final. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Love is a verb this week. Also, sentimentality and past good deeds won’t account for much under these skies. You’ll be busy making sure relationships contribute to your present life in meaningful ways. Compatibility boils down to attraction and complementary lifestyle choices. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You do not always want to show your true emotions, especially around those whose support is conditional. That’s what makes a relationship in which it’s OK to be yourself and express what you’re really feeling so special. Even if you’re not totally understood, the attempt is there, and you will be heard. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Decide on a plan. Get your supplies. And ready your team. This is how you set yourself up to take advantage of the cosmic offerings, which will include excellent powers of concentration, a spotlight on the smartest way to go about things and a natural inclination to handle the details that matter most. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The path you took a few hundred miles back led you where you are now. Granted, it’s not the ideal place, but it’s definitely an improvement from where you started. Reflecting on the past has its purpose, but living there will rob you of the wonders around you now. Talk to your mentor about what’s next. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). With so many stories, myths and legends available to believe in, you may as well choose the ones you like the best, the ones that ignite your curiosity and make you feel a sense of wonder and hope. If you can’t seem to settle on a pretty thing to believe, why don’t you make one up? You’re brilliantly creative this week.

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You’ll take advantage of opportunity, and there’s so much of it around you this year! An attractive someone will inspire you. New interests will catch on and lead to travel, investment and possibly a move. March brings renewal and rejuvenation. You’re a magnet for learning experiences -- most of them pleasant -- from June to August. The end of 2018 shows you in your glory. Determined efforts have paid off, and you’ll be in a position to build the thing you most want to be known for. COPYRIGHT 2018 CREATORS.COM

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‘Real’ Numbers Guy Takes Charge BY FRANK RIZZO

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Numbers don’t lie. Or do they? For Jack Schnirman, who took the oath as Nassau County comptroller on Jan. 9, the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) have not painted a real picture of the county’s finances. During the campaign, Schnirman took issue with the reports issued by his predecessor, George Maragos, that claimed the county had a year-end surplus. This only came about, the Long Beach resident pointed out, thanks to borrowing authorized by the county’s financial oversight agency, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA). “Only phony accounting gimmicks are going to tell us there is a surplus,” Schnirman told Anton Media Group before the election. “If we are to turn the county’s finances around, we have to start with real transparency, starting with a real conversation about where we’re at. If we can’t agree with where we’re at, we’ll never get to where we need to be.” He added, “If we had a [real] terrific surplus in Nassau, there’d be no need for [NIFA].” Schnirman was sworn in by State Supreme Court Justice Sharon Gianelli at Nassau Community College, with

Jack Schnirman (left), with wife Joan and daughter Sage, gets sworn in by State Supreme Court Justice Sharon Gianelli as New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (right) looks on. (Contributed Photo) New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli looking on. “Schnirman is the kind of public servant we need: honest, focused and dedicated to making government work for the people,” DiNapoli said. “As Brookhaven chief deputy town supervisor, Jack helped stop the abuse of taxpayer dollars on no-bid contracts. As Long Beach City manager, he helped turn around the city’s finances, which resulted in upgraded bond ratings and credit-positive reviews. I have no doubt he will serve Nassau County with the same integrity and passion and be a positive force for its residents.”

Schnirman outlined his four top priorities: modernizing the county’s financial operations, initiating strategic audits to target waste, reforming the contracting process, and improving accessibility to the Comptroller’s Office to better serve residents. “We aren’t talking about never before-seen untested practices here. This is common sense, smart and tough financial analysis that for too long has been pushed by the wayside so those who clung to power could take advantage of us,” Schnirman said. He defined his role as being the “fiscal watchdog of the county. The

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office oversees finances, audits, payroll and vendor contracts....Here’s how I see the role: I serve as your fiscal umpire, an impartial voice calling balls and strikes and providing facts, transparency and clarity. And here is the thing, the umpire can’t work for the home team; we’ve got to play it straight down the middle. I will be an honest messenger providing the scorecard on the state of the county’s finances.” Schnirman added, “The public needs to trust that the audits, financial reports, policy recommendations, and data analysis coming out of this office are developed free from political influence. I am going to run a professional and independent comptroller’s office that won’t back down in the face of the status quo.” Fulfilling a campaign pledge, he unveiled a “you report it we reform it” tip line that any resident or county worker can use to inform his office of waste or fraud: ReportItReformIt@ nassaucountyny.gov. “Nassau County is a phenomenal place with terrific assets and incredible people,” Schnirman told Anton Media Group. “As a county, we deserve a government as good as our residents and one that knows how to manage its money properly.”

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AROUND LONG ISLAND Great family events happening this month around the Island

Legal Consultation Clinic The Nassau County Bar Association provides free monthly legal consultation clinics for Nassau County residents 65 or older. Meet one-on-one with an attorney for 30 minutes on Jan. 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at NCBA, 15th and West streets, in Mineola. Registration is required by calling 516747-4070. Visit www.nassaubar.org for more information.

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Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Teacher Training at the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine at Northwell is designed to be an unparalleled experience of self-discovery, community, and higher learning. The curriculum, designed by Lisa Bondy, offers a comprehensive study of yoga as a science of transformation toward greater health and well-being of body, mind and soul. This program is ideal for the aspiring instructor as well as

the student looking to deepen their practice and everybody in between. The session starts Jan. 19. For more information and to register, call 516-858-3095. Andy Warhol Hofstra University presents an original exhibition of works by Andy Warhol including screen prints and photos. Open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through March 11. The David Filderman Gallery is on the south campus of Hofstra University, on the 9th floor of Axinn Library. Visit events.hofstra.edu or call 516-463-5672 for details. Sizwe Bansi Is Dead The Nassau Community College Department of Theatre and Dance will present the drama Sizwe Bansi is Dead on Jan. 19-21 and 24-28 at the campus’ Little Theatre (1 Education Dr., Garden City). Sizwe Bansi is Dead, by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston

Bill Staines Ntshona, is about the dehumanizing treatment of South Africa’s black population under apartheid. Performances are at 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when they are at 3 p.m. Tickets are $9, discounted to $7 for those aged 55 and over. Rush tickets purchased at the door with current college ID or for those under age 18 are free on weeknights (while supplies last) and $5 on weekends. The theatre box office can be reached at 516-5727676 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Folk Music Folk troubadour Bill Staines, one of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today, opens the 2018 Our Times Coffeehouse (OTC) season, performing Friday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The suggested donations are $20 adults and $15 students with ID; sorry, no pre-sales are available. Our Times Coffeehouse is in the Ethical Humanist Society building at 38 Old Country Rd., two miles west of Meadowbrook Parkway next to the blue water tower. Visit www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org or call 516-741-7304.

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Blood Drive Nassau Community College, in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services, will host its 23rd annual Mid-Winter Blood Drive on Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the college center building on the campus. Make an appointment to give blood by calling Dr. Friedman at 516-572-7401, or just stop in. The process takes about an hour and light refreshments will be served to participants. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors should not eat before donating and also bring personal identification. Nassau Community College is located at 1 Education Dr. in Garden City.


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RAMEN from page 4A been sitting in the kitchen cabinet for as long as you can remember. Start with salt and pepper, then grab the onion and garlic powders. There’s probably poultry seasoning in there; grab that, too. Do you have a chicken-flavored bouillon cube? If so, crush it and add it to the mix. Combine all those seasonings, measured with your eyes and instinct, in a small bowl and set aside. Bring at least two cups of ice cold water to a boil. Here’s where the fun begins. Stir in a teaspoon of peanut butter and a sustained squirt of sriracha chili sauce. The combination creates a Thai-chilipeanut aura throughout the soup. All top ramen recipes include some form of protein—this could be any leftover meat nearing its expiration date in your refrigerator, including one of those supermarket rotisserie chickens. Tear off chunks of chicken—including skin, fat, tendons and bone for flavor—and toss into the boiling water along with your spice mix. Other great options for ramen protein include bacon (fully cooked before added to the mix),

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butter drippings from the frying pan. After allowing your chosen ingredients to boil together for about five minutes, add the dried noodles. Now, you must work quickly to not overcook the noodles. About 30 seconds after dropping in the noodles, crack an egg into the mixture and cover with a lid, letting the concoction boil at a high intensity for about one minute. Then, turn off the heat and let sit, still covered with the lid, for a minute to a minute-and-a-half. This keeps the yolk runny while cooking the egg whites. But even if the egg whites are left a tad raw, they will cook to a safe level while resting in the hot pot concoction. Find a bowl—a big bowl—and pour in the entire creation. Find the yolk, break it and mix it up so that the egg yolk becomes one with the broth. Garnish, if you’re into that sort of thing, with chopped green onions and a generous squeeze of sriracha. Grab a spoon, and chopsticks procured from Chinese takeout weeks earlier, and eat with your face directly over the steaming bowl—this is an especially important step during the dreary post-holiday winter days. Slurp away and dream up tomorrow’s ramen vision quest.

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espite what some might have you believe, the New York Islanders have a rich history of success that goes beyond the team’s four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s. Some were mere moments that made the old barn at Nassau Coliseum shake—like the Shawn Bates penalty shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2002 playoffs— while others were record-breaking streaks that stand to this day—like the

streak of 19 consecutive playoff series victories from 1980 through 1984. Bolstered by these moments and more, the team’s die-hard fans have remained faithful to the orange and blue even through trying times and disastrous seasons—ready and waiting for more ice-bound celebrations when the team returns to the Island via a new arena at Belmont.

Rags To Riches In the Islanders’ third season of existence in 1975, the team’s first foray into playoff hockey culminated in a conference final loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, the eventual champions. But along the way, the Islanders defeated crosstown rivals New York Rangers in the first round and came back from a 3-0 series deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two. A sign of things to come for the glory days of the early 1980s.

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Winning the seventh game of a Stanley Cup playoff series on an overtime goal is impressive enough—doing so in the fourth overtime makes it epic. Played in 1987 on Easter Sunday at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD, the Isles’ Pat LaFontaine scored the decisive goal against the Washington Capitals at the 60:47 mark, or 1:58 a.m. local time, 6 hours and 18 minutes after the first face-off. Isles goalie Kelly Hrudey carried the team to victory, stopping 73 shots, including 50 straight from the second period to the end of the marathon game.

Penguins Iced In 1993, the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins were everyone’s favorite

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to once again hoist Lord Stanley’s cup—everyone, except the scrappy New York Islanders, who dethroned the champs with an overtime goal by David Volek in the seventh game of the second round Wales Conference Playoffs. The victory is even more impressive considering the Islanders were missing leading scorer Pierre Turgeon—who was felled via a dirty hit in the previous round—and considering the loaded Penguin team featured the likes of Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens, Rick Tocchet and Ron Francis.

End Of An Error That victory against the Penguins would be the last taste of playoff hockey for the franchise until 2002, when the Islanders, led by captain Michael Peca, sniper Alexi Yashin, defensive stalwart Kenny Jonsson, goalie Chris Osgood and coach Peter Laviolette, finished second in the Atlantic Division with a record of 42-28-8-4 and 96 points—punching their ticket to the postseason to face the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Isles would eventually lose that series in a hard-fought seven games.

Cat Scratch Fever When the Islanders drafted John Tavares first overall in 2009, many fans felt it was a sign the team’s fortunes were going to change for the better. And while the Cup has yet to return to the island, the captain did deliver the team’s first playoff series victory since 1993. In double-overtime of game six against the Florida Panthers, Tavares grabbed his own rebound, and in true full-circle style, curled behind the net and stuffed the game winner past former Islanders goalie prospect Roberto Luongo for the series victory.


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