No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.
Johan Hedberg recorded his first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win for the Devils over the Islanders. It was Hedberg’s eighth shutout with New Jersey, breaking a tie with Chris Terreri for the second-most in club history.
Mike Bossy’s career was the stuff of make-believe, because when you are done assessing his statistics, trophies and all other accolades in between, one very important factor is sometimes lost in the shuffle. He was forced to leave the game he dominated at the age of 30.