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Islanders had their dynasty, but Rangers have done the lampooning
THE ISLANDERS WERE LIKE the little brother the Rangers never wanted, and though the denizens of Nassau County have had their runs of glory, they have more often than not been the butt of jokes from their Manhattan rivals.
When the Isles joined the NHL in 1972-73, games against the Rangers practically served as home games for the Original Six squad, since the new guys were building a fan base. The Rangers didn’t take the Isles seriously until they lost to the upstarts in the ’75 playo s.
In more modern times, especially after the Rangers broke their 54-year Cup drought in 1994, the Manhattan fans have poked fun at the Islanders’ tribulations, the most obvious
being the uniform disaster of 1995, when the classic ‘NY’ logo was replaced by an angry fisherman with a hockey stick. Rangers fans quickly made the connection that he looked like the Gorton’s seafood guy and began chanting “we want fish sticks!” every time they played the Islanders.
The two teams meet Oct. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 16 and March 10.