All For One: How The Isles Are Dominating

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

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Haters gonna hate, right? The New York Islanders trounced the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their second-round series Monday night with a smothering 4-0 victory. But to hear social media tell the tale, it was the 1990s New Jersey Devils reincarnate doing the damage.

Those ‘trap’ Devils won three Stanley Cups from 1995-2003 and played in another final during that span (losing to Colorado in 2001), bogging down the neutral zone and crushing the spirits of both opponents and any fans that weren’t die-hard New Jersey partisans. And while there is some connective tissue between the old Devils and new Islanders in the form of legendary hockey mind Lou Lamoriello, it’s not fair to paint the Isles with such a broad brush – unless you’re referring to their ability to win games.