It was the 1992-93 NHL hockey season and the Pittsburgh Penguins were dominating play. Mario Lemieux was top scorer and season MVP. The New York Islanders came into the playoffs 32 points behind Pittsburgh but upset the Washington Capitals in the division semi-finals 4 – 2. That set the stage for an Islander – Penguin showdown for the division finals after Pittsburgh glided by the New Jersey Devils.
Pittsburgh had the big guns with Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis. However, the Islanders’ hot goaltending from Glenn Healy and a combined overall work effort from all four lines saw the Islanders tied with the Penguins going into game 7 overtime! Then, out of nowhere, on a 2 on 1 break, unsung hero David Volek scores the winning goal at 5:16 of overtime stifling the Pittsburgh arena and the Penguins’ hopes of winning the Stanley Cup.
The Islanders fizzled out against their next opponent, the Montreal Canadiens who eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup.