‘You never bet on champions’ – 1980s Islanders and 70s Canadians Believe Lightning Can Do Triple Peat – The Athletic

NS Lightning will gather at owner Jeff Vinik’s South Tampa home on Thursday night for a special celebration.

Soup Alex Killorn says Vinik often throws a good party – often with good food and guest performers. But this one has a parting gift on the list: the Stanley Cup championship ring.

It will be difficult to top last year’s edition, which the jeweler calls the most elaborate and expensive championship ring they used to do. But it will also be a reminder of the indescribable feeling of reaching the top of the mountain.

And that’s why Tampa Bay wants to be the first NHL for 40 years to uproot a layer of peat.

The last two teams to complete the feat believe Lightning will.

“What I saw from them last year was confidence,” former Islanders Bob Bourne Center. “And that’s what we had all those years. It reminds me of us in so many ways. When you look at the boys’ faces and see that confidence, that’s how we did it. They overcame them all, and even if they were scored, they were not wiped out. They are a collective hell. “

“You never bet on the champion,” said former Islanders captain Denis Potvin.

The Islanders won four consecutive championships from 1980-83, just after Canadaiens won four from 1976-79.

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