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06-13-2005, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Malefic74
The Isles were a much more balanced and complete team. The Pens played no defence. Larry Murphy AND Paul Coffey? Sorry no.

The Isles can match the offence, have better defence, better goaltending and are a much, much tougher team than the Pens. And if it's one thing Mario has NEVER liked it's a tough physical defenceman on him all the time. Potvin and Morrow would drive him nuts. AS long as the Isles satyed out of the penalty box they would wrap it up.

Remember they didn't have a lot of trouble containing the early 80s Oilers like the 81-82 team which had scored 417 goals or the 82-83 team which racked up 424 goals. Those Pens teams never cracked 380 let alone 400.

As others have said, Mario makes it interesting to watch, but the Isles would romp.

People forget how good that team really was...
The Islanders could not come near to matching the Pens firepower. In addition to Lemieux, Jagr and Francis, they also had 35-50 goal scorers Kevin Stevens, and Mark Recchi, Rick Tocchet, Joey Mullen and Thomas Sandstrom at various time. Murphy and Coffey are two of the top 6-8 offensive defement of all time. Even grinder third liners like Phil Borque and Bob Errey would sometimes hit 20.

The Islanders might be more balanced and better defensively, but they couldn't match the Pens scoring, especially the top 2 lines.

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