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Islanders great John Tonelli has No. 27 raised to the rafters

The Islanders retired a jersey for the first time in 19 years Friday night at the Coliseum. John Tonelli’s No. 27 was raised into the rafters, honoring the former left winger’s seven seasons with the franchise and contribution to its historic four-year Stanley Cup run. “Ever since I got the call from [general manager Lou Lamoriello], I’ve been in a different mood,” Tonelli said Friday before the Islanders beat the Red Wings 4-1. “All upbeat. Nothing stresses me out, it’s just been a constant excitement and a great feeling.” The Islanders won 60 of 78 postseason games during those four trips to their Stanley Cup titles, going 12-1 in overtime and proving to be one of the most dominant teams in NHL history. Tonelli play ...
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