Very fun post at Behind the Net talking about how '80s firewagon hockey (and the crazy stats that came with it) basically carried through to 1992-93, then stopped.
I know a lot of Isles fans think Pierre Turgeon was never the same after Dale The Coward mugged him. For his time as an Islander, that may be true -- but getting to watch him later every night for several years like I did in St. Louis, I disagree: Turgeon got "it" back, he just got it back in a league that wasn't scoring as much, on a team that embraced defense-first hockey, at a time when the sport overall became much more focused on suffocating (:cough: obstruction) defense.
Still, as a fan part of me died after 1992-93. Still feel in some ways like I'm in purgatory.