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Islanders Anxiety - Episode 218 - Dog Should Have Known Better

A bang and then a whimper and a winning streak over.

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In a supersized episode, Mike and Dan recap the Islanders’ games against Blackhawks, Blues and Red Wings, and Dan speaks with former WHA & NHL linesman Ron Asselstine about his career and memories of the dynasty Isles.

First, they look at big wins in Chicago and St. Louis that extended the team’s winning streak to five, as well as the disappointing shutout loss in Detroit that ended the run. They talk about players that stood out in each game, how the Islanders have kept pace in their division early in the season and how very few people have noticed because of other NHL goings on (as usual).

In the second half, Dan speaks with Ron Asselstine, who spent 25 years as a pro hockey linesman. Throughout those two-plus decades, he’s collected a million stories, many about the great Islanders teams of the early ‘80s. From Bossy’s 50-in-50 game to Clark Gillies rearranging Ed Hospodar’s face, Ron was on the ice for many signature moments for the franchise. He also discusses the wild days of the WHA, some funny on-ice conversations and the time he had to tackle a fan who had run onto the ice. It’s a great chat with a guy who’s seen just about everything.


  • Thanks again to Ron for coming on. You absolutely need to see the video of him tacking that fan at Boston Garden to truly appreciate the insanity of the moment:
  • Also, the incident he talks about - in which he helped reverse a call that got the Islanders a major power play and a win - was detailed in Sports Illustrated at the time.


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