I remember the 1982 playoffs against the Islanders. The boys lost the first two on the Island 8-1 and 7-2. DeBartolo offered the fans a refund due to the lopsided nature of the games and team's embarrassing performance against the then three-time Stanley Cup Champions.
The fans hated DeBartolo so much that they showed up in great numbers for the game and the cheering started before the National Anthem. It was an electric atmosphere - something I've never experienced at any other event. The boys won the next two games at home 2-1 and 5-2 before falling to John Tonelli and the Isles in a close game 5 losing 4-3 on a puck that hopped over Randy Carlyle's stick to send the game to overtime. Tonelli scored the last two goals of the game. Interesting story here the game on Arbour's use of the rule that allowed a two-minute warm up for a goalie change http://islanders.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=627726
- they changed the rule after that. The Isles refer to that series as the one that almost derailed a dynasty.
Interesting team that year, Michel Dion was added to the roster after he had left the ice in the middle of a Bruins' game because he was upset at the total lack of defense, Paul Baxter had 409 minutes in penalties to set the franchise record, they broke the Isles 15-game winning streak, scored 99 power plays goals, rookie Mike Bullard had 37 goals, and Paul Gardner scored 36 goals in 59 games. Dion started the NHL All-Star game that year.