According to official statistics, Alexei Yashin did not play after his third period penalty. The penalty led to Ottawa's tying goal at 4:06 of the third period. Arron Asham did not see the ice in the first half of the third period after taking a coincidental penalty late in the second period.
Friday, December 30, 2005
For the second time this week, the Islanders lost in regulation time a game that they led heading to the third period. Their previous losses [in regulation] after leading after two periods came on: December 21, 2002 [Washington] and January 6, 2001 [Phoenix]. Thus, the Isles have gone pointless in two games they led after two periods in a three game stretch after having only done that once in the previous 322 games. The Isles have lost three games in the last five weeks that they led after two periods [counting their shootout loss on November 23 to Buffalo] That's three times in sixteen games after having lost only three times in the previous 309 games. [In addition to the games above, they lost in overtime to Pittsburgh on January 24, 2002.] The Isles finish December 5-6-1; it's their first losing December since 2001. They are below .500 at New Year's for the first time since 2000. It's only the second time in Islander history that they've ended December with a losing streak of at least 4 games. In 1997, the Rick Bowness-led Isles lost the final five games, and then book-ended it by losing the first five games of 1998. By early March of that season, Bowness was history too. Happy New Year to all!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The Isles have earned 0 points in the standings over three straight games for the first time in over a season, [7 straight in Nov/Dec 2003] and have allowed alot of goals doing so. [They lost four straight March, 2004, but one of those losses were in overtime] Tonight marked the fifth time this season and the tenth times in the Stirling regime that they have lost by at least four goals. Isles have allowed 27 goals in five games. It's the first time since Feb-Mar 1996 that they've allowed at least 27: 27-Feb-96 Vs Detroit 2 6 L 29-Feb-96 @ Detroit 1 5 L 1-Mar-96 @ New Jersey 2 6 L 3-Mar-96 Vs Winnipeg 5 7 L 5-Mar-96 Vs Boston 5 3 W
They haven't allowed more than 27 in a 5-game period since 1991-92:  26-Dec-91 VsNew Jersey 5 5 T 28-Dec-91 Vs New York 5 4 W 29-Dec-91 @ Hartford 4 6 L 1-Jan-92 @ Washington 5 8 L 3-Jan-92 @ Buffalo2 5 L
Isles have allowed 31 goals in six games. It's the first time since Feb-March 1996 that they've allowed at least 31: 27-Feb-96 Vs Detroit 2 6 L 29-Feb-96 @ Detroit 1 5 L 1-Mar-96 @ New Jersey 2 6 L 3-Mar-96 Vs Winnipeg 5 7 L 5-Mar-96 Vs Boston 5 3 W 7-Mar-96 @ Boston 3 4 L They last allowed more than 31 over six during their last playoff-series winning season:  7-Nov-92 Vs Tampa Bay 5 6 Lot 12-Nov-92 @ Philadelphia 5 8 L 14-Nov-92 Vs Buffalo 7 5 W 19-Nov-92 @ Boston 2 5 L 21-Nov-92 @ Calgary 4 3 W 22-Nov-92 @ Edmonton 5 5 T
They've allowed 35 in last 7 games -- first time since 1992-93: 12-Nov-92 @ Philadelphia 5 8 L 14-Nov-92 Vs Buffalo 7 5 W 19-Nov-92 @ Boston 2 5 L 21-Nov-92 @ Calgary 4 3 W 22-Nov-92 @ Edmonton 5 5 T 24-Nov-92 @ Winnipeg 3 3 T 27-Nov-92 @ Philadelphia 3 6 L They last allowed more goals in 7 games  in 1991-92 21-Dec-91 @ St. Louis 2 6 L 23-Dec-91 Vs Pittsburgh 3 6 L 26-Dec-91 VsNew Jersey 5 5 T 28-Dec-91 Vs New York 5 4 W 29-Dec-91 @ Hartford 4 6 L 1-Jan-92 @ Washington 5 8 L 3-Jan-92 @ Buffalo2 5 L
As bad as it's been, it's been worse: All-time Islander records: ----------------------------------- Most goals allowed --5 game stretch: 33 [in the first five road games in Islander history] 29-Oct-72 @ Boston 1 9 1-Nov-72 @ California 6 2 3-Nov-72 @ Vancouver 2 7 4-Nov-72 @ Los Angeles 2 9 8-Nov-72 @ Chicago 1 6 Most goals allowed --6 game stretch: 37, also in 1972-73 28-Oct-72 Vs Chicago 4 4 29-Oct-72 @ Boston 1 9 1-Nov-72 @ California 6 2 3-Nov-72 @ Vancouver 2 7 4-Nov-72 @ Los Angeles 2 9 8-Nov-72 @ Chicago 1 6
Most goals allowed --7 game stretch: 43 [twice in 1972-73] 29-Oct-72 @ Boston 1 9 1-Nov-72 @ California 6 2 3-Nov-72 @ Vancouver 2 7 4-Nov-72 @ Los Angeles 2 9 8-Nov-72 @ Chicago 1 6 11-Nov-72 @ Minnesota 0 3 14-Nov-72 Vs Montreal 2 7
and 3-Nov-72 @ Vancouver 2 7 4-Nov-72 @ Los Angeles 2 9 8-Nov-72 @ Chicago 1 6 11-Nov-72 @ Minnesota 0 3 14-Nov-72 Vs Montreal 2 7 16-Nov-72 @ Atlanta 0 4 18-Nov-72 Vs Boston 3 7
Monday, December 19, 2005
- 2 players with their first NHL/NYI goal: Godard and Collins
- 3 PP goals in the first period –tying the club record set ten previous times, but not since 1996
- 2 SH goals allowed in the second period-- tying the club record set three previous times, but not since 1996
- The eight first period goals were one short of the combined two-team record – 9 done on March 12, 1985 against St. Louis (2nd period) and November 23, 1988 against Washington (also 2nd period).
- The Isles allowed at least seven goals for the first time since December 23, 2000 vs. Columbus
- The Isles allowed at least eight goals for the first time since March 24, 2000 vs. New Jersey [ironically the night Larry Robinson became the Devils head coach for the first time]
- The Isles allowed at least nine goals for the first time since December 30, 1999 at Pittsburgh [9-3 loss]
- The Isles allowed at least seven goals on the road for the first time since December 30, 1999 at Pittsburgh [9-3 loss]
- The Isles allowed at least eight goals on the road for the first time since December 30, 1999 at Pittsburgh [9-3 loss]
- The Isles allowed at least nine goals on the road for the first time since December 30, 1999 at Pittsburgh [9-3 loss]
- The teams combined for at least eleven goals for the first time since March 25, 2003 at Chicago [9-2 win]
- The teams combined for at least twelve goals for the first time since January 3, 2003 at Boston [8-4 win]
- The teams combined for at least thirteen goals for the first time since February 28, 1993 at Hartford [7-6 ot win]
- The teams combined for at least fourteen goals for the first time since December 10, 1991 at St. Louis [7-7 tie]
- The teams combined for at least fifteen goals for the first time since April 6, 1986 at New Jersey [9-7 loss]
- The Isles scored at least five goals and lost for the first time since December 23, 2000 vs. Columbus [7-5 loss], ending a 52-game unbeaten streak when scoring at least five [50-0-2]
- The Isles scored at least six goals and lost for the first time since October 15, 1991 vs. Pittsburgh [7-6 ot loss], ending a 76-game unbeaten streak when scoring at least five [74-0-2]
- The Isles scored at least six goals on the road and lost for the first time since November 23, 1988 vs. Washington [7-6 loss]. It’s only the sixth time in Isles history that they’ve scored at least six goals in a road loss.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Who was the last Islander to record a six-point game? Pat LaFontaine -- February 6, 1990 @ Pittsburgh [3 goals, 3 assists in the only 8-7 game the Islanders have ever played -- Don Maloney won it in overtime] _______________________________________________ Road Warriors: The Isles now have 18 points [in 16 games] on the road and 11 points [in 11 games] at home. It's only the second time since 83-84 [the "Drive for Five" season] that the Isles have this many points through 16 road games -- they had 20 in Laviolette's first season. They've won four straight on the road for the first time since they opened the 2001-02 season 6-0 on the road. If the Isles win in Columbus, they'll have 9 more points on the road than at home for only the second time in their history -- In 2001-02, they opened with 4 road wins, lost in OT at home to Detroit and then won in Carolina -- to give them 10 points on the road and only one at home.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
By the Numbers #10 -11/26/05 Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 4-2 win in Philadelphia:
3 goals for Jason Blake. Its the third hat trick of his career; he also had one against Minnesota in 2004 and Atlanta in 2003. Mark Parrish is the only other current Islander with at least three hat tricks in an Islander uniform.
:31 was all it took for Blake to score the games first goal
2 goals for RJ Umberger, both scored in the first period for Philadelphia. Umberger had only one goal in 12 previous NHL games.
1 game-winning goal for Brad Lukowich as he scores his first goal as an Islander and first in 29 games. It was the 16th career goal for Lukowich.
200 points as an Islander for Alexei Yashin, who assisted on the first goal
0-3 the Isles were shorthanded only three times and two of them were shortened due to Flyer penalties. The Isles killed all three penalties. It was the fewest power plays that the Isles had allowed in any game this season. 1-4 Blakes second goal was the only one on the power play for the Isles. 5 assists in two games for Mark Parrish, who assisted on the final three goals. Its the first time in his NHL career that he has had three assists in a game. Parrish had only three assists before Thanksgiving. 9-10 the Isles are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and with a little luck and a clutch goal here and there, could be 9-1. 43:32 the Isles held Philly off the boards for the final two periods a welcome respite from the late third period goals that the Isles have allowed recently.
19,780 in attendance at Wachovia Center. The Flyers have sold out all but one home game this season.
19-40! [ok, 19-41] the Isles awful record on draws. Mike York took 24 face-offs, and lost 20 of them. Michal Handzus was the bully in the face-off circle, winning 19 of 24.
11 forwards and 7 defensemen dressed for the Islanders. Tomi Pettinen was back in the lineup and played 6:10. Jeremy Colliton was not only out of the lineup; he was off the teamsent back to Bridgeport. He played in the Sound Tigers game in Philly on Saturday night and scored a goalbut Bridgeport allowed a 5-on-3 goal in overtime to lose 4-3.
37-24 A winning day on draws for the Isles
+2 x 4 Zhitnik and Sopel for the Isles; Umberger and Sim for the Flyers -2 Sami Kapanen
6:23 Ice-time for Eric Godard, a season high. 3:02 Ice-time for Oleg Kvasha, who suffered an ankle injury
21 shots on goal for the Isles, the fewest in a road game this season, makes for a slow day for Antero Niittymaki. 5 of those shots came from Jason Blake
36 shots for Philadelphia including four each in the third period for Kim Johnsson and Simon Gagne. Gagne finished with six shots.
34 saves for Garth Snow, who is now 6-9-1 against the Flyers for his career.
12-11-1 The Isles climb back over NHL .500.
7-7-0 The Isles reach .500 on the road for the first time since they were 2-2-0. They havent been at .500 on the road this late in a season since the end of the 2002-03 season.
7-5-1 the Islanders record in November with one game to play; theyve clinched only their second winning November since going 6-5-2 in 1990.
7 November wins for the Isles; the most theyve won since they won 9 for Terry Simpson in 1987.
5 November road wins for the Isles; the most November road games theyve won since they won 6 while defending their first Stanley Cup championship in 1980.
63 games with a point [54-0-9] when the Isles have led after two periods, dating back to December of 2002. [Includes eight ties and a shootout loss]
4 straight home losses for the Flyers [including two in overtime]
1 missing superstar: Peter Forsberg, held out with a minor groin injury. The Flyers are also missing Captain Keith Primeau.
14 points on the road, compared to 11 at home. Its the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Isles have had at least three more points on the road than at home this late in the season. [The Isles have played four more road games than home games]
Take this number with a grain of saltremembering that there are more points awarded per game this season than any year in NHL history.
25 in 24. The Isles have 25 points in their first 24 games. Only once in the last 17 seasons have the Isles had more points through 24 games [they had 34 points in 24 games in 2001-02].
On the Farm: Phialadelphia 4 Bridgeport 3. [ot] Before over 8,000 at the Wachovia Center, the Sound Tigers blew 2-0 and 3-1 leads. Travis Brigley, Jeremy Colliton and Bruno Gervais scored for Bridgeport.
The streaky Sound Tigers have lost six straight, totally undoing [with the exception of tonights OT point] the six game win streak that immediately preceded it.
Up Next: Philadelphia at Isles. Tuesday 7pm. The Islanders and Flyers meet for the fourth time this season but the first time on Long Island. The Isles will be looking to sweep a home and home from the Flyers for the first time since 1982. [Bryan Trottier scored a hat trick in the Philly-end of that home-and-home, the only one the Isles had ever had in Philly before today] Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Friday, November 25, 2005
By the Numbers #9 -11/25/05 Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 6-2 loss to Ottawa:
20 games to start the season with a point for Dany Heatley. His 16th goal of the season opened the scoring; Heatley is now three games shy of the NHL record  for consecutive games with a point after joining a new team. The record is held by Wayne Gretzky.
218-84 Alexei Yashins goals as a Senator and Islander respectively. He tied the game in the first period.
199 points as an Islander for the aforementioned Yashin.
4 goals for 4 Senators who had combined for 4 NHL goals this season prior to today: Varada and Hamel each scored their first goal of the season, Eaves scores his 2nd, and Schaefer scored his first.
35 points for Jason Spezza, who had a goal and an assist for Ottawa. He had only 76 points in 111 games over his first two NHL seasons. Hes on a pace for 144 this season.
3 goals on the season for Alexei Zhitnik, whose first goal in nearly a month got the Isles within 3-2 before Ottawa opened the game back up.
3x2, 3x3 for the second time against the Senators, and the third time overall, the Islanders allowed three power play goals in a game.
5-38 the Senators lack of power play success in between their three-goal outbursts against the Isles.
5-5 not the scoring youd expect next to Mark Parrishs name 23 games into the new NHL. Parrish had two assists. 8 after eight games in which the Isles went 5-2-1 and had a chance to go 8-0-0, they were clearly outclassed by the Sens.
17-3-0 Ottawas record through 20 games.
18 the most games the Sens won in any of their first four seasons in the NHL.
14-3-3 The best record the Isles ever managed through 20 games [in both 1976-77 and 1978-79].
24-3-8 Ottawas record in the last 35 games against the Isles.
14-1-0 The Sens record when scoring first
19:06 time of Denis Hamels third period goal that makes ten times [plus three empty nets] that the Isles have been scored on in the final three minutes.
10:17 The amount of power play time for the Islanders, who scored once in 6 chances. Buffalo had 9:42 of pp time and went 3-6.
6-0-0 The Isles record this month when Shawn Bates scores a goal 0-5-1 The Isles record this month when Bates doesnt score
2 This was the second game Bates missed due to his injury 12/26 Projected return date if Bates misses five weeks
3 key Senators missed the game: Redden and Havlat, due to injuries, and Chris Neil, due to the tragic death of his mom.
4-10 Face-off record for Jeremy Colliton, who played 7:42 in his second NHL game.
15,654 in attendance for stick day. Its the third largest crowd of the ten home games.
10 starts in 11 games for Rick DiPietro, who played in his 100th NHL game.
300 NHL games for Arron Asham, who was miked by FSN-New York for the occasion.
37-34 A winning day on draws for the Isles.
-2 x 4 Blake, Kvasha, Hunter and Sopel
29:41 Ice-time for Zdeno Chara 25:10 Ice-time for Mike Fisher. Quick, somebody tell Bryan Murray that hes a forward! 33 shots on goal for the Isles 7 of those shots came from Jason Blake
45 shots for Ottawa the most against DiPietro this season [and one shy of the most hes faced in his career].
6x6 The Sens hit the Chili number for the sixth time this season [Those under 30: see Isles-Rangers 11-13-1979 for complete explanation].
6 the Isles allowed six goals in a home game for the second time this season. They havent allowed seven at home since December 23, 2000 when they lost 7-5 to Columbus.
11-11-1 The Isles drop back to NHL .500.
10 By the time the night was over, the Isles had fallen to 10th in the East [behind New Jersey]; they are now four points out of a playoff spot and only five points ahead of the last place Capitals.
6-5-1 the Islanders record in November with two games to play; theyve had only one winning November since going 6-5-2 in 1990.
6 November wins for the Isles; they havent won more November games since they won 9 for Terry Simpson in 1987.
6-3 Isles all-time record for home Friday games. This was the first of four Friday home games this season. The Sens return to Long Island for the second Friday home game on December 23rd.
On the Farm: Syracuse 4 Bridgeport 1. Allan Rourke scored shorthanded for the Sound Tigers goal; Masi Marjamaki was stopped on a penalty shot. The streaky Sound Tigers have lost five straight for the second time this season the two streaks are separated by a six-game winning streak.
Up Next: Isles at Philadelphia. Saturday 2pm. The Islanders and Flyers meet for the third time this season in a schedule oddity again in Philadelphia. The Flyers own a pair of home-ice wins over the Isles already this season [5-1 and 3-2]. Its the first of a home-and-home series that concludes at the Coliseum on Tuesday. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
By the Numbers #8 -11/23/05 Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo:
3 reasons you might have thought the Isles would win this game: 1. Buffalo played last night while the Isles were idle 2. The Sabres were missing JP Dumont and Daniel Briere 3. The Islanders led 3-1 early in the second period
231 consecutive games that Briere had playedthe fourth-longest current NHL streak 6 games out of the last eight in which the Isles have gained a point [5-2-1]
3 games out of the last eight where a late opposition goal has cost the Isles at least a point.
101 career goals for Mike York, including three this season.
8:54 The amount of power play time for the Islanders, who scored once in 5 chances. Buffalo had 6:52 of pp time and went 1-4.
6-0-0 The Isles record this month when Shawn Bates scores a goal 0-4-1 The Isles record this month when Bates doesnt score
1 This was the first game Bates missed due to his injury 12/26 Projected return date if Bates misses five weeks
1 NHL game for Jeremy Colliton, who played 1:57, was credited for a hit, and split 2 face-offs in his NHL debut
1985 birth year for Collitonthe youngest active Islander. [Nokelainen in born in 1986]
52 seconds between Sopels goal and Blakes goal gave the Isles a 3-1 lead
2:18 was the time it took for the teams to combine for three goals in the second period
22 minutes of pine time for Robert Nilsson, who didnt play again after an early third period shift
11:19 without a shot for the Isles after Blakes goal
17:42 without a shot to end regulation and through overtime for the Islanders
5 assists for Chris Campoli in the last four games
0-3 Yashins record in shootouts; Jason Blake was also stopped in the shootout while Miro Satan never got a chance to shoot
2 goals on three shots for the Sabres in the shootout.
16-16 Home team records in the shootout, including losses by the Isles and Caps on home-ice tonight
3-0 record of the road team in shootouts involving the Islanders
13,212 attended on Thanksgiving Eve. It was the ninth time in the last ten seasons that the Isles, who did not play a single Wednesday home game in their first eighteen regular seasons, hosted a Thanksgiving Eve game.
1,1,1,1,1 One win, one tie, one shutout loss, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss on the last five Turkey Eves.
6 game point streak ended for Alexei YashinYashin has also had a 5-game and 7-game point streak earlier this season
9 starts in 10 game for Rick DiPietro
8-0 points for the Isles and Sabres, respectively, in the 2003-04 season series
6-1 points for the Sabres and Isles, respectively, in the 2005-06 season series
13 points swing between last season and this season [Isles vs. Sabres]
6 points that Isles finished ahead of Sabres in 2003-04 season
37 consecutive successful pks for the Isles before Drurys power play goal ended the streak.
12-6 A solid win-loss record on face-offs for Oleg Kvasha tonight. Alexei Yashin [4-11] didnt fare as well. Overall the Isles went 32-26.
-2 Thomas Vanek was the only player on either team with a crooked +/-. 26 shots on goal for the Isles 27 blocked shots for the Sabres, including six for Jay McKee
11-10-1 The Isles stay above NHL .500 barely.
9-0-1 a blemish to the Islanders previous perfect record when leading after two periods
61 The end of the Isles unbeaten streak [53-0-8] when the Isles have led after two periods, dating back to December of 2002
62 An unofficial streakthe Isles have gained points in the last 62 games theyve led after 2 periods [53 wins, 1 ot loss, eight ties]
6-4-1 the Islanders record in November; theyve had only one winning November since going 6-5-2 in 1990.
6 November wins for the Isles; they havent won more November games since they won 9 for Terry Simpson in 1987.
Up Next: Isles vs. Ottawa. Friday 2pm. The Islanders and Senators meet for the second time this season. The Islanders swept a pair of home games form the Sens in 2003-04 but Ottawa slaughtered the Isles 6-0 in Kanata on November 5th. Its the second straight year that the Isles are scheduled to host a post-Turkey day matineethe lockout cancelled last years game against Pittsburgh. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
By the Numbers #7 -11/19/05
Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 5-3 win in Florida:
3 wins in four games on this road trip
5 wins in eight games in a stretch in which the Isles played only once at home. In the final seven games, the Isles won five times and lost in the final minutes twice. The Isles dressed the same twenty players for each of the eight games.
11 straight losses for Florida, including four in overtime/shootouts. The club record is 13.
2-6-0 The Isles win for only the second time after allowing the games first goal.
9:56 The amount of power play time for the Islanders, who scored twice in 6 chances. Florida had 12:00 of pp time and went 0-6.
2 more goals for Shawn Bates; Bates left with an upper leg injury late in the game. He has scored at least one goal in all six of the Islanders November victories; the Isles are 7-0 when he scores at least one goal. Jason Blake earned primary assists on both tallies, as Bates reached double digits in goals on the season, surpassing his 2003-04 total. 400 NHL goals for the venerable Gary Roberts
450 NHL games for Oleg Kvasha, who recorded his third goal of the season.
17 seconds between Kvashas goal and Bates second tally of the game
1:44 was all it took for the Islanders to score three goals in a third period flurry.
2 assists for Chris Campoli his second two-assist game on the road trip
5 assists for the Islander defense tonight
36-46-8 career record for winning goalie Rick DiPietro
86-147-33 career record for losing goal Roberto Luongo
5-27, 23-23 power play and penalty kill stats for the week on the road
6 consecutive games without the Islanders allowing a power play goal, covering 33 times short in those games.
36 consecutive successful pks for the Isles, including the final three at New Jersey on November 8.
34 minutes for Eric Godard, who saw 3:17 of ice-time and fought former mate Eric Cairns in the third period after drawing a roughing penalty in the second period. He now has 34 penalty minutes on the season, which exactly matches his season ice-time34:00. Hes also gone 34 games the longest streak of his career-- without a point. His only point in 65 NHL games came on November 20 2003 in Tampa.
6-3 A solid win-loss record on face-offs for Jason Blake tonight. Trent Hunter [2-7] didnt fare as well.
+2 Trent Hunter was the only player on either team with a crooked positive number. -2 x 3: Sopel, Zhitnik and Parrish were all -2.
31 of the games 57 shots came in the third period; the Isles outshot Florida 16-15 in the period and were outshot 29-28 in the game.
11-10-0 The Isles climb back above .500 as the season hit the quarter-pole.
5-1-3 The Isles record in their last nine trips to Sunrise, FL. Their only defeat in that stretch was in March 04, when they dropped a 6-4 decision.
9-0-0 the Islanders perfect record when leading after two periods
61 games without a loss [53-0-8] when the Isles have led after two periods, dating back to December of 2002
0-6-2 the Panthers near-perfect record when trailing after two periods
1-10-0 the Panthers near-perfect record when they dont score at least one power play goal
$0.00 the price for GROWL, the Panthers game magazine
6-4-0 the Islanders record in November; theyve had only one winning November since going 6-5-2 in 1990.
6 November wins for the Isles; they havent won more November games since they won 9 for Terry Simpson in 1987.
4 November road wins for the Isles; they havent won more November road games since they won 6 while defending their first Stanley Cup championship in 1980.
12 points on the road, compared to 10 at home. Its the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Isles have had at least two more points on the road than at home this late in the season. [The Isles have played five more road games than home games]
Take this number with a grain of saltremembering that there are more points awarded per game this season than any year in NHL history.
22 in 21. The Isles have 22 points in their first 21 games. Only once in the last 17 seasons have the Isles had more points through 21 games [they had 29 points in 21 games in 2001-02].
Up Next: Isles vs. Buffalo. Wednesday 7pm. The Islanders and Sabres meet for the third time this season. Buffalo has won the first two games by an identical 6-4 score. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
By the Numbers #6 -11/16/05
Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 7-3 win in Atlanta:
3 consecutive Islander wins for the first time this season and the first time since a 4-game win streak in March 2004
2 wins in consecutive games, both on the road, for the first time since March 12-16, 2004.
7 goals scored by the Islanders for the first time in over two years [October 25, 2003 vs. Pittsburgh]
7 goals scored by the Islanders in Atlanta for the first time since April 4, 1980 the final regular season game played by the Flames in Atlanta and the final regular season road game of the Islanders pre-Cup era.
17:34 The amount of power play time for the Islanders, who scored three times in 12 chances with the extra man, including a 5-on-3 goal by Miro Satan to put the game away. Atlanta had 12:53 of pp time.
3-12; season highs for the Islanders in both categories. They last scored 3 pp goals in a game on February 18, 2004 vs. Pittsburgh. Its the most power play attempts for the Isles since they had 13 at Carolina on March 26, 2000.
5 minor penalties, all on Atlanta, in a 54 second span in the third period
3 power play goals on the season for Jason Blake, matching his career high.
3 power play goals allowed by the Thrashers in 33 chances over the previous seven games
29:33 The amount of even strength time in the game ironically seven of the games first eight goals were scored at even strength.
4 5-on-3 goals in the first 19 games for the Islanders; equaling their total for the entire 2003-04 season.
5 goals in three games for the red-hot Shawn Bates. Bates who scored nine goals in 03-04, now has eight this season. He has scored at least one goal in all five of the Islanders November victories; the Isles are 6-0 when he scores at least one goal.
2 goals for Miro Satan, equaling his total for the last nine games.
2 assists for Matthias Weinhandl his first assists of the season.
7/9 assist and point streaks, respectively, for Slava Kozlov both were stopped by the Islanders tonight
11 assists in the last four games for Mark Savard, including two tonight.
36 goals in 63 games against the Islanders for Peter Bondra, who now has 487 goals in his career [tenth among active players]
4 consecutive games without the Islanders allowing a power play goal, covering 22 times short in those games.
1:07 of ice-time for Eric Godardwho managed to avoid the penalty box. He now has 27 penalty minutes on the season and only 25:44 of ice-time. Hes now gone 32 games the longest streak of his career without a point. His only point in 63 NHL games came on November 20 2003 in Tampa.
13-9 A solid win-loss record on face-offs for Mike York tonight. Jason Blake [0-5] didnt fare as well.
+3 x 2 Janne Niinimaa and Brad Lukowich; neither took a penalty either.
+2 x 2 The buzzing Bs: Blake and Bates, who combined for three goals and three assists. Greg de Vries and Jim Slater were +2 for Atlanta
-2 x 5 for two Isles [Martinek and Nilsson] and three Thrashers [Kozlov, Mellanby, and Sutton]
11 different Islanders had at least two shots; Alexei Zhitnik had five in the second period and seven overall.
10-9-0 The Isles climb above .500 for the first time since they were 5-4 after their previous win over the Thrashers.
2-0-1 Steve Stirlings near-perfect record in Atlanta; the Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five visits
1 Star of the Game for Garth Snow who made 39 saves. It was Snows first appearance in seven games.
120 shots faced by Snow in his three starts
8-0-0 the Islanders perfect record when leading after two periods
60 games without a loss [52-0-8] when the Isles have led after two periods, dating back to December of 2002
0-8-1 the Thrashers near-perfect record when trailing after two periods
5-3-0 the Islanders record in November; theyve had only one winning November since going 6-5-2 in 1990.
Up Next: Isles at Tampa. Thursday 7:30pm. The Islanders visit the Stanley Cup champions for the first time this season. The last time these two teams met, Martin St. Louis overtime goal sent the Isles into a summer that lasted nearly eighteen months. The Isles will be looking for their fourth straight win as well as three wins in consecutive games, all on the road. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Monday, November 07, 2005
From last night's By the Numbers:
<<4 for 4 on penalty shots for Rick DiPietro, who previously stopped Nylander , Cole  and Stefan [October 25/05]
2 obscure club records tied by Rick DiPietro tonight: most penalty shots faced, season [also Hrudey in 1984-85 and Resch in 1977-78] and most penalty shot saves, season>>
[Resch stopped Don Murdoch of the Rangers in January 1978 and Ron Sedlbauer of Vancouver, in March 1978] --this corrects the shooters involved.
Some other penalty shot minutiae: DiPietro is the first Isles goalie to ever stop four consecutive penalty shots [he's 4-4 on his career] The two penalty shots vs. the Isles came in a 5-game, 11 day period. [They faced two in a 5 game, 13 day period in 1978.]
Saturday, November 05, 2005
By the Numbers #5 -11/5/05
Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 6-0 loss to Ottawa:
9 consecutive goals allowed by the Islanders since Yashin brought them within one on Tuesday night vs. Pittsburgh.
10 consecutive goals allowed by the Islanders in Ottawa [the Isles led 4-0 on January 15, 2004 but Ottawa rallied for a 4-4 tie].
6-0 the second time in the Stirling era that the Isles have lost by this scoreit happened against Detroit on November 28, 2003
2 goals and an assist for Daniel Alfredsson; he now has fourteen goals in thirteen games. He also has a six game point streak. Alfredsson is 12-21-33 in 31 games against the Islanders.
1 goal, one missed penalty shot, and one assist for Dany Heatley, who has at least one point in all 13 games the Sens have played.
4 for 4 on penalty shots for Rick DiPietro, who previously stopped Nylander , Cole  and Stefan [October 25/05]
2 obscure club records tied by Rick DiPietro tonight: most penalty shots faced, season [also Hrudey in 1984-85 and Resch in1977-78] and most penalty shot saves, season [Resch stopped Ron Sedlbauer of Vancouver and Rick MacLeish of Philadelphia, both in March 1978]
2 assists for Jason Spezza; he has 20 on the season. The 22-year-old also recorded his 100th NHL point. He now has a 9-game point streak.
2nd career shutout against the Isles for Dominic Hasek; he also blanked the Isles in November of 2000.
1st appearance by Hasek against the Isles in over four years. He last faced the Isles on November 2, 2001, when he handed Peter Laviolette his first regulation time loss [after a 9-0-1-1 start] as Islander coach.
66th career shutout for Hasek; he ties Patrick Roy for 13th all time. Its his third shutout of this season.
15th anniversary of Haseks first NHL game is Sunday Chicago tied Hartford 1-1.
13:12 The amount of time the Isles spent killing penalties. They had only 10:00 of pp time.
1 Referee with previous NHL experience [Don VanMassenhoven]. Steve Kozari, the other referee tonight, is an NHL rookie.
3 more PP goals against the Islanders. Theyve allowed nine pp goals in their last three losses and at least one PP goal in every game theyve lost this season.
1 fight for Eric Godardwho again drew more penalty minutes  than ice-time [2:57]. He now has 22 penalty minutes on the season and only 18:08 of ice-time.
12-5 A sterling win-loss record on face-offs for Oleg Kvasha tonight.
34-30 represents a rare winning night for the Isles in the face-off circle. -2 x 2 Shawn Bates and Jason Blake
+2 x 3 Brian Pothier, Andrej Meszaros, and Peter Schaefer
6-8-0 The Isles fall two below .500 for the first time since they were 13-15-2-1 after losing to Philadelphia on December 20, 2003. -10 represents the goal differential in the last two Isles games. That last happened in November 2003 when they lost 6-0 to Detroit and 5-1 to Philadelphia. The club record is -13, set in October, 1990 against New Jersey [1-8] and Montreal [2-8].
6th win of the season by at least three goals for Ottawa
3rd loss of the season by at least three goals for the Isles
24-9: Ottawas third period scoring differential
13-21: the Isles third period scoring differential
1 win in the last nine regular season trips to Ottawa [1-7-1]
3 times in those nine visits that the Islanders have been shutout [Patrick Lalime had both of the others]
1 obscure piece of Isles history on Ottawas coaching staff. Sens assistant John Paddock scored the goal to send game six of the 1980 Cup Finals into overtime.
0-5-1 in the Isles last six games, including tonight, on this day. Pat LaFontaines OT winner in 1988 vs. Washington marked the Isles last November 5 victory.
Around the League: 7-0, 7-0, 9-0-1: Peter Laviolettes Carolina Hurricanes are 7-0 at home after their 2-0 shutout win over Florida. The Canes have won seven straight, tying their franchise record [set by Hartford in 1985] and have extended the longest home-win streak in franchise history. They are 9-0-1 since losing to the Isles on Long Island.
7 points ahead [of the Isles] are the Rangers, who completed a sweep of the home-home with the Devils with a 3-2 shootout win.
3 goals for Simon Gagne, giving him a league-leading 15 as Philly beat Atlanta 4-3.
Up Next: Isles at New Jersey. Tuesday 7:30pm. Two struggling teams [each with just six wins in their first fourteen games] meet at the Meadowlands. Marty Brodeur has missed the last five Devils games will he return to face the Isles? Howie and Joe will have the game on MSG [while Doc and Chico will call it on FSN-NY]; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
By the Numbers #4 -11/3/05
Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh:
2 Goals by Penguin Superkid Sidney Crosbyhis first NHL multi-goal game
5 times before he turns 18 years and three months that Crosby has had at least two points.
299 Career goals for Alexei Yashin, after his 8th goal of the season.
2:03 amount of time Isles were within one goal after Yashins goal
1 Assist for Chris Campoli -- his first of the season
1 Goal for Erik Chirstiansen his first in the NHL
3 assists for Mario and for Penguin rookie Ryan Whitney as well.
1 point for Mike Recchi who had a second point, which would have been his 100th against the Isles, taken away after a scoring change.
14+ number of years between Pittsburghs 2nd youngest goal scorer [Chirstiansen, wholl turn 22 in December] and their 2nd oldest [Leclair, who turned 36 this past summer].
10,793 means Crosbys first game brought only 159 extra people to the Coliseum compared to Tuesdays win over Boston.
13:18 The amount of time the Isles spent killing penalties. They had only 7:41 of pp time.
6 previous games against the Isles for Ziggy Palffy tonights third star. Hell have a chance to play eight games this season against the Isles.
650 Number of NHL games for Janne Niinimaa. He took two penalties tonight, although one was coincidental.
8-14 A bad win-loss record on face-offs for Shawn Bates tonight.
31-31 equals .500 in the face-off circle the only even spot in this game. -3 x 3 Mike York, Mark Parrish and Robert Nilsson
+3 x 2 Steve Poapst and Ryan Whitney
3 Islander shots in the final 17:52.
7-1-0-2 was the Isles record in Pittsburghs last ten visits. Make it 7-2-0-2 in the last eleven.
6-7-0 The Isles fall below .500. Theyve been no more than one game from .500 all season.
0 Mario hat tricks in his rookie season. Crosby has a good shot to break that in part because he plays with the amazing #66.
1st time a chant of Fire Stirling was clearly heard throughout the Coliseum.
5-1 worst home loss since a similar score to Philadelphia the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2003.
Around the League: 9 goals by ex-Isle Raffi Torres, including his OT winner tonight in Detroit 14 goals in 14 games for the Rangers Jaromir Jagr, who could have been an Isle, not a Pen, if it wasnt for Uwe Krupp. 10-2 The Sens record after defeating the Champion Lightning tonight in Kanata. 22 points for Peter Forsberg in the Flyers first 11 games.
Up Next: Isle at Ottawa. Saturday 7pm. Steve Stirling is one of three Islander coaches [Milbury and Arbour are the others] with at least two regular season wins over Ottawa. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
By the Numbers #3 -11/1/05
Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 4-3 OT win over Boston:
2 Goals by Islander defensemen [Niniimaa and Campoli]
3 goals on the season for Campoli one more than fellow rookie Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal credited for a few minutes tonight in New Jerseyit was later changed to Mark Recchi.
1 Point for Radek Martinek his first of the season
8 times in the first 12 games the Isles have allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation time [three of the goals were empty-netters].
10,634 means that there were 5,600 unsold seats. The Isles have drawn 77,568 for their first six dates an average of 12,928. Thats 79.6% of capacity.
4-2-0 The Islanders continue to be successful at home.
11:16 The amount of time the Isles spent killing penalties. They had only 5:16 of pp time.
0 There were no power play goals scored tonight its the first time in eight games that the Isles havent allowed a power play goal and only the second time all season that there wasnt a power play goal in an Islander game.
1 Shawn Bates was named the games First Star for his overtime goal. It was his first OT goal as an Islander.
20 Snow started at the Coliseum for the first time in over twenty months [2-29-04 OT loss to Pittsburgh]
600 Number of NHL games for Bruin backliner Jiri Slegr.
7 Number of seconds played by Colton Orr for Boston
2 Bruins didnt finish the game. Both Brad Isbister and future HHOFer Brian Leetch left the game in the second period with injuries.
1 asssit for Joe Thornton, giving him 15 second in the League to Peter Forsberg. Thornton also added the game-tying goal to get the Bruins into ovetime.
1-8 A bad win-loss record on face-offs for Oleg Kvasha tonight. Kvasha did score the games first goalhis first of the season.
34-21 A dominant performance by the Bruins in face-offs. Dave Scatchard won 9 of his first 10 and finished 14 -8. Joe Thornton won 13 of 18. By the middle of the third period, the Isles had won exactly one face-off in the offensive zone.
4 Blake waited until overtime but extended his point streak on Bates winning goal.
-3 Trent Hunter was on-ice for three goals all by Boston.
7:11 played shorthanded by Brent Sopel. Where have I heard that time before?
3-28 The Bruins power play after an 0-6 effort tonight.
9 saves by Garth Snow in 3:42 of consecutive Bruin power play time late in the 2nd period.
1 day that Bruin goalie Hannu Toivoen lived with the Islanders as Stanley Cup Champs. He was born on 5/16/84; the Oilers ended the dynasty the following night. 6 The Isles home unbeaten streak vs. Boston [4-0-2]. It ties the clubs best home streak ever against Boston. 6-6-0 The Isles get back to .500. Theyve been no more than one game from .500 all season.
11-4-1 The Isles improve to 11-4-1 on this date with their second overtime win over the Bruins on this date. They defeated Boston 6-5 in 1987 on a Pat LaFontaine tally. Those of a certain age may remember an Islander 4-1 win over California 33 years ago tonight. Germain Gagnon recorded the first hat trick in club history that night.
Around the League: 124 of 174 games played in October did not have a single fight. 6.4 average goals scored in October NHL games [59.5 shots on average] 91.2% percentage of capacity filled Leaguewide.
Up Next: Isles-Penguins @ the Coliseum. Thursday 7pm. Sidney Crosby visits Long Island for the first time. Can he catch Chris Campoli in goals? The Isles are 7-1-0-2 vs. the Penguins in Pittsburghs last ten visits. Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Upon further review---
The Isles allowed 4 power play goals Saturday night for the first time since February 26, 2000 [a 5-1 home loss to Philadelphia on a night the Islanders celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first Stanley Cup].
They actually allowed five pp goals in the December 30, 1999 game previously cited [a 9-3 loss in Pittsburgh; Jagr had seven points and Gino Odjick's cheapshot of Darius Kasparaitis helped the Penguins to four power play goals in the third period]
By the Numbers #2 -10/29/05
Some notes By the Numbers from the Isles 6-4 loss to Buffalo:
4+3 =7. The Isles allowed four pp goals, including three in the third period. Theyve allowed seven in the last two home games. Its the first time since December 30, 1999 [Pittsburgh] that the Isles have allowed 4 pp goals in a game; it hasnt happened at home since March 7, 1998 [Colorado].
8 + 7 = 15 -> 112. With Satans 8 goals and Yashins 7, they are on a projected pace to combine for 112 goals. The club record for two players is 116, set by Bossy  and Trottier  in 1978-79.
0. Janne Niinimaa did not take a minor penalty; Alexei Zhitnik however, took 3. 18 -> 134. The Isles have allowed 18 power play goals this season, which is on pace to demolish the club record of 103.
13,226 means that there were over 3,000 empty seats.
3-2-0 Even with the loss tonight, the Isles enjoyed a winning October at home. They had a winning record at home every month in the 2003-04 season.
11:41 The amount of time the Isles spent killing penalties. They had only 6:34 of pp time.
0 The Isles did not have a power play in the second period the first period all season without an Islander advantage.
1 Robert Nilsson scored his first NHL goal only 263 behind his dad.
1 Robert Nilsson was named the games First Star.
1 time in his NHL career Robert Nilsson has incorrectly been named the games First Star.
4 players, two for the Isles [Satan/Zhitnik] and two for the Sabres[Dumont, Connolly] scored against their former team.
2 times this season that Rick DiPietro hasnt finished what he was started. He was replaced by Garth Snow after allowing the third goal.
20 Snow made his first Coliseum appearance in twenty months [2-29-04]
10 Number of consecutive games that Ryan Miller had started for Buffalo before Marty Biron made his NHL debut tonight.
7 Jay Mc Kee leads the NHL in blocked shots; seven more went to his total tonight.
5-14 A bad win-loss record on face-offs for Mike York tonight.
20-9 A dominant performance by Chris Drury in the same statistic.
4 The Isles home winning streak vs. Buffalo, which ended tonight.
5-6-0 The Isles end October below .500
5-6-2 The Isles drop to 5-6-2 on this date; they defeated San Jose 8-4 on this date 14 years ago. It was the first-ever meeting between the teams and the first win by the Isles since their acquisition of Pierre Turgeon.
0200 10302005 Turn back your clock overnight!
1000 10302005 Practice time for the Isles on Sunday; AP reports that the Isles cancelled a previously scheduled day off.
Out of Town: 4 consecutive goals for Dany Heatley in an 8-0 Ottawa romp in Toronto. Its Torontos worst home loss since 1989.
Up Next: Isles-Bruins @ the Coliseum. Tuesday 7pm. The last time these two teams met it was a scoreless tie. Want to bet it doesnt happen again? Howie and Joe will have the game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg 1130.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
--- Forever Nineteen Forty <email@example.com> wrote:
> Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 21:08:15 -0700 (PDT) > From: Forever Nineteen Forty <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Subject: By the Numbers: Islanders 4, Atlanta 3 > To: email@example.com, IslesList > <firstname.lastname@example.org>, > email@example.com > > By the Numbers #1 > > Some notes by the numbers from the Isles 4-3 win over Atlanta: > > 152:21 - The Isles finally allowed a goal to Atlanta after > back-to-back shutouts in the 2003-04 season. It's the sixth > time > in club history that they've had at least two straight > shutouts > against one opponent. > > The list: > 4 straight vs. Tampa Bay 1998 [277:44] > 3 straight vs. Washington 1996-97 [222:11] > 2 straight vs. Washington 1977-78 [154:08] > 2 straight vs. Atlanta 2003-05 [152:21] since Serge Aubin > scored the winning goal in a 4-3 Atlanta win on November 8, > 2003] > 2 straight vs. Washington 1974-75 [135:02] -- streak started > with first-ever meeting > 2 straight vs. Philadelphia 2001-02 [134:03] > > [These are not necessarily the six longest shutout streaks -- > you can get a streak of nearly 180 minutes and only have one > shutout in that span] > > 2x2x2+ For the third straight game, the Isles scored at > least > two power play goals and allowed at least two power play > goals. > The Isles have scored 12 pp goals and allowed 13 this season. > The Isles have scored two power play goals in four straight > games and have allowed at least two five times in the first > nine > games. > > 0 As in penalty shot goals allowed by the Isles since 1997. > Rob Zamuner of Tampa is the last opponent to convert a penalty > shot. Six different goalies have stopped nine shots since. > DiPietro faced Patrik Stefan [who missed the net] in this > gamehe has stopped all three he has faced [Michael Nylander > in > 2002, Erik Cole in 2004]. Of course in regular season play, > the > Isles have fared no better failing on eight straight, > including > Satan earlier this year. > > 4, 5, 5, 7 Satan scored in his fourth straight game; Zhitnik > added an assist in his fifth straight, while Yashin helped for > the fifth straight and recorded a point for the 7th straight > game. Satans goal scoring streak is the longest by an Isle > since Parrish did so late in the 2003-04 season; no Isles had > a > five-game streak in that season. Yashins point streak is the > longest since Blake had a seven-game streak in March, 2004. > The > club records are 11 [goals], 9[assists] and 25 [points]. Give > yourself a hand if you remember LaFontaines goal scoring > streak > or Trottiers point scoring streak. Tom Kurvers is the last > Isle to earn an assist in 7 straight. > > 297 Yashin's career goal total, including two tonight. > > 201 Satan's goal total since the beginning of the 1998-99 > season [he was ninth in that category when the season began] > > 4 Obscure club record department its the 13th time in > Isles > history that there have been four power play goals [both > teams] > in one period. > > 7 + 6 = 13 --> 118. With Satans 7 goals and Yashins 6, > they > are on a projected pace to combine for 118 goals. The club > record for two players is 116, set by Bossy  and Trottier >  in 1978-79. > > 13 --> 118. Janne Niinimaa has now taken 13 minor penalties > this season, which also projects to 118 for the season. > > 13 --> 118. The Isles have allowed 13 power play goals this > season, which is on pace to demolish the club record of 103. > > 10,371 Second smallest crowd in the NHL this season. > > 3-1-0 The Isles are guaranteed a winning October at home. > They > had a winning record at home every month in the 2003-04 > season. > > 1,300 NHL games for Scott Mellanby35th all-time. He left the > game injured, in the 2nd period. > > 4-0-0 The Isles record when leading after two periods this > season. Its 48-0-8 in 56 games [the longest active streak in > the NHL] since the Capitals they rallied from a 1-0 deficit on > December 21, 2002 to beat the Isles 3-1. > > 17:55 The amount of time the Isles spent killing penalties. > They had only 7:16 of pp time. > > 11 The Isles have been shorthanded at least eleven times in > four games this season, including tonight. It hadnt happen > previously since they were shorthanded thirteen times on March > 26, 2000 in Carolina. > > 2 in 5 Atlanta had scored only two goals in their first five > losses [shutout in three of the games] They are now 0-6 when > scoring 3-or-fewer. > > 2 Kovalchuks career goals and career assists vs. the Isles > in > twelve previous games. He had 2 goals in this game. > > 3 Scoring changes made during the 2nd intermission. Bobby > Holik was credited for the 2nd Atlanta goal, York and Zhitnik > had assists added. Regular scorer Jim Sullivan, who has been > at > the Coliseum since the very beginning, was not the scorer > tonight. > > 15 Its the fifteenth season in Isles history that theyve > earned at least ten points in the first nine games theyve > made the playoffs in every previous season. > > 4-6-1 The Isles improve to 4-6-1 on this date; they defeated > Pittsburgh 7-2 two years ago tonight; Sean Bergenheim scored > his > only NHL goal in that game. > > 5-16-81 Birthdate of Thrasher goalie Adam Berkhoel he was > born > in St. Paul during the Stanley Cup Finals. The Isles defeated > the North Stars in five games for their second Cup. > > Out-of-town: > 8-0-0 -- Nashville, after pounding Chicago in Music City. > Its > equal to the 2nd longest winning streak to start a season in > NHL > history. Toronto set the record 10 in 1993-94. > > 0-4-5 Pittsburgh, after blowing a third period lead at home > and falling in OT. The Pens have a ways to go to reach the > Rangers NHL record 15 in 1943-44. Three teams have had > 11 > game streaks, including the 1995-96 Sharks. > > Up Next: > Isles-Rangers @ MSG. Thursday 7pm. The Isles will look to > beat > the Rangers three times in a calendar month for the first time > in their regular season history. Howie and Joe will have the > game on FSN-NY; John and Chris will cover it for Bloomberg > 1130. > The Isles can equal the club record of two wins in one season > at > MSG in their final visit to Broadway until April 11th. > > > > > Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Fox Sports Net statistician > Eric Hornick. > > He has served as the statistician on Islander home telecasts > since 1982 and has also worked the Stanley Cup Finals four > times. Often referred to on-air as an actuary, he is one of > 2,751 Fellows of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is the > Vice President of the Casualty Actuaries of Greater NY. > > You can find him in the "Best Seat in the House", about six > feet to Howie and Joe's left, at most Islander home games. > > For more on the actuarial profession, visit > www.beanactuary.org >
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
So where were you 25 years ago tonight?
Were you at the Coliseum? If so, you planned to see the raising of the First Cup banner.
Due to a strike by local 1921 of the carpenter union, the game was played without public address announcements or an organ. The crowd attempted to sing the national anthem a cappella.
The Isles beat the Bruins 5-2. The Cup banner was raised a week later before a 5-5 tie with Edmonton.
So where were you thirty years ago tonight?
Were you at the Coliseum?
If so, you saw Bryan Trottier's home debut -- The Isles crushed LA 7-0 as Trotts scored three times and added two assists.
Were you home?
If so, you might have tuned into NBC, say at around 11:30. A new show debuted: Saturday Night Live. George Carlin hosted the premiere.
After a little digging -- that was Satan's 6th career penalty shot -- two short of Mario Lemieux's NHL record. [Mario has scored on six of his eight]
[Note that Satan had three penalty shots in the 1999-2000 season]
Scored on Damian Rhodes 10-9-99 Scored on Ken Wregget 12-28-99 Stopped by Kevin Weekes 3-4-00 [Weekes was an Islander then] Stopped by Patrick Lalime 11-3-01 Scored on Mike Dunham 2-15-03 Stopped by Roberto Luongo 10-10-05
Monday, October 10, 2005
DiPietro--FYI -- The 44 Carolina shots and his 42 saves Saturday are both NHL highs so far this season. Luongo -- It wasn't in Florida's game notes on Saturday but his shutout on Friday gave him 25, which is an NHL milestone award. The two goalies have faced each other three times -- all in the most recent season [03-04] 10/18/03 Isles 2, Florida 1 11/19/03 Isles 4, Florida 1 3/17/04 Florida 6, Isles 4 --Snow replaced DiPietro after two periods and was charged with loss