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Thursday, November 17, 2005

By the Numbers: Islanders 7, Atlanta 3

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. It’s 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 game’s 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 Godard—who managed to avoid the penalty box. He now has 27 penalty minutes on the season and only 25:44 of ice-time. He’s 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] didn’t fare as well.

+3 x 2 Janne Niinimaa and Brad Lukowich; neither took a penalty either.

+2 x 2 The buzzing B’s: 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 Stirling’s 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 Snow’s 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; they’ve 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.

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