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Saturday, November 05, 2005

By the Numbers: Ottawa 6, Isles 0

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 score—it 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 [2002], Cole [2004] 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. It’s his third shutout of this season.

15th anniversary of Hasek’s 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. They’ve allowed nine pp goals in their last three losses and at least one PP goal in every game they’ve lost this season.

1 fight for Eric Godard—who again drew more penalty minutes [5] 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: Ottawa’s 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 Ottawa’s 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 LaFontaine’s OT winner in 1988 vs. Washington marked the Isles’ last November 5 victory.

Around the League: 7-0, 7-0, 9-0-1: Peter Laviolette’s 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.

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