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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Re: More shutout notes

I confirmed with the Elias Sports Bureau this afternoon that Chico's record streak is indeed 178:29 -- DiPietro is 40:11 shy, entering play tonight.

If nothing else, this will correct an inaccuracy in the Islander media guide that has stood for 30 years!

The Islanders (and DiPietro) now have gone 138:18 without allowing a goal at all since Scott Walker scored Carolina's final goal on Friday. It's the first time since October, 1998 that the Islanders have recorded consecutive shutouts:

14-Oct-98 @ Tampa Bay 2 0 W
17-Oct-98 @ St. Louis 1 0 W

The Isles are 61:26 shy of the club record for consecutive shutout time -- the record was set in April 1998 and included the Isles' last shutout of the Rangers in the famed goalie fight game.

DiPietro will have a shot tonight at one of the longest standing records in club history: Chico Resch's shutout streak of 179:29. [Di Pietro can tie this mark at 1:11 of the third period]

Resch set this mark in the 1975-76 season:

2-Dec-75 @ St. Louis 4 1 W streak started after allowing a goal to Larry Patey at 5:15 of the first period
7-Dec-75 @ Buffalo 3 0 W
9-Dec-75 Vs Minnesota 6 0 W
12-Dec-75 @ Atlanta 3 3 T streak ended on a Curt Bennett goal at 3:44 of the first period.

[This actually adds up to only 178:29 based on the boxscores in the NY Times, but it has been published by the Isles as 179:29 for the last thirty years!]

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