shutout since Ron Hextall shut out the Kings 7-0 in 1993. It's
the first time in their history that the Islanders have won a
shutout this lopsided at home for any coach other than Al
It's their most lopsided win of any kind since beating Buffalo
6-0 in the second game of the Stirling era.
2. The Isles are now 5-0 on the back-end of back-to-backs.
[They're 2-3 on the front end]. It's the first time since 1981
that the Islanders have won five consecutive back end's:
28-Feb-81 @ Los Angeles 2 1 W
12-Mar-81 @ Edmonton 5 0 W
29-Mar-81 @ Washington 5 4 W
5-Apr-81 @ Buffalo 7 3 W
15-Oct-81 Vs Vancouver 4 1 W
24-Oct-81 Vs Washington 6 4 W
11-Nov-81 @ Toronto 4 3 W
(The club record is 9, set in the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons.
It's only the second time in club history that they've opened a
season by winning the back-end of five consecutive
back-to-backs; they also did it in the President's Trophy
campaign of 1978-79. [One unrelated trivial note -- the Isles
went 0-26-4 in the first 30 back end's of back-to-backs in their
history, before defeating Vancouver on December 29, 1973]
After Tuesday's game at the Garden, the Isles will play
consecutive sets of back-to-backs, with the back ends being
12/23 against Columbus and 12/27 in Ottawa.
3. The Isles had six different goal scorers and had 10 players
+2 or better. Jason Blake was +1 and had no points for only the
second time in the last 14 games -- he was also blanked at MSG,
when the Isles scored seven times.