a game following a win over the Rangers in the 21st Century
(12/27/99 vs. Boston), they are going to try and do something in
Boston on Thursday that they've done only once in their history.
The Isles are 29-40-21 in their next game following a win
against the Rangers. Only one of the 29 came in the situation
that they face tomorrow night: win a game ON THE ROAD after
beating the Rangers at MSG.
On February 1, 1978, the Islanders beat the Rangers 7-6 at the
Garden (in a game that Chico Resch was thrown out late in the
The next night, the Isles went into Atlanta, and beat the Flames
5-2 (Bob Lorimer's first NHL goal; fellow rookie Mike Bossy
scored # 36),
In their history, the Isles are 6-18-10 in the game following a
win at MSG. The other five wins all came at the Coliseum.
Their most recent win, however, was in the back-half of the
home-home against the Rangers in October 2005.
The last time that the Islanders beat anyone other than the
Rangers in the next game after winning a game at MSG came 20
years ago this week:
9-Jan-87 @ New York 2 1 W (Brent Sutter gets the winner with
five minutes to play)
10-Jan-87 Vs Toronto 3 2 W (highlighted by Ari Haanpaa's first
NHL goal -- one of six in his career)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of FSN statistician Eric Hornick.
Eric, who has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, will celebrate his 25th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2007. Often referred to on-air as an actuary, he is one of 2,890 Fellows of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is the President-Elect of the Casualty Actuaries of Greater NY.
You can find him in the "Best Seat in the House", about six feet to Howie and Billy's left, at most Islander home games.
For more on the actuarial profession, visit www.beanactuary.org