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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Stat Trick

1. The Sabres' two first period shorthanded goals tied a club record against the Islanders. It's the fifth time it happened. The Flyers did it in the season finale last year.

2. The teams combined for five special teams goals in the first period-- which might be an Islander club record (it's not listed in their media guide). The club record for power play goals combined in a period is 4. (There were 3 pp goals and 2 sh goals in the first period tonight).

3. Sad but true. No goalie other than Rick DiPietro has won a game for the Islanders after February 1st since the lockout. (Dunham's last win this season was on February 1st, and neither Snow nor Dubie won a game after in February, March or April last season.) Dunham has lost all five games that he has appeared in during March, allowing 24 goals. He has played only one complete game (the 8-5 debacle in Florida), as he has been pulled three times and replaced DiPietro in his first appearance. He has allowed 24 goals in only 211 minutes played -- a goals against average of 6.83! To put Dunham's numbers in perspective, the last time that the Islanders allowed more than 24 goals in a 4-game period (240 minutes) was in October 1990 and the last time that they scored more than 24 goals in a 4-game period was in January 1993.

Dunham was 2-0-1 in his first four appearances and is 2-10-2 since then.

....and two more on a postive note.

Viktor Kozlov's two goals gives him 24 goals on the season; his previous career high was set in 2002-03.
Jason Blake's goal gives him 39 goals on his career year; it's the most goals that he has scored at any level since potting 50 for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL in 1993-94.

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