The Sharks last played on Long Island on October 20, 2001. The Isles raised Bryan Trottier's jersey to the rafters that day and then went out and tied the Sharks 2-2, extending their Laviolette-era-opening streak to 6-0-1-1.
The Isles beat San Jose in each of the Sharks' first five visits to Long Island, but haven't done so since they beat future teammate Chris Terreri 4-2 on February 17, 1996. Since then, the Sharks have won four times, including once in overtime, and there has been two ties.
As the Coliseum scoreboard once noted, the Isles took only 2,008 days to win their first Patrick Division championship -- it has been 2,312 days since the Sharks visited and 4,384 days since the Isles beat San Jose on Long Island.
The Sharks blanked the Isles 2-0 in the Tank in the 2nd game of last season. It was Evgeny Nabakov's second career shutout against the Isles.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick. Eric has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and celebrated his 26th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2008.