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Friday, December 12, 2008

Stat Trick: Penguins 9, Isles 2

How bad could it get?  Well, that's what tonight's trick is all about.

1.  The Isles allowed nine goals for the first time since a 9-6 loss in Toronto on December 19, 2005 -- that loss was the beginning of the end for Steve Stirling as Islander coach-- he'd lose 9 of his final 11 games as Islander coach.

2.  The Isles allowed a hat trick to Petr Sykora; his first in 871 NHL games.  The goals were #'s 283-285 of his NHL career.  He had scored more goals than any active player without potting three in a game (Larry Murphy holds the all-time record with 287); his 42 2-goals games without a career hat trick were also an NHL record . (although one source says that he only had 38 2-goal games).

3.  With Sykora completing his hat trick, Shane Doan now has the most career goals without a hat trick among active players --240, or one more than Mike Sillinger.

...lots, lots more

4.  The Isles also gave up the first career hat trick to Pascal Dupuis as well. (According to the media guide), it's the 4th time the Isles have allowed two hat tricks in a game:

10/20/81 Los Angeles (Dionne/Kelly)
11/23/82 Minnesota (Broten/Payne)
12/18/86 Philadelphia (Poulin/Kerr)

5.It's the Isles first loss by 7 goals since an 8-1 defeat in Toronto last October that was the beginning of the end for Wade Dubielewicz as an Islander.

6.  It's the 2nd worst Isles loss ever to Pittsburgh.  They lost to the Pens 9-1 in 1972.
7.  Searching for a positive -- the Isles have scored a power play in 5 straight games (all losses).  In fact, they've score a pp goal in each of their last 7 losses, dating back to the Turkey eve loss to the Pens that will go down as the turning point of the season.

8,  The Isles allowed 3 pp goals for the fourth time this season.  The 3 pp goals helped keep down the minuses, but Sillinger, Comeau and Meyer were all -3.

9. The Isles have allowed 27 goals in the last 5 games; they last did that in December 2005; they haven't allowed more than 27 over a five game span since 1991-92!  They've allowed 36 goals in the last 7 games  (first time since 1991-92) and 41 goals in the last 8 games (first time since 1992-93).

10. The Isles were outscored 5-0 at 5 on 5.  They scored a pp goal and a 4-on-4 goal.

11.  The Isles have lost 4 straight to Pittsburgh (0-3-1) and 6 out of 7.  They've also lost 6 of their last 7 in Pittsburgh.

12.  The Isles have been outscored 27-10 over the last five games.  The last time that they had a -17 differential over five games was in 2003.  The streak reversed itself with the blizzard win over the Hawks, the first in a 29-16-9-4 stretch to finish that season.

12.  Looking ahead:  Can it get worse?  Of course it can.  The Isles head to Columbus on Saturday.  The Isles have never beaten the Blue Jackets in Columbus (3 losses, a tie, and a shootout loss).   The Isles have won their last two games against the BJ's, both at home, including a 4-3 overtime win earlier this season.

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.

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