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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stat Trick: Rangers 2, Isles 1

In a league where nearly everybody has as many points as games played (23 of 30 team are at/above NHL .500), could the Isles finish the season with more regulation losses than points?  They're getting there...  On to the trick.

1.  The Isles are now 0-5 in 2009, and are 2-15-2 in their last 19 games.  They are 12-27-4 overall (27 losses, 28 points).

2.  The Rangers have now won 4 straight on Long Island.

3.  The Isles lost Joey MacDonald in the first period with an apparent groin injury. Yann Danis replaced him while  Mike Dunham was the emergency back-up but was never seen on the ice.

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4.  The Isles got a Chris Campoli goal with 70 seconds left in the first period for their only tally.  That gave them a 1-0 lead after one, allowing them to extend awful records when scoring first (8-10-1; only team in NHL with losing record when scoring first) and leading after one period (2-7-1; also only team in NHL with losing record when leading after 20 minutes).

5.  Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes scored 1:56 apart in the second period for the Rangers.

6.  Shots came in spurts; the Isles had 18 of the final 19 in the first period, and then allowed 10 of the first 11 shots in the second period.

7. The game took only 2:10 to play; there were only 40 face-offs in the entire game (including 3 to start the periods, 3 after the goals and 5 after the penalties).

8. Brendan Witt had 5 shots on goals and also blocked six shots.  He was, however, on ice for the only Ranger even-strength goal, and thus was -1 on the night.

9. Ryan Callahan had an assist on the winning goal and also had five shots on goal for the Rangers.

10.  Looking ahead:  The Bruins visit the Coliseum on Thursday. Boston smoked the Isles 7-2 in Boston the day after Thanksgiving and have an 11 point lead in the Eastern Conference.

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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