You have to go back to the 1999-2000 season to find an Islander goalie who won his first NHL start. That season, Roberto Luongo defeated Boston, 2-1 on November 28,1999 and Stephen Valiquette beat Atlanta 4-2 on March 16, 2000 (9 years ago today). Thus, Valiquette was the most recent Isles goalie to win his first NHL start (as an Islander).
2. Mannino is the first Islander goalie to win his first NHL start since Rick DiPietro (12/19/02 vs Minnesota).>>
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982.