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The Skinny: Isles 5, San Jose 3

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 8 Isles 5, San Jose 3 Anders Lee scored two goals and added an assist, and John T...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stat Trick: Toronto 3, Isles 2 (OT)

For the 7th time in 25 games, the Isles took a lead to the third, but couldn't hold it.  (18-4-3).  On to the trick:

1.  All of the first period scoring was done in a one minute span.  After Lee Stempniak scored for Toronto, Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau responded for the Isles.

2.  The Leafs tied the game on a Ponivarovsky goal with 11:14 to play, and won it in overtime on a tally by Mikhail Grabovski.

3. It's the second time in less than two weeks that the Leafs have beaten the Isles in extra time, winning in a shootout at the Coliseum in late February.

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4  The Leafs win the season series 3 games to 1 and six points to four.

5. Kyle Okposo now has 15 goals on the season and has recorded goals in three straight; he led all players with 8 shots on goal.  Mike Iggulden picked up his 4th assist in his third game with the Isles.

6. The Isles went 0-5 on the powerplay, including a 5:06 stretch of consecutive power play in the second period (that included two separate 5-on-3's, totaling 54 seconds.)   Eleven of the Isles 30 shots on Martin Gerber came with the extra man. The Leafs went 0-2.

7. The injury bug bit again.  Both Joey MacDonald (25 saves) and Sean Bergenheim suffered injuries and have returned to NY.

8. Mark Streit had a strong game, playing 28:45, and recording three shots, 4  hits, and four blocks.  Brendan Witt returned to the lineup following his suspension and logged 19:15

9  Through 35 home games, the Isles have 37 points -- equal to last season.  On the road, though, the Isles have only 15 points (fewest since 1988-89), 17 less than last season.

10. Up next: it's been 108 days since the Isles last faced the Canadiens, and emerged with a miracle win keyed by Ryan O'Bryne's own goal and raising their road record to 5-4-1.  The Isles have won exactly once on the road since (1-19-2).
 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982.

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