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Friday, March 27, 2009

Stat Trick: Wild 6, Isles 2

It wasn't pretty.. in fact it was ugly, as the Wild pounded the Isles 6-2.  On to the trick:

1.  The Wild hadn't been to Long Island since 2005; after a 2nd period that produced nine shots...combined, 2013 would not be soon enough for their return.

2. Marian Gaborik had a 4 point game (2-2-4); three teammates each had three points (Zidlicky, Nolan, Brunette).

3. Nolan btw was chosen first overall in the famed 1990 draft that produced NHL stars with the first five picks.  When Uwe Krupp knocked the Penguins out of the playoffs with an OT goal (and the Islanders in), it put the Pens 5th (Jaromir Jagr) and the Islanders 6th (Scott Scissons).

.... a few more

4. Kyle Okposo had his 8 game point streak stopped.  It was the longest by an NHL rookie this season.

5. Cal Clutterbuck had 7 hits for Minnesota, setting an NHL record with 317 on the season.  (Dustin Brown, LA, set the record with 311 last year).

6. Joel Rechlicz fought for the 2nd consective game and third on the season. (Paul Scott).

7. Andy Hilbert and Bruno Gervais has the Islander goals. Hilbert's goal was his 11th, one shy of his career high. It was his first goal in 18 games.  Gervais' was his 3rd goal in 11 games after going 160 games without one.

8.  Yann Danis made 28 saves for the Isles; Nik Backstrom had 26 stops for Minnesota.

9.  The Wild sweep the season series 2-0,  The Wild scored six goals against the Isles for the first time in their history (previous high was 4).  The Isles hadn't allowed 6 goals to Minnesota since the North Stars scored 6 against them in October 1989.

10. The Isles drop to  24-41-8 on the season.  It's the first time that they've gone pointless in at least half of their games since 2000-01.
Up next:  The Isles visit the Stanley Cup Champions as they head to Detroit. It's the first meeting of the teams in nearly 26 months. The Wings have outscored the Isles 36-19 in the last 10 games between the teams -- the Isles have won 1, tied 1, lost twice in overtime and lost six times in regulation in that span.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982.

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