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The Skinny: Isles 5, Pittsburgh 4

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 82 Isles 5, Pittsburgh 4    On to the Playoffs! Simon Holmstrom scored the winning goal with 5:3...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Stat Trick: Carolina 9, Isles 0

Historical. On to the trick.

1. The one record that people think was set in this game wasn't. The Isles allowed 57 shots, one more than the Rangers had against Rick DiPietro in a shootout game at the Garden a couple years back. However, the club record was, and still is 60. It was set on November 22, 1972 by the Flyers. The media guide and game notes have it wrong, which is why you will see it wrong in a number of places.

2. The Isles did tie the record for the worst shutout loss. The Isles lost 8-0 to Chicago in 1979 and to St. Louis in 1988.

3. The Isles did set a record for the most one-sided loss in club history. They had lost five other times by 8 goals, most recently in 1988.

and a few more...

4. The Canes scored 4 pp goals (one shy of the club record against the Isles), including 3 in the third period. The Canes finished 4-11 on the powerplay with a mind-boggling 27 power play shots.

5. Eric Staal (3-1-4) had the hat trick, raising his season total to 39 goals on the season. Babchuk and Cole each added four assists.

6. The Isles were outshot 57-12, and lost to Carolina. Earlier this season they established a club record with 60 shots on goal...and lost to Carolina. The Canes swept the season series, 4 games (and 8 points) to 0, outscoring the Isles 24-9.

7.Joel Rechlicz had another fight, and picked up 17 pen mins along the way. It was his 8th fight in 14 NHL games. He has had a fight in five straight games and 7 of the last 8. He now has 68 pen mins, which exceeds his combined time on ice.

8. Every Islander but Bergenheim, Witt and Comeau (left in 1st pd with broken hand) was a minus player.

9. Cam Ward beat the Islanders...again. It was his sixth shutout of the season. He won all 4 games between the teams this season.

10. Up next: the Islanders conclude the road portion of the schedule in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Making the night potentially special -- a chance to clinch the top seed in the draft lottery (and last overall). This will be the Isles worst road season since 1995-96, when they finished with 20 points. They have 21 points on the road this season.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982.

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