It is however, the smallest Saturday crowd since April 1, 2000, when 8,858 saw the Isles tie the Blackhawks 2-2. Tony Amonte had both Hawks goals in that game while Brad Isbister and Mariusz Czerkawski scored for the Islanders, who were outshot 49-19. (That game actually began at 4:00pm)
It's also the smallest Saturday night crowd since January 22, 2000, when only 8,399 saw Kevin Weekes make 28 saves as the Isles shutout Tampa 2-0. Gino Odjick and Jorgen Jonsson scored that night for the Isles.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick