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Monday, November 02, 2009

Hey Edmonton, where have you've been?

It's been a long time since Edmonton has been at the Coliseum -- December 10, 2005 to be exact (1,423 days).  The Isles won that game 3-2 in a shootout.  Trent Hunter scored during the game and had the deciding goal in the shootout, to make a winner out of Rick DiPietro.  Only two current healthy Islanders (Radek Martinek and Bruno Gervais) played in that game.

http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020431.HTM
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020431.HTM
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/SO020431.HTM

That's the most recent of four consecutive Islander wins over the Oilers on the Island.  Edmonton has not won at the Coliseum this century.  Their last win here came on December 14, 1999 (3,611 days ago) as they beat the Isles (and coach Butch Goring) 4-2 that night, before an announced crowd of only 6,526.

No fewer than six future Islanders (and one former Islander) played for Edmonton that night..

Tom Poti
Roman Hamrlik
Doug Weight
Bill Guerin
Janne Niinimaa
Ryan Smyth

Ex-Isle Tommy Salo got the win in his return to the Coliseum.  Guerin scored the game's first goal off an assist from Weight.

http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/19992000/GS020419.HTM
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/19992000/ES020419.HTM
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

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