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Monday, November 23, 2009

Rewriting the Islanders' record book

Dwayne Rolosn re-wrote the Islanders' record book on Monday night, and in doing so he erased, at least partially, an error that has been present in every Islander media guide since 1973.

Roloson made 58 saves and faced 61 shots.  Both are club records.  The 58 saves does indeed break Rick DiPietro's club record of 56, set in a shootout loss to the Rangers on March 5, 2007. 
However, the club record for shots allowed was 60, set in a November 22, 1972 loss to Philadelphia.  Billy Smith made 55 saves in that game, which was the club record for saves until it was tied by Felix Potvin, and later beaten by DiPietro.
Ironically, for over 30 years, the record was incorrectly listed in the Islanders' media guides.  The guide cited the correct shots total (60), but referenced a 10-2 loss to the Flyers on March 31, 1973.  The record was inexplicably replaced with the game against the Rangers after the 2006-07 season.
I've been trying to get it changed ever since.  Dwayne Roloson will likely have more pull.  :)

Most shots allowed (overtime game): 61 (@ Toronto, 11/23/09)
Most shots allowed (regulation game): 60 ( @ Philadelphia, 11/22/72)
Most saves (overtime game):  58 Dwayne Roloson (@ Toronto, 11/23/09)
Most saves (regulation game): 56 Rick DiPietro (@ NY Rangers 3/5/07)

 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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