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Thursday, January 14, 2010

It was a loooong time coming...

A few other Isles-Detroit notes that didn't make "Stat Trick".
1.  It been a looooooong time since the Red Wings lost a game on Long IslandBarry Richter scored the winning goal in a 3-1 Islander victory on February 27, 1999.  That game was marred by a vicious incident in which Sergei Federov eventually received a five-game suspension for slashing Zdeno Chara's neck, rendering the Islander defensemen briefly unconscious.  
2. The 6-0 win avenges a 6-0 loss in Detroit (the Red Wings' last regulation win over the Isles) on November 28, 2003.  Manny Legace recorded the shut-out; former Islander Steve Thomas had the winning goal.  The Red Wings scored twice in each period; as did the Islanders on Tuesday night.

3.  The Isles have won two straight from Detroit (both by shutout) for the first time in 18 years.  The last time the Isles beat the Red Wings in consecutive games was on January 7 and January 14, 1992.  The Isles won the games 5-2 and 6-2; they hadn't scored six goals in any of the 24 games the teams has played since then.
4. It's the 12th time that the Isles have scored at least six goals against the Wings.  The 1992 game cited above is the only other time it's happened since 1986. 
5. The six goal margin matches the second largest victory the Isles have ever had over the Wings.  The Isles beat Detroit by identical 8-1 scores twice in 1976.
6. The Isles have 49 points in 48 games.  It's the first time that they've been over .500 after Christmas since March 11, 2007 when a loss to Tampa dropped them to 32-32-7.
7. The Isles have won their two home games in 2010 by 6-5 (shoot-out) and 6-0 scores.  They scored six goals only twice in calendar year 2009 and not at all in calendar year 2008..  It's the first time since 2003 that they have scored at leat six goals in consecutive home games (1/3/03  8-4 over Boston; 1/7/03  6-3 over Pittsburgh).  The Isles last scored six or more goals in three consecutive home games in 1986.  (Since the 6th goal against Atlanta was in awarded for a shootout win, one could argue that they've only score 5 or more in the last two games; they did that three times in 2009 and only once in 2008.)
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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