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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Most goals by an Islander rookie; More Grabner Stuff

I've been mentioning for the last week or so that Grabner is closing in on
Islander royalty. With his next goal, he will have more goals than any Islander
rookie since Mike Bossy had 53 in 1977-78.

He will also have more goals than all but three rookies in Islander history.
While Bossy is safe, perhaps Harris or even Trottier is not.

1. 53 Bossy 1977-78
2. 32 Trottier 1975-76
3. 28 Harris 1972-73

T4 25 Gillies 1974-75
T4 25 Volek 1988-89
T4 25 Hunter 2003-04
T4 25 Grabner 2009-10

Grabner will be looking to extend his goal streak to 7 games on Thursday. No
player in the NHL has had a 7-game streak this season. (Dan Cleary is the only
other player who has had a 6-game streak this season.) Steven Stamkos had the
only 7-game streak last season (Feb 13-Mar 11), scoring 9 goals in the process.
Alex Ovechkin was the last rookie to have a 7-game streak (2005-06).

Since the lockout, Washington's Mike Green is the only player to have a steak
longer than 7 games (8 games from 1/27-2/14/09) which would mean a Grabner goal
on Thursday would give him a share of the longest streak by a forward since the

Grabner is also looking to tie Mike Bossy's club rookie record of 7, set
11/13-11/26/77. Bossy scored 11 goals in the 7 games. While Elias noted that
he did it twice that season, his other seven game streak, from 2/2-2/25/78, was
a streak in which he scored in 7 straight games that he played -- however he
missed four games during that stretch, which under current scoring rules would
have interrupted the streak.

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
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