Thursday, March 15, 2012
Leading after 2
(Does not include Wednesday's games)
Two NHL teams have led a game 34 times after 2 periods: St. Louis and Philadelphia. Both teams are 30-2-2 when leading after 2 periods. No other team had led more than 30 times.
The Isles have led after 2 periods 24 times (15-1-8). That's only one fewer time than Pittsburgh (25: 23-0-2) and three more times than Washington (21).
The Caps are one of two teams that have been perfect when they lead after 2 periods. Washington is 21-0-0; Boston is even better: 25-0-0.
So while many people have pointed to the lack of offense -- the inability to protect a lead has been a much, much bigger issue.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick