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Monday, April 09, 2012

Late Elias notes from last week:


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From Elias: Michael Grabner's goal with 47 seconds remaining in the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and earned the Islanders a 5-4 win against the Jets.  It was only the second time in the last nine seasons that an Islanders player scored a tiebreaking goal in the last minute of the third period.  The only other Islander to do that since 2002-03 was Mike Sillinger on Feb. 19, 2007 against the Penguins.

From Elias: The Phoenix Coyotes clinched the first division title in their NHL franchise history with a win at Minnesota.  Entering play this season the Coyotes, who entered the NHL as the Winnipeg Jets in 1979-80 and moved to Phoenix in 1996, had the longest current streak without a first-place finish of any NHL team.  That dubious distinction now belongs to the Edmonton Oilers, whose last division title was won in 1986-87.  The Islanders' current drought (last first-place finish in 1987-88) is only one season shorter than Edmonton's.
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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 

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