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Friday, March 07, 2014

Elias on Lee's strong start

Anders Lee now has 5 goals in 7 career NHL games (including 4 goals in 6 games this season).  The geniuses at Elias note that only one Islander, Pat LaFontaine (7 in first 7 games) had more goals in their first 7 NHL games.

4 others (none of whom were named Bossy) also scored 5 goals in  their first 7 NHL games:  Billy Harris, Bryan Trottier, John Tonelli and Duane Sutter.

(From Eric: Bossy scored only 3 goals in his first 7 games -- he tallied goals in games 8 and 9 to reach 5 on his way to a 53-goal rookie season)

Elias also noted that Taylor Hall's OT goal last night removed him from the NHL lead in goals amongst players who had not been credited with a game-winning goal this season.  That distinction now belongs to Frans Nielsen, who has scored 19 goals without being credited with a GWG.

(From Eric: Only 7 of Nielsen's 79 career goals have been game-winners, his most recent GWG was on April 2, 2013 vs. Winnipeg)

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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