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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Re-writing the history books


The 4 Isles goals by the 10:54 mark on Tuesday marked the earliest 4-goal lead in Isles history.

Elias notes that only once before had the Isles scored 4 goals faster from the start of a game -- it came in the first 10:33 on 2/25/81 at Calgary -- but it was only enough for a 1-goal lead

Here's what the scoring looked like:

1 - NYI : Carroll 1
(Bourne, Langevin) (EV) 4:05  <==== Carroll's first NHL goal
2 - CALG : Nilsson 31 (Rautakallio) (EV) 5:13
3 - CALG : Reinhart 13 (Nilsson, Chouinard) (PP) 6:33
4 - CALG : Nilsson 32 (Chouinard, Houston) (PP) 6:54
5 - NYI : Merrick 9 (Marini, Persson) (EV) 8:29
6 - NYI : Bourne 27 (Goring, Nystrom) (EV) 9:01
7 - NYI : Kallur 32 (Persson, Sutter B) (PP) 10:33

(The Isles would eventually lose this game 11-4, allowing 2 goals in the second period and six goals (all in the final 8:45) in the third.  It is the only time in Islander history that the Isles have allowed 11 goals in a game.)

Griffin Reinhart's 21-year old dad (Paul Reinhart) had two assists later in that game for a 3-point game (1-2-3).   Griffin wouldn't enter the world for another 13 years (1-24-94).

Two nights after the game in Calgary, the Isles would win in Vancouver, starting the only 8-game road winning streak in franchise history.
 
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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