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Friday, October 24, 2014

It Happened at the Coliseum … on OCTOBER 24th

22 years ago tonight (1992):  Benoit Hogue played 863 games in the NHL, including 258 for the Islanders.  He scored three of his 222 goals in a single game only once, and it came in a 4-2 win over Hartford.

Hogue’s shorthanded tally had given the Isles a 1-0 lead in the first period but the Isles needed a Pierre Turgeon tally to offset two Geoff Sanderson goals in the second period to be even through 40 minutes.  It was then up to Hogue, who scored 4-on-4 goals at 11:05 and 12:25 of the third period to complete his trick and give the Isles the victory.

Hogue told Newsday’s Jim Smith:  "God, I've waited for this so long. I've had a lot of two-goal games. I remember once I hit the post {trying for a third}. Tonight, I just didn't miss. I realized when I had the breakaway that I had two goals. I just didn't want to miss.”

The second and third Hogue goals are featured in this excerpt from the Sports Channel telecast. Jiggs and Eddie are on the call.

Also on this date: (1985) - All 11 goals were scored in the first 30:17 as the Isles built a 6-3 lead and beat Quebec 6-5.  Kelly Hrudey played the final 29:43 to earn the “save”.

All-time, the Isles have played ten October 24th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 6-1-3 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. 

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