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Friday, December 26, 2014

It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 26th

There has not been NHL hockey on Boxing Day since 2011 and under the current CBA there will not be any in the immediate future either.

8 years ago tonight (2006) – Rick DiPietro helped re-write the Isles’ record book as he made 28 saves in blanking the Rangers 2-0.

Arron Asham and Jason Blake had the goals for the Islanders but DiPietro, completing the biggest week of his career, was the story.  DiPietro recorded his third consecutive Coliseum shutout and his second consecutive shutout overall, both of which tied club records
DiPietro had other strong games against the Rangers, including a 55 save effort at MSG later that season, but this was his only shutout against the Blueshirts.

At a post-game media scrum, DiPietro credited his teammates: "The defense played phenomenal. Our guys worked real hard."  It was DiPietro’s fourth shutout of the season and extended his Coliseum shutout streak to 185:43.

Here are the highlights from FS New York, with Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe:

Also on this date: (2010) - Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves for his third win in as many starts as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 in front of a blizzard crowd of 3,136 at the Coliseum.

Howie and Butch have the highlights on MSG+.

And about that snow....

All-time, the Isles have played fourteen December 26th games at the Coliseum and finish with a sparking 11-1-2 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. 

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