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Monday, December 29, 2014

It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 29th

13 years ago tonight (2001) – Alexei Yashin each scored two goals, including the winner 70 seconds into overtime as the Islanders closed out 2001 with a 6-5 win over Montreal.  Mark Parrish also scored twice for the Isles, who let 3-0 and 5-1 leads get away before securing the win in the extra session.

Former Islander Jeff Hackett had a rough night from the beginning, facing the wrong way during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.  Alan Hahn noted in Newsday:” During the American anthem, a handful of fans started yelling at Hackett to turn around, which he did with a sheepish grin after he realized his mistake.”

The Isles were playing without three injured defensemen, Radek Martinek, Roman Hamrlik and Kenny Jonsson and the Canadiens’ rally came from shots in close with little resistance from the Isles’ backline.  "We've got to tighten things up with our defense," said Peter Laviolette at his post-game news conference.

Shawn Bates had a pair of assists for the Isles, including on the winning Yashin tally. It was the only overtime goal Yashin scored in an Islander uniform.

Here's the NY Times coverage: 

Also on this date: (2010) - PA Parenteau scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Rick DiPietro made 37 saves as the Islanders ended Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak and defeated the Penguins 2-1.  DiPietro also stopped Kris Letang on a regulation penalty shot; Josh Bailey and Chris Conner traded goals in regulation.

Jiggs McDonald and Butch Goring have the highlights:

All-time, the Isles have played twelve December 29th games at the Coliseum and have compiled a 7-4-1 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. The Isles will look for their eighth straight win on this date in the 13th and final December 29th home game is tonight –as the Isles host Washington at 7:00. Make sure you’re there for the final home game of 2014, and the last home game until January 16th, because after tonight, there are only 23 regular season games remaining.

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