Isles have allowed only 9 goals in their last five games … The loss is only the 2nd for the
Isles in their last 12 home games (10-2-0)...Kyle Okposo's goal was on one of his seven
shots; he has 15 shots in the last two games… Carey Price appeared in his 398th game
for Montreal, breaking a time with Ken Dryden for third place on the all-time list. He
recorded his 198th NHL win…Sergei Gonchar assisted on the winning goal; he is
18-49-67 in 80 career games vs. the Isles and leads all active defenseman in points
vs the Isles…Andrei Markov scored the first Montreal goal in his 800th NHL game
(all with Montreal).
The Isles' 23-11 (and -0) record sounds more like a baseball pitcher than a hockey team.
Only two pitchers in the last 45 years have ended a season with a 23-11 record:
Jim Palmer did so in 1977 and Steve Carlton did so in 1982 (and yes they both did
win the Cy Young Award!).
Most Wins by Christmas
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