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Saturday, January 10, 2015

It Happened at the Coliseum … on JANUARY 10th

38 years ago tonight (1977) – Bryan Trottier scored the earliest power play goal in franchise history, just 16 seconds into play, and Bobby Nystrom became the only Islander to record a hat trick against Bernie Parent as the Isles beat up on Philadelphia 8-3.

At the time, Trottier’s goal was also the fastest goal at the start of the game and the start of a period in franchise history.  Trottier holds those marks today, as well, with a goal just 5 seconds into a 1984 contest in Boston.

Defenseman Pat Price had three assists for the Isles in one of the most productive games of his career.

It was the third career hat trick for Nystrom, and his second against the Flyers.  With the win the Isles moved within three points of the first place Flyers, and still held three games in hand.

The decisiveness of the game surprised not only the Flyers’ Jim Watson, who told Newsday’s Tim Moriarty: “I was totally embarrassed” and the Isles’ Bob Bourne, who noted: “I knew we could win, but I never thought it would be like that.  Never ever.” but it also surprised some of the audience of the nationally-televised contest.

Also on this date: (2012) - Matt Moulson scored twice and added an assist as the Islanders pounded Detroit 5-1.  Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 299th career victory.

Here's the video from that game, with Howie Rose and Butch Goring on the call:

All-time, the Isles have played nine January 10th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 5-3-1 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.

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