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Sunday, January 18, 2015

It Happened at the Coliseum … on JANUARY 18th

5 years ago today (2010) – Matt Moulson scored two goals and the Isles peppered the Devils with 46 shots as they blanked New Jersey 4-0 in an MLK Day matinee.

Rick DiPietro made 20 saves as he blanked the Devils for the first time and recorded his first shutout in nearly two years.  The Isles scored all four goals in the first two periods, chasing Marty Brodeur to the bench.

The red-hot Isles won their fourth straight game as they improved to 9-2-1 in their last 12 games, matching their best stretch in six years. It was DiPietro’s 15th career shutout, breaking a tie with Tommy Salo for third place on the all-time team list.  DiPietro would blank the Devils again ten months later for the final shutout of his career.

"It felt great," DiPietro told Newsday’s Katie Strang. "The biggest thing is that we're winning. Tonight was another great effort by our guys….Everything we do has a purpose. We're just a group of guys who play for one another."

Mark Streit and Josh Bailey had the other Islander goals.
Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe have the call:

Before The Skinny, there was something simpler called "Stat Trick".  The recap is here:

These days, Rick DiPietro is trying his hand as a radio host.  He's even learned three very important words:

Courtesy Alan Hahn's Instagram account, via @islesblog

Also on this date: (1975) – The Isles broke a scoreless tie with 3 goals in a 1:21 span of the second period as the Isles defeated Detroit 5-1.  Gerry Hart, who scored only 29 goals in 730 NHL games, scored twice against the team the brought him to the NHL.

All-time, the Isles played only four January 18th games at the Coliseum and they won them all, finishing with a perfect 4-0-0 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.

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