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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Off-Day Skinny: Isles win with only 22 shots on Goal; Greiss is moving up Isles & NHL lists

The Isles won game 1 of the series on Wednesday night despite having only 22 shots on goal (including only 10 over the last two periods).

It's the first time in  (guess how many) years,  (yes, 23) that the Isles have won a playoff game with 22 shots or fewer.

The Isles had lost 12 straight games with 22 or fewer shots since defeating Pittsburgh in game 7 in 1993 on the David Volek goal at 5:16 of overtime.

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Thomas Greiss recorded his 5th victory of the spring in Game 1.  Greiss is only the 2nd goalie in Islander history to record at least 5 playoff games in his first trip to the playoffs with the team.  Chico Resch won 8 games for the Isles in 1974-75.  However, Chico made his NHL debut the previous season, playing two games.  Thus, Greiss is the first to win 5 in his first season with the team.

Greiss is also the 10th Islander goalie to win 5 games in a playoff year:

(thanks, hockey-reference.com)
Rk          Player  Season GP  W L    GAA SO
1     Billy Smith*    1979-80 20 15 4      2.80  1
2     Billy Smith*    1981-82 18 15 3      2.52  1
3     Billy Smith*    1980-81 17 14 3      2.54  0
4     Billy Smith*    1982-83 17 13 3      2.68  2
5     Billy Smith*    1983-84 21 12 8     2.72  0
6      Glenn Healy   1992-93 18  9 8     3.19  0
7      Glenn Resch   1974-75 12  8 4      2.17  1
8     Kelly Hrudey   1986-87 14  7 7     2.71  0
9     Billy Smith*    1976-77 10  7 3      2.79  0
10   Thomas Greiss 2015-16  7  5 2  1.94  0

Counting a relief appearance in 2010, Greiss has made 8 playoff appearances.  He is 5-2 with a .940 save percentage.

Greiss is one of 5 goalies who played in an NHL game this season to win at least 5 of his first 8 playoff appearances, with a save percentage of at least .940.   (Ben Bishop just misses the list)

Player      W        SV%
Jonas Hiller 5 0.951
Michael Leighton** 6 0.948
Semyon Varlamov 6 0.945
Cam Ward 7 0.942
Thomas Greiss 5 0.940
Ben Bishop 5 0.933

** Leighton played in one NHL game this season.

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