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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Skinny on Ryan Pulock and Thomas Hickey

Ryan Pulock's goal and assist in game 3 was noteworthy -- not only because of when he did it, but because of how old he was.

Pulock (21 years, 194 days) is the 2nd youngest defenseman in Islander history to ever have a goal and an assist in the same playoff game.

You might have heard of the other.

On May 1, 1975, Denis Potvin scored twice and added two assists but the Isles lost 5-4 in overtime in Philadelphia on a goal by Bobby Clarke. Potvin was 21 years, 184 days old -- ten days younger than Pulock.   (Eddie Bush, who had 5 points for Detroit in game 3 of the 1942 Final against Toronto is the only rookie defensemen with 5 points in a game)

As for Hickey, he is the first player in Islander history to score both his first career regular season goal and his first career playoff goals in overtime.  (Hickey and Radek Martinek are the only Isles to score their first career regular season goal in overtime)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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