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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 8 Isles 5, San Jose 3 Anders Lee scored two goals and added an assist, and John T...

Sunday, October 08, 2017

The Skinny on More NHL History Made Last Night

The wild second period in Brooklyn produced a lot of history, so much so that 16 hours later I'm still finding some.

The 4 shorthanded goals in the middle session tied NHL records for SH goals in both a period and a game  (there never had been 3 shorthanded goals in a period of an Islander game, let alone 4).  Evander Kane also tied the NHL record by scoring 2 SH goals in a period (the first time that's ever happened against the Islanders).

However, it wasn't until this morning that I found another NHL record.  This was the first game in NHL history (since 1933-34, when it became an official stat) where there were 4 shorthanded goals scored and no power play goals scored.)

It also produced numerous "first time, long times":
·       2 Isles shorthanded goals in a period (ties record, last done in 2014, both by Michael Grabner)

·        2 opponent shorthanded goals in a period (tied record, last done in 2008)

·        It's the seventh time in NHL history (since 1933-34, when it became an official stat) that both teams scored twice shorthanded in a game

·        It's the 12th time in NHL history (since 1933-34, when it became an official stat) that the teams combined for four shorthanded goals  

·         It's the first time since December 3, 1995 (Dallas/Colorado) that teams combined for four shorthanded goals in a period

·        It's the first time since November 18, 2000 (Florida/Ottawa) that teams combined for four shorthanded goals in a game

·        Evander Kane is the first opponent to score 2 SH goals vs. the Isles in a game since Mike Richards (in Philadelphia on February 8, 2016) and the first to score 2 SH goals against the Isles in an Islander home game since Alexander Semak (for New Jersey on October 16, 1993). 

Twice in their history the Isles have scored two shorthanded goals in an entire season (1972-73 and 2012-13); they did it Saturday in a 50 second span.

To put that in perspective, excluding overtimes, the Isles scored 5 shorthanded goals in 4,920 minutes of play last season -- one every 984 minutes.



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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