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THE STORY SO FAR...

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

At the All-Star Break, newyorkislanders.com presents a statistical analysis of the first half of the season


By Adam Baruch and Jason Lockhart

It's been a fascinating first 50 games of the Islanders' 2007-08 season. With 27 one-goal games under their belts, the Islanders have played some thrilling games that are sure to be remembered for some time.


TOP TEN GAMES

As the All-Star break begins, Newyorkislanders.com took a step back to re-live some of the more exciting games from the first-half of the season. We're sure to have excluded some outstanding games, but here are our ten favorites, in chronological order.

 
October 5, 2007 at Buffalo - 6-4 Islanders win at HSBC Arena: With a new season always comes a new hope and the Islanders didn't disappoint in their opening game of the 2007-08 season. The newest Islanders shone brightest as Mike Comrie tallied two goals and two assists, Bill Guerin recorded three assists, Ruslan Fedotenko scored a goal and added two assists, and Josef Vasicek scored the Islanders' first goal of the season for a 6-4 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. It was an exciting start to the season that only got better the next at the Nassau Coliseum Home Opener, when Comrie scored two goals in the third period to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 victory and a weekend sweep of the Sabres.



October 20, 2007 vs. New Jersey – 4-3 (OT) Islanders win at the Nassau Coliseum: After playing set-up man and rattling off six assists in his first six games, captain Bill Guerin quickly became Mr. Goal Scorer. On October 18, in a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals, Guerin scored three goals. In the next game he would once again deliver. Battling their rivals, the New Jersey Devils at home, the game moved into overtime after New Jersey scored two third-period goals to even the score at three. The Islanders were awarded a late power play with just 32 seconds left in the extra frame. With Guerin, Mike Comrie, Ruslan Fedotenko and Chris Campoli on the ice, the Islanders waited until the final four seconds to strike. Campoli's shot from the point deflected to Comrie, who slid the puck across to Guerin for a slam dunk play and a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory.


 
November 3, 2007 vs. Pittsburgh (Al Arbour Night, #1500) – 3-2 Islanders win at the Nassau Coliseum: In one of the most magical nights in Islanders history, legendary coach Al Arbour graced the Nassau Coliseum's home bench for his 1,500th NHL game. Playing against the highly-skilled Pittsburgh Penguins, Arbour and the Islanders were up against a formidable foe. While the Penguins appreciated the moment, they wanted nothing more than two points and took a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Making matters worse, Rick DiPietro had to leave the game 13:47 into the second period after being accidentally sticked in the face by Sidney Crosby. But Wade Dubielewicz saved the day, stopping all seven shots he faced. Trent Hunter got the Islanders on the board in the second period, and Miroslav Satan did the rest by scoring two goals in the third period for a 3-2 Islanders victory.

Said Ted Nolan after the game: "To know where you're going, you have to know where you came from. I look up at the banners all the time. I look at all the names all the time. And one of the most important guys in this organization, along with Mr. Torrey was Al Arbour. You could tell how much he is loved here by the way the fans reacted when he was introduced."


 
November 6, 2007 vs. New York Rangers – 3-2 Islanders win at the Nassau Coliseum: The two heated rivals were playing for the second time this season at the Coliseum, and after a 2-1 Islanders victory in the first game on October 10, the cross-town rival Rangers were seeking revenge. They looked primed to do so, taking a 2-1 lead early in the third period. But the Islanders scored twice in under two minutes to regain the lead. For the second game in a row, Miroslav Satan played hero, netting the game-winner. Rick DiPietro was tested over the final few minutes, saving a barrage of shots to secure the win.











 
November 16, 2007 at New Jersey – Islanders 1-0 win at the Prudential Center: Matching up against his biggest rival, future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, Rick DiPietro didn't blink. DiPietro stopped all 26 saves and the Islanders won 1-0, preventing Brodeur from reaching win number 500 in his illustrious NHL career. Josef Vasicek scored the game's only goal while shorthanded in the Islanders' first visit to "The Rock."


 

 






November 28, 2007 vs. Ottawa Senators – 3-2 (SO) Islanders win at the Nassau Coliseum: It took 22 games, but the Islanders finally appeared in their first shootout of the season, and they didn’t disappoint. After recording 35 saves in regulation, Rick DiPietro would stop another five shots in the overtime, while the Islanders had to kill off a 4-on-3 power play for the Senators. DiPietro faced quite a task in the shootout as the Senators lined up their top three of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, but DiPietro was up for the challenge, and in the sixth round, Mike Sillinger would give the Islanders a thrilling victory.





December 26, 2007 vs. Toronto – Islanders 4-3 (OT) win at the Nassau Coliseum: Wade Dubielewicz has had a knack for filling in brilliantly when being called upon, especially when it's mid-game. Just a day after Christmas, Dubie dazzled the sold-out Coliseum crowd with a show-stopping performance that had everyone standing. Rick DiPietro left the game following the first period, with the Islanders up 3-2. Toronto scored early in the third to make it 3-3, setting up a heart-stopping finish to the game. Toronto was given a power play in overtime and that's when Dubie game up biggest. Making save after save – five in the overtime – Dubie kept the game tied. Richard Park exited the penalty box with under a minute left. Park poked the puck away from Jason Blake – making his Coliseum debut as an Islander – and raced ahead with Mike Comrie. Park's shot trickled in on Andrew Raycroft and Comrie swooped in to clean up the garbage for a 4-3 Islanders victory.




December 29, 2007 vs. New Jersey Devils – 5-2 Islanders win at the Nassau Coliseum: 
As the Nassau Coliseum crowd was energized throughout a game that featured fights by Bill Guerin, Andy Sutton and –yes – Mike Comrie, the Devils and Islanders played like it was a win-or-go-home situation. After going up 2-0, the Islanders would see their lead evaporate, before scoring the final three goals of the game to blast Martin Brodeur for five goals and defeat their Atlantic Division rivals, 5-2, for their fourth consecutive win on the season over New Jersey. Sutton finished the game with a "Gordie Howe" hat trick, having added a goal and an assist to his fight.




January 8, 2008 at Vancouver – Islanders 3-2 overtime loss at General Motors Place: With All-Star selections just days away, Rick DiPietro might have convinced any doubters that he should be in Atlanta with his unbelievable display during the Islanders' five-game road trip through Canada. Playing against a Vancouver team that was nearly unbeatable at home for a month, DiPietro was the First Star of a game that went into a shootout. Playing against fellow franchise netminder Roberto Luongo, DiPietro eventually gave up a goal in the sixth round of a shootout for a 3-2 Vancouver victory. DiPietro was absolutely brilliant making 43 saves.

"Thankfully we had a great goalie in there who gave us a point," said Ted Nolan, whose Islanders were out-shot 45-28. "We wouldn't have been in the contest if it weren't for our goalie."



 

January 22, 2008 at Carolina – Islanders 6-3 win at RBC Center: It was a special teams fest in Carolina, with the Islanders scoring three times during the Hurricanes' power plays for a 6-3 win. Mike Sillinger provided two of the tallies and Richard Park added the other. It was only the third time the Islanders scored three shorthanded goals in one contest. Among the other highlights of the game were Sean Bergenheim's scoring, while falling tally and Blake Comeau's drop pass, setting up Brendan Witt's second goal of the season.



Honorable Mention:

November 1, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay - Islanders 4-0 win at the Nassau Coliseum: Rick DiPietro records his first shutout of the season on a night Mike Sillinger plays his 1000th NHL game.


  
 

RECORD BREAKDOWN BY OPPONENT

Through 50 games, the Islanders’ record now stands at 24-20-6, which is tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break. The Islanders have played each Eastern Conference team at least twice and have wrapped up their season series against Buffalo, Carolina and Boston. Overall the Islanders are 10-6-0 against the Atlantic Division, 6-9-0 against the Northeast and 6-4-3 against the Southeast for a record of 22-19-3 against the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 2-1-3 against the Western Conference.

Opponent

2007-08 Record

Atlanta Thrashers

0-1-1

Boston Bruins

1-3-0

Buffalo Sabres

2-2-0

Calgary Flames

1-0-0

Carolina Hurricanes

2-1-1

Colorado Avalanche

0-0-1

Dallas Stars

0-0-1

Edmonton Oilers

0-1-0

Florida Panthers

0-1-1

Montreal Canadiens

0-2-0

New Jersey Devils

5-0-0

New York Rangers

3-1-0

Ottawa Senators

2-1-0

Philadelphia Flyers

0-3-0

Phoenix Coyotes

1-0-0

Pittsburgh Penguins

2-2-0

Tampa Bay Lightning

2-0-0

Toronto Maple Leafs

1-1-0

Vancouver Canucks

0-0-1

Washington Capitals

2-1-0

Total:

24-20-6

 
 

NYI STATISTICAL LEADERS

Below you will find the top five NYI leaders among categories that you won’t hear about unless you read a box score.

HITS

#

 

BLOCKS

#

1. Trent Hunter

167

 

1. Brendan Witt

114

2. Brendan Witt

112

 

2. Andy Sutton

82

3. Sean Bergenheim

80

 

3. Radek Martinek

77

4. Andy Sutton

78

 

4. Bruno Gervais

65

5. Ruslan Fedotenko

72

 

5. Chris Campoli

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLUS/MINUS

#

 

TOTAL ICE TIME/GAME

#

1. Blake Comeau

5

 

1. Radek Martinek

22:13

2. Sean Bergenheim

3

 

2. Brendan Witt

22:02

3. Richard Park

1

 

3. Bruno Gervais

20:29

4. Radek Martinek

0

 

4. Mike Comrie

19:26

5. Josef Vasicek

0

 

5. Chris Campoli

19:09






PP GOALS

#


SHOOTING %

#

1. Marc-Andre Bergeron

7

 

1. Josef Vasicek

16.4 (11-for-67)

2. Bill Guerin

6

 

2. Mike Sillinger

14.9 (14-for-94)

3. Ruslan Fedotenko

4

 

3. Blake Comeau

14.3 (3-for-21)

4. Miroslav Satan

4

 

4. Bill Guerin

12.9 (18-for-139)

5. Mike Sillinger

3

 

5. Richard Park

11.3 (9-for-80)

 

 

MILESTONES RECORDED:
  • Richard Park skated in his 500th NHL game on 1/24 at BOS.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko skated in his 500th NHL game on 12/29 vs. NJD.
  • Andy Hilbert appeared in his 200th NHL game on 12/22 vs. WSH.
  • Miroslav Satan appeared in his 900th NHL game on 12/21 at PIT.
  • Brendan Witt played in his 750th NHL game on 12/5 at ATL.
  • Bruno Gervais played in his 100th NHL game on 11/28 vs. OTT.
  • Josef Vasicek played in his 400th NHL game on 11/26 vs. DAL.
  • Islanders recorded their 1,200th all-time win on 11/24 vs. BOS.
  • Mike Sillinger played in his 100th game as a member of the Islanders on 11/21 vs. MTL.
  • Islanders recorded their 500th all-time road win on 11/19 at NYR.
  • Rick DiPietro tallied his 100th career NHL victory on 11/19 at NYR (2-1).
  • Mike Sillinger recorded his 300th NHL assist on 11/3 vs. PIT.
  • Mike Sillinger played in his 1,000th NHL game on 11/1 vs. TBL.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko tallied his 100th assist on 10/5 at BUF.


THE ISLANDERS 2007-08 RECORD WHEN...

  Scoring 1st

17-2-4

  Opponent Did Not Score on the PP

11-3-3

  Opponent Scores 1st

7-18-2

  Scored 3-or-More PP Goals

3-0-0

  Leading After 1st Period

10-2-2

  Opponent Scored 3 or More PP Goals

0-2-0

  Trailing After 1st Period

4-12-1

  Scored a SH Goal

2-1-1

  Tied After 1st Period

10-6-3

  Opponent Scored a SH Goal

2-4-1

  Leading After 2nd Period

16-0-1

  1st Half of Back-to-Back Games

5-6-1

  Trailing After 2nd Period

2-17-2

  2nd Half of Back-to-Back Games

8-3-1

  Tied After 2nd Period

6-3-3

  On Sundays

1-0-0

  Decided in Overtime

6-6

  On Mondays

2-4-2

  Scoring 1st in Shootout

1-0-0

  On Tuesdays

2-1-1

  Extra Shooter(s) in Shootout

1-0-0

  On Wednesdays

4-2-1

  At Home

13-9-3

  On Thursdays

3-6-1

  On the Road

11-11-3

  On Fridays

4-2-0

  Out-Shot Opponent

9-11-2

  On Saturdays

8-5-1

  Out-Shot by Opponent

14-9-4

  Game at Night

24-18-6

  Equal Shots with Opponent

1-0-0

  Game in the Afternoon

0-2-0

  Scored on the PP

14-7-3

  Outcome 2 Goals or Less

19-13-6

  Did Not Score on the PP

10-13-3

  Outcome 3 Goals or More

5-7-0






MEET THE COACH
An IBC and NYI365 special event featuring a Chalk Talk from Ted Nolan and his staff


The Islanders Business Club and NYI365 have brought their members closer to the team than ever before.

That trend will continue on Wednesday, January 30, when the Islanders invite IBC members and NYI365 season ticketholders to an intimate sit-down with Islanders head coach Ted Nolan at Doolin's Pub from 9:15-10:30 am.

While enjoying a special breakfast in Doolin's, located in the lower lobby of the Nassau Coliseum, guests will have the opportunity to listen to Ted, as well as assistant coaches Gerard Gallant and John Chabot, talk about the state of the Islanders and what to expect as the Islanders make a final playoff push. Those in attendance will also be given the opportunity to ask the coaches questions at the conclusion of the talk.

But the event doesn't end there. Following the talk, guests are invited to enter the arena and watch the Islanders practice, which begins at noon. Every member at the event will also receive a Ted Nolan photo.

To purchase a $25 ticket to this event, please e-mail Catie Bennett at Catie.Bennett@newyorkislanders.com. Space is limited to the first 125 people, so order your tickets today to ensure a spot at this exclusive event.

Check out the Islanders Business Club's website at www.islandersbusinessclub.com





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