If you like stats, here's a couple of interesting ones coming from the NHL Today after last nite which involve two metro area teams:
SALVAGING POINTS LATE -- LAST-MINUTE, GAME-TYING GOALS
There have been 26 last-minute, game-tying goals in 2006-07, four more than at this stage of the 2005-06 campaign. Clubs scoring such goals have been successful in carrying the momentum through the game's conclusion, posting a 17-0-9 record.
New Jersey Devils RW Brian Gionta leads the League with three last-minute, game-tying goals (at 19:22 in a 7-6 victory over Toronto, Oct. 12, at 19:48 in a 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville Oct. 19 and at 19:39 in a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia Jan. 20).
Not surprising that Gionta leads the league. He's clutch. As ESPN's John Buccigross says, "Clutch is everything in life." That sums up the Mighty Mite who I despise when our teams clash. Cause I know he's going to be in front getting one of those tips in front or finding a loose rebound.
And now for one Fishstick fans will be yelling and screaming over:
FROM THE STAT WIZARDS AT ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU
The Islanders led the Red Wings 3-0 in the third period but Detroit rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory at Nassau Coliseum. It was only the fifth time in Islanders history that they failed to win a home game in which they led by three-or-more goals in the third period. The other instances were a 6-6 tie against the North Stars in November 1980, a 7-6 loss to the Penguins in October 1991, a 5-5 tie versus Ottawa in October 1993 and a 3-3 tie with the Bruins in December 1995.
In the kind of race they're in, that hurts big time. Sure, they got at least a point for the third straight game since the Break. But it's not enough. Especially with the teams around them getting their act together. The Pens have been red hot lately and the Lightning continue to win. The Rangers take a two-game win streak into a huge clash against Toronto tonight. For whatever reason, the game begins at 7:30 instead of 7:00. We're not sure why. But it will be a big one between two Original Six clubs fighting for playoff positioning.
Don't forget to tune into our NY Hockey Report show tonight from 8:05-9 PM. It looks like Gary Harding will be flying solo at the start before I call in after the first period.
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