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Chris Osgood: 66 in 2001-02

The Islanders selected Chris Osgood from the Red Wings with the first pick in the NHL waiver draft days before the start of the 2001-02 season. Detroit had acquired Domink Hasek earlier that off-season, making the two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie expendable. "When you can acquire a player of Chris' caliber and accomplish it without giving up a player on your roster, you do it," Isles general manager Mike Milbury said at the time.

The Islanders had finished last in the NHL the previous season and their issues were pronounced in the net. John Vanbiesbrouck, Wade Flaherty, 19-year-old Rick DiPietro and Chris Terreri combined for a .891 SV % and a 3.15 GAA. After trading for holdouts Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca, the acquisition of Osgood solidified the goaltending situation as the Isles jumped out to an 11-1-1 start with “Ozzie” wearing his red Detroit pads to start the season. He won NHL “Player of the Month” in October posting eight wins and a 1.85 GAA. He finished the season with 32 wins, tying Billy Smith (1981-82) for a team record at the time.

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