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The Skinny: Isles 5, San Jose 3

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Skinny: Isles 3, Jets 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 56
Isles 3, Jets 1
PA Parenteau scored the game-winning goal early in the third period and then set-up Matt Martin for an empty-net goal as the Islanders matched their longest road winning streak in a decade with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in front of 15,004 at MTS Center.  With the win the Isles climb within six points of the 8th place Leafs (who lost 5-1 in Calgary) and remain ten points behind 7th place Ottawa (who blanked Tampa 4-0). It's the first time since the morning of December 9th that the Isles have been within six points of a playoff berth.

The Scoring:
First Period
17:50 EV WPG 22 C.THORBURN(3) 19 J.SLATER(5) 15 T.GLASS(9)
 
Second Period
3:55 PP NYI 26 M.MOULSON(25) 91 J.TAVARES(33)
 
Third Period
1:36 EV NYI 15 P.PARENTEAU(12) 27 M.JURCINA(5) 11 B.ROLSTON(5)
19:07 EV-EN NYI 17 M.MARTIN(7) 15 P.PARENTEAU(39) 29 J.PANDOLFO(1)

The Skinny: The Isles are 5-2-1 since the All-Star Break, 5-2-2 in their last nine and 8-3-2 in their last 13 games.  The Islanders are back to NHL .500 for the third time in five games. Moulson's goal was his 10th on the power play; most by an Isle since Tavares had 11 in 2009-10.  Pandolfo's assist on the empty-netter, his first as an Islander, was his first since January 16, 2010, and 125th of his career. Josh Bailey was +2; he is +4 in the last eight games and has not had a "minus" game in that stretch.  The Isles are 9-2-1 in games tied after 40 minutes.  Parenteau now has 51 points, two shy of his career high – set last year.  The Isles are now 9-5-0 against the Southeast (which includes Winnipeg) but are 8-14-4 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.

The Shots
Islanders: 10-7-8=25
Jets: 16-10-12=38

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-24-8 overall and are 12-11-3 on the road. The Isles have won four straight road games for the first time since January 2008.
The Jets are 26-26-8 overall and 16-9-2 at home. 

Best First 26 on the Road (Post Cup Era)
·         32 points  2001-02
·         28 points  1983-84 and 1985-86
·         27 points  1989-90, 2002-03 and 2010-11

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves and improves to 14-14-0 on the season with his 307th career win. Nabokov is 8-3-0 in his last 11 games (1.56 GAA, 95.0 save percentage).
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 23 shots but falls to 20-20-6.

Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 55 points (22-33-55) on 130 Islander goals this season (42.3%).  No Islander since Zigmund Palffy has recorded points on over 40% of the team's goals in a complete season.
Tavares is 1-1-2 in seven games in February after having 22 points on 35 Islander goals in January.

Don't Forget PA
With 51 points, Parenteau has points on 39.2% of the Islanders' goals this season.

Power Plays
The Islanders went 1-1 on the power play while the Jets were 0-3. The Isles are 2-14 in their last seven games with the extra man.  The Isles' power play is now 18-72 (25%) on the road this season.

The Isles have allowed two goals their last 13 times short (84.6%), covering seven games, but have killed 52-57 (91.2%) over the last 26 games, dating back to December 16th.  This was the first time the Isles had been shorthanded vs. the Jets this season.  They had gone 163:03 without being shorthanded when Tavares was assessed a delay-of-game penalty late in the second period.

They Said It
PA Parenteau: "We still control our destiny and we still feel like we're really in the mix."

They Tweeted It
@RobCarlin "Don't look now - but the #Isles are just 6 pts out of playoff spot in East.. When he's on, PA Parenteau is fun to watch. He was on tonight!"

The Coach
"When your special teams does its job, especially this time of year, you're going to have success.  We turned the puck over, but their clearing attempt we kept in and it was a big goal for us at a key time in the game."

Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with 23:54; Dustin Byfuglien led Winnipeg with 28:13. It's the 8th time in the last ten games that MacDonald has led the Isles in ice-time.  The Isles are 14-6-4 when MacDonald is the leader.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 27 draws; Winnipeg won 32 – the Isles lost the majority of draws for the fifth straight game. Marty Reasoner won 6 of 11 for the Isles; Jim Slater won 6 of 10 for Winnipeg.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were outhit 18-15. NHL hit leader Matt Martin led all players with four hits, raising his total to 258.  Martin, who had a club record 299 hits last season (hits have only been recorded since 2005-06) leads the NHL in hits by a wide margin.  He is on a pace to have 378 hits, which would be the highest total of any NHL player since the lockout. 

Lots of Blocks
The Isles were credited with 16 blocks.  They lead the NHL with 971.  Eleven Islanders blocked at least one.

Third Periods
The Isles outscored Winnipeg 2-0 in the third period. The Isles have been outscored 58-42 overall in the third period (47-34 excluding empty nets). In the first two periods, the Isles have been outscored 94-85. 

All-time Winners
The Islanders improve to 5 games over all-time NHL .500 (1337-1332-429 in 3,098 games).  The Isles have twice this season been one game below .500. Prior to this season, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 78 goals in their 24 wins (3.25 per game) and 52 goals in their other 32 games (0-24-8; 1.63 per game).  In their 24 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 30 goals (1.25 per game).

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 176 career points; he is 29 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player in that draft is anywhere close. (Duchene suffered a knee injury in late December and has not yet returned to action.)

Longest Point Streaks in NHL, Last 2 Seasons
·         Sidney Crosby, 25 games (11/5/10-12/28/10)
·         John Tavares, 12 games (12/29/11-1/21/12)
·         Ilya Kovalchuk 12 games (2/1/11-2/25/11)
 
Friends, Friends, Friends
Moulson has 25 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 17 of them.  He has now been on-ice for 49 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 33 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

MOT-ley Crew?
Since being put together 22 games ago, Matt Moulson is 9-12-21, Kyle Okposo is 6-10-16, and John Tavares is 10-18-28.  The Isles are 13-7-2 in those games.

25-25-25, 30-30-30?
Matt Moulson is the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy to have at least three consecutive 20-goal seasons. He is five goals away from a third consecutive 30-goal season; Palffy was the last Islander to accomplish that feat. Moulson has 86 goals as an Islander – the most by any Islander since the lockout.

20-20-20 x 2
Moulson and Tavares are the first Islander teammates to record at least twenty goals in three straight seasons since Mark Parrish and Jason Blake did so in 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2005-06.  Tavares, by the way, is the fifth player to score at least 20 goals for the Islanders in each of his first three NHL seasons, joining:
·         Billy Harris (first six seasons: 1972-73 through 1977-78),
·         Clark Gillies (five: 1974-75 through 1978-79),
·         Bryan Trottier (13: 1975-76 through 1987-88) and
·         Mike Bossy (all 10 seasons: 1977-78 through 1986-87).
 
Ironman
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 220 games since joining the team. Moulson's streak is the longest for an Islander since Richard Park played in 221 games from October 2006- February 2009.  Moulson is one of only five Islanders in the last thirty years to appear in 200 consecutive games:
·         Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221
·         Matt Moulson 10/3/2009-CURRENT  220
·         Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
·         Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219
·         Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215

Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.
Mark Streit is the only Islander defender to appear in every game this season.

Missing Men
Travis Hamonic (broken nose), Tim Wallace and Ty Wishart (healthy) were scratched.  Dylan Reese, Mike Mottau, Rick DiPietro, and Mark Katic are on injured reserve.  The Isles have lost 270 man-games to injury so far this season. 

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
4. Evgeni Nabokov  307
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Billy Smith 305
 
Most First Goals of Game (NHL This Season)
1
Matt Moulson
9
2
Ilya Kovalchuk
8
2
Four Players with
7
 
Career Goals as an Islander
32
Butch Goring
87
33
Matt Moulson
86
34
Tomas Jonsson
84
35
Wayne Merrick
81
35
Dave Scatchard
81
37  
Marty McInnis
79
38
Miroslav Satan
78
39
Claude Lapointe
76
40
John Tavares
75
41
Lorne Henning
73
41
JP Parise
73







Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
58
Arron Asham
300
 
58
Roman Hamrlik
300
 
60
Frans Nielsen
293
 
61
Gord Dineen
287
 
62
Jeff Norton
282
 
63
Steve Thomas
275
 
64
Josh Bailey
267
65
Blake Comeau
261
 
65
Andre St. Laurent
261
 



 
71
Brad Isbister
247
 
71
Brendan Witt
247
 
73
Sean Bergenheim
246
 
74
Kyle Okposo
245
 
75
Miro Satan
243
 



 
85
Michael Peca
222
 
86
Matt Moulson
220
 
86
Bob Lorimer
220
 
86
Bryan McCabe
220
 
89
Andy Hilbert
218
 
90
John Tavares
217
 
91
Mark Streit
212
 
92
Paul Boutilier
211
 



 





 
Career Points as an Islander
39
Lorne Henning
184
40
John Tavares
176
41
Randy Wood
172



50
Roman Hamrlik
153
51
Matt Moulson
150
52
Kyle Okposo
146
52
Frans Nielsen
146
54
Michael Peca
142



Season Series Stats
The Islanders lead the season series two games to one (4 points to 3).  The Isles sweep both games in Winnipeg; they last swept a road season series against the Thrashers in 2003-04.  The Jets will visit the Coliseum for the home finale on April 5th.

Happy Anniversary
30 years ago today (2-14-82):  The Islanders extend their winning streak to twelve straight games as they pound the Whalers at the Mall in Hartford, 9-1.
All-time, the Isles are 7-9-4 on this date.  Tonight's win was only their second on Valentine's Day since 1989 (2-6-0).
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers got an overtime goal from David Ullstrom to defeat Connecticut 2-1 on Sunday after blasting Springfield 8-1 on Saturday. Bridgeport is 13-1-0-1 in their last 15 games and trail the Whale by three points. Bridgeport is off until Saturday, when they host Adirondack.

Up Next
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th   ISLANDERS AT ST. LOUIS 8:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders Game Night at 7:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders conclude the road trip with a rare visit to St. Louis – only their second since 2005.  This is the only meeting of the season between the teams; the Isles are 3-1-3 in their last seven against the Blues. 
The Isles will be looking for their fifth straight road win – the Isles have not won five straight on the road since opening the Peter Laviolette era with six straight wins.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.
 
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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