By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)
Josh Bailey scored the game-deciding goal in the 6th round
of the shootout as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 before a
crowd of 21,273 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Bailey's goal came in the 6th round of the shootout; it was the longest shootout of the season for the Isles.
The win breaks a 5 game (0-3-2) winless streak and snaps a club record-tying
streak of four consecutive one-goal defeats.
EV MTL 60 A.PALUSHAJ(1) 15 P.NOKELAINEN(4)
PP NYI 2 M.STREIT(6) 51 F.NIELSEN(22)
EV NYI 51 F.NIELSEN(14) 3 T.HAMONIC(19) 12 J.BAILEY(10)
EV MTL 71 L.LEBLANC(4) 76 P.SUBBAN(26) 30 P.BUDAJ(2)
The Skinny: For the fourth
straight game, at least one defenseman earned a point on each goal (11 goals
total). Mark Streit has a four game
assist streak (1-4-5). John Tavares saw
his four game point streak (4-3-7) ended. Frans Nielsen's goal established a
new career high with 14 goals. Aaron Palushaj's goal was his second career
The 38 shots were the most for the Isles since they have 38 against
Buffalo on February 4th. The
Isles had recorded 31 shots or less in 16 straight games, since recording 33
shots on February 9th against Montreal. Every Islander but Travis Hamonic and Mark
Eaton had at least one.
Nielsen is 22 of 37 (59.5%) in career shootout attempts. He has
regained first place in NHL history ahead of Slava Kozlov (58.7%) and Trevor
Linden (58.3%) on the all-time shootout list (minimum 12). Nielsen is 6 of 10
in the shootout this season.
Bailey's goal was his first career deciding goal and came on his first
shootout attempt this season. He is 2-6
in his career in shootout attempts.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 29-32-11 overall and are 14-16-5 on the road. The
Isles are 17-6-11 in one-goal games.
Montreal is 28-32-13 overall and 13-15-9 at home. The Canadiens are 11-10-13
in one-goal games and have lost 12 of the 25 games that they have led after one
In the Nets
Al Montoya stopped 28 shots. He
is 7-6-5 on the season. Montoya is 2-2
in shootouts this season. It was his first appearance since a relief effort on
February 20th against Ottawa and his first victory since he suffered
a concussion in a collision with Evander Kane in December (1-1-2).
Peter Budaj made 36 saves for Montreal;
he is now 3-6-3. Budaj has lost both of his shootouts this season.
Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 70 points (31-39-70)
on 163 Islander goals this season (42.9%). No Islander since Zigmund Palffy has recorded points on over 40% of the
team's goals in a complete season. He
is the first Islander since Alexei Yashin (75 in 2001-02) to record at least 70
points in a season.
1 Point to Royalty
Only three players in Islander history
have recorded at least 71 points at age 21 or younger. All have banners hanging at the Coliseum:
Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin.
Parenteau's Helping Hands
PA Parenteau has 46 assists – most by any Islander since Pierre Turgeon
had 74 and Vladimir Malakhov had 47 in the 1993-94 season. He now has 61 points on the season.
Most Assists, Islanders, Since 1989-90
· Pierre Turgeon1992-93 74
· Pierre Turgeon1993-94 56
· Pat Lafontaine 1989-90 51
· Steve Thomas1992-93 50
· Pierre Turgeon 1991-92 49
· Jeff Norton 1989-90 49
· Vladimir Malakhov1993-94 47
· Patrick Flatley1992-93 47
· Tom Kurvers 1991-92
· PA Parenteau 2011-12 46
The Islanders went 1-3 on the power play while Montreal was 0-4. The Isles are 6-43 in the last 13 games with
the extra man and had killed only 29 of 42 in the same span.
They Said It
Travis Hamomic on his pass: "Originally my first look was to the wall,
but that play wasn't there and I saw Fransie breaking and that was my only
option to flip it up to him. (You) usually try those plays and it doesn't work
out very well, but this time it worked out pretty good."
@NHL_STATS The Habs lost their 20th lead of the season tonight. Worst
in league. Second worst team (CAR) has lost 17.
"We've been going through a tough stretch with our confidence
level. We were putting a lot of shots on
(Budaj) but he was making some big saves, then we gave up the second (goal),
but we still battled. With the young players that we have, that's what we like
to see. I thought everyone stepped up their game tonight, and it was a game I
thought we deserved to win."
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 26:49; PK Subban led Montreal with 28:08.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 35 draws; the Canadiens won 32. Marty Reasoner won 7 of 11 for the Isles; Ryan
White won 5 of 8 for Montreal.
The Islanders out-hit Montreal 22-18. Nino Niederreiter has five hits as did NHL hit
leader Matt Martin. Martin has a club record 331 hits (hits have only been
recorded since 2005-06) and leads the NHL in hits by a wide margin. The NHL record is 356, set by Cal Clutterbuck
of Minnesota in 2008-09.
Mr. Tough Guy
Matt Martin was in a fight for the 2nd straight game. He has recorded 13 of the team's 21 fighting
majors this season.
The Isles were credited with 19 blocks. They lead the NHL with 1,220. Milan
Jurcina led the Isles with four blocks.
64-64-77-7 = 212
Third period goals include 8 empty net goals for the Islanders and an
NHL-leading 13 empty-net goals against the Isles.
The Islanders improve to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1342-1340-432
in 3,114 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,
The Isles have scored 91 goals in their 29 wins (3.14 per game) and 73 goals
in their other 43 games (0-32-11; 1.70 per game). In their 32 regulation losses, the Isles have
scored 41 goals (1.28 per game).
Head of the
John Tavares has 191 career points; he is 43 points ahead of Matt Duchene
for most among 2009 draft picks. No
other player in that draft is anywhere close.
Streaks in NHL, Last 2 Seasons
· Sidney Crosby, 25 games (11/5/10-12/28/10)
· Eric Staal, 12 games (2/8/12-3/6/12)
Tavares, 12 games (12/29/11-1/21/12)
· Ilya Kovalchuk 12 games (2/1/11-2/25/11)
Moulson has 30 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 19
of them. He has now been on-ice for 54
consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 35 of them, dating back to a Moulson
goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa.
Matt Moulson is the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy (1995-96 to
1997-98) to have at least three consecutive 30-goal seasons. Only 4 players in Islander history have had
more thirty goal seasons: Trottier (11), Bossy (10), Gillies (6), LaFontaine
(6). Moulson has 91 goals as an Islander – the most by any Islander since the
lockout. Moulson has opened the scoring an NHL-leading 11 times this season and
the Isles are 9-1-1 when he does so. He
is the first Islander with at least 11 opening goals since Alexei Yashin had 12
Tavares and Moulson give the Isles two 30-goal scorers for the second
straight season (Grabner 34, Moulson 31 last year). Prior to last year, the
Isles had not had two 30-goal scorers since 2001-02 (Alexei Yashin & Mark
Parrish). It's the first time since
1992-93 and 1993-94 that the Isles have had multiple 30-goal scorers in
consecutive seasons (4 in both 92-93 and 93-94).
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).
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 236 games
since joining the team. Moulson's streak is the longest for an Islander in the
Post-Cup era. Billy Harris played in
the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club
Frans Nielsen and John Tavares have also played in every game this
season while Mark Streit is the only Islander defender to do so. The Isles have not had as many as four
players play in every game since 1986-87.
Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. J.P. Parise 240
Jay Pandolfo (healthy) and Steve Staios (healthy) were scratched. Rick
DiPietro is on injured reserve. The
Isles have lost 330 man-games to injury so far this season. Evgeni Nabokov served as the back-up.
· Matt Moulson: 28 assists and 57 points are new career highs.
He has 30 goals, one shy of his career best.
· PA Parenteau: 46 assists and 61 points are new career highs.
He has 15 goals, five shy of his career best.
· John Tavares: 31 goals, 39 assists and 70 points are new
· Frans Nielsen: 14 goals are a new career-high.
Career Wins, Active
1. Martin Brodeur651
2. Roberto Luongo335
3. Nikolai Khabibulin328
4. Evgeni Nabokov309
4. Miikka Kiprusoff309
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov309
22. Miikka Kiprusoff 309
Most First Goals of
Game (NHL This Season)
1 Matt Moulson 11
1 Ilya Kovalchuk 10
3 Evander Kane 9
3 Curtis Glencross 9
Career Goals as an
31 Travis Green 92
32 Matt Moulson 91
33 Butch Goring 87
34 Tomas Jonsson 84
34 John Tavares 84
36 Wayne Merrick 81
36 Dave Scatchard 81
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1 Mark Streit 112
2 John Tavares 108
3 Frans Nielsen 105
4 Kyle Okposo 92
Career Games as an
55 Gerald Diduck 314
56 Frans Nielsen 309
57 Mikko Makela 307
58 Gord Lane 304
61 Gord Dineen 287
62 Jeff Norton 282
63 Josh Bailey 281
64 Steve Thomas 275
65 Blake Comeau 261
65 Andre St. Laurent 261
65 Kyle Okposo 261
68 Brad Lauer 259
80 Matt Moulson 236
81 Adrian Aucoin 235
82 John Tavares 233
83 Zdeno Chara 231
83 Billy MacMillian 231
85 Chris Campoli 228
85 Mark Streit 228
87 Bryan Smolinski 227
88 Michael Peca 222
Career Points as an
37 Butch Goring 195
38 John Tavares 191
39 Jeff Norton 188
47 Miro Satan 166
48 Matt Moulson 160
49 Oleg Kvasha 158
50 Frans Nielsen 156
51 Alan Kerr 154
52 Roman Hamrlik 153
53 Kyle Okposo 151
54 Michael Peca 142
The teams split the season series two games each (Montreal earned 5
points to the Isles' 4). The Isles are 4-6-1 in their last 11 trips to
Montreal, despite not winning in regulation there since February 2, 2007.
22 years ago tonight (3-17-90): Brent
Sutter scored three goals as the Islanders broke a 14-game winless streak with
a 6-3 win over the Rangers at the Coliseum.
All-time, the Isles are 7-8-2 on this date, despite not hosting a St.
Pat's game since that 1990 win over the Rangers.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 32-22-3-5 overall, but are 0-3-0-2 in their last
five. Bridgeport has 72 points, two
points behind Connecticut for the division lead. The Sound Tigers still hold a
game in hand. Bridgeport lost to
Connecticut on Friday and Portland on Saturday. They visit Worcester on Sunday.
MARCH 20th ISLANDERS AT TORONTO 7:00PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders Game Night at 6:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders look to avoid a sweep of the season series when they visit
Toronto on Tuesday. The Leafs have
beaten the Islanders three times this season (once in overtime), including a
home-and-home series leading into the All-Star break.
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