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The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 3

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 74
Lightning 4, Isles 3
Former Islander Tim Wallace scored the tie-breaking goal with 7:50 to play as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a 3-2 third period deficit to defeat the Islanders 4-3 before a crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  The Lightning comeback spoiled Matt Moulson's 100th NHL goal.

The Scoring:
1st Period
15:49 TBL Steven Stamkos (51) - ASST: T. Purcell (38) AND M. St Louis (42)
 
2nd Period
01:46 TBL Steven Stamkos (52) - ASST: M. St Louis (43) AND T. Purcell (39)
08:15 NYI PPG - Frans Nielsen (15) - ASST: M. Moulson (30) AND J. Tavares (43)
19:24 NYI Kyle Okposo (16) - ASST: J. Bailey (11) AND F. Nielsen (23)
 
3rd Period
00:43 NYI Matt Moulson (33) - ASST: M. Streit (37) AND A. MacDonald (14)
09:08 TBL Tom Pyatt (11) - ASST: R. Malone (27) AND B. Connolly (11)
12:10 TBL Tim Wallace (3) - ASST: S. Stamkos (35) AND P. Labrie (2)
 
The Skinny Mark Streit has a six-game point streak (1-7-8), his longest as an Islander.  Josh Bailey extended his point streak to three games. Steve Staios played in his 994th career game. Moulson now has a career-high 33 goals; Frans Nielsen has a career high 15 goals; Steven Stamkos has a league-leading, career-high, club record-tying 52 goals for Tampa Bay. The Lightning are 23-3-7 in one-goal games (.697 –top percentage in NHL).

The Shots:
Isles               14-15-8=37  
Lightning       9-6-11 =26 

The Isles have had at least 34 shots in three straight games after attempting 33 or fewer in each of the twenty prior games.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 30-33-11 overall and are 15-17-5 on the road. The Isles are 12-4-1 in games that are tied after two periods.
Tampa Bay is 34-33-7 overall and 23-14-2 at home. The Bolts have won three straight.

In the Nets
Al Montoya stopped 22 shots but falls to 7-7-5 on the season.
Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves for Tampa Bay; he is now 10-14-2.  It was Roloson's 600th NHL game.

Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 74 points (31-43-74) on 171 Islander goals this season (43.3%).  Zigmund Palffy (41.0% in 1997-98) is the only Islander to record points on over 40% of the team's goals in a complete season.   Tavares is the first Islander since Alexei Yashin (75 in 2001-02) to record at least 74 points in a season.

Highest Percentage of Team's Points by Club Scoring Leader (Isles history)
·         John Tavares
2011-12
43.3%
·         Ziggy Palffy
1997-98
41.0%
·         Pierre Turgeon
1992-93
39.4%
·         Mike Bossy
1982-83
39.1%
·         Mike Bossy
1981-82
38.2%
 
 
 
Most Points, Islanders, Since 1993-94
·         Pierre Turgeon
1993-94
94
·         Ziggy Palffy
1996-97
90
·         Ziggy Palffy
1997-98
87
·         Ziggy Palffy
1995-96
87
·         Alexei Yashin
2001-02
75
·         Steve Thomas
1993-94
75
·         John Tavares
2011-12
74
 
Royalty
Tavares is the fourth player in Islander history to record at least 74 points at age 21 or younger.  The other three have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin.

Parenteau's Helping Hands
PA Parenteau has 48 assists – most by any Islander since Pierre Turgeon had in 1993-94.  He now has 64 points on the season.

Most Assists, Islanders, Since 1989-90
·         Pierre Turgeon 1992-93 74
·         Pierre Turgeon 1993-94 56
·         Pat Lafontaine 1989-90 51
·         Steve Thomas 1992-93  50
·         Pierre Turgeon 1991-92 49
·         Jeff Norton 1989-90 49
·         PA Parenteau 2011-12 48

63
The Isles now have three players with at least 63 points (Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau).  It's the first time since 1993-94 that the Isles have at least three players with 63 points.

Power Plays
The Islanders went 1-3 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-3.  The Isles are 3-10 in the last three games and 6-21 in the last six games with the extra man; they have connected on the power play in three straight games for the first time since a 4-game stretch November 29th -December 6th.  The Isles have been shorthanded only eight times in the last five games and are 8-8 on the PK in that stretch.  The Isles are now 23-104 with the power play on the road this season (22.1%; 2nd in NHL).

They Said It
John Tavares: "We had the big goal at the end of the second and a big goal to start the third. You can't ask for much more. Usually that's able to carry a lot of momentum and we didn't sustain it for the third period."

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday: Waiver castoff Tim Wallace, who had no goals in 31 games with #Isles, scores 3rd in 10 games with TB, snaps 3-3 tie.

The Coach
"Systematically we were sound.  Both (third period) goals were three-on-three and that's a matter of elevating your battle level. They have to look at themselves in the mirror."

NCAA Woes
Both Matt Moulson (Cornell) and Dwayne Roloson (UM-Lowell) saw their alma maters eliminated in the NCAA Regional Finals.  Lowell played in Bridgeport, and dropped a 4-2 decision to Union College (NY).  The Frozen Four will be in Tampa on April 5th-7th.

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit led the Isles with 25:41; Marty St. Louis led Tampa with 23:12. 

In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 draws; the Lightning also won 26.  Frans Nielsen won 8 of 15 for the Isles; Ryan Malone won 4 of 5 for Tampa.
 
Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 25-19.  Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with four hits. NHL hit leader Matt Martin has two hits and now has a club record 340 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.  Martin has also recorded 13 of the team's 21 fighting majors this season.

Lots of Blocks
The Isles were credited with 9 blocks.  They lead the NHL with 1,242. 

Goals by Period (Season)
Isles:           57-56-55-3 = 171
Opponents: 67-65-79-7 = 218
 
Third period goals include 9 empty net goals for the Islanders and an NHL-leading 13 empty-net goals against the Isles.

All-time Winners
The Islanders fall to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1343-1341-432 in 3,116 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 96 goals in their 30 wins (3.20 per game) and 76 goals in their other 44 games (0-33-11; 1.72 per game).  In their 33 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 44 goals (1.33 per game).

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 195 career points; he is 46 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player in that draft is anywhere close.  Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player in that draft.

Longest Point 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)
·         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 33 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 21 of them.  He has now been on-ice for 57 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 37 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

100 NHL Goals
Moulson now has 100 career goals (94 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 18 have more goals.

30-30-30
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 93 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 in 2001-02.

30-30
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).
 
Captain, My Captain
 Mark Streit had another assist, giving him 43 points.  He joins a select group of Islander defensemen to record 40 points at least three times in his career, and the 1st to do so that frequently in nearly a quarter-century:
·         Denis Potvin -15 times (1973-74 to 1987-88)
·         Tomas Jonsson - 5 times (1982-83 to 1987-88, except 1986-87)
·         Stefan Persson - 4 times (1977-78 to 1981-82, except 1979-80)

Only three other Islander defenders have recorded 40 points in the 2000s:  Tom Poti (2006-07), Adrian Aucoin (2003-04) and Roman Hamrlik (2000-01 and 2002-03).
With 37 assists this season, Streit also joins D. Potvin and Persson as the only Isles defenders to have at least 3 seasons with at least 37 assists (Potvin -12x, Persson - 4x)

Ironman
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 238 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 record.

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.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1.     Billy Harris         576
2.     Bob Nystrom     301
3.     Denis Potvin     262
4.     J.P. Parise        240
5.     Matt Moulson  238

Missing Men
Jay Pandolfo (healthy) and Milan Jurcina (healthy) were scratched. Rick DiPietro is on injured reserve.  The Isles have lost 34 man-games to injury so far this season. Evgeni Nabokov served as the back-up.

Career Years
·         Matt Moulson: 33 goals, 30 assists and 63 points are new career highs.
·         PA Parenteau: 48 assists and 64 points are new career highs. He has 16 goals, four shy of his career best.
·         John Tavares: 31 goals, 43 assists and 74 points are new career highs.
·         Frans Nielsen: 15 goals are a new career-high.
·         Travis Hamonic: He has 19 assists, two shy of a career high.
·         Andrew MacDonald: 5 goals are a new career-high.
·         Matt Martin: 7 goals are a new career high.  He has 14 points, two shy of his career best.

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Miikka Kiprusoff 309
 
Most First Goals of Game (NHL This Season)
1
Matt Moulson
11
1
Ilya Kovalchuk
11
3
Five Players with
  9
 
Career Goals as an Islander
26
Mikko Makela
95
 
26
David Volek
95
 
28
Randy Wood
94
 
28
Matt Moulson
94
 
30
Greg Gilbert
93
 
30
Garry Howatt
93
 
32
Travis Green
92
 
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
115
 
2
John Tavares
111
 
3
Frans Nielsen
106
 
4
Kyle Okposo
  92
 



 



 










Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
54
Steve Webb
316
 
55
Gerald Diduck
314
 
56
Frans Nielsen
311
 
57
Mikko Makela
307
 



 



 
61
Gord Dineen
287
 
62
Josh Bailey
283
63
Jeff Norton
282
 
64
Steve Thomas
275
 
65
Kyle Okposo
263
 
66
Blake Comeau
261
 
66
Andre St. Laurent
261
 



 
77
JP Parise
240
 
78
Matt Moulson
238
 
79
Adrian Aucoin
235
 
79
John Tavares
235
 
81
Darius Kasparaitis
232
 
81
Denis Vaske
232
 
83
Zdeno Chara
231
 
83
Billy MacMillian
231
 
84
Mark Streit
230
 
85
Chris Campoli
228
 





 
Career Points as an Islander
37
Butch Goring
195
37
John Tavares
195
39
Jeff Norton
188



47
Miro Satan
166
48
Matt Moulson
164
49
Frans Nielsen
158
49
Oleg Kvasha
158
51
Alan Kerr
154
52
Roman Hamrlik
153
53
Kyle Okposo
152
54
Michael Peca
142



Season Series Stats
The teams split the four meetings this season (4 points each). The home team won each game. 

Happy Anniversary
5 years ago tonight (3-24-07):  Rick DiPietro made 18 saves and Andy Hilbert scored the winning goal as the Islanders, despite playing with just 17 skaters, defeated the Flyers, 4-3.
All-time, the Isles are 6-9-5 on this date, although they are 2-9-2 in their last thirteen March 24th games.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 32-24-3-6 overall, but are 0-5-0-3 in their last eight.  Bridgeport has 73 points and trails Connecticut by three points for the division lead and hold a game in hand on the Whale. Bridgeport hosts Connecticut on Sunday.

Up Next
SUNDAY, MARCH 25th ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA 5:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders Game Night at 4:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders and Panther conclude their season series on Sunday in Sunrise.  The Panthers have won each of the first three meetings this season, outscoring the Isles 10-3.
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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