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The Skinny: Columbus 7, Isles 3

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 82
Blue Jackets 7, Isles 3
In the final game of the season, Cam Atkinson scored two goals and added an assist as Columbus never and defeated the Islanders 7-3 in front of 17,652 at Nationwide Arena.  The Isles lost four of their final five games and finish with 79 points for the third time in five seasons.

The Scoring:
1st Period
19:24 EV CBJ 61 R.NASH(30) 17 M.LETESTU(14) 22 V.PROSPAL(38)
 
2nd Period
4:15 EV CBJ 13 C.ATKINSON(6) unassisted
7:32 EV NYI 27 M.JURCINA(3) 51 F.NIELSEN(30) 40 M.GRABNER(12)
11:12 EV CBJ 18 R.UMBERGER(20) 13 C.ATKINSON(7) 16 D.BRASSARD(26)
13:11 EV NYI 21 K.OKPOSO(24) 27 M.JURCINA(8)
18:48 PP CBJ 21 J.WISNIEWSKI(6) 22 V.PROSPAL(39) 7 J.JOHNSON(26)
19:31 PP CBJ 13 C.ATKINSON(7) 15 D.DORSETT(8) 21 J.WISNIEWSKI(20)
 
3rd Period
4:41 EV CBJ 7 J.JOHNSON(12) 21 J.WISNIEWSKI(21) 16 D.BRASSARD(27)
11:03 EV CBJ 22 V.PROSPAL(16) 6 N.NIKITIN(25)
16:27 EV NYI 40 M.GRABNER(20) 2 M.STREIT(40) 42 D.REESE(6)
 
The Skinny Cam Atkinson, who had a hat trick in Columbus' last game, scored five goals in five periods before being stopped in the third period.  By tallying three times in the final two games, Michael Grabner reached twenty goals for the second straight season and gave the Isles four 20 goal scorers.  The 7-goals against were a season-high; the Isles also allowed seven goals in last season's finale.

The Shots:
Isles              10-21-7=38  
Jackets         10-15-12=37 
 
Home and Road
The Islanders finished the season 34-37-11 overall, 17-19-5 on the road and 17-18-6 at home. All-time, the Isles are 21-13-5 in road finales and 19-16-4 in their final game of the regular season. The Isles finish 27th overall and will enter Tuesday's draft lottery with a 10.7% chance of winning the top overall pick.

Columbus finishes 29-46-7 overall and finish their home season with a 17-21-3 record. Columbus finishes last overall, and will have nearly a 50% chance to retain the first pick in the upcoming entry draft.

In the Nets
Al Montoya stopped 30 shots but finishes 9-11-5 on the season. 
Steve Mason made 35 saves for Columbus and improves to 16-26-3. Shawn Hunwick made his NHL debut and played the final 2:33; he did not face a shot.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-2 on the power play while Columbus was 2-3. The Isles, after scoring power play goals in six straight games, finish the season 0-10 in the final five games.  The Isles killed 25 of their final 31.   
The Isles finish the road season 25-112 (tied-1st in NHL with Colorado at 22.3%) on the power play and 24-120 (80.0%) on the penalty kill.

The Isles were 45-243 (18.5%) overall on the power play and 46-236 (80.5%) overall on the penalty kill. Their 243 power play chances were the fewest for a full season since they had 240 in an 80-game schedule in 1976-77; their 236 times short are a club record for a full season (and only 23 more than they had in the 48-game 1995 season).  Their 45 power play goals tied their fewest since 1973-74 while the 46 goals allowed were the second-fewest in club history (45 in 1977-78).

They Said It
Matt Moulson: "Our goal was to make the playoffs, and obviously that didn't happen.  We'll come back next season with that goal and figure out what's going to get us there."

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday: Jurcina's goal is 19th by #Isles D this season. Erik Karlsson (OTT) and Shea Weber (NSH) each had 19 this year.

The Coach
"The first and second periods we had close to 18 chances and close to 40 shots and we couldn't score. We were right there and then their two power-play goals killed us."

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit led the Isles with 21:59; Former Islander James Wisniewksi led Columbus with 26:03. Wisniewski also had a goal and two assists in the contest.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 28 draws; the Jackets won 29.  Frans Nielsen won 8 of 13 for the Isles; Mark Letestu won 8 of 12 for the Jackets.

 Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 18-12.  Matt Martin led the Isles with five hits, extending his NHL-record total to 374 hits (hits have only been recorded since 2005-06).  Martin, who also was in two fights tonight, recorded 15 of the team's 27 fighting majors this season; Micheal Haley was also in a fight, his seventh in 14 games played.

Lots of Blocks
The Isles were credited with 9 blocks.  They finish the season with an NHL-leading 1,364. 

Goals by Period (Season)
Isles:           65-66-62-3 = 196
Opponents: 73-78-93-7 = 251
 
Third period goals include 10 empty net goals for the Islanders and an NHL-leading 14 empty-net goals against the Isles.  The Isles allowed a league-leading 93 goals in the third period; one more than Columbus.
111 of their 196 goals came from four players: Moulson (36), Tavares (31), Okposo (24) and Grabner (20).

All-time Winners
The Islanders finish the season two games over all-time NHL .500 (1347-1345-432 in 3,124 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 scored 113 goals in their 34 wins (3.30 per game) and 83 goals in their other 48 games (0-37-11; 1.73 per game).  In their 37 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 52 goals (1.41 per game).

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 202 career points; he is 52 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)
·         Pascal Dupuis, 17 games (CURRENT)
·         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 had 36 goals this season; John Tavares earned assists on 24 of them.  He has now been on-ice for 60 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 40 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

103 NHL Goals
Moulson has 103 career goals (97 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals.

Road Warrior
23 of Moulson's 36 goals came on the road.  Only Steven Stamkos (24) had more.

Powerful
14 of Moulson's goals came on the power play.  Only James Neal (18) and Scott Hartnell (16) have more.  Moulson is the first Islander since Jason Blake (14 in 2006-07) to have 14 power play goals in a season.

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 97 goals as an Islander – the most by any Islander since the lockout. Moulson has opened the scoring an NHL-leading 12 times this season and the Isles are 10-1-1 when he does so.  He is the first Islander with at least 12 opening goals since Alexei Yashin had 12 in 2001-02.

36-Goal Club
Moulson is the first Islander to score at least 36 goals since Jason Blake, who tallied 40 goals in 2006-07. Moulson and Blake are the only Islanders since Ziggy Palffy (1997-98) to record at least 36 goals.

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 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).
 
Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 81 points (32-49-81) on 196 Islander goals this season (41.3%), joining Zigmund Palffy (41.0% in 1997-98) as the only Islanders to record points on over 40% of the team's goals in a complete season.   Tavares is the first Islander since Palffy (87 in 1997-98) to record 81 points in a season.
Highest Percentage of Team's Points by Club Scoring Leader (Isles history)
·         John Tavares
2011-12
41.3%
·         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
·         John Tavares
2011-12
81
·         Alexei Yashin
2001-02
75
·         Steve Thomas
1993-94
75
 
Royalty
Tavares is the third player in Islander history to record at least 81 points at age 21 or younger.  The others have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier.  (Denis Potvin had 76 points as a 21-year old.)

Tavares Passes PA
PA Parenteau has led the Islanders in assists for most of the season and recently became the first Islander to have at least 49 assists since Pierre Turgeon had in 1993-94.  However, Tavares passed Parenteau on Thursday, making him the first Islander to reach 50 in the last eighteen seasons.

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

New York 67's
The Isles had three players with at least 67 points (Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau).  It's the first time since 1993-94 that the Isles have at least three players with 67 points.

Captain, My Captain
Mark Streit finished with 47 points.  He joins a select group of Islander defensemen to record 47 points at least three times in his career, and the 1st to do so that frequently in nearly a quarter-century:
·         Denis Potvin -13 times (1973-74 to 1987-88, except 1979-80 and 1986-87)
·         Tomas Jonsson - 4 times (1982-83 to 1984-85, and 1987-88)
·         Stefan Persson - 3 times (1977-78 to 1980-81, 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).
Streit had 40 assists this season, which is two more than he recorded in 2009-10. Streit also joins D. Potvin and Persson as the only Isles defenders to have at least 3 seasons with at least 38 assists (Potvin -10x, Persson - 3x)  Streit now has had two seasons with 40 assists as an Islander; no Islander defensemen has had more since Vladimir Malakhov (47) in 1993-94.

Ironman
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 246 games since joining the team.  Moulson's streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the 4th longest in club history.   Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.

Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit also played in every game this season.  It's the first time that the Isles have had four players play in every game since 1986-87. Tavares has now played in 160 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 82.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 246
 
Okposo in the Groove
Kyle Okposo has scored 22 of his 24 goals since the start of December.  Okposo has scored 57 of his 68 career goals from December-April.  It's the first time in his career that Okposo has recorded at least 20 goals in a season.

Missing Men
Casey Cizikas (upper body), PA Parenteau (injured), Dylan Reese (healthy) and Evgeni Nabokov (injured) were scratched. Rick DiPietro is on injured reserve.  The Isles have lost 351 man-games to injury so far this season. John Grahame served as the back-up.

Career Years
·         Matt Moulson: 36 goals, 33 assists and 69 points are new career highs.
·         PA Parenteau: 49 assists and 67 points are new career highs. He finishes with 18 goals, two shy of his career best.
·         John Tavares: 32 goals, 49 assists and 81 points are new career highs.
·         Frans Nielsen: 17 goals and 47 assists are new career-highs.
·         Travis Hamonic: 22 assists is a new career high.
·         Andrew MacDonald: 5 goals are a new career-high.
·         Matt Martin: 7 goals are a new career high.  He finishes with 14 points, two shy of his career best.
·         Kyle Okposo: 24 goals is a new career high.
·         Josh Bailey has 13 goals, 19 assists and 32 points.  His career highs are 16-19-35.

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 310
 
Most First Goals of Game (NHL This Season)
1
Matt Moulson
12
2
Ilya Kovalchuk
11
3
Steven Stamkos
10
 
Career Goals as an Islander
25
Trent Hunter
99
 
26
Matt Moulson
97
 
27
Mikko Makela
95
 
27
David Volek
95
 



 
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
John Tavares
118
 
1
Mark Streit
118
 
3
Frans Nielsen
113
 
4
Kyle Okposo
  93
 



 








Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
51
Brad Dalgarno
321
 
52
Frans Nielsen
319
 
53
Steve Webb
316
 
53
Ray Ferraro
316
 
53
Richard Park
316
 



 



 
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
291
62
Gord Dineen
287
 
63
Jeff Norton
282
 
64
Steve Thomas
275
 
65
Kyle Okposo
271
 
66
Blake Comeau
261
 
66
Andre St. Laurent
261
 



 
72
Brad Isbister
247
 
72
Brendan Witt
247
 
74
Sean Bergenheim
246
 
74
Matt Moulson
246
 
76
Miroslav Satan
243
 
76
John Tavares
243
 
78
Bryan Berard
242
 
79
JP Parise
240
 
80
Mark Streit
238
 
81
Adrian Aucoin
235
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
34
Anders Kallur
211
35
John Tavares
202
36
Marty McInnis
198



44
Matt Moulson
170
44
Shawn Bates
170
46
Jude Drouin
169
47
Dave Scatchard
168
48
Frans Nielsen
167
49
Miroslav Satan
166
50
Kyle Okposo
161
51
Oleg Kvasha
158
52
Alan Kerr
154
53
Roman Hamrlik
153
54
Mark Streit
151
 
 
 
Season Series Stats
The Jackets win the only meeting of the teams this season.  The Isles have never won in regulation in Columbus (Jackets are 6-0-2).

Happy Anniversary
5 years ago today (4-7-07):  On the next to last day of the regular season (and also the day before Easter), the Islanders extend their playoff hopes with a 4-2 win in Philadelphia. A shootout victory in New Jersey the following day sends them to the playoffs.
All-time, the Isles are 3-5-0 on this date in regular season play.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers, who had won seven straight games, lost to Providence 4-2. Bridgeport is 39-25-3-6 overall. They have 87 points, five ahead of Connecticut for the division lead, and also holds the tie-breaker. Connecticut has four games to play and the Sound Tigers three. Bridgeport, who has already clinched a playoff spot, concludes their regular season with three games in three days next weekend.

Up Next
TUESDAY, APRIL 10th NHL DRAFT LOTTERY
FRIDAY, JUNE 22nd- SATURDAY JUNE 23rd  NHL ENTRY DRAFT
And Finally…
Thanks to you for reading The Skinny after every game!  I appreciate your loyal readership! Have a nice summer, everybody.  It's been a pleasure.
 
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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