Friday, January 25, 2013

The Skinny: Bruins 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 4
Boston 4, Isles 2
Keith Aucoin scored twice to build a 2-1 Islander lead, but the Boston Bruins stormed back for three unanswered goals and defeated the Islanders 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,565 at the TD North Garden.

The Scoring:
1st Period
04:52    BOS     S. Thornton (1) Wrist - ASST: D. Paille (1) AND D. Hamilton (2)    1 - 0 BOS         
11:13    NYI       K. Aucoin (2) Snap - ASST: C. McDonald (2) AND D. Ullstrom (2)            1 - 1 TIE           
2nd Period
09:50    NYI       K. Aucoin (3) Slap - ASST: NONE          2 - 1 NYI          
13:42    BOS     G. Campbell (1) Wrist - ASST: D. Krejci (3) AND C. Kelly (1)        2 - 2 TIE           
3rd Period
07:07    BOS     Z. Chara (1) Snap - ASST: M. Lucic (1) AND N. Horton (1)           3 - 2 BOS         
13:33    BOS     P. Bergeron (1) Wrist - ASST: B. Marchand (1) AND D. Hamilton (3)         4 - 2 BOS

The Skinny:  Zdeno Chara has 10 goals in 39 career games against the Isles. Aucoin, who is now tied with Michael Grabner for the club lead in goals, recorded the first 2-goal game of his NHL career. Aucoin and Ullstrom each extended their point streaks to three straight games, while Grabner's season-starting streak ended at 3. Bruin rookie Dougie Hamilton had two assists in the penultimate game before the Bruins need to decide whether to return him to Juniors. Matt Moulson played in his 250th Islander game, all consecutively. Of the 27 goals scored in Islander games this season, 13 have been scored in the third period (6 for, 7 against). Boston is 32-12-2 over the last two seasons when they are assessed a fighting penalty.

The Shots:
Isles          11-9-6=26
Bruins       14-7-6=27
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 at home and 1-1-0 on the road. 
Boston is 3-0-1 overall, 3-0-0 at home and 0-0-1 on the road.

In the Nets
Rick DiPietro appeared in his first game since December 3, 2011, and made 23 saves.  DiPietro is now 6-9-3 in his career against Boston, but has lost six straight to the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and improved to 3-0-1 on the season.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-3 on the power play while Boston was also 0-3.  
Both teams remain perfect on the penalty kill this season. The Isles have killed all 13 opponent power plays this season.  It's only the second time in the last 25 seasons (2003 is the other) that the Islanders have not allowed a PP goal over the first four games.

They Said It
Rick DiPietro:  "I think I hate losing more than I like winning."

They Tweeted It
@RealJackEdwards ""Dougie Dougie" the enduring memory of the night as Bruins fans chant the rookie's name. 2 Assists for the kid"

The Coach
"I thought Ricky played a good game in the net. I thought the PK was pretty good."  "We need all 20 guys to show up…and I didn't see that tonight."                                                                                         

TRIP-TIK
This was the second game of a 5-game road trip.  The Isles are 1-1-0 on the trip, and will make stops in Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and New Jersey before returning to the Coliseum on Super Bowl Sunday. The Isles will also play five consecutive road games to end the regular season.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 206 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.

Friends, Friends, Friends
Matt Moulson has two goals this season; John Tavares earned an assist on the first one.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 62 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 41 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

105 NHL Goals
Moulson has 105 career goals (99 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit led the Isles with 25:18 but was -3; Zdeno Chara led Boston with 25:33.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 23 draws; the Bruins won 36.  Keith Aucoin won 6 of 9 for the Isles; Patrice Bergeron won 14 of 19 for Boston.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 35-27.  Colin McDonald led the Islanders with seven hits. There was one fight (Carkner-Lucic) in the game, raising the Isles' season total to three.

All-time Winners
With the loss, the Islanders are now two games over all-time NHL .500 (1349-1347-432 in 3,128 games).  The Isles twice last season fell one game below .500. Prior to that, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

Ironman
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 250 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.

Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season.  Tavares extended his streak to 163 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 86.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 250
 
Missing Men
Eric Boulton, Radek Martinek and Thomas Hickey were scratched. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.  

As Seen on MSG+
Boston Coach Claude Julien won his 231st game behind the Bruin bench, tying Don Cherry for third place on the all-time Bruin list.

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 311
 
Career Goals as an Islander
25
Trent Hunter
99
 
25
Matt Moulson
99
 
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   122

 
2
Mark Streit      119

 
3
Frans Nielsen  115

 
4
Kyle Okposo     94

 



 








Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
49
Eric Cairns
327
 
50
Alan Kerr
326
 
51
Frans Nielsen
323
 
52
Brad Dalgarno
321
 



 



 
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
292
62
Gord Dineen
287
 
63
Jeff Norton
282
 
64
Steve Thomas
275
 
64
Kyle Okposo
275
 
66
Blake Comeau
261
 
66
Andre St. Laurent
261
 



 
71
Jude Drouin
250
 
72
Matt Moulson
250
 
73
John Tavares
247
 
73
Brad Isbister
247
 
73
Brendan Witt
247
 
76
Sean Bergenheim
246
 
77
Miroslav Satan
243
 
78
Bryan Berard
242
 
78
Mark Streit
242
 
80
JP Parise
240
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
31
Mark Parrish
214
32
Jean Potvin
213
32
Garry Howatt
213
34
Anders Kallur
211
35
John Tavares
206
36
Marty McInnis
198



40
Lorne Henning
184
41
Matt Moulson
173
42
Randy Wood
172
43
Claude Lapointe
171
43
JP Parise
171
45
Shawn Bates
170
46
Frans Nielsen
169
46
Jude Drouin
169
48
Dave Scatchard
168
49
Miroslav Satan
166
50
Kyle Okposo
163
51
Oleg Kvasha
158
52
Alan Kerr
154
53
Roman Hamrlik
153
53
Mark Streit
153
 
 
 
Season Series Stats
The Bruins lead the season series 1-0-0 and two points to zero.  The Isles are 4-14-1 in the last nineteen games against Boston. The teams will next meet on February 26th at the Coliseum, before completing the season series on April 11th in Boston.

Happy Anniversary
16 years ago tonight (1-25-97):  On Al Arbour Night, the Islanders raise a banner commemorating Arbour's 739 wins and then defeat Chicago 3-2.  Arbour would win game 740 in 2007. 
All-time, the Isles are 2-6-2 on this date, having dropped their last three games, all on the road, since that 1997 win.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers begin a two-game series in Norfolk with a 2-1 loss. Kevin Poulin had 36 saves for Bridgeport, who drops to 19-18-2-2. The same teams meet again on Saturday night.

Up Next
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th ISLANDERS AT WINNIPEG 8:00PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders Game Night at 7:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The road trip continues on Sunday night in Winnipeg. After dropping the first game last season to Winnipeg, the Isles rebounded to win the season series 3 games to one and six points to three.
The Jets are 2-1-1 on the young campaign after rallying to defeat Pittsburgh 4-2 on Friday night.

And Finally…
Elias Sports Bureau came up with an interesting stat on the win in Toronto.  It's the first Isles win in a road game by a two or more goal margin after trailing by two goals in that game since Feb. 13, 2004, when they spotted the Coyotes a 2-0 lead but won, 5-2.
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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