By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Tampa Bay 3
The Islanders scored three straight goals in the second period, but it
was a David Ullstrom tally early in the third that proved to be the difference
as the Islanders spoiled Vincent Lecavalier's 1000th NHL game with
as they edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3 before a crowd of 15,322 at the
06:50 NYI PPG - M. Grabner (1) Tip-In - ASST: M. Streit (1) AND E. Nabokov (1) 1 - 0 NYI
16:23 NYI M. Martin (1) Wrist - ASST: J. Tavares (1) 2 - 0 NYI
17:35 NYI K. Okposo (1) Snap - ASST: J. Tavares (2) AND M. Moulson (1) 3 - 0 NYI
01:31 NYI D. Ullstrom (1) Wrist - ASST: K. Aucoin (1) AND T. Hamonic (1) 4 - 0 NYI
02:22 TBL M. St Louis (3) Wrist - ASST: S. Stamkos (3) AND C. Conacher (2) 4 - 1 NYI
07:26 TBL B. Pouliot (1) Wrist - ASST: B. Crombeen (1) AND A. Hall (1) 4 - 2 NYI
08:00 TBL S. Stamkos (1) Snap - ASST: C. Conacher (3) AND M. St Louis (2) 4 - 3 NYI
The Skinny: The Islanders hosted an MLK matinee for the seventh
straight season, but recorded only their second win in that span (2-2-3). The Islanders held Ryan Malone off the scoresheet;
Malone has 19 goals in 41 career games against the Isles. Mark Streit briefly held the club lead in
active player assists (119), breaking a tie with John Tavares; Tavares added
two assists later to re-take the lead (120). The Isles held on after building a 4-0 lead; they have not lost a game
that they have had a 4-goal lead in the third period since October 15, 1991 vs.
Pittsburgh (Led 6-2, lost 7-6 [OT])
The 44 shots are the most for the Islanders in a game since
they had 47 on October 9, 2010 vs. Dallas. It's also the most shots the Islanders have
ever had in a game against Tampa Bay (previous high 42 on 2/11/2000).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 1-1-0 overall, and 0-1-0 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 25 shots to even his record at 1-1-0. Nabokov, who also recorded his first point as
an Islander, now has 313 career wins (4th among all active goalies).
Anders Lindback made 40 saves but
drops to 1-1-0.
The Isles went 1-7 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-3. Matt Martin's goal came when he was sprung
from the penalty box after the Islanders killed his penalty.
They Said It
Matt Martin: "I'm not much of a dangler, so I usually get the shot off
as quick as I can. It worked out great for me. Coming out of the box, Johnnie
clears the puck and it's pretty well right on my tape. Not a whole lot of time
to think about what I'm going to do; just go in and let it rip."
@THamonic3: "Great game this afternoon. Nice to get the first win in
front of our @NYIslanders fans!! #theBest"
Jack Capuano returned after missing the opener while hospitalized. "I
sense a different team than last year. We've got some veteran leadership on
this team now. Guys are a year older than they were last year. This is the
National Hockey League. There's great players in this league. No lead is safe.
You know [Tampa Bay] is going to get chances with the guys they have."
Mark Streit led the Isles with 29:18; Matt Carle led Tampa Bay with 24:28.
Lots of Ice
Brad Boyes saw 21:00 of ice-time in his 2nd game for the
Islanders. It's the most ice time for Boyes in a game since he played 21:11 on
February 14, 2011. Boyes is wearing #24
as an Islander, the same number he wore when he broke into the NHL. His #22 from his days in St. Louis and
Buffalo is retired by the Islanders (and if you're reading The Skinny I bet you
know that this is in honor of Mike Bossy).
In the Circle
The Islanders won 30 draws; the Lightning won 35. Newcomer Keith Aucoin won 9 of 12 for the
Isles; he's won 17 of 22 in his first two games. Former Islander Nate Thompson
won 10 of 13 for Tampa Bay.
The Islanders were out-hit 15-14. Newcomer Colin
There were two fights in the game, both off the opening draw. Matt Martin fought BJ Crombeen while Joe
Finley battled Pierre-Cedric Labrie. It was the first two fight of the season
for the Islanders.
The Isles, who led the NHL in blocked shots last year with 1,364,
blocked 8 shots.
Lots of Shots
to Go Around
Every Islander forward had at least one shot on goal. Five different players each had five shots on
goal (Moulson, Tavares, Grabner, Ullstrom and Aucoin).
With the loss, the Islanders are now two games over all-time NHL .500 (1348-1346-432
in 3,126 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.
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 248 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 161 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have
each played in 84.
Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
Billy Harris 576
Bob Nystrom 301
Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 248
Casey Cizikas replaced Eric Boulton in the lineup. Radek Martinek and Thomas
Hickey were also scratched. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended
after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.
As Seen on
Most Goals Since 2009-10: Steven Stamkos 157, Alex Ovechkin 120, Corey
Career Wins, Active
1. Martin Brodeur657
2. Roberto Luongo339
3. Nikolai Khabibulin328
4. Evgeni Nabokov313
5. Miikka Kiprusoff311
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov313
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 311
Career Goals as an
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 120
2 Mark Streit 119
3 Frans Nielsen 113
4 Kyle Okposo 94
Career Games as an
49 Eric Cairns 327
50 Alan Kerr 326
51 Frans Nielsen 321
51 Brad Dalgarno 321
53 Steve Webb 316
53 Ray Ferraro 316
53 Richard Park 316
59 Arron Asham 300
59 Roman Hamrlik 300
61 Josh Bailey 292
62 Gord Dineen 287
63 Jeff Norton 282
64 Steve Thomas 275
65 Kyle Okposo 273
66 Blake Comeau 261
66 Andre St. Laurent 261
71 Jude Drouin 250
72 Matt Moulson 248
73 Brad Isbister 247
73 Brendan Witt 247
75 Sean Bergenheim 246
76 John Tavares 245
77 Miroslav Satan 243
78 Bryan Berard 242
79 JP Parise 240
79 Mark Streit 240
81 Adrian Aucoin 235
Career Points as an
31 Mark Parrish 214
32 Jean Potvin 213
32 Garry Howatt 213
34 Anders Kallur 211
35 John Tavares 204
36 Marty McInnis 198
40 Lorne Henning 184
41 Randy Wood 172
42 Matt Moulson 171
42 Claude Lapointe 171
42 JP Parise 171
45 Shawn Bates 170
46 Jude Drouin 169
47 Dave Scatchard 168
48 Frans Nielsen 167
49 Miroslav Satan 166
50 Kyle Okposo 163
51 Oleg Kvasha 158
52 Alan Kerr 154
53 Roman Hamrlik 153
54 Mark Streit 152
The Islanders lead the season series 1-0-0 and two points to zero. They have dominated the series at home in
recent years, having won four straight and 9 of 11 (9-2-0) vs. the Bolts. The
teams will next meet on March 14th in Tampa, before completing the
season series on April 6th at the Coliseum.
31 years ago tonight (1-21-82): The
Islanders began their 15-game winning streak and Bryan Trottier began his
club-record 25 games point streak as the Islanders blasted Pittsburgh 6-1.
Thanks to my MSG colleagues for recognizing the anniversary of my first game on
All-time, the Isles are 12-5-3 on this date, having won on January 21st in each of the past five seasons.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers lost to Springfield 4-1 on Sunday, breaking their
two-game win streak. Bridgeport is 19-17-2-2. The Sound Tigers are off until
Friday, when they begin a two-game series in Norfolk.
JANUARY 24st ISLANDERS AT TORONTO 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders Game Night at 6:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders begin a 5-game in eight day road trip on Thursday when
they visit the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The teams have split a pair of games in Toronto in each of the last
three seasons (with two of the Islander wins coming in overtime). This is the
first of two five-game road trips this season for the Isles; the other one will
complete the regular season.
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