Monday, January 28, 2013

The Skinny: Winnipeg 5, Isles 4 (OT)


"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
Game 5
Winnipeg 5, Isles 4
Evander Kane scored 1:59 into overtime for the deciding goal, as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a 4-2 deficit midway through the third period and defeated the Islanders 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 15,004 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.  The Isles do earn a point, and are now 1-1-1 on this five-game road trip, while Winnipeg wins their third straight game, and extends their points streak to four (3-0-1).

The Scoring:
1st Period
02:34    NYI       D. Ullstrom (2) Wrist - ASST: NONE       1 - 0 NYI          
10:15    WPG    A. Ponikarovsky (1) Wrist - ASST: K. Wellwood (1) AND T. Enstrom (6)   1 - 1 TIE           
2nd Period
05:13    WPG    B. Little (1) Wrist - ASST: N. Antropov (2) AND A. Ladd (3)          2 - 1 WPG        
3rd Period
00:22    NYI       J. Tavares (1) Wrist - ASST: K. Okposo (2) AND M. Moulson (2) 2 - 2 TIE           
05:09    NYI       M. Moulson (3) Deflected - ASST: J. Tavares (5) AND T. Hamonic (2)      3 - 2 NYI          
09:53    NYI       PPG - M. Streit (2) Slap - ASST: F. Nielsen (3) AND J. Tavares (6)           4 - 2 NYI          
12:59    WPG    PPG - D. Byfuglien (3) Slap - ASST: B. Wheeler (3) AND E. Kane (3)       4 - 3 NYI          
14:04    WPG    A. Burmistrov (1) Wrist - ASST: NONE    4 - 4 TIE           
Overtime
01:59    WPG    E. Kane (3) Wrist - ASST: O. Jokinen (1) AND R. Hainsey (1)       5 - 4 WPG 
      
The Skinny:  Ullstrom extended his point streak to four straight games… Of the 36 goals scored in Islander games this season, 18 have been scored in the third period (9 for, 9 against)... Moulson's goal was his 100th in an Islander uniform; he is the 25th player in Islander history to reach that milestone…  Tavares' goal was his first since last March 15th against Philadelphia; he recorded his third two-assist game of the season...  Evander Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, with his 2nd career overtime goal… Winnipeg had scored only one third-period goal in their first four games.

The Shots:
Isles          6-9-9-1=25
Jets        12-11-9-3=35
Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-2-1 overall, 1-1-0 at home and 1-1-1 on the road. 
Winnipeg is 3-1-1 overall, 2-1-0 at home and 1-0-1 on the road.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves; he is 2-1-1 on the season. Nabokov was terrific in the first period especially, when the Jets outshot the Isles 12-6.
Former Islander Al Montoya made his Jets debut, stopping 21 shots for the OT win. Montoya, whose last win was against the Jets last April 5th, improves to 22-17-10 on his career.

Power Plays
The Isles went 1-2 on the power play while Winnipeg was 1-4.  
Streit's power play goal was the third by the Islander defense this season.  They had only seven all last season.
The Jets' power play goal was the first allowed by the Islanders in 17 times short this season. All three of Dustin Byfuglien's goals this season have been scored on the power play.

They Said It
Matt Moulson: "You have to keep your foot on your pedal.  We kind of got away from that, and it ended up in the back of our net."

They Tweeted It
@RealKenDick: With his 2 assists, JT ties Benoit Hogue & Mikko Makela for 30th on the franchise's all-time list (124). Put that in The Skinny, @ehornick!   (I just did!)

The Coach
"I don't think the top line was that much better (than Friday)… they're going to have to tighten up (defensively) or that line will be no longer."

TRIP-TIK
This was the third game of a 5-game road trip.  The Isles are 1-1-1 on the trip, and will make stops in 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 209 career points; he is 55 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 three goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on two of them.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 63 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 42 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

106 NHL Goals
Moulson has 106 career goals (100 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with 28:19; Tobias Enstrom led Winnipeg with 26:16.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 draws; the Jets won 37.  John Tavares won 11 of 23 for the Isles; Olli Jokinen won 16 of 25 for Winnipeg.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 30-26.  Travis Hamonic led the Islanders with seven hits. There were no fights, leaving the Isles' season total at three.

All-time Winners
The Islanders remain two games over all-time NHL .500 (1349-1347-433 in 3,129 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.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 251 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 164 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 87.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 251
NHL Debut
With his brother and mother in attendance, Thomas Hickey made his NHL debut.  Hickey had three shots on goal, and an even rating.  Hickey saw important minutes, playing both late in the third period and in overtime.  Hickey is the 8th player to make his Islander debut this season. 

Hamonic Goes Home
Travis Hamonic recorded an assist in a game in his hometown; he has points in each of his last three games against Winnipeg. Hamonic did not play late in the third period or in overtime, as he appeared to be shaken up after a collision with Evander Kane.

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey replaced Casey Cizikas and Joe Finley. Radek Martinek was also scratched. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.  

As Seen on MSG+
Islander legend (and broadcaster) Butch Goring ranks third on the all-time NHL point list for players born in Manitoba, behind Bobby Clarke and Andy Bathgate.

List Time
Career Wins, Active Goalies
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 312
Career Goals as an Islander
22
Benoit Hogue
105
22
Ed Westfall
105
24
Anders Kallur
101
25
Matt Moulson
100
26
Trent Hunter
99
27
Mikko Makela
95
27
David Volek
95



32
Travis Green
92
33
Butch Goring
87
34
John Tavares
85
35
Tomas Jonsson
84
36
Wayne Merrick
81
36
Dave Scatchard
81



Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1
John Tavares
124
2
Mark Streit
119
3
Frans Nielsen
116
4
Kyle Okposo
  95











Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
49
Eric Cairns
327
50
Alan Kerr
326
51
Frans Nielsen
324
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
Kyle Okposo
276
65
Steve Thomas
275
66
Blake Comeau
261
66
Andre St. Laurent
261



70
Pierre Turgeon
255
71
Matt Moulson
251
72
Jude Drouin
250
73
John Tavares
248
74
Brad Isbister
247
74
Brendan Witt
247
76
Sean Bergenheim
246
77
Mark Streit
243
77
Miroslav Satan
243
79
Bryan Berard
242
Career Points as an Islander
31
Mark Parrish
214
32
Jean Potvin
213
32
Garry Howatt
213
34
Anders Kallur
211
35
John Tavares
209
36
Marty McInnis
198



40
Lorne Henning
184
41
Matt Moulson
175
42
Randy Wood
172
43
Claude Lapointe
171
43
JP Parise
171
45
Shawn Bates
170
45
Frans Nielsen
170
47
Jude Drouin
169
48
Dave Scatchard
168
49
Miroslav Satan
166
50
Kyle Okposo
164
51
Oleg Kvasha
158
52
Mark Streit
154
52
Alan Kerr
154
54
Roman Hamrlik
153
Season Series Stats
The Jets lead the season series 1-0-0 and two points to one (Isles are 0-0-1).  It's this generation's Jets first home-ice win over the Isles in three tries, and ends an Islander five-game unbeaten streak in Manitoba, dating back to 1991. The teams will next meet on April 2nd at the Coliseum, before completing the season series on April 20th in Winnipeg.

Happy Anniversary
23 years ago today (1-27-90):  Patrick Flatley matched a career high with five points as the Isles pounded Pittsburgh 9-3 at the Coliseum.  Pat Lafontaine had two goals for the Isles, giving him 42 goals on the season. 
All-time, the Isles are 6-9-3 on this date, although they have earned points in each of their last three games (1-0-2).
On The Farm
Nino Niederreiter and Matt Donovan are representing the Sound Tigers at this weekend's AHL All-Star Break. Niederreiter helped earn his team points in tonight's skill competition in the speed relay while Donovan blistered a shot at over 98 mpg to help his team win the team competition in that category. Nino also hit 4 of 7 in the target shooting competition.  The AHL All-Star Game is on Monday. Bridgeport, who is 19-19-2-2 resumes play on Thursday against Providence.

Up Next
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29th ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH 7:30PM
[NBCSN, WRHU (88.7FM)]
The road trip continues on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. There is no MSG+ telecast; Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will have the call on NBCSN.
This is the first of three trips to Pittsburgh for the Islanders this season (the only city that they will visit three times).  After some frustrating times earlier in the year, the Isles swept the Pens in a home-and-home last March, raising their season mark vs. Pittsburgh to 2-3-1. 
The Isles will be looking for their third straight win over Pittsburgh; they haven't managed to do that since 2007.

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

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 draws; the Bruins won 37. John Tavares won 11 of 23 for the Isles; Olli Jokinen won 16 of 25 for Winnipeg.

Bruins??

Eric said...

It's fixed. Thanks.