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The Skinny: Carolina 4, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

 
By Eric Hornick
 
Game 19
Carolina 4, Isles 2
Bobby Sanguinetti scored his first NHL goal midway through the third period as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Islanders 4-2 before 10,048 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The Isles conclude this stretch of five games in seven days with a 2-3-0 record while Carolina regains a share of 1st place in the Southeast with 19 points.

The Scoring:

1st Period
04:38    NYI       M. Moulson (10) Snap - ASST: B. Boyes (11) AND J. Tavares (12) 1 - 0 NYI        
12:25    NYI       J. Tavares (13) Wrist - ASST: M. Moulson (13)    2 - 0 NYI          
 
2nd Period
18:28    CAR     PPG - E. Staal (9) Snap - ASST: A. Semin (9) AND J. Tlusty (5)   2 - 1 NYI          
19:13    CAR     J. Staal (4) Snap - ASST: P. Dwyer (3) AND J. Faulk (5) 2 - 2 TIE
 
3rd Period
10:17    CAR     B. Sanguinetti (1) Wrist - ASST: P. Dwyer (4) AND J. Staal (11)    3 - 2 CAR         
19:30    CAR     EN - A. Semin (4) Snap - ASST: NONE   4 - 2 CAR         
 
The Skinny: Josh Bailey played his 300th NHL game, all with the Islanders…Radek Martinek appeared in his first Islander game since April 9, 2011 and his first NHL game since October 21, 2011…Tavares was the first player in the NHL to reach 13 goals; Steven Stamkos tied him for the league lead later in the night…  Eric Staal's goal ended a 133:10 Islander scoreless streak and was the first vs. Poulin in nearly 75 minutes, dating back to last season…It's the 2nd time that the Staal brothers have both scored in the same game… Sanguinetti's goal was his first in the NHL; he is the fourth player to score his first NHL goal in the last four Isles games (Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski for Ottawa, Thomas Hickey for the Isles in Montreal)… The Isles had scored only seven first-period goals prior to tonight; three of their 9 first period goals have come vs. Carolina…The Isles have allowed an NHL-leading 29 third period goals, including six to Carolina… Tavares is 11-8-19 in 14 career games against the Hurricanes while Moulson in 7-8-15 in 15 games… Moulson, Tavares and Boyes all extended point streaks to three games…The Isles allowed a league-high fifth empty net goal… The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period of seven of their 11 losses.

The Shots:
Isles            5-14-6=25
Hurricanes  14-4-10=28
 
The Isles held Carolina without a shot for a 14:47 stretch of the second period.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-10-1 overall, 2-7-0 at home and 6-3-1 on the road. 
It's only the 3rd time in 40 seasons that the Isles have earned four or fewer points in the first nine home games:
·         1972-73 (1-7-1, 3 points)
·         1989-90 (1-6-2, 4 points)
·         2012-13 (2-7-0, 4 points)

The Hurricanes are 9-7-1 overall, 3-4-0 at home and 6-3-1 on the road. The win breaks a three-game Carolina losing streak.

In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 24 saves in his first NHL action in over a year.  Poulin is 2-1-0 in his career vs. Carolina. The Isles are 0-4-0 this season in games not played by Evgeni Nabokov.

Cam Ward made 23 saves for Carolina.  He is 6-5-1 on the season and 16-3-3 in his career against the Islanders.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-3 on the power play while the Hurricanes were 1-3.
The Isles are 7-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-8-0 when they do not.

They Said It
John Tavares: We were just sloppy and didn't do the things in the second half that made us successful in the first half of the game."

They Tweeted It
@NHLJensen: #Isles have 7th-best road record in NHL, but loss to #Canes tonight means only 2 W's in 9 games this season at Nassau Coliseum.

The Coach
"We didn't have any emotion…no emotion, no spirit.  …For whatever reason, we didn't execute."

5th Game in 7 Days
This was the ninth time in 20 years that the Isles have played five games in a seven day stretch.  The Isles are 0-9-0 in the final game of those stretches.  Their last win came in the final game of the 1992-93 season.

5-on-5 Woes
Each team scored two goals at 5-on-5.  The Isles have allowed an NHL-high 46 goals at 5-on-5. 

What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson each scored. Tavares and Moulson have combined for an NHL-leading 23 goals among teammates.
Moulson and Tavares have combined for 48 points this season, third among NHL teammates.  Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have combined for 53 points while Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (and Crosby/Chris Kunitz) have combined for 49.
Moulson and Tavares each recorded their eighth multi-point game.  Only Steven Stamkos (10) and Pavel Datsyuk (9) have more.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 227 career points; he is 60 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 ten goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on seven of them.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 39 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 25 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 26, 2011 against New Jersey.  Since November of 2010, Tavares has been on-ice for 69 of 70 Moulson goals, earning 47 assists.

113 NHL Goals
Moulson has 113 career goals (107 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals.  Moulson is two goals behind Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 25:08 to lead the Isles.   Joe Corvo led Carolina with 24:18.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 31 draws; the Hurricanes won 33.  Marty Reasoner won 9 of 13 for the Isles; he has won 33 of 52 over the last four games.  Jordan Staal won 13 of 21 for Carolina.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Carolina 14-12; Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits; he is now second in the NHL with 78.  There were no fights, leaving the season total at 10.

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots, including three each for Matt Moulson and Travis Hamonic.  Andrew MacDonald, who began the day with a share of the NHL lead in blocks (49) was not credited with a block.

Straddling .500
The Islanders once again are back to all-time NHL .500 (1355-1355-433 in 3,143 games).  The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and twice this season. Prior to that, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

3 Usually Enough
The Isles are 8-1-1 when scoring at least three goals and 0-9-0 when scoring two or less.  Dating back to last year, the Isles have lost 14 straight (0-14-0) and 20 of 21 (1-19-1) when scoring two or fewer goals.

Tough to Catch
Despite tonight's loss, the Isles are 5-2-1 in games that they score first and 2-1-0 in games they lead after two periods.

A Tale of Two Months
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23.  The Isles are 4-8-0 in February, and have been outscored 41-28.

Battling the Northeast
This was the only game in an eight game stretch that the Islanders did not play a Northeast opponent. The Isles were The Isles are 2-1-0 against their first three Northeast opponents, and face four more beginning on Tuesday.

Nobody Beats the Viz
Lubomir Visnovsky has been on ice for 18 of the 25 Islander goals in his nine games with the team.  Being on the ice when is team scores is nothing new for Visnovsky; he led the entire NHL in 2010-11 when he was on-ice for 146 Anaheim goals (13 more than Henrik Sedin).

Lots of Home Cooking
This was the first game of a seven-game homestand, which matches the club record.
·         October 7- October 28, 1972  (1-5-1 in the first seven games in club history)
·         December 19, 2000- January 2, 2001  (2-5-0)
·         November 21-December 4, 2001 (3-2-2)
·         October 14- October 31, 2006 (4-1-2)
·         February 15-March 1, 2007 (5-1-1)          
·         February 24-March 9, 2013 (0-1-0 with six games to play)

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 265 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. 
Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season.  Tavares extended his streak to 178 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 101.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 265
3. Denis Potvin 262
 
Missing Men
Radek Martinek played in his first game for the Islanders since April 9, 2011.  Joe Finley, David Ullstrom and Eric Boulton were scratched. Matt Carkner and Brian Strait are on injured reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 36 goals in their 8 wins (4.50 per game) and 19 goals in their other 11 games (0-10-1; 1.72 per game).  In their 10 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 15 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
 
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
 
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
 
Career Shutouts
19 Bernie Parent      54
19 Ed Giacomin       54
21 Evgeni Nabokov 53
22 Rogie Vachon     51
22 Dave Kerr           51
22 Curtis Joseph     51
 
Career Goals as an Islander
 
21
Ray Ferraro
116
 
 
22
Matt Moulson
107
 
 
23
Benoit Hogue
105
 
 
23
Ed Westfall
105
 
 
25
Anders Kallur
101
 
 
26
Trent Hunter
 99
 
 
27
John Tavares
97
 
 
28
Mikko Makela
95
 
 
28
David Volek
95
 
 
 
 
 
 
Career Assists as an Islander
 
 
28
Jason Blake
131
 
 
29
John Tavares
130
 
 
29
Trent Hunter
130
 
 
31
Mark Streit
124
 
 
31
Benoit Hogue
124
 
 
31
Mikko Makela
124
 
 
34
Ray Ferraro
122
 
 
35
Frans Nielsen
121
 
 
36
Garry Howatt
120
 











Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
26
Mariusz Czerkawski
470
 
27
Trent Hunter
459
 
28
Radek Martinek
454
 
29
Scott Lachance
450
 



 
39
Dave Scatchard
347
 
40
Alexei Yashin
346
 
41
Mark Parrish
345
 
42
Frans Nielsen
338
 
43
Marty McInnis
337
 



 
58
Gord Lane
304
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
59
Josh Bailey
300
62
Kyle Okposo
290
 
63
Gord Dineen
287
 
64
Jeff Norton
282
 
65
Steve Thomas
275
 
66
Matt Moulson
265
 
67
John Tavares
262
 
67
Blake Comeau
261
 
67
Andre St. Laurant
261
 
70
Brad Lauer
259
 
71
Benoit Hogue
258
 
72
Mark Streit
257
 
73
Pierre Turgeon
255
 
 
 
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
28
Benoit Hogue
229
28
Trent Hunter
229
30
John Tavares
227
31
Mikko Makela
219



38
Butch Goring
195
39
Matt Moulson
193
40
Jeff Norton
188
41
Lorne Henning
184
42
Frans Nielsen
177
43
Randy Wood
172
44
Claude Lapointe
171
44
Jean-Paul Parise
171
46
Shawn Bates
170
47
Jude Drouin
169
48
Dave Scatchard
168
49
Miroslav Satan
166
49
Kyle Okposo
166
51
Mark Streit
161
52
Oleg Kvasha
158
 
 
 
Season Series Stats
The Hurricanes lead the season series two games to none (four points to 0).  The final meeting of the season will come on April 23rd in Raleigh. 

Happy Anniversary
9 years ago today (2-25-04):  Rick DiPietro made 28 saves but the Isles couldn't solve former mate Felix Potvin either as the Isles and Bruins played a scoreless tie at the Coliseum.
All-time, the Isles are 6-7-3 on this date, with tonight's loss ending a five game (3-0-2) point streak.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 22-23-3-4 after a 2-1 shootout loss at home to Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.  Kenny Reiter made 26 saves for the Sound Tigers.  Bridgeport is off until Friday when they travel to Hartford to faced the Connecticut Whale.

UPNext
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26th BOSTON AT ISLANDERS (7:30PM)
[NBC Sports Network, WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders continue the seven-game home stand as they entertain the high-flying Boston Bruins in a nationally televised game. The Bruins are off to their best start since 1976-77, with an 11-2-2 record.
The Bruins won the first meeting 4-2 in Boston in late January.  Overall, Boston has won eight of the last ten against the Isles.
Boston has played the fewest games in the NHL.  Tuesday's matchup will be the Bruins' 16th game of the season and the Islanders' 20th.
Howie and Butch have the night off.  Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will have the call on NBCSN.  Note the late starting time of 7:30pm.

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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