Monday, February 18, 2013

The Skinny: Flyers 7, Isles 0

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 15
Flyers 7, Isles 0
Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each scored two goals and added an assist and Jakub Voracek added a career-best four assists/points as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Isles 7-0 before a sellout crowd of 16,170 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  It's the most one-sided home shutout loss in Coliseum history.

The Scoring:
 
1st Period
00:26    PHI       C. Giroux (4) Wrist - ASST: M. Read (5) AND J. Voracek (9)        1 - 0 PHI          
2nd Period
00:15    PHI       M. Read (7) Wrist - ASST: C. Giroux (8) AND J. Voracek (10)       2 - 0 PHI          
07:57    PHI       PPG - B. Schenn (4) Snap - ASST: J. Voracek (11) AND D. Briere (3)       3 - 0 PHI          
14:45    PHI       C. Giroux (5) Snap - ASST: M. Read (6) AND J. Voracek (12)      4 - 0 PHI          
3rd Period
03:31    PHI       Z. Rinaldo (1) Wrist - ASST: H. Zolnierczyk (1) AND L. Schenn (3)            5 - 0 PHI          
10:27    PHI       PPG - D. Briere (4) Snap - ASST: S. Couturier (4) AND E. Gustafsson (1) 6 - 0 PHI          
17:46    PHI       D. Briere (5) Wrist - ASST: B. Schenn (9) AND W. Simmonds (5) 7 - 0 PHI
 
The Skinny:
Giroux' first period goal was the earliest against the Islanders in a game this season while Read's goal was the earliest in any period. …Voracek is the first Flyer to record four assists against the Islanders since Marc Recchi (2-4-6) on November 12, 1992. The Isles failed to score on a full 2-minute 5-on-3 late in the first period… The Flyers have killed 21 straight opposition power plays… The Flyers ended John Tavares' 5-game goal streak, Brad Boyes' 4-game point streak and Lubomir Visnovsky's 3-game assist streak… The Flyers have shutout the Isles 13 times (tied-most vs. Isles all-time with the Rangers and Devils).

President's Day
The Isles have hosted President's Day matinees in six of the last seven years.  The Isles have been outscored 13-0 the last two seasons, after winning on President's Day in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Most One-sided Shutout Losses:
·         0-9  at Carolina April 7, 2009
·         0-8 at Chicago December 23, 1979
·         0-8 at St. Louis December 1, 1988
·         0-7 vs. Philadelphia February 18, 2013

Largest Home Losses:
·         7 (1-8) vs. Winnipeg  November 1, 1988
·         7 (1-8) vs. New Jersey October 23, 1990
·         7 (1-8) vs. Vancouver January 14, 2006
·         7 (0-7) vs. Philadelphia February 18, 2013

Not Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-2-0 in matinee games this season (all at home), have been outscored 13-4 and shutout twice.

Black Jerseys
The Isles are 0-2-0 in their alternate black jerseys, and have been shut-out twice.  All-time, the Isles are 3-9-3 in those sweaters.

The Shots:
Isles          8-6-5=19
Flyers       11-6-8=25
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-8-1 overall, 2-6-0 at home and 4-2-1 on the road.  By earning only four points in their first eight home games, the Isles have matched their worst home start since 1995-96.
The Flyers are 7-9-1 overall, 4-1-1 at home and 3-8-0 on the road.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves as he falls to 6-6-1 on the season.  The seven goals allowed by Nabokov match a career high.  He is the first Islander goalie to allow 7 goals at home since Joey MacDonald (10/13/08 vs. Buffalo)
Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves as he recorded his 30th career shutout.  It's his second career shutout against the Isles, but his first victory; Bryzgalov lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Isles last season.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-5 on the power play while the Flyers were 2-4.  It's the first time this season that the Isles have allowed more than one power play goal.

They Said It
Tavares: "We got away from what made us successful.  We were not good on the little things. We didn't win too many battles. We didn't get to the front of the net

They Tweeted It
@DNFlyers:  Claude Giroux does not have hat trick in a regular season game in his career. 

The Coach
Once we had that two-minute 5-on-3 and we didn't even generate anything, that deflated us. We have to be able to generate momentum in that situation, and we have to be mentally stronger than that."

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 222 career points; he is 61 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 seven goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on four of them.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 67 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 44 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

110 NHL Goals
Moulson has 110 career goals (104 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals. 

Leading Ice Men
 Marc Streit played 26:41 to lead the Isles. Brayden Coburn led the Flyers with 22:24.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 29 draws; the Flyers won 25.  Casey Cizikas won 6 of 9 for the Isles; Claude Giroux won 10 of 15 for Philadelphia.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 25-13; Matt Martin led the Isles with four hits.  Martin also fought Wayne Simmonds in the second period and Brayden Coburn in the third.  The Isles have been involved in nine fights this season.

Back to .500
The Islanders fall back to all-time NHL .500 (1353-1353-433 in 3,139 games).  The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and once 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 6-1-1 when scoring at least three goals and 0-7-0 when scoring two or less.

A Tale of Two Months
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23.  The Isles are 2-6-0 in February, and have been outscored 31-17.

Home Cooking
The Isles have finished a stretch in which they played nine consecutive games in the New York area (six at home, two at MSG, and one in New Jersey).  The Isles went 3-6-0 in that stretch.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 261 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.  Moulson will tie Denis Potvin (262 game streak) for 3rd place in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season.  Tavares extended his streak to 174 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 97.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 261
 
Missing Men
Thomas Hickey, Eric Boulton and Marty Reasoner were scratched. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek are on injured reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.
Brian Strait suffered a broken ankle during the game.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 28 goals in their 6 wins (4.67 per game) and 16 goals in their other 9 games (0-8-1; 1.78 per game).  In their 8 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 12 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
 
Career Goals as an Islander
 
22
Benoit Hogue
105
 
 
22
Ed Westfall
105
 
 
24
Matt Moulson
104
 
 
25
Anders Kallur
101
 
 
26
Trent Hunter
 99
 
 
27
John Tavares
95
 
 
27
Mikko Makela
95
 
 
27
David Volek
95
 
 



 
 



 
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
 
1
John Tavares
127
 
2
Mark Streit
122
 
3
Frans Nielsen
121
 
4
Kyle Okposo
  95
 
















Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
44
Frans Nielsen
334
 
45
Butch Goring
332
 
45
Oleg Kvasha
332
 



 
58
Gord Lane
304
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
297
62
Gord Dineen
287
 
63
Kyle Okposo
286
 
64
Jeff Norton
282
 
65
Steve Thomas
275
 



 
68
Matt Moulson
261
 
69
Brad Lauer
259
 
70
Benoit Hogue
258
 
70
John Tavares
258
 
72
Pierre Turgeon
255
 
73
Mark Streit
253
 
74
Jude Drouin
250
 



 
 
 
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
28
Benoit Hogue
229
28
Trent Hunter
229
30
John Tavares
222
31
Mikko Makela
219



38
Butch Goring
195
39
Jeff Norton
188
40
Matt Moulson
187
41
Lorne Henning
184
42
Frans Nielsen
176
43
Randy Wood
172
44
Claude Lapointe
171
44
JP Parise
171
46
Shawn Bates
170
47
Jude Drouin
169
48
Dave Scatchard
168
49
Miroslav Satan
166
50
Kyle Okposo
165
51
Mark Streit
158
51
Oleg Kvasha
158
53
Alan Kerr
154
 
 
 
Season Series Stats
The Flyers lead the season series one game to none (two points to zero).  The teams will not meet again until March 28th in Philadelphia; three of the Isles' final 15 games will be against the Flyers.
The Isles have lost seven straight at home against Philadelphia (0-6-1), and are 1-11-3 in the last 15 at home against the Flyers.

Happy Anniversary
22 years ago today (2-18-91):  David Volek scored twice and added two assists as the Islanders, behind four goals in the second period, defeated the Rangers 5-4 at Madison Square Garden. Pat LaFontaine had a goal and also had two helpers as well.
All-time, the Isles are 9-9-3 on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 22-21-3-3.  The Sound Tigers are tied for third with Albany in the Northeast Division after being swept in a home-and-home series by Providence.  Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they visit Springfield. Nino Niederreiter continues to lead Bridgeport in goals (22) and points (39).

Up Next
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th ISLANDERS AT OTTAWA (7:30PM)
[MSG+ (Pre-game show at 7:00PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders begin a three game road trip with a game in Ottawa against the Sens.  It's the first of three meetings this season. 
The Senators won last season's series three games to one (and seven points to two).  After the Isles won the opening matchup on a Mark Eaton overtime goal, Ottawa won the next three meetings by a combined 16-3 score.
This will be the back-end of the second set of back-to-backs this season; the Isles lost to Boston in the first back end on January 25th.

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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