Friday, February 22, 2013

The Skinny: Isles 4, Montreal 3 (OT)


"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
Game 17
Isles 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)
Thomas Hickey scored his first career goal 3:12 into overtime as the Islanders rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 21,273 at the BellCentre. Hickey is the first Islander since Radek Martinek (10/18/2001 vs. Carolina) to record his first NHL goal in overtime. The win ends the Canadiens' 5-game winning streak; Montreal had allowed only five goals in the five games, including only two goals in their last four games.

The Scoring:
1st Period
00:49    MTL      T. Moen (2) Wrist - ASST: C. Armstrong (2)         1 - 0 MTL         
11:02    MTL      PPG - M. Pacioretty (3) Wrist - ASST: D. Desharnais (5) AND P. Subban (4) 2 - 0 MTL     
2nd Period
00:34    NYI       PPG - M. Moulson (8) Tip-In - ASST: M. Streit (5) AND L. Visnovsky (5)   2 - 1 MTL         
08:30    MTL      M. Pacioretty (4) Wrist - ASST: D. Desharnais (6)            3 - 1 MTL         
16:57    NYI       PPG - M. Moulson (9) Snap - ASST: J. Tavares (10) AND B. Boyes (9)    3 - 2 MTL
3rd Period
09:51    NYI       F. Nielsen (2) Wrist - ASST: J. Bailey (2) AND E. Nabokov (3)      3 - 3 TIE           
OT Period
03:12    NYI       T. Hickey (1) Wrist - ASST: M. Grabner (3) AND J. Tavares (11)    4 - 3 NYI
The Skinny:
Montreal has outscored their opponents 15-7 in the first period this season…The Isles were held to only one shot over a 19+ minute stretch of the first period… Pacioretty recorded his 10th multi-goal game (2nd against the Isles); he now has 4 goals in the last three games… Moulson recorded his 105th and 106th goal as an Islander, allowing him to first tie, and then pass Benoit Hogue and Ed Westfall for 22nd all-time… Moulson now has three multi-goal games; only Patrick Marleau (4) has more…Tavares now has seven multi-point games; only Steven Stamkos (8) has more… Despite having the most points in the East, Montreal is 7-1-2 (.700 win percentage) leading after 2 periods… Nabokov leads all NHL goalies in assists (3); it's the most assists by an Isles goalie since Rick DiPietro had a club-record six assists in 2007-08… Montreal was called for six icings in the first-half of the third period.

Not the Way to Start
The Isles have allowed a goal on the opponent's first shot three times this season:
·         JT Miller (NYR) 2/7/13
·         Daniel Briere (PHL) 2/18/13
·         Travis Moen (MTL) 2/21/13
The Isles are 1-2-0 in those games.

The Shots:
Isles              3-12-8-2=25
Canadiens  14-14-4-1=33
Home and Road
The Islanders are 7-9-1 overall, 2-6-0 at home and 5-3-1 on the road.


The Islanders’ 5-3-1 road record matches their second best road record through 9 games in the past 25 years:

·         2001-02  7-2-0 14 points
·         2006-07  5-3-1 11 points
·         2012-13  5-3-1 11 points
·         1997-98  4-2-3 11 points
 
The Canadiens are 11-4-2 overall, 7-3-1 at home and 4-1-1 on the road.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves as he improves to 7-6-1 on the season. Nabokov also added his third assist of the season, matching his career high (3 in 2001-02, but in 67 games). In 302 games over his prior five NHL seasons, Nabokov had three assists total.  Nabby now has 1 goal and 12 assists in his career. 

Carey Price made 21 saves for Montreal.  He is 9-3-1 on the season.

Power Plays
The Isles went 2-4 on the power play while the Habs were 1-4.   It's the fourth time in the last 11 games that the Isles have scored at least two power play goals.  The Isles have allowed a power play goal in six straight games.
The Isles power play is 9-27 (33.3%) on the road this season.

They Said It
John Tavares: "We have to be better over the full 60 minutes… but it's a big win for us."

They Tweeted It
RT @tsnjamesduthie: Congrats to former Team Canada World Jr. Captain Thomas Hickey. First NHL goal is an OT winner for the Islanders.

The Coach
"(The first period was) the tightest we've played…but we played a good second and third."

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 224 career points; he is 57 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 nine goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on six of them.  Tavares has now been on-ice for 69 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 46 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa. 

112 NHL Goals
Moulson has 112 career goals (106 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 17 have more goals. 

Road Warriors
Six of Matt Moulson's nine goals this season have come on the road. Scoring on the road is nothing new for Moulson; 23 of his 36 goals last season also came on the road.  Only Steven Stamkos (24) had more.
John Tavares has 13 road points this season. Only Patrick Kane (18) has more.

Leading Ice Men
Lubomir Visnovsky played a season-high 28:05 to lead the Isles. He was on-ice for three of the four Islander goals (14 of 19 since joining the team). It was only the second time this season that neither Andrew MacDonald nor Mark Streit led the team in ice-time.
Raphael Diaz led the Habs with 22:33.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 33 draws; the Canadiens won 36.  Marty Reasoner won 8 of 13 for the Isles; Tomas Plekanec won 13 of 19 for Montreal.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Montreal 26-20; Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas led the Isles with four hits each.  Every Islander defenseman and winger had at least one hit. Joe Finley fought Brandon Prust in the second period, raising the season total to 10.

Back to .500
The Islanders regain all-time NHL .500 (1354-1354-433 in 3,141 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 7-1-1 when scoring at least three goals and 0-8-0 when scoring two or less.

Howie's Count
Here's a number that Howie Rose likes to refer to from time-to-time. Thomas Hickey is the fifth player to score his first goal as an Islander this season, joining Brad Boyes, Keith Aucoin, Casey Cizikas and Colin MacDonald. 326 players in Islander history have scored a goal.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-0 in games decided in a shootout.  The Isles are also 7-1 in overtimes/shootouts vs. Montreal since December 2001.

Some Stats Make No Sense
The Isles improve to 3-3-0 in games that they trail after one period.  They are 2-6-1 in games that are tied after one period.

A Tale of Two Months
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23.  The Isles are 3-7-0 in February, and have been outscored 37-22.

Road Tripping
This was the middle game of a three game road trip, and the only five days that the Isles are away from the Metropolitan area in February.  The Isles are 1-1-0 on the trip with a game remaining in Buffalo on Saturday.

Battling the Northeast
This was the second game of an eight game stretch in which the Isles will play seven Northeast opponents, one Southeast opponent, and no divisional (Atlantic) opponents.  The Isles are 1-1-0 in this stretch.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 263 games since joining the team.  Moulson has passed Denis Potvin (262 game streak) for 3rd place all-time. 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 176 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 99.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 263
3. Denis Potvin 262
Missing Men
Radek Martinek and David Ullstrom  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 31 goals in their 7 wins (4.43 per game) and 17 goals in their other 10 games (0-9-1; 1.70 per game).  In their 9 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 13 goals (1.44 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies
Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
Career Goals as an Islander
21
Ray Ferraro
116
22
Matt Moulson
106
23
Benoit Hogue
105
23
Ed Westfall
105
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
28
Jason Blake
131
29
Trent Hunter
130
30
John Tavares
129
31
Benoit Hogue
124
31
Mikko Makela
124
33
Mark Streit
123
34
Ray Ferraro
122
35
Frans Nielsen
121
36
Garry Howatt
120








Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
43
Marty McInnis
337
44
Frans Nielsen
336
45
Butch Goring
332
45
Oleg Kvasha
332



58
Gord Lane
304
59
Arron Asham
300
59
Roman Hamrlik
300
61
Josh Bailey
299
62
Kyle Okposo
288
63
Gord Dineen
287
64
Jeff Norton
282
65
Steve Thomas
275
66
Matt Moulson
263
67
Blake Comeau
261
67
Andre St. Laurant
261
69
John Tavares
260
70
Brad Lauer
259
71
Benoit Hogue
258
72
Pierre Turgeon
255
72
Mark Streit
255
74
Jude Drouin
250



Career Points as an Islander
28
Benoit Hogue
229
28
Trent Hunter
229
30
John Tavares
224
31
Mikko Makela
219



38
Butch Goring
195
39
Jeff Norton
188
40
Matt Moulson
189
41
Lorne Henning
184
42
Frans Nielsen
177
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
49
Kyle Okposo
166
51
Mark Streit
159
52
Oleg Kvasha
158
Season Series Stats
The Islanders lead the season series one game to none (two points to one).  This was the Islanders' only visit to Montreal this season; the Canadiens will be at the Coliseum on March 5th and March 21st, and like this game both of those meetings will occur two days after the Isles play Ottawa.
The Islanders improve to 5-3-1 over the past five seasons in Montreal; however, all five Isles wins have been in overtimes or shootouts, leaving Montreal 7-0-5 in the last 12 at home against the Isles since March 13, 2007 – the game that Rick DiPietro suffered a concussion in a collision with Steve Begin.

Happy Anniversary
5 years ago today (2-21-08):  Rick DiPietro made 32 saves and Miroslav Satan scored the only goal as the Islanders blanked Tampa Bay 1-0 at the Coliseum.  It was the Islanders' sixth straight win, a feat that they have not matched since.
All-time, the Isles are 10-12-0 on this date, but have won six of the last seven.
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 visits Springfield on Friday. Nino Niederreiter continues to lead Bridgeport in goals (22) and points (39).

Up Next
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (Pre-game show at 6:30PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders conclude their three game road trip with a game in Buffalo against the Sabres.  The Sabres, who fired Lindy Ruff on Wednesday, are now led by interim coach Ron Rolston.  Buffalo lost their first game under Rolston on Thursday in Toronto by a 3-1 score.
The Sabres defeated the Isles 3-2 back on February 9th at the Coliseum despite the Islanders holding a 43-15 shot advantage.

And Finally…
Friday marks the 33rd anniversary of The Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid.  Twenty years later, one of the Islanders' biggest fans was born.  Happy birthday, Evan! Hard to believe you're a teenager.

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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