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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Skinny: Isles 3, Panthers 0

"The Skinny" 

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 32
Isles 3, Florida 0
 
Andrew MacDonald scored a first period power play goal and that stood up long enough for the Isles to add two empty net goals in the final 31 seconds as the Isles broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers before a crowd of 14,512 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.   The empty net goals ended a streak of nine consecutive opponent goals in the third period.  The win, coupled with the Rangers' shootout loss at MSG, leaves the Isles just two points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Scoring:
1st Period
06:05    NYI       PPG - A. MacDonald (2) Slap - ASST: F. Nielsen (14) AND K. Okposo (10) 1 - 0 NYI       
 
2nd Period
NONE
 
3rd Period
19:29    NYI       EN - J. Tavares (19) Wrist - ASST: B. Boyes (19) AND M. Moulson (22)    2 - 0 NYI          
19:47    NYI       EN - C. Cizikas (5) Wrist - ASST: M. Martin (3)     3 - 0 NYI
 
The Skinny:  
The Isles defense has now scored in five straight games; they have combined for 15 goals this season…  Nabokov's shutout is his third of the season and 55th of his career, passing Islander foes Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin for 19th place in NHL history.  It is the 20th time in Islander history that a goalie has recorded three shutouts in a season; Nabokov is the 10th goalie to do so…Casey Cizikas is now tied-5th on the team with five goals; he is only the third NHL rookie to hit the empty net this season…The Isles have now scored five empty-net goals…Thomas Hickey was +1; the team leader in +/- at +5, Hickey is +10 in his last 16 games and has not been a "minus" player in any game in that stretch…Tavares' empty-netter pushes him into a tie with Chris Kunitz with 19 goals; only Steven Stamkos (22) has more.

First Time in a Very Long Time I
An Islander defenseman has scored in five consecutive games for the first time since January 15-24, 2002.  Adrian Aucoin scored in 4 of those games (6 goals total) while Dick Tarnstrom tallied once in two different games.

First Time in a Very Long Time II
It's the first time the Isles have shutout Florida since October 6, 2001 (Chris Osgood) and the first time that they have done so at home since February 15, 1997 (Tommy Salo).

The Shots:                
Isles         13-11-13=37
Panthers   4-12-10=26

Home and Road
The Islanders are 14-15-3 overall, 6-11-2 at home and 8-4-1 on the road.   This game marked the two-thirds mark of this season; eleven of the final sixteen games will be on the road.  With 31 points in 32 games, the Isles have matched their most points thru 32 games in the last five seasons (also had 31 in 2009-10).
The Panthers are 9-18-6 overall, 4-8-5 at home and 5-10-1 on the road.  With 24 points, Florida remains in last place overall in the NHL.

Fewest Points, Isles, first 19 home games
·         9   1972-1973
·         12 1995-1996
·         12 1999-2000
·         13 1989-1990
·         14 2000-2001
·         14 2012-2013

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for his 55th career shutout and 326th career win. He is 14-10-3 this season, with three shutouts.
Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves for the Panthers, allowing only one goal; he is now 3-6-1 on the season despite a 2.54 GAA.

Power Plays
The Islanders went 1-2 while the Panthers were 0-2.
The Isles have 14 PP goals in their last 17 games (with all 14 goals coming in seven games).
The Isles are 11-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-12-2 when they do not.

In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 26 of 32 games this season (14-9-3).

They Said It
Evgeni Nabokov: "Consistency is the word we preach…It's not like it hasn't been there, because it has, but we have to make sure we get the results that we want."

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday: "Islanders finish strong, defeat Panthers 3-0"

The Coach
"We sacrificed our bodies…34 hits again tonight…good goaltending…good special teams…. Our guys did a lot of good things."

As Tavares Goes… 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 5-2-0 when he has two points, 6-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-9-2 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 30 goals this season.  Moulson has assisted on 14 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season.  Tavares has earned an assist on 7 Moulson goals this season. Since November 2011, Tavares has been on-ice for 39 of Moulson's last 40 goals, earning 25 assists; since November 2010, he has earned 47 assists on Moulson's last 71 goals, while being on ice for 69 of them.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 236 career points; he is 54 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.

114 NHL Goals
Moulson has 114 career goals (108 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 one goal behind Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.

Leading Ice Men
Lubomir Visnovsky played 23:01 to lead the Isles.  Brian Campbell led the Panthers with 25:31.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 28 of 58 draws.  Keith Aucoin won 5 of 8 for the Isles.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Florida 34-16.  Colin MacDonald led the Isles with eight hits. Matt Martin had six hits, raising his season total to an NHL-leading 157.  There were no fights, leaving the Isles' season total to 12. 

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 18 blocked shots. Mark Streit and Travis Hamonic each had four to lead the team.

Back Over .500
The Islanders once again go over all-time NHL .500 (1361-1360-435 in 3,156 games).  The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and four times 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.

March Madness
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February.  The Isles are 6-4-1 in March.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 278 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 191 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 114.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 278
4. Denis Potvin 262
 
Century Club
 
Mark Streit now has the sixth longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history:
 
1.     Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979  262
2.     Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
3.     Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4.     Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
5.     Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
6.     Mark Streit  10/8/2011-CURRENT 114
7.     Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113
8.     Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
9.     Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
 
Hamonic, McCabe and Morrow's streaks came at the start of their NHL careers.  Both Niinimaa's streak and McCabe's streak encompassed their entire Islander careers.
 
Missing Men
Thomas Hickey replaced Joe Finley in the lineup. Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek were also scratched.  David Ullstrom and Brian Strait are on injured reserve. Jesse Joensuu is skating with the team but has not yet been added to the active roster.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 58 goals in their 14 wins (4.14 per game) and 33 goals in their other 18 games (0-15-3; 1.83 per game).  In their 15 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.60 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies
 
Career Wins
19. Nikolai Khabibulin 330
19. Harry Lumley 330
22. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 316
 
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
 
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
 
Career Shutouts
 
18 Clint Benedict      57
19 Evgeni Nabokov 55
20 Bernie Parent      54
20 Ed Giacomin       54
 
Career Goals as an Islander
 
21
Ray Ferraro
116
 
22
Matt Moulson
108
 
23
Benoit Hogue
105
 
23
Ed Westfall
105
 
25
John Tavares
103
 
26
Anders Kallur
101
 
27
Trent Hunter
 99

Career Assists as an Islander
 
27
Greg Gilbert
138
 
28
John Tavares
132
 
29
Jason Blake
131
 
30
Trent Hunter
130
 
31
Mark Streit
129
 
32
Frans Nielsen
127
 
33
Benoit Hogue
124
 
33
Mikko Makela
124





Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
25
Gerry Hart
476
26
Mariusz Czerkawski
470
27
Radek Martinek
462
28
Trent Hunter
459



39
Randy Wood
381
40
Frans Nielsen
351
41
Dave Scatchard
347



53
Ray Ferraro
316
53
Steve Webb
316
53
Richard Park
316
56
Gerald Diduck
314
57
Josh Bailey
313
58
Mikko Makela
307
59
Gordon Lane
304
60
Kyle Okposo
303
61
Arron Asham
300
61
Roman Hamrlik
300
63
Gordon Dineen
287
64
Jeffrey Norton
282
65
Matt Moulson
278
66
John Tavares
275
66
Steve Thomas
275
68
Mark Streit
270
69
Blake Comeau
261
69
Andre St. Laurent
261
 
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
24
Ray Ferraro
238
25
Travis Green
237
26
John Tavares
235
27
Kenny Jonsson
232



35
Anders Kallur
211
36
Matt Moulson
202
37
Marty McInnis
198
38
Wayne Merrick
197
39
Robert Goring
195
40
Jeffrey Norton
188
41
Lorne Henning
184
41
Frans Nielsen
184
43
Kyle Okposo
173
44
Randy Wood
172
45
Claude Lapointe
171
45
Jean-Paul Parise
171
47
Shawn Bates
170
48
Jude Drouin
169
49
Dave Scatchard
168
50
Mark Streit
167
51
Miroslav Satan
166



Season Series Stats
The Islanders lead the season series two games to none (and four points to zero). The final meeting of the season will be on April 16th in the home finale.
The Isles have won three straight over Florida for the first time since 2006.

Happy Anniversary
32 years ago tonight (March 24, 1981): In a battle between the top two teams in the NHL, the Isles close within one point of St. Louis with a 5-3 win at the Checkerdome.  Duane Sutter scored the winning goal for the Isles with just 3:42 to play as the Isles rallied from a 3-1 deficit late in the second period.
 All-time, the Isles are 7-9-5 on this date.

On The Farm
Jordan Hill scored two goals and Rick DiPietro made 19 saves as Bridgeport improved to 27-26-6-5 on the season with a 4-2 win over Albany on Sunday afternoon. The Sound Tigers are six points out of a playoff spot with 12 games to play. Bridgeport begins a three-game road trip in Springfield on Thursday; following that trip, seven of their final nine games are at home.

Up Next
TUESDAY, MARCH 26th ISLANDERS AT WASHINGTON (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM]
The Islanders begin a four-game road trip as they visit the nation's capital for the first time this season.
Washington has won three straight games; Alex Ovechkin has a goal in five straight games (four of which are Capital victories).  Washington now has 31 points and is tied with the Islanders for 10th place in the East.  Both teams have 16 games to play, but Washington owns the victory tiebreaker.
The teams met on March 9th at the Coliseum; the Isles won 5-2.  The teams will also meet on April 4th in the District.

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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