Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Skinny: Isles 4, Florida 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 28
Isles 4, Panthers 3

Casey Cizikas scored with only 7:05 to play as the Islanders broke a 3-3 tie to defeat the Florida Panthers 4-3 before a crowd of 17,627 at the BB&T Center.  The Isles had built a 3-0 lead heading to the third before Florida tallied three times in 103 seconds to tie the game, setting the stage for Cizikas' winning goal. Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for his 325th career win as the Isles went over NHL .500 (13-12-3). The Isles are 5-1-2 in their last eight games.

The Scoring:
1st Period
15:26    NYI       K. Okposo (3) Slap - ASST: F. Nielsen (11) AND A. MacDonald (6)          1 - 0 NYI          
17:59    NYI       R. Martinek (2) Snap - ASST: M. Streit (11) AND M. Reasoner (5)             2 - 0 NYI
 
2nd Period
00:33    NYI       B. Boyes (8) Wrist - ASST: J. Tavares (14) AND M. Moulson (18)             3 - 0 NYI          

3rd Period
05:09    FLA      T. Brennan (2) Wrist - ASST: M. Santorelli (1) AND J. Huberdeau (6)         3 - 1 NYI          
05:43    FLA      M. Goc (3) Wrist - ASST: T. Fleischmann (13) AND T. Kopecky (7)           3 - 2 NYI          
06:52    FLA      M. Santorelli (2) Tip-In - ASST: J. Skille (7) AND B. Campbell (11)            3 - 3 TIE           
12:55    NYI       C. Cizikas (4) Wrist - ASST: C. McDonald (7) AND K. Aucoin (3)             4 - 3 NYI
 
The Skinny:  
The Isles are 9-2-3 when scoring first and 8-1-1 when leading after two periods… Evgeni Nabokov's 325th career win passes Sean Burke for 21st place all-time.… Nabokov has allowed three goals or fewer in six of his last seven starts…Matt Moulson has an assist in four straight games; he leads the Isles with 18 assists and now has 199 career points in an Islander uniform…Brad Boyes now has 9 points in the last seven games (4-5-9); he also has his first 3-game goal scoring streak since a 4-game streak 11/13-11/19/2010…The Isles defense has combined for 15 goals this season…Florida has lost six straight (0-5-1) and trailed 2-0 in the first period of all six games…The Isles have won three straight over Southeast opponents and are 4-2-1 vs. the Southeast this season, including 2-0-1 on the road.… Brennan's goal was the first allowed by the Isles in 118:30, and the first against Nabokov in 111:19.

The Shots:
Isles         9-6-10=25
Panthers  9-6-15=30

Home and Road
The Islanders are 13-12-3 overall, 5-8-2 at home and 8-4-1 on the road.  With the win, the Isles move ahead of the Rangers into 9th place in the East. The Isles lead the Rangers by one point and they are now two points behind 8th place Carolina.
The Panthers are 7-16-6 overall, 4-8-5 at home and 3-8-1 on the road.

Sunshine State Sweep
The Isles swept their Florida trip in March, 2011, but their win over the Panthers was in a shootout.  This was their first back-to-back regulation wins in Florida since opening the 2001-02 season with back-to-back wins in Peter Laviolette's first two games as Islander coach.

Over .500, Finally
The Isles move over NHL .500 in the second-half of an NHL season for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign when they were 23-22-8.  The Isles entered five games in the second half of last season with a .500 record as well as this past Sunday's game in Pittsburgh but lost them all.

Road Warriors
The Isles have 17 points in their first 13 road games, matching their most in the last 34 seasons.

Most points in first 13 road games (all time):
·         19 in 1976-77 (9-3-1)
·         18 in 1978-79 (8-3-2)
·         17 in 1980-81 (8-4-1)
·         17 in 1983-84 (8-4-1)
·         17 in 2001-02 (8-4-1)
·         17 in 2012-13 (8-4-1)

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for his 325th career win as he improves to 13-8-2 on the season.
Scott Clemmenson made 21 saves for the Panthers as he falls to 2-5-2 on the season.

Power Plays
The Islanders did not have a power play while the Panthers were 0-1.  It's the third time in the last eight games and the seventh time in the last two seasons that the Isles have not had a power play.
The Isles have 12 PP goals in their last 13 games (with all 12 goals coming in five games).
The Isles are 10-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-10-2 when they do not.
The Isles are 11-35 on the road power play this season (NHL-leading 31.4%).

In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead in the third period in 22 of 28 games this season (13-6-3).

They Said It
New American Citizen Ken Daneyko: "I think the Islanders…ten feet from the goal line…are one of the best teams in the league finishing plays.  There are a lot of good things going on on Long Island."

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday:  Small tidbit from #Isles room postgame: No music, serious faces. They know this wasn't one to celebrate over. Sign of maturity.

The Coach
On the Cizikas Line: "That line was good...they grinded it out down low…they got us a big goal."

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, 5-2-0 when he has one point, and 1-8-2 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 28 goals this season.  Moulson has assisted on 12 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 233 career points; he is 56 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
Andrew MacDonald played 23:02 to lead the Isles.  Brian Campbell led the Panthers with 27:35.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 27 of 51 draws.  Marty Reasoner won 8 of 13 for the Isles.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Florida 40-26. Matt Martin led the Isles with eight hits, raising his season total to an NHL-leading 138. Eric Boulton fought George Parros in the first period, raising the Isles' season total to 11.

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with four blocked shots.

All-time Winners
The Islanders are now three games over all-time NHL .500 (1360-1357-435 in 3,152 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 to Victory
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February.  The Isles are 5-1-1 in March.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 274 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 187 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 110.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 274
4. Denis Potvin 262
 
Century Club
 
Mark Streit is the 9th Islander defenseman to play at least 100 consecutive games:
 
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.     Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113
7.     Mark Streit  10/8/2011-CURRENT 110
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
Joe Finley was scratched.  David Ullstrom, Michael Grabner, Matt Carkner 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 55 goals in their 13 wins (4.23 per game) and 26 goals in their other 15 games (0-12-3; 1.73 per game).  In their 12 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 17 goals (1.42 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 54
19 Bernie Parent      54
19 Ed Giacomin       54
22 Rogie Vachon     51
22 Dave Kerr           51
22 Curtis Joseph     51
 
Career Goals as an Islander
 
21
Ray Ferraro
116
 
 
22
Matt Moulson
108
 
 
23
Benoit Hogue
105
 
 
23
Ed Westfall
105
 
 
25
John Tavares
101
 
 
25
Anders Kallur
101
 
 
27
Trent Hunter
 99
 
 
 
 
 
 
Career Assists as an Islander
 
 
27
Greg Gilbert
138
 
 
28
Jason Blake
131
 
 
28
John Tavares
131
 
 
30
Trent Hunter
130
 
 
31
Mark Streit
129
 
 
32
Frans Nielsen
124
 
 
32
Benoit Hogue
124
 
 
32
Mikko Makela
124
 
 
35
Ray Ferraro
122
 






Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
26
Mariusz Czerkawski
470
 
27
Radek Martinek
461
 
28
Trent Hunter
459
 



 
39
Dave Scatchard
347
 
39
Frans Nielsen
347
 
41
Alexei Yashin
346
 



 
56
Gerald Diduck
314
57
Josh Bailey
309
58
Mikko Makela
307
59
Gordon Lane
304
60
Arron Asham
300
60
Roman Hamrlik
300
62
Kyle Okposo
299
 
63
Gordon Dineen
287
 
64
Jeffrey Norton
282
 
65
Steve Thomas
275
 
66
Matt Moulson
274
 
67
John Tavares
271
 
68
Mark Streit
266
 
69
Blake Comeau
261
 
69
Andre St. Laurent
261
 
 
 
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
24
Ray Ferraro
238
25
Travis Green
237
26
Kenny Jonsson
232
26
John Tavares
232
28
Greg Gilbert
231



35
Anders Kallur
211
36
Matt Moulson
199
37
Marty McInnis
198
38
Wayne Merrick
197
39
Robert Goring
195
40
Jeffrey Norton
188
41
Lorne Henning
184
42
Frans Nielsen
181
43
Randy Wood
172
44
Claude Lapointe
171
44
Jean-Paul Parise
171
46
Kyle Okposo
170
46
Shawn Bates
170
48
Jude Drouin
169
49
Dave Scatchard
168
50
Miroslav Satan
166
51
Mark Streit
166
52
Oleg Kvasha
158




Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none).  The teams will play again March 24th (5pm) and April 16th at the Coliseum.
The Isles own shootout wins in Sunrise in each of the last two March's, but this was their first regulation win in South Florida since November 18, 2006 (Two shootout wins, 8 losses, and a shootout loss).

Happy Anniversary
13 years ago tonight (March 16, 2000): In his first NHL start, Steve Valiquette makes 37 saves as the Islanders defeat Atlanta 4-2.  Josh Green scored the winning goal for the Isles.
Also on this date: John Tavares' 5 point game in Vancouver earns him a share of the Isles' rookie point record (2010), a Glenn Healy (1993) shutout at San Jose, and a Billy Smith shutout/Garry Howatt hat trick (1977 ) at Chicago.
All-time, the Isles are 8-10-1 on March 16, although they are 4-2-0 in their last six.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 25-25-6-4 on the season after losing to Manchester 3-2 on Friday and being blanked 1-0 in overtime by Hershey on Saturday.  The Sound Tigers are six points out of a playoff spot with 16 games to play. Bridgeport hosts Albany on Sunday afternoon at 3.

Up Next
TUESDAY, MARCH 19th OTTAWA AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Isles return home to begin a four game (in six days) homestand as they entertain Ottawa.
It's the final meeting of the season between the teams, with each team owning a home-ice victory.  The Isles' victory, back on March 3rd, was clinched on John Tavares' memorable shootout goal.
The Sens have owned the special teams in the first two meetings, stopping all nine Islander power plays, while going 2-8 on their own power play.
Ottawa may be in search of an NHL record on Tuesday; the Sens have played 11 consecutive one-goal games (5-2-4) and can tie an NHL record set by the 1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks when they host Winnipeg on Sunday.

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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