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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Skinny: Isles 3, Devils 1


"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
Game 36
Isles 3, New Jersey 1
Josh Bailey scored in the opening minute of the game to give the Isles the lead, and the Devils never caught them, as the Isles went on to a key 3-1 victory over New Jersey before a sell-out crowd of 17,625 at the Prudential Center.  The win, coupled with the Rangers' 4-2 win over Winnipeg, leaves the Islanders in a tie for 8th place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the 7th place Devils.

The Scoring:
1st Period
00:52    NYI       J. Bailey (6) Backhand - ASST: F. Nielsen (16) AND K. Okposo (12)        1 - 0 NYI          
07:14    NYI       T. Hamonic (3) Wrist - ASST: F. Nielsen (17)       2 - 0 NYI          
2nd Period
08:01    NJD      A. Ponikarovsky (4) Backhand - ASST: P. Elias (20) AND T. Zajac (9)      2 - 1 NYI          
3rd Period
09:13    NYI       PPG - J. Tavares (22) Wrist - ASST: L. Visnovsky (7) AND M. Streit (13) 3 - 1 NYI
The Skinny:  
Josh Bailey's goal was his 4th in the last eight games… Frans Nielsen assisted on both first period goals; he has five assists in the last six games and seven assists in the last nine games… John Tavares is now second in the NHL in both goals (22) and power play goals (9); he finishes the season 6-2-8 in five games vs. New Jersey…Andrew MacDonald was +2; it's the first time this season he has been +2 or better…The Isles finish their road trip with a 3-1-0 record…Travis Hamonic's goal was his first in 20 games and the 16th for the Islander defense this season…Matt Moulson has now gone 12 games without a goal.

The Standings:
·   7  New Jersey 36 games   15-12-9 39 points Next game: Thursday at Boston
·   8  NY Rangers 35 games  17-15-3 37 points Next game: Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh
·   9  NY Islanders 36 games 17-16-3 37 points Next game: Tuesday vs. Winnipeg
(The Isles and Rangers each have 14 regulation/overtime wins while the Devils have 13; the Rangers are still ahead of the Isles because they have one more game to play.)

Road Warriors
The Isles have 23 points in their first 17 road games, which is their highest total in the Post-Cup era.

Most points in first 17 road games (all time):
·         26 in 1976-77 (12-3-2)
·         24 in 1980-81 (11-4-2)
·         23 in 1978-79 (10-4-3)
·         23 in 2012-13 (11-5-1)
·         22 in 1983-84 (10-5-2)
·         22 in 2001-02 (10-5-2)

The Shots:                
Isles       7-6-8=21
Devils    4-11-10=25

Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-16-3 overall, 6-11-2 at home and 11-5-1 on the road.  Their 37 points in 36 games is their highest total since they had 38 points in 36 games in 2007-08.
The Devils are 15-12-9 overall, 10-6-2 at home and 5-6-7 on the road.   New Jersey is winless in four straight (0-1-3)

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and improves to 17-11-3 this season. No other Islander goalie owns a win this season. 
Martin Brodeur made 18 saves but suffers his first regulation loss since February 12th. Brodeur is now 10-3-6 on the season.

Power Plays
The Islanders went 1-2 while the Devils were 0-1.
The Isles have 15 PP goals in their last 21 games (with all 15 goals coming in eight games).
The Isles are 12-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-13-2 when they do not.

In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 30 of 36 games this season (17-10-3).   

Movin' on Up
Jack Capuano recorded his 77th win as Islander coach, tying Peter Laviolette for 3rd place on the all-time franchise win list.

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Terry Simpson 81
3.     Jack Capuano 77
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders)
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Mike Milbury 191
3.     Terry Simpson 187
4.     Jack Capuano 183
5.     Scott Gordon 181

They Said It
John Tavares: "I think we've shown as team that we've grown together and have been pretty resilient," Tavares said. "A lot of guys are maturing and coming around and playing big roles."

They Tweeted It
@MattyMarts17: Road Warriors. #Isles   (He tweets as fast as he hits)

The Coach
"We defended well. With guys like [David] Clarkson and [Dainius] Zubrus, it's easy to clutch and grab since they're big guys. But we defending well and properly; it was a good hockey game

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, 9-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-10-2 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 33 goals this season.  Moulson has assisted on 16 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 239 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
Travis Hamonic played 22:23 to lead the Isles.  Andy Greene led the Devils with 23:54.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 24 of 53 draws.  Three Islander forwards won 5 of 10 draws each: Aucoin, Reasoner and Nielsen.  Travis Zajac won 10 of 15 for New Jersey.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 24-21.  Matt Martin led the Isles with 4 hits; he has an NHL-leading 173 hits.  Martin also fought Tom Kostopoulos in the first period; it was Martin 6th fight and the Isles' 14th. 

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 21 blocked shots. Travis Hamonic and Lubomir Visnovsky each had four to lead the team.

All–time Winners
The Islanders move three games over all-time NHL .500 (1364-1361-435 in 3,160 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.

Good Start to April
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February, and 8-5-1 in March.  They are 1-0-0 in April.

Ironmen
Matt Moulson, the Isles' reigning ironman, has played in all 282 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 195 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 118. 
Kyle Okposo played his 101st consecutive game.  Four other Islanders have played every game this season Travis Hamonic (58 consecutive games), Matt Martin (49), Andrew Mac Donald & Brad Boyes (36).

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 282
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 118
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
Anders Lee signed his Entry Level Contract with the Isles, was assigned #27, and took the morning skate but did not dress. Matt Carkner was replaced by Radek Martinek in the lineup. Eric Boulton was also scratched.  Joe Finley, 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 67 goals in their 17 wins (3.94 per game) and 33 goals in their other 19 games (0-16-3; 1.74 per game).  In their 16 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies
Career Wins
19. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
20. Harry Lumley 330
22. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 317
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
4. Tomas Vokoun 51
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
John Tavares
106
24
Benoit Hogue
105
24
Ed Westfall
105
26
Anders Kallur
101
Career Assists as an Islander
27
Greg Gilbert
138
28
John Tavares
133
29
Mark Streit
131
29
Jason Blake
131
31
Trent Hunter
130
31
Frans Nielsen
130
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
463
28
Trent Hunter
459



39
Randy Wood
381
40
Frans Nielsen
355
41
Dave Scatchard
347



52
Brad Dalgarno
321
53
Josh Bailey
317
54
Ray Ferraro
316
54
Steve Webb
316
54
Richard Park
316
57
Gerald Diduck
314
58
Mikko Makela
307
58
Kyle Okposo
307
60
Gordon Lane
304
61
Arron Asham
300
61
Roman Hamrlik
300
63
Gordon Dineen
287
64
Jeffrey Norton
282
64
Matt Moulson
282
66
John Tavares
279
67
Steve Thomas
275
68
Mark Streit
274
69
Blake Comeau
261
69
Andre St. Laurent
261
Career Points as an Islander
23
David Volek
249
24
John Tavares
239
25
Ray Ferraro
238



35
Anders Kallur
211
36
Matt Moulson
205
37
Marty McInnis
198
38
Wayne Merrick
197
39
Robert Goring
195
40
Jeffrey Norton
188
41
Frans Nielsen
187
42
Lorne Henning
184
43
Kyle Okposo
176
44
Randy Wood
172
45
Claude Lapointe
171
45
Jean-Paul Parise
171
47
Mark Streit
170
47
Shawn Bates
170
49
Jude Drouin
169



Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series three games to two (and six points to five).  The Isles swept the two games in Newark; it's the first time since 1998-99 that the Isles have swept the season series in New Jersey.
The Isles will climb within two points of the Devils; each team has 12 games to play.

Happy Anniversary
34 years ago tonight (4-1-78):  Mike Bossy becomes the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season, tying a game with the Washington Capitals with a power play goal at 11:12 of the third period.  He would then score the winning goal with 5 seconds to play as the Islanders closed in on their first division championship.
Also on this date: 1973 – Bobby Nystrom and Billy Harris score third period goals as the Isles rally to tie Atlanta 4-4 in the final game of their inaugural season.
All-time, the Isles are 7-6-8 on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 27-28-6-5 on the season heading into their game in Worcester on Tuesday. The Sound Tigers are eight points out of a playoff spot with ten games to play. Following Tuesday's game, seven of their final nine games are at home.

Up Next
TUESDAY, APRIL 2nd WINNIPEG AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM]
The Isles return home for their only one-game homestand of the season as they entertain Winnipeg on Tuesday.
It's the second meeting of the season between the teams; the Jets rallied to defeat the Islanders in overtime in Winnipeg back in January.
Al Montoya has been the winning goaltender in each of the last two games between the teams, earning his final win as an Islander last April and his first win as a Jet in January.
This is the sixth set of back-to-backs for the Isles this season; the Isles are 0-5-0 on the back-end so far this season.
With both the Devils and Rangers idle, the Islanders can pass New York and catch New Jersey with a win on Tuesday.  If the Isles win in regulation, they would also pass Winnipeg, who will still lead the Southeast.

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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