Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Skinny: Isles 5, Panthers 2


 "The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
Game 43
Isles 5, Panthers 2
The fans shouted "We Want Playoffs" and the Isles responded with their first three-goal first period of the season; Radek Martinek and Michael Grabner scored goals 14 seconds apart in the second period and the Islanders went on to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers before a near-sellout crowd of 15,922 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Grabner's goal was his second of the game and 15th of the season (only John Tavares -24 goals) has more. The Islanders are 6-0-2 in their last eight, 9-1-2 in their last 12 and remain in 7th place in the East, one point behind sixth place Ottawa and three points ahead of the eighth place Rangers and 9th place Winnipeg Jets.

The Scoring:
1st Period
08:01    NYI       M. Moulson (14) Deflected - ASST: M. Martin (7) AND T. Hickey (3)         1 - 0 NYI          
13:59    NYI       PPG - M. Streit (6) Slap - ASST: K. Okposo (15) AND F. Nielsen (21)       2 - 0 NYI          
16:47    NYI       PPG - M. Grabner (14) Wrist - ASST: A. MacDonald (7) AND E. Nabokov (4) 3 - 0 NYI     
18:12    FLA      PPG - D. Kulikov (3) Wrist - ASST: T. Fleischmann (20) AND M. Goc (10)  3 - 1 NYI         
2nd Period
03:19    NYI       R. Martinek (3) Slap - ASST: J. Joensuu (1) AND M. Streit (19)    4 - 1 NYI          
03:33    NYI       M. Grabner (15) Backhand - ASST: NONE           5 - 1 NYI          
07:44    FLA      M. Goc (6) Wrist - ASST: T. Kopecky (12) AND T. Fleischmann (21)         5 - 2 NYI          
3rd Period
NONE

The Skinny:  
The Isles are 9-1-2 in the last 12 and are six games over NHL-.500 for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season (40-30-12)… The Isles have outscored their opponents 13-4 in the third period over the last 12 games…Two of Radek Martinek's goals this season have come against the Panthers; he has five career goals against the Panthers and 20 against the rest of the NHL…The Isles got two goals from defensemen and now have 19 on the season, matching last season's 82-game total… The Isles did not allow a shorthanded goal at home this season…Mark Streit's assist was his 137th as an Islander, breaking a tie with John Tavares for the club lead among active players…The Isles have now scored 121 goals and allowed 123…The Panthers have been outscored 102-60 over the first two periods this season… The Isles are 7-1-0 when they score at least two power play goals and are 7-0-0 when they score at least five goals.      

Thank You Fans!       
A near-capacity crowd was in attendance for Fan Appreciation Night.  A moment of silence for the victims in Boston was held before the game; a spontaneous U-S-A chant erupted after the moment of silence.

Home Finales
The Isles are 23-11-6 in home finales and have won two straight finales for the first time since 1997-1998.  The Isles are 2-0-2 in their last four home finales and are now 2-0-1 in home finales against Florida.                               

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles have 20 points (9-1-2) in the last 12 games for the first time since they had 20 points in several overlapping 12-game stretches early in the 2001-02 season.  They have not had more than 20 points in any 12 game stretch since they won 14 of 15 games in the 1989-90 season, recording 22 points in several overlapping
12-game stretches.

First Time in a Long Time II (and Second Time EVER)
The Isles tied a club record tonight. They have allowed two goals or fewer in nine straight games for the second time in club history.  They also did this from 10/17/01 to 11/6/01.

First Time Ever (As Seen on MSG+)
Entering play tonight, Evgeni Nabokov was the first goalie in club history to allow 14 goals or fewer in a single season 10-start span.  
He matched his own club record over 11 starts, having allowed 16 goals:
·         Evgeni Nabokov                   03/24/2013         04/16/2003         16
·         Evgeni Nabokov                   01/10/2012         02/11/2012         16
·         Evgeni Nabokov                   01/14/2012         02/14/2012         17
·         Evgeni Nabokov                   03/22/2013         04/13/2013         17
·         Garth Snow                           01/24/2003         02/21/2003         17
·         Chico Resch                          12/02/1975         01/17/1976         17
(Thanks, Elias Sports Bureau)

The Standings:
·         3 Washington (SE Leader) 43 games 24-17-2 50 points (21 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Ottawa
·         5. Toronto 43 games 24-14-5 53 points  (24 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Isles
·         6  Ottawa  43 games 22-14-6 50 points  (18 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Washington
·         7  NY Islanders 43 games 22-16-5 49 points  (19 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Toronto
·         8  NY Rangers 42 games  21-17-4 46 points  (17 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Florida
·         9  Winnipeg 43 games 22-19-2 46 points (20 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Carolina
·         10 Buffalo 43 games 17-19-6 42 points (13 ROW) Next game: Wednesday at Boston
·         11 Philadelphia 43 games 19-21-3 41 points (18 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. New Jersey
·         12 New Jersey 42 games 15-17-10 40 points (13 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Philadelphia

Isn't it Magic?
The Islanders' magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 8. Of the teams currently not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (56 points). 

The Shots:                
Isles         15-9-7=31
Panthers   8-8-12=28
The Isles have allowed 28 or fewer shots in 13 of the last 15 games. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-16-5 overall, 10-11-3 at home and 12-5-2 on the road.  Their 49 points in 43 games matches their highest total since they had 51 points in 43 games in 1984-85 and guarantees the Islanders a winning record for the first time since their last playoff appearance in 2006-07. 
Despite the win, the Isles finish one point below NHL .500 at home for the third straight season.  The Isles are 5-0-1 in their last six games at home.  It's the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Isles have earned a point in six straight at home.
The Isles end a home season with at least a 6-game point streak for the first time since going unbeaten in the final 23 home games of the 1981-82 season.
The Isles have points in eight straight (6-0-2) and are 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.  It's the first time since January 18 - February 7, 2007 that the Isles have earned points in eight straight games (5-0-3) and matches their longest point streak since they opened the 2001-02 season with a 9-0-1-1 record.
The Panthers are 13-23-6 overall, 7-10-5 at home and 6-13-1 on the road.   

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves to improve to 21-11-5 on the season and lowers his goals against average to 2.49.  Nabokov is tied for the league lead in victories (pending San Jose's late game).
Jacob Markstrom made 13 saves for the Panthers and falls to 6-11-1 on the season. Markstrom was replaced by Scott Clemmensen after the fifth goal; Clemmensen stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 2-3 while the Panthers were 1-5.
It's the first time in eight games that the Isles had more two power plays.
The Isles have killed 19 of 21 over the last nine games.
The Isles are 14-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-14-4 when they do not.

In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 37 of 43 games this season (22-10-5).   

Coach Cappy
Jack Capuano now has 82 career wins as he becomes the second winningest coach in Islander history, passing Terry Simpson for second place.  He will move into second place in games coached on Saturday.

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 82
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Mike Milbury 191
3.     Jack Capuano 190
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181

They Said It
Michael Grabner on the fans: "It gives you goose bumps. It gets you motivated and it makes you want to keep playing for another couple of months."

They Tweeted It
@MMoulson  Great support in the old barn #thankyoufans..here we come road trip

The Coach
"I thought Nabby played a great game tonight. We tried to establish our forecheck and sticks, and be resilient on pucks tonight. I thought we did that, but there were times where we didn't. We found a way and that's the important thing."

As Tavares Goes… 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 7-2-0 when he has two points, 10-4-0 when he has one point, and 3-10-4 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 38 goals this season.  Moulson has assisted on 18 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season.  Tavares has earned an assist on 9 Moulson goals this season.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 244 career points; he is 55 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.

117 NHL Goals
Moulson has 117 career goals (111 as an Islander).  While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 16 have more goals.  

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 24:40 to lead the Isles.  Brian Campbell led Florida with 26:11.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 29 of 63 draws. John Tavares won 13 of 21 for the Isles; he has won 44 of 68 over the last five games.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 22-15. Mark Streit led the Isles with three hits.  Matt Martin, who won the Nystrom Award before the game added one hit; he has an NHL-leading 213 hits. There were no fights, leaving the season total at 15.

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 21 blocked shots. Three Islanders each had three blocks. Andrew MacDonald had two. MacDonald now leads the NHL with 114 blocks.   

All–time Winners
The Islanders are 8 games over all-time NHL .500 (1369-1361-437 in 3,167 games).  The Isles are assured of finishing the season above all-time NHL .500, as they have been at the end of every season since 1977-78.

April Wins Bring May Playoff Games
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February, and 8-5-1 in March.  They are 6-0-2 in April.

Ironmen
John Tavares is the reigning Islanders' ironman. Tavares has now played in 202 consecutive games.
Three other Islanders have streaks of at least 100 games.  Frans Nielsen and Mark Streit have each played in 125 consecutive games while Kyle Okposo has played in 108 consecutive games. 
Four other Islanders have played every game this season: Travis Hamonic (65 consecutive games), Matt Martin (56), Andrew Mac Donald & Brad Boyes (43).

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era 
·         Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013  284
·         Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221
·         Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
·         Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219
·         Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215
·         John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT  202

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 125
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
Radek Martinek replaced Matt Carkner in the lineup. Anders Lee, Marty Reasoner and Eric Boulton were scratched as were Joe Finley and Brian Strait, who have been activated from injured reserve.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 87 goals in their 22 wins (3.94 per game) and 34 goals in their other 21 games (0-16-5; 1.62 per game).  In their 16 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies

Career Wins
18. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
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
111
23
John Tavares
108
24
Benoit Hogue
105
24
Ed Westfall
105
Career Assists as an Islander
26
Steve Thomas
140
27
Greg Gilbert
138
28
Mark Streit
137
28
John Tavares
136
30
Frans Nielsen
134
31
Jason Blake
131





Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
25
Gerry Hart
476
26
Mariusz Czerkawski
470
27
Radek Martinek
466
28
Trent Hunter
459



39
Randy Wood
381
40
Frans Nielsen
362
41
Dave Scatchard
347



50
Eric Cairns
327
51
Alan Kerr
326
52
Josh Bailey
324
53
Brad Dalgarno
321
54
Ray Ferraro
316
54
Steve Webb
316
54
Richard Park
316
57
Kyle Okposo
314
57
Gerald Diduck
314
59
Mikko Makela
307
60
Gordon Lane
304
61
Arron Asham
300
61
Roman Hamrlik
300
63
Matt Moulson
288
64
Gordon Dineen
287
65
John Tavares
286
66
Jeffrey Norton
282
67
Mark Streit
281
68
Steve Thomas
275



Career Points as an Islander
23
David Volek
249
24
John Tavares
244
25
Ray Ferraro
238



35
Anders Kallur
211
36
Matt Moulson
210
37
Marty McInnis
198
38
Wayne Merrick
197
39
Robert Goring
195
40
Frans Nielsen
192
41
Jeffrey Norton
188
42
Lorne Henning
184
43
Kyle Okposo
180
44
Mark Streit
177
45
Randy Wood
172



Season Series Stats
The Islanders sweep the season series three games to none, winning all three games in regulation.  It's the first perfect season for the Isles against the Panthers.

The Isles have won four straight over Florida, matching the club record.

Happy Anniversary
33 years ago tonight (4-16-80):  Clark Gillies scored 1:02 into overtime to give the Islanders a 2-1 win over Boston in the opening game of their second round playoff series.  It remains to this day the second shortest overtime in Isles playoff history.

Also on this date:  (1993) Pierre Turgeon records a hat trick in the season finale as the Isles beat New Jersey 8-4; (1979)  Mike Bossy recorded his first playoff hat trick in a 6-2 win over Chicago; (1984, 1985, 1987) The Isles won playoff games against Washington in each year.  The 1985 win completed a comeback from 2-0 to win the best-of-5, while a game 6 win in 1987 set the stage for the Easter Epic two days later.
All-time, the Isles are 3-1-0 in regular season play and 7-3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on this date.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 31-30-7-5 on the season after a 5-4 overtime loss to Portland. The Sound Tigers are five points out of a playoff spot with only three games to play.  Bridgeport visits Portland on Friday before concluding the regular season with a pair of home games over the weekend.

Up Next
THURSDAY, APRIL 18th ISLANDERS AT TORONTO (7:30PM)
[MSG+2 (pre-game show at 7:00), WRHU (88.7FM]
The Islanders begin the regular season-ending five game road trip in Toronto on Tuesday.  The Isles won an early season game in Toronto before dropping an overtime game at the Coliseum on February 28th on a Dion Phaneuf goal.
The Isles will be looking for their third straight win in Toronto for the first time since 12/11/91-2/3/93. They are 2-0-2 in their last four games overall vs. the Leafs and will be looking for their first five-game point streak vs. Toronto since 2001-2003.

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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