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The Skinny: Isles 5, Toronto 3

 "The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 44
Isles 5, Maple Leafs 3

John Tavares scored two goals and added an assist as the Islanders rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,676 at the Air Canada Center. The Islanders are 7-0-2 in their last nine, 10-1-2 in their last 13 and remain in 7th place in the East, one point behind sixth place Ottawa and three points ahead of the 8th place Rangers and 9th place Winnipeg.

The Scoring:
1st Period
05:05    TOR      J. Lupul (9) Snap - ASST: P. Kessel (28) AND J. Gardiner (3)       1 - 0 TOR         
06:41    TOR      PPG - C. Franson (4) Snap - ASST: T. Bozak (15) AND P. Kessel (29)      2 - 0 TOR         
09:07    NYI       B. Boyes (9) Snap - ASST: J. Tavares (19) AND L. Visnovsky (8)             2 - 1 TOR         
15:03    NYI       PPG - M. Moulson (15) Tip-In - ASST: B. Boyes (24) AND L. Visnovsky (9)2 - 2 TIE         
17:24    NYI       J. Tavares (25) Wrist - ASST: M. Moulson (27) AND A. MacDonald (8)     3 - 2 NYI          
 
2nd Period
14:40    NYI       J. Tavares (26) Wrist - ASST: B. Boyes (25) AND M. Streit (20)    4 - 2 NYI          

3rd Period
10:22    NYI       F. Nielsen (5) Slap - ASST: K. Okposo (16)         5 - 2 NYI          
19:33    TOR      PPG - D. Phaneuf (9) Slap - ASST: P. Kessel (30) AND J. Gardiner (4)     5 - 3 NYI          

The Skinny:  
The Isles are 10-1-2 in the last 13 and are seven 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 14-5 in the third period over the last 13 games… Mark Streit's assist was his 138th as an Islander, maintaining a one assist lead over John Tavares among active players…The Isles have now scored 126 goals and allowed 126…The Isles are 8-0-0 when they score at least five goals… Dion Phaenuf's late goal denied the Isles a chance to set a club record by allowing two goals or less for the 10th straight game…Brad Boyes had his 2nd three-point game of the season, both against Toronto.  His goal was his first in 16 games… John Tavares has 26 goals, which is two more than he had in his entire rookie campaign. He needs 5 goals in the final four games to match his career high of 31, set in 82 games last season… The Isles improve to 7-6-1 against the Northeast; if the season ended today, 4 of 5 Northeast teams would make the playoffs…The Isles tallied three goals in the first period for the second straight game…Phil Kessel played his 500th NHL game…Boyes, Tavares and Moulson each had a multi-point game, giving the trio 33 multi-point games this season.  It's the first time that all three players have scored a goal in the same game.      

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles have 22 points (10-1-2) in the last 13 games for the first time since they had 22 points in overlapping 12-game stretches early in the 2001-02 season.  They have not had more than 22 points in any 13 game stretch since they won 14 of 15 games in the 1989-90 season, recording 24 points in three overlapping 13-game stretches.

The Standings:
  • 3 Washington (SE Leader) 44 games 24-18-2 50 points (21 ROW) Next game: Saturday at Montreal
  • 5. Toronto 44 games 24-15-5 53 points  (24 ROW) Next game: Saturday at Ottawa
  • 6  Ottawa  43 games 23-14-6 52 points  (19 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Toronto
  • 7  NY Islanders 44 games 23-16-5 51 points  (20 ROW) Next game: Saturday at Winnipeg
  • 8  NY Rangers 43 games  22-17-4 48 points  (18 ROW) Next game: Friday at Buffalo
  • 9  Winnipeg 44 games 23-19-2 48 points (21 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Islanders
  • 10 Buffalo 44 games 18-19-6 44 points (13 ROW) Next game: Friday vs. Rangers
  • 11 New Jersey 43 games 16-17-10 42 points (14 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Florida
Isn't it Magic?
The Islanders' magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 6. Of the teams currently not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (56 points). 

The Shots:                
Isles           19-15-4=38
Maple Leafs 5-5-11=21
 
The Isles have allowed 28 or fewer shots in 14 of the last 16 games. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 23-16-5 overall, 10-11-3 at home and 13-5-2 on the road.  Their 51 points in 44 games matches their highest total since they had 52 points in 44 games in 1984-85. 
The Isles have earned 28 of a possible 40 road points (.700).  Their all-time road point percentage is .663, set in 1976-77 and matched in 1980-81.  The Isles need to earn 4 points in their final four road games to set a new franchise record for point percentage on the road.
The Isles ended their home season with at least a 6-game point streak (5-0-1) for the first time since going unbeaten in the final 23 home games of the 1981-82 season.
The Isles have points in nine straight (7-0-2) and are 10-1-2 in their last 13 games.  It's their longest point streak since they opened the 2001-02 season with a 9-0-1-1 record.
 The Leafs are 24-15-5 overall, 13-8-2 at home and 11-7-3 on the road.   

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves to improve to 22-11-5 on the season. His goals against average is 2.50.  Nabokov is tied for the league lead in victories (pending San Jose's late game).
James Riemer made 33 saves for the Leafs and falls to 17-6-5 on the season. He had allowed only seven goals in his last five games.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-5 while the Leafs were 2-4.
It's the first time in ten games that the Isles had five power plays.
The Isles are 15-3-1 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 38 of 44 games this season (23-10-5).   

Coach Cappy
Jack Capuano now has 83 career wins and is the second winningest coach in Islander history.  He will move into second place in games coached on Saturday.

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 83
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

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

They Said It
Brent Thompson: Credit has to be given to Boulton and Carkner;  they brought a little bit of energy to the bench…we took it from there.

They Tweeted It
@themirl If @91Tavares wasn't in NHL MVP race before, no question he is now. A big game in Toronto will have that effect.
@JoeYerdonPHT  John Tavares making MVP case, leads Isles over Leafs 5-3wp.me/p14QU5-6xbY

The Coach
 "I don't know what happened at the beginning of the year, but we've put that behind us, moved forward and have done some good things here.  We fell behind early, our 5-on-3 struggled, but we found a way to come back and get some pucks to the net. Fortunately, they went in."

As Tavares Goes… 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 2-0-1 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 41 goals this season.  Moulson has assisted on 19 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season.  Tavares has earned an assist on 10 Moulson goals this season.  In five of the last six games that Moulson has scored a goal, Tavares has scored also.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 247 career points; he is 58 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.

118 NHL Goals
Moulson has 118 career goals (112 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
Travis Hamonic played 23:00 to lead the Isles.  Dion Phaneuf led Toronto with 24:28.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 35 of 63 draws.  Frans Nielsen won 9 of 12 to lead the Isles. John Tavares won 13 of 26; he has won 57 of 94 over the last six games.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders were out-hit 40-25. Kyle Okposo led the Isles with six hits.  Matt Martin added three hits; he has an NHL-leading 216 hits. The game changed in part after two first period fights as Matt Carkner fought Frazer McLaren and Eric Boulton fought Colton Orr four seconds apart.  The Isles have 17 fighting majors this season.

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 22 blocked shots.  Matt Carkner led the Islanders with four blocks. Andrew MacDonald had two, raising his NHL-leading total to 116.  

All–time Winners
The Islanders are 9 games over all-time NHL .500 (1370-1361-437 in 3,168 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.  It's the first time since March 24, 2011 that the Isles are 9 games over all-time NHL .500.

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 7-0-2 in April.

Ironmen
John Tavares is the reigning Islanders' ironman. Tavares has now played in 203 consecutive games.
Three other Islanders have streaks of at least 100 games.  Frans Nielsen and Mark Streit have each played in 126 consecutive games while Kyle Okposo has played in 109 consecutive games. 

Four other Islanders have played every game this season: Travis Hamonic (66 consecutive games), Matt Martin (57), Andrew Mac Donald & Brad Boyes (44).

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  203

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 126
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
Matt Carkner and Eric Boulton replaced Radek Martinek and Jesse Joensuu in the lineup. Anders Lee, Marty Reasoner, Joe Finley and Brian Strait were also scratched as was David Ullstrom, who has been recalled from Bridgeport.

Scoring
The Isles have scored 92 goals in their 23 wins (4.00 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
112
 
23
John Tavares
110
 
24
Benoit Hogue
105
 
24
Ed Westfall
105
 
 
 
 
Career Assists as an Islander
 
26
Steve Thomas
140
 
27
Mark Streit
138
 
27
Greg Gilbert
138
 
29
John Tavares
137
 
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
363
41
Dave Scatchard
347



50
Eric Cairns
327
51
Alan Kerr
326
52
Josh Bailey
325
53
Brad Dalgarno
321
54
Ray Ferraro
316
54
Steve Webb
316
54
Richard Park
316
57
Kyle Okposo
315
58
Gerald Diduck
314
59
Mikko Makela
307
60
Gordon Lane
304
61
Arron Asham
300
61
Roman Hamrlik
300
63
Matt Moulson
289
64
John Tavares
287
64
Gordon Dineen
287
66
Mark Streit
282
66
Jeffrey Norton
282
68
Steve Thomas
275
 
 
 
Career Points as an Islander
23
David Volek
249
24
John Tavares
247
25
Ray Ferraro
238



35
Matt Moulson
212
36
Anders Kallur
211
37
Marty McInnis
198
38
Wayne Merrick
197
39
Robert Goring
195
40
Frans Nielsen
193
41
Jeffrey Norton
188
42
Lorne Henning
184
43
Kyle Okposo
181
44
Mark Streit
178
45
Randy Wood
172



Season Series Stats
The Islanders win the season series two games to one (and five points to two). The road team won all three games.
The Isles have won three straight games in Toronto for the first time since 12/11/91-2/3/93, outscoring the Leafs by a 17-9 score.  The Isles have scored at least five goals in each of the three games; it's the first time they have ever scored five goals in three straight games in Toronto.
The Isles are 3-0-2 overall vs. Toronto in their last five games, holding the Leafs to 21 shots or fewer three of them.  It's their first five-game point streak vs. Toronto since 2001-2003.

Happy Anniversary
26 years ago tonight (4-18-87):  Two words: Easter Epic. Pat LaFontaine scored 8:47 into the 4th overtime to give the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their playoff series. Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves for the Isles in the longest Game 7 ever played and the longest game in Islander history.  The game ended at 1:58 AM Easter Sunday morning.

Also on this date:  (1979)  Mike Bossy scores at 2:31 of overtime in a 1-0 win over Chicago; (1982) Bryan Trottier's goal at 3:00 of overtime gives the Isles a 4-3 win over the Rangers and a 2-1 series lead.

All-time, the Isles are 3-1-0 in regular season play and 4-6 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on this date.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 31-30-7-5 on the season heading into the final weekend of the AHL season. 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
SATURDAY, APRIL 20th ISLANDERS AT WINNIPEG (3:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 2:30), WRHU (88.7FM]

The Isles continue the road trip in Saturday against the Jets and both teams will have a lot to play for.  The Isles lead the Jets by three points and each team has four games to play.

An Islander win would put the Isles on the threshold of clinching a playoff berth while a Jets win would tie Winnipeg with Washington for the Southeast Division lead, pending Washington's Saturday night game in Montreal.

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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