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Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Skinny; Chicago 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 4
Chicago 3, Isles 2
 
Michael Handzus broke a 2-2 tie midway through the second period and that proved to be the difference as the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks handed the Isles their first regulation defeat of the season, as they edged the Islanders 3-2 before 21,196 at the United Center.  It was the Blackhawks' 230th consecutive home sellout.

The Scoring:
1st Period
09:32 CHI  J. Nordstrom (1) Wrist shot - ASST: N. Hjalmarsson (4)           1 - 0 CHI          
16:05 CHI  J. Toews (2) Wrist shot - ASST: D. Keith (2), B. Seabrook (1) 2 - 0 CHI          
19:06 NYI  J. Bailey (2) Wrist shot - ASST: M. Grabner (5)            2 - 1 CHI          
19:55 NYI  K. Okposo (1) Backhand shot - ASST: J. Tavares (3) 2 - 2 Tie           
 
2nd Period
06:45 CHI  M. Handzus (1) Wrist shot - ASST: D. Keith (3), B. Smith (1)    3 - 2 CHI
 
3rd Period
None
                                                                             
The Skinny:  
Joakim Nordstrom's opening goal was his first in the NHL… Josh Bailey scored for the second consecutive game; he did that only once last season (April 20-23)…Michael Grabner's assist was his 5th of the season, matching his total from last season (16-5-21 in 45 games)… After being held pointless in the opener, John Tavares has a point in three straight games… Three of the Isles' four games this season have been decided by one goal (and seven of eight, going back to last season)… Tavares' assist was his 140th, tying Frans Nielsen for the club lead among current players... Kyle Okposo is looking to get off to a faster start – his late first period tally equaled his goal total through 20 games last season… Isles are 10-2-5 in their last 17 regular season games; this was the Isles first loss to a team not from Pennsylvania since March 21(lost to Montreal 5-2)…. Eastern Conference teams are 7-14-4 against the West so far this season;
the West is 18-5-2 against the East.  The Isles are 1-1-0 against the West.

The Shots:      
Isles                7-6-6=19
Blackhawks   13-8-7=28

Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-1-1 overall, 1-0-1 at home and 1-1-0 on the road. 
The Blackhawks are 2-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.   

In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 25 saves in his season debut.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 17 saves for Chicago as he improves to 6-11-0 against the Isles. This was his first win against the Isles in almost a decade (after four straight defeats); his last win came as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, on November 20, 2003.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-2 while the Blackhawks were 0-4.
The Isles are 1-0-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1-0 when they do not.
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.  The Isles have killed 10 of 11 opponents' power plays this season.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (199) and wins (86). He will coach his 200th game on Saturday in Nashville.

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 86
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 199
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181

They Said It
Andrew MacDonald:  "We sacrificed… but we seemed to back off at times." 

They Tweeted It
@NHLexpertpicks: #Isles John Tavares pulls out own tooth, doesn't miss a shift. #warrior

The Coach
We want to obviously respect them, but we can't fear any opponent.  To me, we didn't close quick enough … we lost some battles… and we didn't manage the puck very well.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 254 career points; he is 57 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.

119 NHL Goals
Moulson has 119 career goals (113 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
Andrew Mac Donald played 24:46 to lead the Isles for the fourth straight game.  Duncan Keith led Chicago with 24:02.
The Isles are 2-1-1 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 30 of 65 draws.  Peter Regin won 8 of 13 and Frans Nielsen won 10 of 16 to lead the Isles, but the other face-off men won only 12 of 36; Jonathan Toews won 16 of 23 for Chicago. 

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Chicago 29-18.  Reigning NHL hit leader Matt Martin led the Isles with five hits. There were no fights for the fourth straight game.

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 27 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky and Matt Martin were each credited with four.

All–time Winners
The Islanders are now 10 games over all-time NHL .500 (1373-1363-440 in 3,176 games).  The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.

Ironmen
John Tavares is the reigning Islanders' ironman. Tavares has now played in 211 consecutive games.
Frans Nielsen (134) and Kyle Okposo (117) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games.
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  211

Missing Men
Cal Clutterbuck was activated from injured reserve and made his Islander debut; Griffin Reinhart was returned to Edmonton and the Oil Kings' captain made his WHL season debut tonight. Eric Boulton and Matt Carkner were scratched for the four straight game; Brock Nelson was also scratched.  The Isles have lost three games this season due to injury.

Career Wins, Active Goalies

Career Wins
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

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
John Tavares
114
23
Matt Moulson
113
24
Benoit Hogue
105
24
Ed Westfall
105
 
 
 
Career Assists as an Islander
24
Mariusz Czerkawski
150
25
Travis Green
145
26
Frans Nielsen
140
26
Steve Thomas
140
26
John Tavares
140
29
Mark Streit
139
30
Greg Gilbert
138
31
Jason Blake
131

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
39
Randy Wood
381
40
Frans Nielsen
371
41
Dave Scatchard
347



44
Marty McInnis
337
45
Josh Bailey
333
46
Robert Goring
332
46
Oleg Kvasha
332
48
Bruno Gervais
331
48
Zigmund Palffy
331
50
Shawn Bates
330
51
Eric Cairns
327
52
Alan Kerr
326
53
Kyle Okposo
323
54
Brad Dalgarno
321
55
Ray Ferraro
316
55
Steve Webb
316
55
Richard Park
316
58
Gerald Diduck
314
59
Mikko Makela
307
60
Gordon Lane
304
61
Arron Asham
300
61
Roman Hamrlik
300
63
Matt Moulson
297
64
John Tavares
295
65
Gordon Dineen
287



Career Points as an Islander
20
Ed Westfall
286
21
Jason Blake
258
21
Steve Thomas
258
23
John Tavares
254
24
David Volek
249



29
Benoit Hogue
221
29
Trent Hunter
221
31
Mikko Makela
219
32
Matt Moulson
215
33
Mark Parrish
214
34
Garry Howatt
213
34
Jean Potvin
213
36
Anders Kallur
211
37
Frans Nielsen
201
38
Marty McInnis
198
39
Wayne Merrick
197
40
Robert Goring
195
41
Jeffrey Norton
188
42
Kyle Okposo
187
43
Lorne Henning
184



Season Series Stats
The Blackhawks lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none) with one game to play.  The teams will also play on January 2nd on Long Island.
The Isles are 6-2-2 in their last ten games against Chicago, but fall to 0-2-2 in their last four meetings.

Happy Anniversary
38 years ago tonight (10-11-75):  Bryan Trottier scored a hat trick and added two assists, tying the Islander club record for points in a game by a rookie and Chico Resch did the rest, blanking the Los Angeles Kings for a 7-0 shutout in the home opener.  Later than evening George Carlin was the host on the opening edition of NBC's Saturday Night (the "Live" was added later).
All-time, the Isles are 11-6-0 on this date, including a 5-2 win over Boston (1980) in the first game the Isles played as the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.  

On The Farm
Bridgeport has split a pair of games to open their season. Andrey Pedan and Ryan Strome each have earned three points to share the scoring lead, while Anders Nilsson is 1-1-0 with a 3.84 GAA in nets.  Bridgeport host Manchester (Saturday at 7) and Springfield (Sunday at 3) this weekend. 

Up Next
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th—ISLANDERS AT NASHVILLE 8:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
 
Jack Capuano will become only the second coach in Islander history to coach a 200th game as the Isles finish their second set of back-to-backs as they visit Nashville on Saturday.
 This is the first of two meetings between the teams, who have not played each other in a regular season game since early in 2012 (the teams split a pair of pre-season games last month).
Nashville has not been a friendly place for the Isles to visit; they have lost five straight games (including three by shutout) in Music City since Garth Snow led the Isles to a 5-2 victory in April, 2002.  Overall, the Isles are 1-6-1 in their last eight against the Preds (with the win coming in a shootout); Nashville is 7-0-2 against the Isles overall since that Snow victory in 2002.

And Finally….
Welcome to the world, George Benjamin Moulson!  Your dad was penalized on the day you were born – his first minor penalty since February 7th.

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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