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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Skinny: Anaheim 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"
By Eric Hornick
Game 31
Anaheim 5, Isles 2

Cam Fowler's shorthanded goal broke a 2-2 tie in the final minute of the second period as the Anaheim Ducks rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to defeat the Islanders 5-2 before a crowd of 14,830 at Honda Center. The loss extends the Islanders' winless streak to ten straight games (0-8-2) and is their tenth straight loss on the road.

The Scoring:
1st Period
09:17 NYI PPG - John Tavares (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (11), Frans Nielsen (14) 1 - 0 NYI   
15:54 ANA Saku Koivu (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Cam Fowler (15)         1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:17 NYI Thomas Vanek (9) Wrist shot - ASST: John Tavares (22)          2 - 1 NYI          
12:41 ANA Andrew Cogliano (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Winnik (10), Bryan Allen (6)      2 - 2 Tie           
19:27 ANA SHG - Cam Fowler (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Beleskey (2)         3 - 2 ANA
19:58 ANA Corey Perry (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Winnik (11), Ryan Getzlaf (21)        4 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
07:40 ANA PPG - Corey Perry (20) Tip-in - ASST: Nick Bonino (15), Cam Fowler (16)        5 - 2 ANA

The Skinny:  
John Tavares' goal was the Isles' first in 101:18 and ended his first two-game pointless streak of the season; he has a point on five of the last seven Isles goals...The Isles have allowed ten goals in the 20th minute of the period (they have scored six)…  Corey Perry's goals extended his goal-scoring streak to six games and his point streak to eight games; Ryan Getzlaf assisted on Perry's first goal, extending his point streak to 12…Perry now has scored at least 20 goals in each of the last five 82-game seasons..  The Isles are 2-13-2 in their last 17 games and have been shutout three times in that stretch …Isles have been outscored 36-17 in the third period, including 29-8 in the last 21 games … The Isles have been outscored 41-16 during their ten-game winless streak, which is their longest winless streak since they had a 14-game streak from October 23-November 24, 2010 (0-11-3)… The Isles have allowed at least three goals in a period seven times in the last 12 games.

The Shots:
Isles      13-12-12=37
Ducks     7-12-12=31
Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-18-5 overall, 5-6-5 at home and 3-12-0 on the road.  The Isles drop to 10 games under NHL-.500 for the first time since the famed fight game against Pittsburgh (February 11, 2011) raised their record to 19-29-7.  The Isles have lost ten straight games on the road for the first time since a franchise-record 15 games streak from January 20- March 31, 1973.
The Ducks are 21-7-5 overall; they are 11-0-2 at home and 10-7-3 on the road.  The Ducks are 4-0-2 in their last six games.  The Ducks become the second team in the shootout era (San Jose 20-0-2 in 2008-09) to open the season with points in their first thirteen home games.

In the Nets
Anders Nilsson made 26 saves but falls to 0-2-2 on the season.
Jonas Hiller made 35 saves to improve to 11-4-4 on the season.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-4 while the Ducks were 1-2.  The Isles also allowed their third shorthanded goal of the season (all in the last six games) and their first shorthanded goal on the road since February 3, 2012 in Ottawa.
The Isles are 5-5-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-13-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-13-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-5-2 when they do not. 
Over the last 21 games, the Isles power play is 7-72 (9.7%) while the penalty kill is 25-68 (63.2%). During the ten-game winless streak, the power play is 3-31 (and has allowed three shorthanded goals) while the penalty kill is 10-32 (68.8%). 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-2-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-16-3 when they do not. 

Helps to Score First
The Isles are 6-3-4 when they score first and are 2-15-1 when they allow the opening goal.  It's only the 2nd time in the last 11 games that the Isles have scored first.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (226) and wins (92).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 226
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 92
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Brock Nelson: "We continue to work through it.  We needed a couple of bounces, and we didn't get them."

They Tweeted It
@TealGiant777 Can't quite believe I'm doing this, but yes, I am staying up watching @NYIslanders hockey in Anaheim! 3:24am here in Ireland! LETS GO ISLES!

The Coach
"We overstay the power play…we turn the puck over.  That's the turning point of the whole game"

The Isles are 3-5-0 in the front-end and 1-4-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.
On the seven previous sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, 1 point once and no points on three occasions.
The back-to-back set concludes on Tuesday in San Jose.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 283 career points; he is 69 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player from that draft is anywhere close.  Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic played 22:51 to lead the Isles for the 9th time this season.  Cam Fowler led Anaheim with 25:16 of ice-time.
The Isles are 7-11-4 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-7-1 when Hamonic leads them.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 35 of 62 draws. John Tavares won 16 of 22 to lead the Isles; Ryan Getzlaf won 14 of 24 for Anaheim.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles were out-hit 32-26. Matt Martin had five hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 154, which is 43 more than Dustin Brown's second place total of 111. Calvin deHaan also was credited with five hits.
Matt Martin fought former Islander Tim Jackman in the first period.  It was the Isles' tenth fight of the season: Martin (4), Boulton (3), and Carkner (3).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots. Thomas Hickey and Matt Carkner each had four while Andrew MacDonald padded his NHL-leading total to 103 with three blocks.

Under All-Time .500
The Islanders drop 1 game below all-time NHL .500 (1379-1380-444 in 3,203 games).  The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.  The Isles last were below .500 after a loss to Boston last February 28 dropped them to 1355-1356-434.

John Tavares is the reigning Islanders' ironman. Tavares has now played in 238 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era.
Frans Nielsen (161) and Kyle Okposo (144) 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
·         John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT  238
·         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
Missing Men
Lubomir Visnovsky, Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov remain on injured reserve. Brock Nelson replaced Peter Regin returned to the lineup, replacing Pierre-Marc Bouchard who has been placed on waivers; Radek Martinek and Eric Boulton were scratched for the fourth straight game. The Isles have lost 72 games this season due to injury.

Nobody Beats the Viz
The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup.  They were 5-5-3 last season and are 5-15-3 this season without him in the lineup.

Career Goals as an Islander
Mariusz Czerkawski
Jason Blake
John Tavares
Duane Sutter
Career Assists as an Islander
Zigmund Palffy
John Tavares
David Volek
Mariusz Czerkawski
Frans Nielsen
Travis Green


Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
Eddie Westfall
Radek Martinek
Gerry Hart
Mariusz Czerkawski
Jean Potvin
Frans Nielsen
David Volek
Bert Marshall
Travis Green
Anders Kallur
Randy Wood
Josh Bailey
Kyle Okposo
Dave Scatchard
Eric Cairns
Alan Kerr
John Tavares
Brad Dalgarno

Career Points as an Islander
Ed Westfall
John Tavares
Jason Blake
Steve Thomas
Matt Moulson
Frans Nielsen
Mikko Makela
Mark Parrish
Garry Howatt
Jean Potvin
Anders Kallur
Kyle Okposo
Marty McInnis

Season Series Stats
The Ducks lead the season series one game to none (and two points to zero).  The teams will meet again on December 21st on Long Island.
The home team has won five of the last six meetings; the Isles are 2-3-1 in those six games.

Happy Anniversary
35 years ago tonight: December 9, 1978.  Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy each scored a goal and added an assist and Chico Resch made 27 saves as the Isles beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Clark Gillies assisted on both the Trottier and the Bossy tally.
Overall, the Isles are 4-13-1 on this date, having lost all eight road games since that 1978 win in Toronto.

On The Farm
Ryan Strome became only the third player to win consecutive AHL Player of the Week Awards in the 20-year history of the Award, joining Jim Carey (1994) and Blake Geoffrion (2011).  Strome had a seven point weekend (2-5-7) and points on eight of Bridgeport's 10 goals during the week.
Bridgeport has won four straight games, and is now 9-10-1-3 on the season.  The Sound Tigers host Albany at 11:00 AM on Tuesday.
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with ten goals; Ryan Strome leads both the team and the AHL in both assists (24) and points (33). 

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The 5-game in eight day road trip continues on Tuesday in San Jose as the Isles visit the Sharks for the first time in 23 months.
The Isles are winless in both their last four games against the Sharks (0-2-2 since a comeback victory on President's Day 2008) and their last four trips to San Jose (0-3-1 since Garth Snow blanked the Sharks 3-0 on February 19, 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: and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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