By Eric Hornick
Carolina 3, Isles 2
Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored goals 57 seconds apart to cap a
three-goal second period as the Carolina Hurricanes broke a 1-1 tie and then
held on for a 3-2 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 14,208 at Nassau
Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It's the 14th time this season that the Islanders have allowed at least three goals in a
06:57 CAR Manny Malhotra (4) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (7) 1 - 0 CAR
07:41 NYI John Tavares (17)
Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (19) 1
- 1 Tie
13:12 CAR Jordan Staal (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (8), Nathan
Gerbe (11) 2 - 1 CAR
14:09 CAR Brett Sutter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (12),
Andrej Sekera (17) 3 - 1 CAR
19:35 NYI PPG - Thomas Vanek
(15) Slap - ASST: Andrew MacDonald (17), Ryan Strome (3) 3 - 2 CAR
Thomas Vanek extended his point streak to eight games (matching his
career high—done in the first 8 games of last season). Vanek now shares the
longest current streak in the NHL with St. Louis' Jaden Schwartz…John Tavares
extended his point streak to 4 games. Kyle
Okposo saw his point streak end at a career-matching high of eight games … John
Tavares retakes the team lead in goals (17); it was the sixth time this season
that the Isles responded within a minute of an opposition goal… Andrew Mac
Donald had an assist for the fourth consecutive game; he has six assists in those
four games…Vanek's goal gives the Isles four players with at least 15 goals;
Chicago is the only team with at least four – they have 5… Manny Maholtra
scored for Carolina for the third straight game...Brett Sutter's goal was his
first since scoring in his NHL debut on December 23,
Duane and Brent Sutter…The two Carolina goals in 57 seconds marked the sixth
time this season the Isles have allowed two goals in less than a minute…The
Isles have allowed an NHL-high 61 goals in the second period this season.
in a Long Time
Andrew MacDonald is the first Islander defenseman with a point in four
straight games since Mark Streit, who had a point in six straight from March
MacDonald is the first Islander defenseman with an assist in four
straight games since James Wisniewski, December 15-22, 2010.
Hurricanes 7-14- 9=30
It was the fifth time this season that the Islanders had at
least 40 shots (3-1-1).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 14-22-7 overall, 6-9-7 at home and 8-13-0 on the road. The
Isles are 6-4-2 in their last eleven games overall but are 1-5-4 in their last ten
The Hurricanes are 17-16-9 overall; they are 8-8-5 at home and 9-8-4 on
the road. The Canes have won three straight after winning only once in their
The Isles are 3-10-3 in Division games and are 5-3-3 vs. the Atlantic
Division. The Isles are 3-4-0 vs. Central
Division teams and 3-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves but falls
to 9-8-5 on the season. Nabokov is 4-3-2
with a 2.21 GAA since returning from injury and is 8-3-2 in his career against
Anton Khubodin made 38 saves for Carolina.
Khubodin is 4-0-0 on the season and is 18-5-1 in his NHL career.
The Islanders were 1-2 while the Hurricanes were 0-2.
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-16-3
when they do not. The Isles are 6-14-3
when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-8-4 when they do not.
The Islander special teams have improved as of late. The power play is 7-26 (26.9%) over the last nine
games while the Isles have killed 20 of 24 (83.3%) over the last ten games
while scoring two shorthanded goals.
Three is a
The Isles are 14-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including
shootout winners) and are 0-18-5 when they do not.
The Isles are 9-5-5 when they score first and are 5-17-2 when they
allow the opening goal.
Second to The
Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in
both games coached (238) and wins (98).
Most games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 1,500
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It
Thomas Vanek: "I missed an assignment on the second goal and from there
on out we lost the momentum for a few minutes and before we knew it, it was 3-1.
It's not good enough. They were good enough to capitalize on their chances."
@wdeneault26 Vanek is on fire. He scores his 15th of the year, adds an
assist and extends his point streak to 8 games. #isles
"On two of the goals, we had the puck on our stick…[We gave them] three
gifts and on two of them, we had possession of the puck [and gave it up]. Puck
decisions are what get us into trouble."
The Isles are 4-6-0 in the front-end and 3-5-2 on the back end of
back-to-backs this season.
In the ten sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3
points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three
The next back-to-back set will be January 6th vs Dallas and
January 7th in Toronto.
of the Class
John Tavares has 295 career points; he is 65 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 25:18 to lead the Isles for the 16th time
this season. Andrej Sekara led the Canes
with 23:35 of ice-time.
The Isles are 10-12-5 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 4-10-2
when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 23 of 56 draws. No Islander won more than he lost; Jordan
Staal won 13 of 18 for Carolina.
The Isles were out-hit 22-21. Matt Martin had five hits to lead the Isles; his
206 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin. He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons.
There were no fights. The Isles
have been involved in 15 fights this season: Martin (6), Boulton (4), Carkner (4),
Giving Up the
The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald was one
of four Isles credited with three blocks, extending his NHL-leading total to 146.
Still Over All-Time
The Islanders fall to one game over all-time NHL .500 (1385-1384-446 in
3,215 games). The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this
season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game.
The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL
.500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.
Frans Nielsen is the Islanders' reigning ironman. He has played 173 consecutive games, and is
one of six Islanders to have played in every game this season. Other current ironman streaks: Kyle Okposo
(156), Travis Hamonic (113), Matt Martin (104), Andrew Mac Donald (91) and
Thomas Hickey (44).
Travis Hamonic is the only defenseman in Islander history with two
streaks in which he played at least 100 consecutive games. Those are two of
only 10 streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by a defenseman in Islander
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 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
Hamonic 2/24/2012- CURRENT 113
8. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113 (*)
9. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
10. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
has played 226 NHL games, in two sets of 113 consecutive games.
Start of NHL career.
Entire career with Islanders
Lubomir Visnovsky and Radek Martinek remain on injured reserve. Josh Bailey missed his fourth game with an
upper body injury; Eric Boulton and Matt Donovan were scratched. The Isles have
lost 111 games this season due to injury.
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 11-19-5 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Wins, Active
1. Martin Brodeur681
2. Roberto Luongo364
3. Evgeni Nabokov344
4. Nikolai Khabibulin333
18. Evgeni Nabokov344
Gump Worsley 335
Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur124
2. Roberto Luongo65
3. Evgeni Nabokov56
4. Tomas Vokoun 51
Clint Benedict 57
19 Evgeni Nabokov 56
Bernie Parent 54
Career Goals as an Islander
15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145
16 John Tavares 129
17 Jason Blake 127
34 Kyle Okposo 88
35 Butch Goring 87
36 Tomas Jonsson 84
37 Wayne Merrick 81
37 Dave Scatchard 81
39 Marty McInnis 79
40 Miroslav Satan 78
41 Claude Lapointe 76
42 Michael Grabner 75
42 Frans Nielsen 75
44 Lorne Henning 73
44 J.P. Parise 73
Career Assists as an Islander
20 Jean Potvin 167
21 John Tavares 166
21 Jeff Norton 166
23 Zigmund Palffy163
24 David Volek 154
25 Frans Nielsen 153
26 Mariusz Czerkawski 150
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24 Eddie Westfall 493
25 Radek Martinek 476
25 Gerry Hart 476
27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
33 Wayne Merrick 411
34 Frans Nielsen 410
35 Jean Potvin 402
36 David Volek 396
37 Bert Marshall 392
38 Travis Green 388
39 Anders Kallur 383
40 Randy Wood 381
41 Josh Bailey 367
42 Kyle Okposo 362
43 Dave Scatchard 347
46 Marty McInnis 337
47 John Tavares 333
48 Butch Goring 332
48 Oleg Kvasha 332
Career Points as an Islander
16 Ziggy Palffy 331
17 Mariusz Czerkawski 295
17 John Tavares 295
19 Duane Sutter 292
27 Kenny Jonsson232
28 Greg Gilbert 231
29 Benoit Hogue 229
29 Trent Hunter 229
31 Frans Nielsen 228
32 Kyle Okposo 227
33 Matt Moulson 223
The Canes wins the season series 3 games to 0 (Carolina earned six
points to the Islanders' none).
All three goals were decided by a single goal. The Isles have lost six straight to Carolina (0-5-1) and
are 4-10-2 in their last sixteen games against the Hurricanes. In three of the last four seasons, the Isles
failed to beat Carolina at least once; in 2011-12 the Isles won all four games.
8 years ago tonight (1-4-06): Mark Parrish scored 2:15 into
overtime as the Isles overcame three different 1-goal deficits for a 4-3 win
over Florida at the Coliseum. Oleg
Kvasha scored twice for the Isles; Alexei Yashin's goal midway through the
third period forced overtime. Garth Snow
was named the game's third star, but left with an injury in the final seconds
of regulation; Wade Dubielewicz earned the win in relief.
Overall, the Isles are 4-10-2 on this date, with their win in 2006
being their only victory on this date since 1992.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers were 46 seconds from a split of a weekend series in
Norfolk but suffered a 3-2 shootout loss. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored Bridgeport's only
shootout goal but went pointless for the first time in his last eight games.
Bridgeport is 13-18-1-4 on the season and are off until Friday when the visit
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with 13 goals; Lee also leads current Sound
Tigers in both assists (13) and points (26). Ryan Strome still leads the team in assists (24)
and points (33).
6th —DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The homestand concludes Monday as the Islanders and Stars
meet for the first time since 2011.
The teams met twice in December 2011 with each team winning on the
other's ice. The Isles are 0-2-2 in their
last 4 home games against Dallas, dating back to a 4-1 Isles win on November 6,
Eric Hornick has
been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information
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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