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The Skinny: Colorado 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
Game 60
Colorado 5, Isles 2

Matt Duchene scored a pair of goals 2:44 apart in the second period as the Colorado Avalanche survived a pair of Islander 5-on-3 goals in the third period and defeated the Isles 5-2 before a crowd of 15,360 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  It's the first win for the Avs at the Coliseum in 15 years. The Isles drop to 1-6-1 in their last 8 games.

The Scoring:
1st Period
13:04 COL Nathan MacKinnon (22) Wrist shot- ASST: Gabriel Landeskog (30), Nick Holden (8) 1 - 0 COL  
2nd Period
07:49 COL Matt Duchene (18) Wrist shot - ASST: PA Parenteau (18), Tyson Barrie (13)     2 - 0 COL         
10:33 COL Matt Duchene (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyson Barrie (14), Jamie McGinn (10)     3 - 0 COL         
3rd Period
11:17 NYI PPG - John Tavares (24) Slapshot - ASST: Josh Bailey (16), Lubomir Visnovsky (3) 3 - 1 COL  
12:14 NYI PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (2) Slapshot-ASST: Kyle Okposo (35), Thomas Vanek (30)3 - 2 COL
19:13 COL EN - Gabriel Landeskog (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Andre Benoit (18)      4 - 2 COL         
19:58 COL EN - Paul Stastny (17) ASST: Tyson Barrie (15)          5 - 2 COL

The Skinny:  
The first four Colorado goals were all scored by players drafted #1, #2 or #3 overall… Matt Duchene recorded goals 100 and 101, joining John Tavares as the two players from  the 2009 draft to score 100 NHL goals (Tavares scored his 136th career goal in the third period; it was his first goal in 9 games).. Tavares' goal was the Isles' first goal by a forward in 196:49 since Kyle Okposo scored against the Rangers at MSG)… The Isles are 0-5-1 in their last 6 home games (including 0-41 in their last five games at the Coliseum)…Each team scored twice within a minute in the third period; Paul Stastny's goal was awarded by the officials after Thomas Vanek threw his stuck with the Isles' net empty….Both Isles goals were scored in 5-on-3s; the Isles have scored six 5-on-3 goals this season…Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon extended their point streaks to nine games and eight games, respectively…The Avs improve to 30-0-2 in games that they lead after two periods and 30-1-3 in games that they score first (one of their overtime losses was to the Islanders in January)…Andrew MacDonald was on-ice for both empty-net goals and ended up -4; he's the first Isle with three -4 games in the same season since Pierre Turgeon in 1992-93…Michael Grabner also was -4... PA Parenteau earned an assist in his first game on Coliseum ice in two seasons; it was PA's 200th NHL point…Colin McDonald played in his 100th NHL game (93 for the Isles) while Cal Clutterbuck played in his 400th NHL game (54 for the Isles)…The Isles wore their Stadium Series jerseys for the first time on Coliseum ice but drop to 0-2-0 in those jerseys… The Isles have allowed empty net goals in each of their last three losses and have now allowed an NHL-leading 11 EN goals this season.

Class of 2009

1. John Tavares 136
2. Matt Duchene 101
3. Evander Kane 95
4  Ryan O'Reilly 66

1. John Tavares 315
2. Matt Duchene 243
3. Evander Kane 188
4. Ryan O'Reilly 168

Home Sweet (?) Home
The Isles fall to 8-14-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium); it is only the third time in franchise history that they have won as few as 8 of their first 30 home games (6-20-4 in 1972-73 and 8-18-3-1 in 1999-2000).  The Isles are 3-9-5 in their last 18 home games.

The Shots:
Isles      13-4-15=32
Avs         6-10-10=26
The Isles have outshot their last four opponents and have been outshot only twice in the last 14 games.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-30-8 overall, 8-14-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 14-16-0 on the road.   The Isles are 1-6-1 in their last 8 games.
Colorado is 37-16-5 overall; they are 19-7-3 at home and 18-9-2 on the road. The Avs have 79 points in 58 games, which is the third highest total through 58 games in franchise history (82 in 2000-01 and 80 in 1996-97).

Turning Point
Had Thomas Vanek's overtime goal against St. Louis not been reversed on video review, the Isles would have improved that afternoon to 22-25-7 on the season.  The Isles lost that game in a shootout and are 1-5-0 in the six games since then.

By Division
The Isles are 6-14-3 in Division games and are 16-16-5 in games against other divisions. They are 7-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-5-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-6-1 vs. the
Pacific Division.
The Isles have losing records against every division opponent except New Jersey (1-1-0 with three to play) and Washington (1-1-1 with one to play).  They are 0-3-0 against Carolina, 0-1-1 against Columbus, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, and 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves but falls to 10-12-5 on the season.  Nabokov is 12-14-3 in his career against Colorado.
Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 30 saves for Colorado and improves to 9-4-0 on the season. Giguere now has 260 career wins (44th all-time).

Power Plays
The Islanders were 2-6 (with both goals scored on 5-on-3s) while the Avs were 0-3. 
The Isles are 14-7-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-23-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-16-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-14-5 when they do not. 
The two power play goals were the Isles' first in eight games; it's the second time this season that the Isles had gone seven games without a power play goal.  The Isles have killed 38 of 42 (90.5%) over the last 14 games. 

Feast or Famine
The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 11-32 in the following 11 games but are only 6-61 in their last 15 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-23-5 when they do not. 

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 10-8-6 when they score first and are 12-22-2 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 16 of their last 22 games.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th and became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games on January 27th against Boston. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (255) and wins (106).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 255
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 106
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Evgeni Nabokov: "It doesn't feel good. Anytime you lose the game like that and the game against Calgary, it's two pretty similar games. As a goalie, you always feel like one extra save needs to be made, and that's exactly how I feel."

They Tweeted It
@mdnightwriter  The last time @Avalanche won on LI, Patrick Roy beat Tommy Salo, Peter Forsberg got the GWG and Mariusz Czerkawski scored for @NYIslanders.

The Coach
"If you go back and look at the chances we had during the first two periods…We had some unbelievable chances. Give their goaltender credit. He played extremely well."

The Isles are 6-6-0 in the front-end and 5-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The Isles have swept three back-to-backs:  November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Avs; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Avs.
In the twelve sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. 
The Islanders do not play back-to-back again until they host New Jersey and Florida on March 1st and 2nd.

Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with 25:00 of ice-time; Erik Johnson led Colorado with 25:16.
The Isles are 15-16-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-2-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 30 of 47 draws (64%), including 13 of 18 in the third period.  John Tavares won 15 of 20 draws for the Isles (and has won 27 of 38 draws in the last two games); Marc-Andre Cliche won 4 of 7 for Colorado.
The 64% success rate in the circle was the highest for the Islanders this season.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Colorado 9-5; it was the fewest hits in an Islander game this season by a wide margin. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with three hits. Matt Martin was hitless; his 275 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 21 fights this season: Martin (8), Boulton (5), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), and Okposo (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 7 blocked shots.  Brian Strait led the way with three blocks; Andrew MacDonald added two and leads the NHL with 192. 

One Over All-Time .500
The Islanders fall to one game over all-time NHL .500 (1393-1392-447 in 3,232 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 190 consecutive games, and is one of four Islanders to have played in every game this season.  Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (161), Matt Martin (121), and Thomas Hickey (61). 

Century Club
Andrew MacDonald has the 4th longest consecutive game streak for a 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.     Andrew MacDonald 12/19/11- CURRENT 161
5.     Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6.     Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7.     Mark Streit  10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.     Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
9.     Travis Hamonic 11/24/2011– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
10.  Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
11.  Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Missing Men
Travis Hamonic returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with an upper body injury. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the fifth and seventh straight game respectively; Matt Donovan was loaned to the Sound Tigers prior to the game.
The Isles have lost 148 games this season due to injury.  This was the first game the Isles started a game without a player on injured reserve since October 19th.

Career Wins, Active Goalies
Career Wins
17. Rogie Vachon 355
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
4. Tomas Vokoun 51
Career Shutouts
17 John Ross Roach 58
18 Clint Benedict       57
18 Evgeni Nabokov 57
20 Bernie Parent       54
20 Ed Giacomin        54
Career Goals as an Islander
15         Mariusz Czerkawski       145
16         John Tavares   136
17         Jason Blake      127
27         Trent Hunter      99
28         Kyle Okposo    96
29         Mikko Makela    95
29         David Volek      95
31         Randy Wood     94
32         Greg Gilbert      93
32         Garry Howatt     93
34         Travis Green      92
35         Butch Goring     87
36         Tomas Jonsson            84
37         Wayne Merrick  81
37         Dave Scatchard            81
39         Michael Grabner 79
39         Marty McInnis    79
41         Miroslav Satan  78
41         Frans Nielsen   78
43         Claude Lapointe 76

Career Assists as an Islander
16         Ed Westfall       181
17         John Tavares   179
18         Kenny Jonsson 175
19         Alexei Yashin    171
20         Duane Sutter     171
21         Jean Potvin       167
22         Jeff Norton       166
23         Zigmund Palffy 163
24         Frans Nielsen   161
25         David Volek      154
26         Mariusz Czerkawski 150
27         Kyle Okposo    147      
28         Travis Green      145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24         Eddie Westfall  493
25         Radek Martinek 479
26         Gerry Hart         476
29         Scott Lachance 450
30         Frans Nielsen   427
31         Jason Blake      426
34         Wayne Merrick  411
35         Jean Potvin       402
36         David Volek      396
37         Bert Marshall     392
38         Travis Green      388
39         Josh Bailey      384
40         Anders Kallur    383
41         Randy Wood     381
42         Kyle Okposo    378
43         John Tavares   350
44         Dave Scatchard            347
Career Points as an Islander
16         Ziggy Palffy      331
17         John Tavares   315
18         Mariusz Czerkawski       295
24         David Volek      249
25         Kyle Okposo    243
26         Frans Nielsen   239
27         Ray Ferraro       238
Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (Colorado earned three points to the Isles' two).
The Colorado win ended two long Islander streaks against the Avalanche:
·         The Isles had earned a point in 11 straight games against the Avs ( 8 wins, a tie and two overtime losses) since Patrick Roy blanked the Isles 1-0 in Denver on November 16, 2001.
·         The Isles had won six straight games against Colorado on Long Island since the Avs, with Roy in net, defeated the Isles 2-1 on December 8, 1998.
This was the Avs' first game at the Coliseum since October 16, 2010. 

Happy Anniversary
20 years ago today (February 8, 1994):   In the midst of a blizzard, only 2,966 make it to the Coliseum to watch the Isles defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 behind 26 saves from Jamie McLennan.
All-time, the Isles are 5-10-1 on this date with a win over Buffalo in 2003 being their only win on this date since 1994.

On The Farm
Bridgeport hosted Albany in the 1,000th regular season game in franchise history on Saturday but dropped a 3-0 decision to the Devils. The Sound Tigers are 19-24-1-4 on the season and host Adirondack on Sunday. 
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with 18 goals. Ryan Strome leads the team (and all AHL rookies) in assists (30); he also leads the Sound Tigers in points (40). 

Leading AHL Rookie Scorers:

        Player                                                     Team                                                                  GP     G      A      PTS      PIM
1  *  Curtis McKenzie                                 Texas Stars                                                               48     16    27    43        64
2  *  Ryan Strome                                       Bridgeport Sound Tigers                                       31     10    30    40        33
3  *  Brenden Kichton                                St. John's IceCaps                                                   48     9      29    38        10
4  *  Markus Granlund                               Abbotsford Heat                                                     44     21    16    37        22
5  *  Anders Lee                                          Bridgeport Sound Tigers                                       48     18    17    35        66


Up Next
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The entire NHL now takes a break for the Olympics and the Isles do not play again until they host Toronto on February 27th.  The 19 days between games is the longest in-season stretch in Islander history (18 days in the 1998 Olympic break).
The Isles split a pair of games in Toronto earlier this season and are 4-1-2 in their last seven games against the Maple Leafs.  The Leafs, however, have won the last three Coliseum games, including twice in overtime.

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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