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The Skinny: Isles 1, Washington 0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
Game 58
Isles 1, Capitals 0

Andrew MacDonald's first goal in 29 games was the game's only goal and Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for his 57th career shutout as the Isles blanked the Caps 1-0 before a sellout crowd of 18,506 at Verizon Center. The win breaks a five game winless streak (0-4-1) for the Isles.

The Scoring:
1st Period
2nd Period

3rd Period
02:16    NYI       Andrew MacDonald (4) Slapshot - ASST: Brock Nelson (9)          1 - 0 NYI
The Skinny:  
Evgeni Nabokov recorded his 7th shutout as an Islander and the 57th of his career…The Isles have recorded 13 shutouts over the Capitals in regular season play, including nine times in Washington…It's the first time all season that John Tavares has gone seven games without a goal and four games without a point…It's the first time since March 4-10, 2012 that the Isles have been held to one goal or fewer in three straight games; that streak (all in games against New Jersey) began with a 1-0 shutout by Anders Nilsson…Nabokov's 57th shutout tied Hockey Hall of Famer Clint Benedict for 18th place on the all-time list; Benedict's last shutout was in 1929…The Isles improve to 4-11 in games decided in regulation by a single goal…The Isles have won more games that are tied after two periods (8; 8-5-2) than when they have led after two periods (7; 7-4-4)…US Olympian John Carlson played in his 271st consecutive game for Washington, tying the Capital record (set by Calle Johansson) for consecutive games by a defenseman…The Isles are 10-3-0 in their last 13 road games.

The Penalty Shot
Michael Grabner is the third islander to attempt a penalty shot this season; Cal Clutterbuck scored vs Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers while Frans Nielsen was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins. Including playoffs, the Islanders are 1-5 all-time on penalty shots against the Capitals (Clark Gillies beat Bernie Wolfe in 1977 for the only goal).  The Isles have scored on 15 of 57 regular season penalty shots in their history.
Grabner established a new franchise record with his 6th career penalty shot.  He is 1-6, scoring only against Winnipeg in April 2012 (Brad Isbister had 5 attempts).  Grabner's five unsuccessful attempts are also a club record.

The Shots:
Isles      8-7-13=28
Capitals 8-8-6=22
The Shutout

It's the 16th 1-0 shutout win in Islander regular season history.  How many do you remember?
13-Jan-76          Vs        Detroit                          C. Resch
21-Dec-84         @         Hartford                        K. Hrudey
11-Feb-86         Vs        Vancouver                    B. Smith
4-Feb-90           @         Buffalo                         G. Healy
23-Mar-95          Vs        New York                      T. Soderstrom
15-Feb-97         Vs        Florida  (OT)                  T. Salo
17-Oct-98          @         St. Louis                       T. Salo
27-Oct-98          Vs        Los Angeles                  T. Salo
15-Dec-98         @         San Jose                      T. Salo
12-Feb-02         @         Philadelphia(OT)            G. Snow
31-Dec-02         @         Buffalo (OT)                  C. Osgood
16-Nov-07         @         New Jersey                   R. DiPietro
21-Feb-08         Vs        Tampa Bay                   R. DiPietro
7-Feb-12           @         Philadelphia(SO)           E. Nabokov
4-Mar-12           Vs        New Jersey                   A. Nilsson
4-Feb-14           @         Washington                   E. Nabokov
Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-28-8 overall, 8-12-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 14-16-0 on the road.   The Isles are 8-6-1 in their last 15, 13-9-1 in their last 23 and are 14-10-3 in their last 27 games overall.
The Capitals are 25-23-9 overall; they are 15-10-4 at home and 10-13-5 on the road. The Capitals were 22-16-6 on January 10th but are only 3-7-3 in their last 13 games.  The Caps are 0-6-0 since the start of 2014 in games against Metropolitan Division foes.

By Division
The Isles are 6-14-3 in Division games and are 16-14-5 in games against other divisions. They are 7-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-4-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-5-1 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 22 saves and improves to 10-10-5 on the season.  Nabokov is 13-2-3 with three shutouts in his career against the Caps.
Michael Neuvirth made 27 saves for the Capitals but falls to 4-6-2 on the season. Neuvirth had won his five previous career decisions against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-5 while the Capitals were 0-6.  In the season series, the Isles are 0-11 while the Capitals are 4-14.
The Isles are 14-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-22-4 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-15-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-13-5 when they do not. 
The Islander power play is 0-25 in their last six games.  The Isles have killed 34 of 37 (91.9%) over the last 13 games. 

Tale of Four Seasons
The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 10-32 in the following 11 games but are only 4-50 in their last 14 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 19-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-21-5 when they do not. 

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 10-8-6 when they score first and are 12-20-2 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 14 of their last 20 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 (253) and wins (106).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 253
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: "I've been working pretty hard since I was injured…it feels good."

They Tweeted It
@DFriedmanOnNYI Best defensive performance by #Isles in a while. Thought they were positionally sound. Excellent job shutting down No. 8.
@ImNotBrock29 This game happened because I was there. The shutout. Holding a 1-0 lead. Holding any lead at all. AMac scored. This is no coincidence

The Coach
(Nabby) played well for us…we defended real well…we're fortunate to get that bounce (the MacDonald goal).

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 Capitals; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Capitals.
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 23:27 of ice-time; John Carlson led the Capitals with 29:13 of ice-time.
The Isles are 15-15-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-1-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 22 of 49 draws.  Frans Nielsen won 9 of 16 draws for the Isles but his teammates won only 13 of 33; Casey Wellman won 5 of 7 for the Capitals.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Washington 36-22. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with seven hits; Colin McDonald and Calvin deHaan each added six. Matt Martin had four hits; his 272 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin.  He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. 
Matt Martin fought Tyson Strachan in the first period.  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 15blocked shots.  Brian Strait and Lubomir Visnovsky led the way with three blocks; Andrew MacDonald still leads the NHL with 185.

Three Over All-Time .500
The Islanders improved to three games over all-time NHL .500 (1393-1390-447 in 3,230 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 188 consecutive games, and is one of four Islanders to have played in every game this season.  Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (159), Matt Martin (119), and Thomas Hickey (59). 

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 159
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 is on injured reserve. Eric Boulton replaced Peter Regin in the lineup. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the third and fifth straight game respectively.
The Isles have lost 147 games this season due to injury.

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   135
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   178
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         Jason Blake      426
31         Frans Nielsen   425
31         Greg Gilbert      425
33         Dave Langevin  422
34         Wayne Merrick  411
35         Jean Potvin       402
36         David Volek      396
37         Bert Marshall     392
38         Travis Green      388
39         Anders Kallur    383
40         Josh Bailey      382
41         Randy Wood     381
42         Kyle Okposo    376
43         John Tavares   348
44         Dave Scatchard            347
Career Points as an Islander
16         Ziggy Palffy      331
17         John Tavares   313
18         Mariusz Czerkawski       295
24         David Volek      249
25         Kyle Okposo    242
26         Frans Nielsen   239
27         Ray Ferraro       238
Season Series Stats
The Capitals lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 3). The final meeting of the season will be in a rare 5:00 start at the Coliseum on April 5th.
The Isles are 5-1-5 in their last 11 games against the Caps.

Happy Anniversary
36 years ago tonight (2-4-78):  Mike Bossy recorded the first of his club record 39 hat tricks as the Islanders pound the Capitals 6-1 at the Coliseum.
All-time, the Isles are 13-7-3 on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport split a pair of games over the weekend, dropping a 2-1 decision in Albany before rebounding to beat Springfield 3-0 on Saturday. The Sound Tigers are 19-23-1-4 on the season.  Bridgeport is off until Saturday when they host Albany.
Anders Lee leads 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:

Texas Stars
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
St. John's IceCaps
Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Up Next
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders have finished their season series with traditional rivals Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Rangers but on Thursday they will begin their season series with their relocated expansion cousins, the Calgary Flames.
It will be the first game between the teams since a 3-1 Islander win at the Coliseum on December 29, 2011.  The Flames have visited Long Island only three times in the last ten games and the Isles have won all three games; the Isles are 5-1-0 in the last six games against Calgary.
The season series will conclude in Calgary on March 7th, part of the Isles first regular season games in Alberta since the first week of 2011.

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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