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Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Skinny: Calgary 4, Isles 3

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 66
Calgary 4, Isles 3
 
Joe Colborne scored a pair of goals 4:12 apart, sandwiching a Sean Monahan tally, as the Calgary Flames rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Isles before the customary sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary. It's the fourth time this season the Isles have had a 2-goal lead in the third period, yet lost the game in regulation.

The Scoring:
1st Period
02:01    CGY     SHG - Markus Granlund (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Byron (10), Joni Ortio (1) 1 - 0 CGY  
15:26    NYI       Colin McDonald (6) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Strome (6), Thomas Hickey (14) 1 - 1 Tie     
 
2nd Period
06:31    NYI       Kyle Okposo (26) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Grabner (13)          2 - 1 NYI          
12:08    NYI       Brock Nelson (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (19), Matt Donovan (7) 3 - 1 NYI          
 
3rd Period
11:29    CGY     Joe Colborne (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Giordano (23), Mike Cammalleri (9) 3 - 2 NYI    
14:22    CGY     Sean Monahan (19) Backhand shot - ASST: TJ Galiardi (12), Lance Bouma (7) 3 - 3 Tie    
15:41    CGY     Joe Colborne (7) Tip-in - ASST: Mark Giordano (24), TJ Brodie (17)          4 - 3 CGY

The Skinny:  
The Isles have lead all three games on this road trip after leading only 2 of their first 30 road games after two periods...The Isles are 11-7-3 with Ryan Strome in the lineup…The Isles are 15-17-1 on the road and are 11-41 in their last 15 road games … It's only Calgary 3rd win when trailing after 2 periods (3-25-2)., 9-5-5 when leading after 2 periods…Kyle Okposo recorded his 98th career goal; he now has 49 even-strength points this season (5th in NHL) …Josh Bailey recorded his 100th career assist on Brock Nelson's goal…The Isles are 14-12-9 in games decided by a single goal, including 4-12 in games decided in regulation…The Flames tie the Isles in the overall standings with 57 points, but Calgary has played three fewer games…19 of Calgary's 25 wins have come by a single goal…Mark Giordano and Joe Colborne each extended point streaks to four games…Sean Monahan's goal ties him with Tampa's Tyler Johnson for 2nd among all rookies (Nathan McKinnon leads with 22)…The Flames dressed 8 rookies for the first time since December 10, 1996… The loss ended a 10-game streak (7-0-3) dating back to last season in which the Isles earned at least a point in a game announced by Jiggs McDonald.

The Lost Leads
The Isles are now 6-4-4 in games that they have led after one period and are 9-6-5 in games that they have led after two periods.  On the road, Isles are 2-2-1 when they lead after one period and 2-2-1 when they lead after two periods.
The Isles have allowed eight 2-goal leads to get away in the third period this season:
 
·                Led Columbus 2-0, lost 3-2 in shootout
·                Led Los Angeles 2-0, lost 3-2
·                Led @ San Jose 2-0, won 3-2 in shootout
·                Led Tampa 2-0, lost 3-2 in shootout
·                Led Anaheim 3-1, lost 5-3
·                Led Florida 3-1, lost 5-3
·                Led @ Edmonton 2-0, lost 3-2 in overtime
·                Led @ Calgary 3-1, lost 4-3

The Isles have now lost third period leads 18 times this season, including 14 times at home.  They are 5-6-7 in those 18 games. 
The Isles have now lost a 2-goal lead 14 times this season.  They are 2-7-5 in games that they have surrendered a 2-goal lead this season.

The Shots:
Isles    11-8-7=26
Flames  6-8-9=25
The Isles have been outshot only twice in the last ten games.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-33-9 overall, 9-16-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 15-17-1 on the road. The Isles are 3-9-2 in their last 13 games overall but are 11-4-1 in their last 16 road games.
Calgary is 25-31-7 overall; they are 14-15-3 at home and 11-16-4 on the road. The Flames are 9-4-0 in their last 13 games.

By Division
The Isles are 6-15-3 in Division games and are 18-18-6 in games against other divisions. They are 8-6-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 7-5-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-7-2 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles have losing records against every division opponent except Washington (1-1-1 with one to play).  They are 0-3-0 against Carolina, 0-1-1 against Columbus, 1-2-0 against New Jersey, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, and 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh.
This was the fourth of eight consecutive games against non-divisional opponents. The Isles are 1-2-1 in this stretch.

In the Nets
Anders Nilsson made 21 saves; he is 2-4-2 on the season. 
Joni Ortio made 23 saves for Calgary as he records his second career win.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-4 (including 1:05 of 5-on-3 play) and allowed a shorthanded goal while Calgary was 0-1. 
The Isles are 15-8-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-25-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-18-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-15-5 when they do not. 
The Isles are 4-58 in the last 14 games on the power play, including 1-18 in the last 5 games.  The Isles have allowed six power plays in 22 times short over the last five 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 8-83 in their last 21 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-9-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-24-6 when they do not. 

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 10-9-7 when they score first and are 14-24-2 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 21 of their last 28 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 (261) and wins (108).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 261
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 108
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Kyle Okposo: "I was on the wrong side of my guy for the second goal…I gotta be better there.  … Except for the first eight minutes, we dominated the game…it's unacceptable."

They Tweeted It
@NHLFlames  Numerology: A by-the-numbers look at the #Flames win over the #Isles ~ cflam.es/1n4jku0 #CGYNYI  
@AaronHowie The more important issue is that the Jiggs McDonald point streak is in jeopardy. #Isles

The Coach
"It was tough for one of our best lines..they turned the puck over. … When you give up a shorthanded goal and not score on a 5-on-3 it's going to come back to bite you."

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are now 6-7-1 in the front-end and 5-7-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The Isles have swept three back-to-backs:  November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Boston; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Rangers.
In the 14 sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point twice and no points on four occasions. 
The Islanders next back-to-back set is on March 14th vs San Jose and March 15th vs. Buffalo.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 24:50 of ice-time; Mark Giordano led Calgary with 26:00.
The Isles are 15-17-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 9-11-3 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-1-0 when Strait leads, are 0-2-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 31 of 60 draws (52%). Frans Nielsen won 9 of 14 for the Isles; Sean Monahan won 9 of 17 for Calgary.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles were out-hit 21-20; Mike Halmo led the Isles with four hits. Matt Martin added 1 hit. Martin's 286 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 received 28 fighting penalties this season: Martin (10), Boulton (8), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), Hamonic (2) and Okposo (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 12 blocked shots.  Four Isles each had two blocks.

Back to All-Time .500
The Islanders fall to all-time NHL .500 (1395-1395-448 in 3,238 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.

Ironman
Thomas Hickey is the Islanders' reigning ironman.  He has played 67 consecutive regular season games, and is the only Islander to have played in every game this season. 

Missing Men
John Tavares is on injured reserve. Eric Boulton missed the game with a hand injury. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the 2nd straight and 13th straight game.
The Isles have lost 161 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   136
17         Jason Blake      127
 
27         Trent Hunter      99
28         Kyle Okposo    98
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         Michael Grabner 82
37         Wayne Merrick  81
37         Dave Scatchard            81
40         Frans Nielsen   79
40         Marty McInnis    79
42         Miroslav Satan  78
 
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   162
25         David Volek      154
26         Mariusz Czerkawski 150
27         Kyle Okposo    148      
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   431
31         Jason Blake      426
 
34         Wayne Merrick  411
35         Jean Potvin       402
36         David Volek      396
37         Bert Marshall     392
38         Josh Bailey      390
39         Travis Green      388
40         Kyle Okposo    384
41         Anders Kallur    383
42         Randy Wood     381
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    245
26         Frans Nielsen   241
27         Ray Ferraro       238
 
Season Series Stats
The Flames sweep the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).
Despite this season's losses, the Isles are 5-3-0 in the last eight games against Calgary. 
This was the Isles' first trip to Calgary since January 3, 2011 when the Isles defeated Calgary 5-2.

Happy Anniversary
5 years ago today (March 7, 2009): Sean Bergenheim recorded a hat trick at the Isles pounded the Devils 7-3 at the Coliseum. 
All-time, the Isles are 8-9-3 on this date, including 2-1-1 in the last 4. 

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 26-27-1-4 on the season after a 3-2 loss in St. John's (Newfoundland) against the Ice Caps on Friday.  Kevin Poulin made 36 saves and Scott Mayfield had two assists.

The same teams play Saturday.

Up Next
MONDAY, MARCH 10th – ISLANDERS AT VANCOUVER 10:00PM
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 9:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles conclude the road trip as they head to Vancouver to face the Canucks.
The Isles are 2-1-3 in their last six games against Vancouver, including a 5-4 overtime loss to Canucks at the Coliseum earlier this season. Brock Nelson scored his first NHL goal in that game.
Roberto Luongo, now with Florida, earned all four Canuck wins in that span.  No other Canuck goalie has beaten the Isles since Alex Auld did so at the Coliseum on January 14, 2006.

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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