By Eric Hornick
New Jersey 6, Isles 1
Jaromir Jagr became the first European-born player to score 700 NHL
goals, and it turned out to be the game winner as well, as the New Jersey
Devils scored four goals in the second period and defeated the Isles 6-1 before
a crowd of 15,512 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
05:00 NJD PPG - Adam Henrique
(17) Backhand -: Ryane Clowe (11), Michael Ryder (12) 1 - 0 NJD
03:31 NJD Jaromir Jagr (19)
Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Zajac (21), Andy Greene (19) 2 - 0 NJD
04:40 NJD PPG - Ryane Clowe (5)
Snap shot - ASST: Adam Henrique (14), Eric Gelinas (18) 3 - 0 NJD
06:14 NYI Kyle Okposo (25)
Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Vanek (31), Josh Bailey (18) 3 - 1 NJD
08:07 NJD PPG - Marek Zidlicky
(9) Slapshot - ASST: Jaromir Jagr (33), Patrik Elias (25) 4 - 1 NJD
14:54 NJD Mark Fayne (3)
Slapshot - ASST: Andrei Loktionov (8) 5
- 1 NJD
19:21 NJD PPG - Eric Gelinas
(7) Slapshot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (22), Patrik Elias (26) 6 - 1 NJD
The Isles are 1-6-1 in their last home games (including 1-5-1 in their
last seven games at the Coliseum)… The Isles are 4-11-5 in their last 20 home
games… It is only the third time in franchise history that they have won as few
as 9 of their first 32 home games (7-21-4 in 1972-73 and 8-20-3-1 in 1999-2000)…Josh
Bailey assisted on the lone Islander goal, giving him a 4-game point streak for
the first time this season…The Isles are 10-5-2 with Ryan Strome in the lineup…
With Radek Martinek scratched and Frans Nielsen on injured reserve, the 24
year-old Bailey appeared in his 386th game, more than any other
Islander dressed today…The Isles allowed four second
period goals; it is the 21st time this season they have allowed at least 3
goals in a period…Kyle Okposo's goal was his 25th of the season; he
is the 6th American-born player in Islander history to do so.
For the History Books
Jaromir Jagr is the 7th player in NHL
history to record 700 goals, and is now eight goals behind Mike Gartner for 8th place. Jagr joins Marcel Dionne and
Wayne Gretzky as opponents who scored their 700th goal at the
Coliseum; he joins Brett Hull as players who scored his 700th goal
against Evgeni Nabokov. Jagr now has 123
career game-winning goals; he broke Gordie Howe's record (121) earlier this
season. Jagr leads all opponents (all-time) against the Isles with 61 goals, 88
assists and 149 points.
Travis Hamonic recorded 32 penalty minutes in the
third period, tying the Isles franchise record for penalty minutes in a period
(set by Micheal Haley in the 9-3 win over Pittsburgh in 2011). After the game,
the NHL confirmed that Hamonic had been suspended for 1 game for instigating a
fight in the final five minutes.
It's the first time the Isles have allowed 4 power
play goals at home since October 26, 2005 vs. Buffalo and the first time since
January 13, 1989 that the Devils have scored at least three power play goals
against the Isles.
Anders Lee has three goals in his first four NHL games. Only four players in Isles history have
averaged more than .500 goals per game: Mike Bossy, Pierre Turgeon, Pat
LaFontaine and Zigmund Palffy
It's the first time in six games and only the third time in the last 16
games that the Isles have been outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 23-31-8 overall, 9-15-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at
Yankee Stadium) and 14-16-0 on the road. The Isles are 2-7-1 in their last
New Jersey is 26-22-13 overall; they are 14-7-7 at home and 12-15-6 on
the road. The Devils have scored at least five goals in consecutive games for
the first time since late in the 2011-12 season.
The Isles are 6-15-3 in Division games and are 17-16-5 in games against
other divisions. They are 8-5-3 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 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.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 14 saves through
two periods but falls to 11-13-5 on the season. Nabokov is 6-10-0 in his career against New Jersey. Anders Nilsson, recalled
from Bridgeport this morning, stopped 15 of 16 shots, allowing only a 5-on-3
goal, in the third period.
Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for New
Jersey; he is 14-11-4 on the season. It
is Brodeur's 683rd NHL win; he is 51-28-8 against the Isles. Marty is 5-1-0 in his last six games at the
The Islanders were 0-3 while the Devils were 4-8.
The Isles are 15-7-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-24-4
when they do not. The Isles are 10-17-3
when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-14-5 when they do not.
The Isles are 3-13 in the last three games on the power play after
going 0-30 in their prior seven games. The Isles had killed 42 of 46 (91.3%) over the last 15 games before
allowing four goals today.
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 7-68 in their last 17 games.
Three is a
The Isles are 20-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including
shootout winners) and are 3-24-5 when they do not.
The Isles are 10-8-6 when they score first and are 13-23-2 when they
allow the opening goal. The Isles have
allowed the first goal in 18 of their last 24 games.
Second to The
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win
100 games in New Jersey 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 (257) and wins (107).
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
Evgeni Nabokov "It's pretty simple… our penalty kill (including myself)
have to be better."
@SharksStats Nabokov also allowed Brett Hull's 700th NHL goal (Feb. 10,
2003 at Detroit).
"Specialty teams is a pretty huge factor…have to be better."
Counting today, the Isles are 6-7-0 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 New Jersey
and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Avs.
In the twelve previous 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
The Islanders finish this back-to-back set when they host Florida on Sunday.
Brian Strait led the Isles with 21:02 of ice-time; Andy Greene led New
Jersey with 23:21.
The Isles are 15-16-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 8-10-2 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 35 of 72 draws (49%). Ryan Strome won 6 of 10 draws for the Isles; Travis
Zajac won 16 of 21 for New Jersey.
The Isles out-hit New Jersey 47-20; Colin MacDonald led the Isles with
7 hits while Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck each had 6. Matt Martin missed the
game with an injury; his 275 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin. He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four
Travis Hamonic fought Steve Bernier in the third period and also received
a fighting penalty when he tried to fight Ryan Carter late in the game. The
Isles have received 24 fighting penalties this season: Martin (8), Boulton (6),
Carkner (5), McDonald (2), Hamonic (2) and Okposo (1).
Giving Up the
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots. Calvin deHaan led the way with five blocks; Andrew
MacDonald added three and leads the NHL with 196.
One Over All-Time
The Islanders fall to one game over all-time NHL .500 (1394-1393-447 in
3,234 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.
Andrew MacDonald is the Islanders' reigning ironman. He has played 163 consecutive games, and is
one of only two Islanders to have played in every game this season. Thomas Hickey played in his 63rd consecutive
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
MacDonald 12/19/11- CURRENT 163
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
John Tavares and Frans are on injured reserve; Matt Martin missed the
game with a lower body injury. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched
for the seventh and ninth straight game respectively.
The Isles have lost 154 games this season due to injury.
Career Wins, Active
1. Martin Brodeur683
2. Roberto Luongo367
3. Evgeni Nabokov346
4. Nikolai Khabibulin333
Rogie Vachon 355
18. Evgeni Nabokov346
Gump Worsley 335
Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur124
2. Roberto Luongo65
3. Evgeni Nabokov57
4. TomasVokoun 51
John Ross Roach 58
Clint Benedict 57
18 Evgeni Nabokov 57
Bernie Parent 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 97
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 81
37 Wayne Merrick 81
37 Dave Scatchard 81
40 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 Jonsson175
19 Alexei Yashin 171
20 Duane Sutter 171
21 Jean Potvin 167
22 Jeff Norton 166
23 Zigmund Palffy163
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 386
40 Anders Kallur 383
41 Randy Wood 381
42 Kyle Okposo 380
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
The Devils lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 5 points to 2) with
two games to play. New Jersey, the only
team to visit the Coliseum three times this season, returns to Long Island on
March 29th. The Isles are 3-2-0
in their last five games against the Devils.
11 years ago tonight (3-1-03): Jason
Blake tallied the winning goal in overtime as the Islanders defeat Buffalo
2-1. Garth Snow made 36 saves in the
victory, which is the Islanders' only win on this date since 1994 (1-7-2
including today) .
All-time, the Isles are 5-11-3 on this date, including a 4-3 loss to
Detroit in 1980 in Ken Morrow's NHL debut.
On The Farm
Bridgeport won its 7th straight game on Friday and is 26-24-1-4 on the
season. Anders Nilsson (recalled to the Isles today) won his 6th straight as Bridgeport beat Providence 4-2. The Sound Tigers host Worcester on Saturday night and Utica on Sunday
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport (and is 2nd among AHL rookies) with
22 goals. Ryan Strome leads the team (and all AHL rookies) in assists (36); he
also leads the Sound Tigers (and is 2nd among all AHL rookies) in
points (49). Of course both players are
now with the Isles.
2nd – FLORIDA AT ISLANDERS 3:00PM
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 2:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9
The Panthers make their first of two appearances this
season on Coliseum ice Sunday, as the teams meet for the second time this
Florida won 4-2, back on January 14th. Tim Thomas had 31 saves for Florida. However, that is the Isles' only loss in the
last five meetings between the teams (4-1-0).
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