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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Skinny: Isles 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Another day. Another hero.Thomas Hickey’s centering pass deflected in off the skate of Ottawa’s
Cody Ceci for the winning goal 3:06 into overtime to give Jaroslav Halak his 10th
straight win as the Islanders extended their home winning streak to seven games
with a 3-2 victory over Ottawa before a crowd of 13,888 at Nassau Veterans
The Isles remain tied with the Penguins for first place in the
Metropolitan Division (although Pittsburgh has a game in hand). The Isles have
won 12 of their last 14(12-2-0) for the first time in 24 years, and have won 18
times in the first 25 games for the first time in franchise history.The Isles lead the entire NHL with 18
victories and are one point behind Tampa Bay for the NHL lead in points.
It’s the first time that the Isles are 11 games over NHL .500 since
they ended the 2001-02 season with a 42-28-8-4 record.
Hoffman (8) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (4), Alex Chiasson (6) 1 - 0 OTT
Nelson (11) ASST: Kyle Okposo (17) 1
- 1 Tie
Strome (5) ASST: Thomas Hickey (7), Brian Strait (2) 2 - 1 NYI
MacArthur (9) ASST: Mark Stone (6), Kyle Turris (12) 2 - 2 Tie
Hickey (2) ASST: Matt Donovan (1), Brock Nelson (11) 3 - 2 NYI
Hickey’s goal was his 7th career goal; 2 of the 7 goals have come in
overtime. Hickey also recorded his first multi-point game of the season and the
fourth of his career… It was the 12th goal by the Isles’ defense
this season;the Isles had only 23 goals
from defensemen last season … Brock Nelson took over the club lead in goal with
11, breaking a tie with John Tavares…Nelson and Kyle Okposo now each have 22
points, one behind Tavares’ 23… Okposo extended his club lead with his 17th
assist; it was his 172nd career assist, passing Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin
for 20th place on the all-time Isles list… Jaroslav Halak has won a
career-best 10 straight starts, allowing just 13 goals.The 10 straight wins ties Billy Smith’s club
record for consecutive victories, which was set in 1982…The Isles are 9-0-0 on
Coliseum ice vs. US-based teams, but this was their first win in three tries
this season vs. a Canadian squad.It’s
only the Isles’ 2nd win in their last nine home games vs Canadian teams…Casey
Cizikas had a goal disallowed at the end of the second period when video review
confirmed that the puck entered the net a fraction of a second after the
expiration of the period.
The Isles lost two players due to injury. Travis Hamonic and Cal
Clutterbuck both left the game in the third period.
The Isles maintain at least a share of first place this
late in the season for the first time since 2006 as Pittsburgh beat New Jersey.
Isles and Penguins have been tied at the end of play each of the last 11 days;
both teams are idle until Thursday, when the Isles visit Ottawa and the Penguins
The Isles are 18-7-0 thru 25 games; it’s the first time in franchise
history that the Isles have won 18 of their first 25 games.The Isles were 8-14-3 through 25 games and 8-15-3
through 26 games last season, when they did not win their 18th game
until January 12th (18-22-7).
Most wins in first 25 games:
·17-3-5 in 1978-79
·17-7-1 in 1987-88
·16-8-1 in 1983-84
Most points in first 25 games
·39 in 1978-79
·35 in 2001-02
·35 in 1980-81
·35 in 1987-88
The Isles have won 7 straight games at home for the first time since
December of 2003.It is the longest
streak in the NHL this season. The Isles have not had a longer winning streak
at home since they won 9 straight games at home during the 1989-90 season.
The Isles, who are 10-2-0 this season on Coliseum ice, won only 13
games at home last season (13-19-9).When the Isles made the playoffs in the 2013 lockout season, they went
10-11-3 at home.
Most wins, first 12 home games:
·11 in 1984-85
·10 in 2014-15
·9 in 1978-79
·9 in 1982-83
·9 in 1986-87
Most points, first 12 home games
·22 in 1984-85 (11-1-0)
·21 in 1978-79 (9-0-3)
·20 in 2014-15 (10-2-0)
Home and Home
This is the fifth (and final) time this season that
the Isles will play the same opponent in consecutive games.The Isles swept Carolina in October before
splitting with Tampa Bay, sweeping Pittsburgh and splitting with Washington in
November.It’s the first time the Isles
have played a home-and-home with Ottawa since November 2008; the Isles swept
that pair of games.
Jaroslav Halak, the reigning NHL First Star, has won 10 straight games,
tying Billy Smith’s club record. Halak is also the first goalie in Islander
history to win 10 straight starts.
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The Isles won their first four games, lost their next two games, won
the two games after that, lost the next three games and are 12-2-0 in last 14.
The Isles have had two winning streaks of at least five games this
season.It’s the first time since the
1987-88 season that the Isles have had two winning streaks of at least five
The Isles have out-shot nine of their last 10
opponents.The 18 shots are the fewest
the Isles have allowed in 128 games; Tampa Bay also had 18 on March 14, 2013.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-7-0 overall, 10-2-0 at home and 8-5-0 on the road.
Ottawa is 10-9-5 overall; 5-2-3 at home and 5-7-2 on the road.
The Isles are 8-2-0 in Division games and are 10-5-0 in games against
other divisions. They are 4-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 2-2-0 vs. Central
Division, and 4-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles did not win their eighth divisional game last season until March
25th (8-15-3); they finished last season 10-16-4 against the Met.
This was the tenth of 11 consecutive games against the Eastern
Conference.The Isles are 8-2-0 in this
stretch, which concludes on Thursday in Ottawa.
In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 16 saves and
improves to 13-4-0 on the season with his 10th straight win. He is 4-5-2
in his career against the Sens.
Craig Anderson made 25 saves for Ottawa;
he is 5-5-4 on the season and 6-5-3 in his career against the Islanders.
The Islanders were 0-2 on the power play while Ottawa was 0-1.
The Isles have killed 31 of 36 over the last 13 games after they
allowed 6 power play goals in 14 times short over the previous five games. (The Isles killed only 1 of 4 in two games vs.
Washington, but killed 30 of the other 32).
The power play is 4-23 (17.4%) over the last seven games.
The Isles are 10-3-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-4-0
when they do not.The Isles are 6-6-0
when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-1-0 when they do not.
Three is (Usually)
a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including
shootout winners) and are 4-6-0 when they do not.
The Isles are the only NHL team without an overtime or shootout loss
It’s the second time in club history that the Isles have gone this late
into the season without an overtime/shootout loss or tie:
·30 games (1998-99; 12-18-0 before tying Anaheim in game 31)
·25 games (2014-15; current)
·24 games (1983-84; 16-8-0 before tying St. Louis in game
One Goal Games
The Isles are 11-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1-0
in regulation. They are 3-0 in games decided in overtime and are 5-0 in
shootouts.Three games have been decided
by two goals in which the second goal was an empty-netter.The Isles are 2-1 in those games.
The Isles are 10-5-0 when they score first and are 8-2-0 when they
allow the opening goal.
Second to The
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history
and was behind the bench for his 300th game on November 28th
in Washington. Capuano is 136-127-39 behind the Islander bench.
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 Hickey: "I came around the net there and there's bodies
going to the net and I just threw it blind, to be honest. Maybe it got a bounce
off something, I'd have to see it again.We talk about doing that; that's how a lot of goals are scored, just
throwing it and getting lucky and have guys going there. A lucky bounce and a
Jaroslav Halak: “Every game is a different challenge, every opponent.
Tonight was a weird game. We got two points, but I'm sure everybody knows that
we can play better. I know that we'll play better on Thursday."
#Isles are now 10-2-0 at home this season. Compare past few years:
2010-11: 17-18-6(Hey, this is
@JTALT96 The Coliseum was electric tonight. It was a ton of fun to be
there. #LGI #isles #YES
@MikeDA44 Another OT Win for the #Isles. Unbelievable. #yesyesyes
@justin_paley Congratulations to @thomas_hickey14 on the overtime game
winning goal vs @Senators
@ISLES_SEC_337 Honk Honk HonkHonkHonnnnnnk
"We feel like we've got the depth that can do the job. You lose three
of your top-four guys, that's tough on the back end. Guys stepped up and played
pretty well."There's gonna be
injuries, but it gives other guys an opportunity."
The Isles are 4-1-0 in the front-end and 4-1-0 on the back end of
back-to-backs this season.
The Isles will play only one set of back-to-backs in December.They will visit Detroit on December 19th
and then host Tampa Bay on December 20th.
Thomas Hickey led the Isles with 24:18 of ice-time; Erik Karlsson led Ottawa
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (9-2-0), Travis
Hamonic (4-1-0), Lubomir Visnovsky (2-1-0) John Tavares (1-2-0), Thomas Hickey
(1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0) and Calvin deHaan (0-1-0).
Kyle Okposo led the Isles forwards with 21:58 of ice-time. Isles record
by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (9-7-0), Kyle Okposo (6-0-0), Brock
Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0) and Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).
In the Circle
The Islanders won 27 of 51 draws (53%). Casey Cizikas won 9 of 12 for the Isles; No
Senator won more than he lost.
The Isles won at least half of the draws in each period except
overtime, where Ottawa won the only draw.The Isles also won 53% of the draws in all three zones.
The Isles were out-hit 27-22.Matt
Martin led the Isles with five hits.
There were no fights.The Isles have
been involved in seven fights this season: Martin (4), Hamonic (2), Lee (1). All
seven fights have come in games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
Giving Up the
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots, including 3 from Travis
For the Corsi
The Isles finished with a total Corsi advantage of 58-47, which
measures shots attempted for and against (including blocks). The Senators had
only four attempts on goal in the final 18 minutes of the second period.
John Tavares (+10) led the Isles in even-strength Corsi. Matt
Donovan had a team-leading 65% of Corsi For events. Alex Chiasson (+9) led Ottawa.
of the Class
Islander Captain John Tavares has 338 career points; he is 58 points
ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.No other player in that draft is anywhere
close.Tavares also has more goals and
more assists than any other player in that draft.
The Islanders improve to 17 games over all-time NHL .500 (1423-1406-450
in 3,279 games). It’s the first time
since October 21, 2010 that they have been 17 games over all-time NHL .500.
The Isles have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January
11, 1978 and have finished every season since 1977-78 over all-time NHL .500.
Nick Leddy and Brock Nelson are the Islanders’ reigning ironmen.Leddy has played 277 consecutive regular
season NHL games, while Nelson has played 77 consecutive regular season
Eric Boulton, Michael Grabner and Matt Carkner are on injured reserve. Johnny
Boychuk (3 games) and Lubomir Visnovsky (2 games) remain out with injuries. Cory
Conacher was scratched.
The Isles have lost 94 games this season due to injury/illness.
Jaroslav Halak became the 110th goalie in NHL history to record 150
wins with his shutout of Colorado on November 11th.His shutout of Philadelphia on November 24th
was his 33rd career shutout, making him the 50th goalie in NHL
history to reach that total.
Halak’s 33 shutouts also rank tied-sixth among active goalies:
·Martin Brodeur 124
·Roberto Luongo 67
·Evgeni Nabokov 59
·Henrik Lundqvist 54
·Pekka Rinne 34
·Jaroslav Halak 33
·Jonathan Quick 33
·Marc-Andre Fleury 33
·Ryan Miller 32
Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·146 goals (15th all-time, 1 behind Pierre
Turgeon and 14 behind Pat Flatley)
·192 assists (16th all-time, 1 behind Pierre
Turgeon and 57 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·338 points (15th all-time, 2 behind Pierre
Turgeon and 31 behind Stefan Persson)
·375 games played (43rd among Islander skaters
all-time, 6 behind Randy Wood, 8 behind Anders Kallur and 13 behind Travis
Frans Nielsen has:
·90 goals (35th all-time, 2 behind Travis Green
and 3 behind Greg Gilbert & Garry Howatt)
·177 assists (18th all-time, 4 behind Ed Westfall, 15 behind
John Tavares and 16 behind Pierre Turgeon)
·267 points (23rd all-time and 8 behind Kyle Okposo and 19
behind Ed Westfall)
·472 games played (27th among Islander skaters all-time, 4 behind
Gerry Hart, 7 behind Radek Martinek and 21 behind Ed Westfall)
Kyle Okposo has:
·104 goals (26th all-time, 1 behind Ed Westfall
& Benoit Hogue and 12 behind Ray Ferraro)
·172 assists (20th all-time, 3 behind Kenny Jonsson, 5
behind Frans Nielsen and 9 behind Ed Westfall)
·276 points (22nd all-time, 10 behind Ed Westfall and 14
behind Alexei Yashin)
·415 games played (35th among Islander skaters
all-time, 7 behind Dave Langevin, 8 behind Josh Bailey and 10 behind Greg
Michael Grabner has:
·82 goals (38th all-time, 2 behind Tomas Jonsson and 5
behind Butch Goring)
Josh Bailey has:
·423 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, 2
behind Greg Gilbert, 3 behind Jason Blake and 27 behind Scott Lachance)
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2
points to 1).The teams will meet again on
Thursday in Ottawa before completing the season series on March 13th
at the Coliseum.
The Isles have won 4 of the last 6 games between the
teams (4-2-0), but only one of the four wins in that span have come in
It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 2nd
19 years ago tonight (1995) – In their first game
after dismissing General Manager Don Maloney, Islander captain Pat Flatley, who
was playing in just his 13th game of the season, led a three goal first period
splurge with his first goal of the season as the Isles defeated the Stanley Cup
Champion New Jersey Devils 4-1.
Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist for the Isles,
who chased Marty Brodeur after only one period.It was Brodeur’s shortest start ever at the Coliseum and raised the
Isles record to 6-15-3 on the season.
Maloney was replaced on an interim basis by his
assistant Darcy Regier, but Coach Mike Milbury would be named the General
Manager ten days later.
Also on this date: (1976) – Bert Marshall scored the
1,000th goal in franchise history but the Isles fell to Pittsburgh 4-2.
All-time, the Isles have played nine December 2nd
games at the Coliseum and have compiled a 3-7-0 record on this date at 1255
Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 11-7-2-1 on the season after blanking Providence 3-0 on
Sunday behind Kevin Poulin. The victory snapped a six-game winless streak for
Bridgeport (0-4-2-0).The Sound Tigers
are off until Friday when they begin a 3-game-in-3-day weekend with a game in
Hershey. Bridgeport will then visit Lehigh Valley on Friday before the Phantoms
return the favor on Sunday at 3pm.
4th—OTTAWA AT ISLANDERS 7:30PM [MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 7:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles will look to sweep the home-and-home series
on Thursday, when they play the Sens in Ottawa. It figures to be an emotional
night, as former Senator captain Daniel Alfredsson is expected to announce his
The Isles swept a pair of games in the Canadian capital
last season and are 4-2-0 in their last six trips to the Canadian Tire Centre.
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 & on his