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The Skinny - Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 (SO)

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 2

Columbus 3, Isles 2(SO)

Nick Foligno was credited with the tying goal when the puck was deflected in off the Islanders’ Peter Regin and then Cam Atkinson had the shootout winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a 2-0 deficit to spoil the Islanders’ home opener as they defeated the Isles 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles are now 0-2-3 in their last five home openers.

The Scoring:

1st Period


2nd Period

08:17NYIPPG - L. Visnovsky (1) Slapshot - ASST: F. Nielsen (1), J. Tavares (1) 1 - 0 NYI

14:01NYIM. Moulson (1) Backhand shot - ASST: J. Tavares (2), L. Visnovsky (1) 2 - 0 NYI

3rd Period

07:45CBJPPG - M. Letestu (1) Snap shot - ASST: C. Atkinson (1), B. Dubinsky (2) 2 - 1 NYI

11:54CBJN. Foligno (1) Wrist shot - ASST: R. Umberger (1), N. Nikitin (1) 2 - 2 Tie

OT Period


The Shootout:

Frans Nielsen(NG), Artem Anisimov (NG), John Tavares (NG), Mark Letestu (G),Matt Moulson (G), Ryan Johansen (NG), Josh Bailey (NG), Cam Atkinson (G)

It’s the first time since the shootout was introduced for the 2005-06 season that the Isles have been involved in consecutive shootouts to start the season.

The Skinny:

Lubomir Visnovsky’s goal extended an unusual streak – a defenseman has scored the first Islander goal on home ice in five straight seasons, joining Mark Streit, James Wisniewski, Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic (the last Isles forward to score at home was Mike Comrie in 2008) … Going back to last season, the Isles’ last six regular season games have been decided by one goal – including five in shootouts … Matt Moulson, who did not have a shootout attempt last season, converted in the shootout for the second straight game, as he improves to 8-for-15 all-time in shootouts (53.3%) … Moulson’s goal was his 113th as Islander, breaking a tie with John Tavares for the club lead among current players … Tavares earned his 250th and 251st points; his assist on the Moulson goal was named the #1 Play of the Day by NHL Tonight…It was Tavares’ 29th multi-assist game; he had only one in the last 43 games last season (h/t Elias Sports Bureau) … Frans Nielsen has been stopped on seven straight shootout attempts.

For Openers

The Isles are 24-12-5 all-time in home openers, but 0-2-3 in the last five seasons. Their last home opener victory was in 2008 against St. Louis. The only current Isles who played in that game are Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.

The Isles sold out opening night for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons.

Shootout Stuff

Best shootout percentage, active players (minimum 15 shots)

1.Matt Hendricks NSH 9/15 60.0%

2.Matt Moulson NYI 8/15 53.3%

3.Frans Nielsen NYI 25/47 53.2%

The Shots:

Isles 9-10-7-4=30

Jackets 4-8-12-5=29

Home and Road

The Islanders are 1-0-1 overall, 0-0-1 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.

The Blue Jackets are 1-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves and then stopped 2-of-4 shots in the shootout to win the season opener. Nabokov falls to 19-4-3 against Columbus and 29-26 all-time in the shootout.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves for Columbus as he improves to 8-1-0 all-time against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 1-for-2 while the Blue Jackets were 1-for-2.

The Isles are 0-0-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not.

The Isles are 0-0-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano now ranks second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (197) and wins (85). He will coach his 200th game Saturday in Nashville.

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.Al Arbour 740

2.Jack Capuano 85

3.Terry Simpson 81

4.Peter Laviolette 77

5.Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):

1.Al Arbour 1,500

2.Jack Capuano 197

3.Mike Milbury 191

4.Terry Simpson 187

5.Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

Nick Foligno: "We pull for each other. We played hard, the way we expect to play every night. We were rewarded for it. We kept pressing and wound up with a great result."

They Tweeted It

@BComptonNHL And my first reedonkulous of the season goes to that pass by Tavares. My goodness.

The Coach

“I was a little disappointed in the third period. Things were going well until they ramped it up and we didn't respond collectively as a group the way we needed to.”

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 251 career points; he is 60 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.

Captain, O Captain

Tavares’ two assists give him 139, tying former Islander captain Mark Streit for 27th place on the all-time Isles list.

119 NHL Goals

Moulson has 119 career goals (113 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 16 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men

Andrew MacDonald played 25:58 to lead the Isles. Jack Johnson led Columbus with 27:39.

The Isles are 1-0-1 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 31-of-61 draws. Casey Cizikas won his first nine draws and finished 11-of-14 to lead the Isles while Artem Anisimov won 7-of-12 for Columbus. The Isles won 24-of-40 draws over the first two periods, but only 7-of-21 in the third period and overtime.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders were out-hit 25-20. Matt Martin, who has led the NHL in hits in each of the last two seasons, led the Isles with seven hits. There were no fights.

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 21 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald, who finished tied for third last season, had seven to lead the Isles.

All–time Winners

The Islanders remain 10 games over .500 all-time (1372-1362-440 in 3,174 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 with an all-time record above .500.


John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 209 consecutive games.

Frans Nielsen (132) and Kyle Okposo (115) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era

Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013 284

Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221

Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220

Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219

Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215

John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 209

Missing Men

Griffin Reinhart, Eric Boulton and Matt Carkner were scratched for the second straight game.

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 669

2. Roberto Luongo 349

3. Evgeni Nabokov 336

4. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

Career Wins

17. Roberto Luongo 349

18. Evgeni Nabokov 336

19. Gump Worsley 335

20. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 121

2. Roberto Luongo 62

3. Evgeni Nabokov 55

4. Tomas Vokoun 51

Career Shutouts

18 Clint Benedict 57

19 Evgeni Nabokov 55

20 Bernie Parent 54

20 Ed Giacomin 54

Career Goals as an Islander

21Ray Ferraro 116

22Matt Moulson 113

23John Tavares 112

24Benoit Hogue 105

24Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

26Steve Thomas140

27John Tavares139

27Mark Streit139

29Greg Gilbert138

30Frans Nielsen137

31Jason Blake131

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 369

41Dave Scatchard347

45Robert Goring 332

45Oleg Kvasha 332

47Bruno Gervais 331

47Zigmund Palffy331

47Josh Bailey 331

50Shawn Bates 330

51Eric Cairns 327

52Alan Kerr 326

53Brad Dalgarno 321

53Kyle Okposo 321

55Ray Ferraro 316

55Steve Webb 316

55Richard Park 316

58Gerald Diduck 314

59Mikko Makela 307

60Gordon Lane 304

61Arron Asham 300

61Roman Hamrlik 300

63Matt Moulson 295

64John Tavares 293

65Gordon Dineen 287

Career Points as an Islander

21Jason Blake258

21Steve Thomas258

23John Tavares 251

24David Volek249

31Mikko Makela219

32Matt Moulson 215

33Mark Parrish214

34Garry Howatt213

34Jean Potvin213

36Anders Kallur211

37Marty McInnis198

38Frans Nielsen 198

39Wayne Merrick197

40Robert Goring195

41Jeffrey Norton188

42Kyle Okposo 185

43Lorne Henning184

Season Series Stats

The Blue Jackets lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one) with three games to play. The teams will next play on November 9 at Columbus.

The Isles are 3-0-2 in their last five home games against Columbus, but the Jackets are 10-1-4 all-time against the Isles.

Happy Anniversary

12 years ago tonight (10-5-01): Mark Parrish scored two goals in a 99 second span in the third period as the Isles rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Lightning in a season opening game in Tampa. The win jump-started the Islanders to a 9-0-1-1 start, which is the best in franchise history.

All-time, the Isles are 3-5-2 on this date, including a 6-4 win over Buffalo in 2007 that was led by a four-point performance from Mike Comrie.

On The Farm

Bridgeport opened their season with a 5-2 loss to Wilkes Barre-Scranton. Anders Lee scored Bridgeport’s first goal, with Ryan Strome earning the primary assist. Bridgeport hosts Norfolk on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Up Next


[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Islanders play their first Western Conference opponent since April 7, 2012 when they entertain the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Phoenix, led by a hat trick from Radim Vrbata, won their season opener from the Rangers, but dropped a 4-1 decision in San Jose on Saturday.

This is the first of two meetings between the teams, who have not played since January 7, 2012 in Glendale. Shane Doan recorded his first career hat trick in that game.

The Coyotes will make their first Coliseum appearance since defeating the Isles 4-3 in a shootout on December 18, 2010.

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.

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