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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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%
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
39Randy Wood 381
40Frans Nielsen 369
45Robert Goring 332
45Oleg Kvasha 332
47Bruno Gervais 331
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
23John Tavares 251
32Matt Moulson 215
38Frans Nielsen 198
42Kyle Okposo 185
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.
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.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8—PHOENIX AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[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.