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The Skinny: Blue Jackets 5, Islanders 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
“The Skinny”

Game 17
Columbus 5, Isles 2

RJ Umberger deflected a James Wisniewski shot for the winning goal as Columbus broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period and defeated the Isles 5-2 before a crowd of 13,949 at Nationwide Arena.  The win snaps a five-game Blue Jacket losing streak, while the Isles suffer their third straight defeat.

The Scoring:
1st Period

06:25 CBJ     PPG - Brandon Dubinsky (4) Backhand - ASST: Mark Letestu (3), Fedor Tyutin (5) 1 - 0 CBJ    
19:25 NYI Frans Nielsen (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Boulton (2), Andrew MacDonald (5)     1 - 1 Tie    

2nd Period
09:27 CBJ Ryan Johansen (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (8)     2 - 1 CBJ    
13:30 NYI Thomas Hickey (1) Slapshot - ASST: John Tavares (11), Matt Donovan (3) 2 - 2 Tie    

3rd Period

00:27 CBJ     PPG - RJ Umberger (3) Deflection - ASST: J Wisniewski (11), R Johansen (5) 3 - 2 CBJ    
03:24 CBJ Cam Atkinson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Johansen (6), Brandon Dubinsky (9) 4 - 2 CBJ
18:52 CBJ EN - James Wisniewski (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Bobrovsky (1)     5 - 2 CBJ

The Skinny:  
Nielsen’s goal was the Isles’ first in 114:47…Thomas Hickey’s goal was his second career goal; his other goal was an overtime winner in Montreal in February…Eric Boulton now has two assists in three games this season… The Isles have scored 24 of their 47 goals in the second period, but have been outscored 15-10 in the third period… The Isles allowed two more power play goals and have now allowed 14 goals in 54 times short (74.1%)…RJ Umberger is now 14-10-24 in 29 games against the Isles; his goal was the first scored in the opening minute of any period of an Islander game this season…James Wisniewski’s empty net goal was his team-leading 13th point; it was the second EN goal allowed by the Isles this season….Former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky tied a career high with three points; he had done it eight previous times, all as a Blueshirt.

The Injury:
The Isles played almost the entire game with 17 skaters as Thomas Vanek suffered an upper body injury on his first shift and did not return.  

The Shots:
Isles              9-7-10=26
Blue Jackets      2-14-13=29

Columbus had only 5 shots in the first 29 minutes of the game.

Home and Road

The Islanders are 6-8-3 overall, 3-3-3 at home and 3-5-0 on the road.  The Isles are 0-3-0 on this road trip after winning two straight games to begin the month.
The Blue Jackets also 6-10-0 overall; they are 4-6-0 at home and 2-4-0 on the road.   

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves but falls to 5-5-3 on the season.  Nabokov allowed at least four goals in his third straight appearance for the first time since March, 2012.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves for the Blue Jackets and improves to 5-8-0 on the season. Bobrovsky is 9-1-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 0-1 while the Blue Jackets were 2-4.  After scoring a power play goal in five straight games, the Isles have been held without a power play goal in their last seven games (22 chances).  Columbus had scored only one power play goal in their prior five games, all losses (1-13, 7.7%).

The Isles are 3-1-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-7-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-6-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-2-1 when they do not.  
Over the last seven games, the Isles power play is 0-22 while the penalty kill is 10-25 (60%).

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-7-1 when they do not.  

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now second on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (212) and wins (90).

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 90
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 212
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

They Said It
Andrew MacDonald: “We didn’t play a smart game at all.  We turned pucks over, we didn’t stop on pucks, (we were) sloppy.”

They Tweeted It

@StapeNewsday On Vanek, no official update, but I'm told he's definitely out tomorrow. Not known if he'll need IR yet. #Isles

The Coach
"They've got to figure it out. We're not talking systems or structure here, we're talking battles. We're losing battles. They've got to figure it out."

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 267 career points; he is 57 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks.  No other player from that draft is anywhere close.  Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.

Leading Ice Men

Travis Hamonic played 24:20 to lead the Isles for the 4th time this season; it was Hamonic’s 200th NHL game. Former Islander James Wisniewski led Columbus with 23:02.  
The Isles are 5-6-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-2-1 when Hamonic leads them.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 of 63 draws. Casey Cizikas won 9 of 16 to lead the Isles but the other Isles lost a combined 17 of 47; Artem Anisimov won 12 of 17 for Columbus.
The Isles are tied-26th in the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning 45.4%.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles were out-hit 30-20.  Matt Martin led the Isles with 8 hits; he leads the NHL with 79.  There were no fights, leaving the season total at four: Boulton (2), Martin (2).

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 13 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with three, extending his league-leading total to 64.

All–time Winners
The Islanders fall to seven games over all-time NHL .500 (1377-1370-442 in 3,189 games).  The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.

John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 224 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era.
Frans Nielsen (147) and Kyle Okposo (130) 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
•    John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT  224
•    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

Missing Men
Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait are on injured reserve. Cal Clutterbuck missed his second game with an upper body injury. Matt Carkner replaced Radek Martinek in the lineup while Eric Boulton replaced Brock Nelson. The Isles have lost 28 games this season due to injury.

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 672
2. Roberto Luongo 357
3. Evgeni Nabokov 340
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins
17. Roberto Luongo 357
18. Evgeni Nabokov 340
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 122
2. Roberto Luongo 64
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
17    Duane Sutter    121
18    Alexei Yashin    119
18    John Tavares     119
20    Matt Moulson     118
20    Mark Parrish    118
20    Steve Thomas    118
Career Assists as an Islander
24    Mariusz Czerkawski    150
25    John Tavares    148
26    Frans Nielsen    145

26    Travis Green    145
28    Steve Thomas    140

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
25    Gerry Hart    476
26    Radek Martinek    473
27    Mariusz Czerkawski    470
37    Travis Green     388
38    Frans Nielsen     384
39    Anders Kallur     383
40    Randy Wood     381
41    Dave Scatchard    347
42    Josh Bailey     346
42    Alexei Yashin    346
44    Mark Parrish    345
45    Marty McInnis     337
46    Kyle Okposo     336
47    Robert Goring     332
47    Oleg Kvasha     332
54    Brad Dalgarno     321
55    Ray Ferraro     316
55    Steve Webb     316
55    Richard Park     316
58    Gerald Diduck     314
59    John Tavares     308
60    Mikko Makela     307
Career Points as an Islander
20    Ed Westfall    286
21    John Tavares     267
22    Jason Blake    258
22    Steve Thomas    258
32    Mikko Makela    219
33    Frans Nielsen     214
33    Mark Parrish    214
35    Garry Howatt    213
35    Jean Potvin    213
37    Anders Kallur    211
38    Kyle Okposo     204
39    Marty McInnis    198
Season Series Stats
The Blue Jackets lead the season series two games to none (and four points to one) with two games to play.  The teams will next play on March 23rd at the Coliseum.
The Isles have won only once in nine all-time visits to Columbus (1-6-2).

Happy Anniversary
27 years ago tonight: November 9, 1986.  Tomas Jonsson scored twice as the Islanders rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Sabres 4-3 in Buffalo.  Steve Konroyd then scored the tying goal late in the second before Mike Bossy potted the winner in the third.
Overall the Islanders are now 6-7-0 on this date.

On The Farm

Ryan Strome scored his fourth goal of the season with 2:59 to play to earn the Sound Tigers a point but Bridgeport dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Hershey; the Bears won a 10-round shootout by a 6-5 score. Bridgeport is 3-5-1-1 on the season and return home to host Adirondack at 3:00 on Sunday.

Up Next
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 5:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles try to salvage the final game of the road trip with an early evening start in Montreal.  It’s the Islanders’ first trip to the Bell Center since last February’s 4-3 overtime win as Thomas Hickey became the first Isle since Radek Martinek to score his first career goal in overtime.

The Isles are 5-6-1 in their last 12 games in Montreal, starting with a loss on March 13, 2007 in a game in which Rick DiPietro was forced from the game after a collision with Steve Begin, however all five Isles wins in that stretch have come in extra time (three times in shootouts, twice in overtime), leaving Les Habitants 7-0-5 in those 12 games.

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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