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.
Ironmen 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 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 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th —ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL 6:00PM [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.