Brad Marchand scored a goal and added three assists as the Boston Bruins broke a 3-3 tie with three unanswered goals as they defeated the Islanders 6-3 before a crowd of 13,819 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Overall six different Bruins scored goals and twelve players recorded points. Kyle Okposo had a goal and two assists for the Isles, who fall to 0-2-1 on their three-game homestand (all against potential division champions) and to 8-11-8 at the Coliseum this season. The Scoring: 1st Period 07:47 BOS Loui Eriksson (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Paille (5), Torey Krug (17) 1 - 0 BOS 15:29 NYI Frans Nielsen (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (33) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period 04:50 BOS Brad Marchand (17) Snap shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (21), Reilly Smith (22) 2 - 1 BOS 08:20 NYI Michael Grabner (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (34), Thomas Hickey (12) 2 - 2 Tie 12:21 BOS Reilly Smith (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Thornton (1), Brad Marchand (14) 3 - 2 BOS 15:08 NYI Kyle Okposo (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Grabner (11) 3 - 3 Tie 19:27 BOS Carl Soderberg (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Lucic (21), Jarome Iginla (19) 4 - 3 BOS
The Skinny: Frans Nielsen set a career high with his 18th goal; the Islanders are the only NHL team to have four players with at least 18 goals…Kyle Okposo’s two assists give him 34, which is a new career high; his previous high of 33 was set in 2009-10; his 23rd goal ties John Tavares for the team lead….The Isles are 8-5-1 in 2014 and are 12-7-1 in their last 20… …Okposo extended his point streak six games but John Tavares’ point streak ended at 6 games…Brad Marchand recorded his third career game with at least four points (and first this season). ..Former Islander Zdeno Chara’s third period goal was his 500th NHL point…Casey Cizikas was -4 for the Isles while Colin McDonald and Matt Martin both went -3…Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each went +3 for Boston….Each team scored in a delayed penalty situation in the second period…The Isles have allowed six goals in each of their last three regulation losses; the six goals allowed matches a season high, now done five times…The Isles are 1-17-0 when they allow three goals in a period…The Isles have been outscored 76-67 in the second period; more goals have been scored in second period of Islander games than any other teams…There were 14 second period goals scored in the three Islander-Bruin games this season; only 73 goals have been scored in the second period of the Bruins’ other 48 games…Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith all extended point streaks to six straight games.
Le Magnifique If the Bruins had gotten a vote, Kyle Okposo would have been heading to Socchi. The Isles scored eleven goals against Boston this season, and Okposo earned points on nine of them (2-7-9). Okposo is the first opponent to record three games with at least three points against the Bruins in the same season since Mario Lemieux did it for Pittsburgh in 1995-96. Okposo now has four three-point games this season; he had never had had more than two in a season prior to this year.
Eight’s Not Enough! The Isles are 8-5-1 in January, with two games to play. However, the Isles are 0-2-1 in the last three It’s the first time since 2003 that the Isles have earned 8 wins in January and matches their most January wins since they earned 9 in January 1990. The Isles have earned ten victories in January only once in franchise history, going 10-4-1 in 1980 (April and May were pretty good that year, too!)
The Shots: Isles 18-9-10=37 Bruins 12-17-8=37
It’s the third time this month and the fifth time this season that the shots in an Islander game have been exactly even.
Home and Road The Islanders are 21-26-8 overall, 8-11-8 at home and 13-15-0 on the road. The Isles are 7-4-1 in their last 12, 12-7-1 in their last 20 and are 13-8-3 in their last 24 games overall. The Bruins are 33-15-3 overall; they are 19-5-2 at home and 14-10-1 on the road. The Bruins have won three straight and are 4-0-1 in their last five.
By Division The Isles are 5-12-3 in Division games and are 16-14-5 in games against other divisions. They are 7-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-4-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
In the Nets Kevin Poulin made 30 saves but was pulled after the last Bruins goal as he falls to 11-16-1 on the season. Evgeni Nabokov returned to action for the first time in three weeks and stopped the only shot he faced. Chad Johnson made 34 saves for the Bruins and improves to 9-3-0 on the season as he evens his career mark to 1-1 against the Isles.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-5 while the Bruins were 0-2. The Isles are 13-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-20-4 when they do not. The Isles are 10-15-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-11-5 when they do not. The Islander power play went 0-13 in the three game homestand. The Isles have killed 24 of 27 (88.9%) over the last ten games.
Tale of Four Seasons The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 10-32 in the following 11 games but are only 4-38 in their 11 games.
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 19-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-19-5 when they do not.
Comeback Kids The Isles are 9-7-6 when they score first and are 12-19-2 when they allow the opening goal. The Isles have allowed the first goal in 13 of their last 17 games. The Isles have scored first in 15 of their 27 home games but are 6-3-6 in those games.
Second to The One Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th and tonight became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (250) and wins (105).
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 250 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 105 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It Kyle Okposo: “"We came out sluggish, but I think we had a real good second period. But at the end of the day, we have to bear down, bury our chances, and clean up a few things in the D-zone.”
They Tweeted It @tsnscottcullen Islanders RW Kyle Okposo 11 G, 12 A in past 15 GP @munzy24 Leaving Bobby Ryan off the U.S. roster for the Olympics was crazy, but even crazier to me is they left Okposo off. That's insane to me. #NHL
The Coach "There's a few guys that are struggling, no question. There's a few guys trying to play through [struggles]. It's a grind.”
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 6-6-0 in the front-end and 5-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The Isles have swept three back-to-backs: November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Boston; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Rangers. In the twelve sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. The Islanders do not play back-to-back again until they host New Jersey and Florida on March 1st and 2nd.
Leading Ice Men John Tavares led the Isles with 23:03 of ice-time; it’s the second time in three games that a forward has led the Isles in ice-time. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 22:50 of ice-time. The Isles are 14-14-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads and are 0-1-0 when Tavares leads.
In the Circle The Islanders won 43 of 70 draws. Casey Cizikas won 7 of 10 draws for the Isles; no Bruin won more draws than he lost. It was the second-best night in the circle for Isles, who won 45 of 72 from Dallas on January 6th.
Heavy Hitters The Isles out-hit Boston 32-18. Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits each; Martin’s 263 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin. He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. There were no fights. The Isles have been involved in 20 fights this season: Martin (7), Boulton (5), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), and Okposo (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots. Matt Carkner and Brian Strait led the way with three blocks; Andrew MacDonald added two, as he extended his NHL-leading total to 180.
Four Over All-Time .500 The Islanders fall to four games over all-time NHL .500 (1392-1388-447 in 3,227 games). The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game. The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.
Ironmen Frans Nielsen is the Islanders’ reigning ironman. He has played 185 consecutive games, and is one of four Islanders to have played in every game this season. Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (156), Matt Martin (116), and Thomas Hickey (56).
Century Club Andrew MacDonald has the 4th longest consecutive game streak for a defenseman in Islander history: 1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262 2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**) 3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198 4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/11- CURRENT 156 5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**) 6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*) 7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130 8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117 9. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2011– 2/4/2012 113 (*) 10. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110 11. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
(*) Start of NHL career. (**) Entire career with Islanders
Missing Men Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov were activated from injured reserve; both players dressed as Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson were both returned to Bridgeport. Travis Hamonic missed his eighth game with an upper body injury. Radek Martinek was scratched for the second straight game while Eric Boulton was scratched for the fourth straight game. The Isles have lost 145 games this season due to injury, including 46 from Visnovsky, who made his first appearance since being injured on October 19th.
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 John Tavares 135 17 Jason Blake 127
28 Mikko Makela 95 28 Kyle Okposo 95 28 David Volek 95 31 Randy Wood 94 32 Greg Gilbert 93 32 Garry Howatt 93 34 Travis Green 92 35 Butch Goring 87 36 Tomas Jonsson 84 37 Wayne Merrick 81 37 Dave Scatchard 81 39 Michael Grabner 79 39 Marty McInnis 79 41 Miroslav Satan 78 41 Frans Nielsen 78 43 Claude Lapointe 76
Career Assists as an Islander 16 Ed Westfall 181 17 John Tavares 178 18 Kenny Jonsson 175 19 Alexei Yashin 171 20 Duane Sutter 171 21 Jean Potvin 167 22 Jeff Norton 166 23 Zigmund Palffy 163 24 Frans Nielsen 161 25 David Volek 154 26 Mariusz Czerkawski 150 27 Kyle Okposo 147 28 Travis Green 145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 24 Eddie Westfall 493 25 Radek Martinek 479 26 Gerry Hart 476
32 Dave Langevin 422 33 Frans Nielsen 422 34 Wayne Merrick 411 35 Jean Potvin 402 36 David Volek 396 37 Bert Marshall 392 38 Travis Green 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Josh Bailey 379 42 Kyle Okposo 373 43 Dave Scatchard 347 44 Alexei Yashin 346 45 Mark Parrish 345 45 John Tavares 345 47 Marty McInnis 337
Career Points as an Islander 16 Ziggy Palffy 331 17 John Tavares 313 18 Mariusz Czerkawski 295
24 David Volek 249 25 Kyle Okposo 241 26 Frans Nielsen 239 27 Ray Ferraro 238
Season Series Stats The Islanders win the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2). The loss breaks a three game winning streak against Boston. The Islanders fail to sweep the season series against Boston for the first time since winning all four games in 2005-2006 Happy Anniversary 24 years ago today (1-27-90): Patrick Flatley matched a career high with five points as the Isles pounded Pittsburgh 9-3 at the Coliseum. Pat Lafontaine had two goals for the Isles, giving him 42 goals on the season. All-time, the Isles are 6-10-3 on this date.
On The Farm Bridgeport completed a great weekend with a 6-5 win over Syracuse on Sunday, giving them three wins in three days and four straight wins overall. John Persson recorded his first pro hat trick as Bridgeport improves to 18-22-1-4 on the season. Anders Lee leads Bridgeport (and is tied for the AHL rookie lead) with 17 goals. Ryan Strome leads the team (and all AHL rookies) in assists (30); he also leads the Sound Tigers in points (40). Strome’s 40 points place him 7th in league scoring despite playing at least eight fewer games than anyone ahead of him in AHL scoring. Bridgeport is off until Friday when they visit Albany.
Up Next WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29th -- RANGERS VS. ISLANDERS AT YANKEE STADIUM 7:30PM [NBCSN (pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM, 880 WCBS-AM]
After 3,227 regular season games indoors, the Islanders head outdoors to face the Rangers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The game will be nationally televised in both the United States and Canada.
This is technically an Islander home game, only the third that the Isles have ever played away from Nassau Coliseum. Back in 1992-93 and 1993-94 each team played two neutral-site games and the Islander home games were played in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Bronx will be the 4th New York county that the Isles have played in this season, having played in Nassau County, Manhattan County and a pre-season game in Kings County (Brooklyn). The Isles will play in a fifth New York county in April, when they visit the Sabres in Buffalo, Erie County.
This is the first of a most unusual home-and-home series between the teams, who will complete their season series on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Note the additional radio outlet for Wednesday’s game: WCBS 880.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.