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The Skinny: Capitals 2, Islanders 1 (SO)

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Game 38

Washington 2, Isles 1

Kyle Okposo scored the game-tying goal with just under five minutes to play, but Alexander Ovechkin scored the only goal in the shootout as the Washington Capitals moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division with a 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders before a crowd of 18,506 at Verizon Center. With the shootout loss, the Isles move into sole possession of 7th place, one point ahead of the Rangers and Devils.

The Scoring:

1st Period

19:47WSHM. Green (8) Wrist - ASST: M. Johansson (10) AND N. Backstrom (30) 1 - 0 WSH

2nd Period


3rd Period

15:01NYIK. Okposo (4) Slap - ASST: F. Nielsen (18) AND J. Bailey (6) 1 - 1 TIE

OT Period


The Shootout:

Matt Hendricks (Fail), Frans Nielsen (Fail), Alex Ovechkin (Goal), Brad Boyes (Fail), Mike Ribeiro(Fail), John Tavares (Fail)

Washington improves to 3-0 in the shootout, while the Isles fall to 3-1. All three Capitals shootouts have come in their last six games, with one shootout each against the three New York State teams.

The Skinny:

Kyle Okposo’s goals was his first in ten games … Frans Nielsen is has seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last eight games and nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the last 11 games … Both Nielsen and Josh Bailey extended point streaks to three games … Mike Green extended his goal-scoring streak to four games but the Isles stopped Alex Ovechkin’s nine game point streak … The Caps are 11-3-0 when they lead after two periods while the Isles are 2-7-3 when they trail after two.

The Standings:

•7 NY Islanders 38 games 18-16-4 40 points (15 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Tampa Bay

•8 NY Rangers 36 games 18-15-3 39 points (15 ROW) Next game: Friday at Pittsburgh

•9 New Jersey 37 games 15-13-9 39 points (13 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Toronto

The Shots:

Isles 5-14-14-3=36

Caps 5-7-9-1=22

Road Warriors

The Isles have 24 points in their first 18 road games, which is their highest total in the Post-Cup era.

Most points in first 18 road games (all time):

•27 in 1976-77 (12-3-3)

•26 in 1980-81 (12-4-2)

•24 in 2012-13 (11-5-2)

•24 in 1983-84 (11-5-2)

•23 in 1978-79 (10-5-3)

•22 in 2001-02 (10-6-2)

Home and Road

The Islanders are 18-16-4 overall, 7-11-2 at home and 11-5-2 on the road. Their 40 points in 38 games is their highest total since they had 42 points in 38 games in 2007-08. The Isles remain two games over .500, equaling their high-level mark on the season.

The Isles have points in three straight (2-0-1) and are 5-1-1 in their last seven games. They are also 5-1-1 in their last seven games on the road.

The Caps are 18-17-2 overall, 9-8-0 at home and 9-9-2 on the road. The Caps, who started the season 2-8-1, are now 8-3-1 in their last 12 games.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves and is now 17-11-4 this season.

Braden Holtby made 35 saves as he improves to 16-11-1.

Power Plays

The Islanders went 0-for-2 while the Capitals also were 0-for-2.

The Isles have 16 PP goals in their last 23 games (with all 16 goals coming in nine games).

The Isles are 13-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-13-3 when they do not.

In (Almost) Every Game

The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 32-of-38 games this season (18-10-4).

Coach Cappy

Jack Capuano is the third winningest coach in Islander history and is just three wins behind Terry Simpson for second place.

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.Al Arbour 740

2.Terry Simpson 81

3.Jack Capuano 78

4.Peter Laviolette 77

5.Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders)

1.Al Arbour 1,500

2.Mike Milbury 191

3.Terry Simpson 187

4.Jack Capuano 185

5.Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

Evgeni Nabokov: "It is [a positive sign], we've been talking about that. We say all the time, it's not easy to win in this League and sometimes you're going to lose. It's like a chess match sometimes and you take a point and move on."

They Tweeted It

@MayHockeyCSN: Have to get this off my chest, Long Islander Rob Carlin did say SHUT OUT 3x intentionally during our 3rd period production meeting (Carlin, the former MSG intermission host now hosts Caps games.)

The Coach

“We’ll take the point and head home and hopefully take two.”

As Tavares Goes…

The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 6-2-0 when he has two points, 9-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-10-3 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!

John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 35 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 17 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season. Tavares has earned an assist on 8 Moulson goals this season. Since November 2011, Tavares has been on-ice for 40 of Moulson’s last 41 goals, earning 26 assists; since November 2010, he has earned 48 assists on Moulson’s last 72 goals, while being on ice for 70 of them.

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 241 career points; he is 55 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.

115 NHL Goals

Moulson has 115 career goals (109 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 16 have more goals. Moulson is tied with Nikolai Zherdev for 17th place.

Leading Ice Men

Travis Hamonic played 23:47 to lead the Isles. Mike Green led the Caps with 26:00.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 22-of-50 draws. In addition to scoring the tying goal, Kyle Okposo won 6-of-7 for the Isles.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders were out-hit 28-14. Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits; he has an NHL-leading 186 hits. There were no fights, leaving the season total at 14.

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots. Travis Hamonic had three to lead the team.

All–time Winners

The Islanders remain four games over .500 all-time (1365-1361-436 in 3162 games). The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and four times this season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.

Good Start to April

The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, 4-9-1 in February and 8-5-1 in March. They are 2-0-1 in April.


Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 284 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era. Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.

Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season. Tavares extended his streak to 197 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 120.

Kyle Okposo played his 103rd consecutive game. Four other Islanders have played every game this season Travis Hamonic (60 consecutive games), Matt Martin (51), Andrew MacDonald & Brad Boyes (38).

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History

1. Billy Harris 576

2. Bob Nystrom 301

3. Matt Moulson 284

4. Denis Potvin 262

Century Club

Mark Streit now has the sixth-longest consecutive game streak of any 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.Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136

5.Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134

6.Mark Streit 10/8/2011-CURRENT 120

7.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113

8.Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110

9.Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104

Hamonic, McCabe and Morrow's streaks came at the start of their NHL careers. Both Niinimaa's streak and McCabe's streak encompassed their entire Islander careers.

Missing Men

Anders Lee was replaced by Marty Reasoner in the lineup while Matt Carkner was replaced by Radek Martinek. Eric Boulton was also scratched as was Jesse Joensuu, who was added to the active roster on Wednesday. Joe Finley and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve.


The Isles have scored 72 goals in their 18 wins (4.00 per game) and 34 goals in their other 20 games (0-16-4; 1.70 per game). In their 16 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 666

2. Roberto Luongo 346

3. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

4. Evgeni Nabokov 329

5. Miikka Kiprusoff 317

Career Wins

19. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

20. Harry Lumley 330

21. Evgeni Nabokov 329

22. Sean Burke 324

23. Miikka Kiprusoff 317

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 120

2. Roberto Luongo 62

3. Evgeni Nabokov 55

4. Tomas Vokoun 51

5. Nikolai Khabibulin 46

6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44

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 109

23John Tavares 107

24Benoit Hogue 105

24Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

27Greg Gilbert138

28John Tavares134

29Mark Streit133

30Frans Nielsen131

30Jason Blake131

32Trent Hunter130

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

25Gerry Hart476

26Mariusz Czerkawski470

27Radek Martinek464

28Trent Hunter459

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 357

41Dave Scatchard347

52Brad Dalgarno 321

53Josh Bailey 319

54Ray Ferraro 316

54Steve Webb 316

54Richard Park 316

57Gerald Diduck 314

58Kyle Okposo 309

59Mikko Makela 307

60Gordon Lane 304

61Arron Asham 300

61Roman Hamrlik 300

63Gordon Dineen 287

64Matt Moulson 284

65Jeffrey Norton 282

66John Tavares 281

67Mark Streit 276

68Steve Thomas275

Career Points as an Islander

23David Volek249

24John Tavares 241

25Ray Ferraro238

35Anders Kallur211

36Matt Moulson 207

37Marty McInnis198

38Wayne Merrick197

39Robert Goring195

40Frans Nielsen 189

41Jeffrey Norton188

42Lorne Henning184

43Kyle Okposo 177

44Mark Streit172

44Randy Wood172

46Claude Lapointe171

46Jean-Paul Parise171

Season Series Stats

The Isles win the season series two games to one (the Isles earned five points to the Caps’ two). The Isles are 4-0-3 against Washington over the last two seasons.

Happy Anniversary

26 years ago tonight (4-4-87): Denis Potvin became the first defensemen to reach 1,000 career points when he scored the tying goal with 17 seconds to play as the Isles rallied for a 6-6 tie with Buffalo. The milestone goal came just 68 seconds after fellow Hall of Famer Clark Gillies scored to give the Sabres the lead.

Also on this date: The Rangers’ 3-2 win in Atlanta clinches the Isles’ first-ever playoff spot (1975), Mike Bossy becomes the first NHL rookie with 25 power play goals in a 3-3 tie with Philadelphia (1978), the Isles begin the “Drive for 5” with a 4-1 win over the Rangers in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semi-Finals (1984).

All-time, the Isles are 6-6-4 in regular season play and 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on this date.

On The Farm

Ryan Strome recorded two assists in his second professional game; Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist; Matt Donovan became the first defenseman in Sound Tigers history to have four points in a game as Bridgeport completed a sweep of a home-and-home with a 6-3 win over Worcester. Rick DiPietro, who played the first game in Sound Tigers history, was in net for the win in Bridgeport’s 1000th (regular season/playoffs) game. Bridgeport is 29-28-6-5 on the season. Six of their final eight games will be at home. The Sound Tigers are four points out of a playoff spot with eight games to play. Bridgeport hosts the Connecticut Whale on Saturday and the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday.

Up Next


[MSG+2 (pre-game show at 6:30), WLNY-TV55, WRHU (88.7FM]

The Isles return home to entertain the Lightning. Regardless of what happens to the Rangers in Pittsburgh on Friday, the Isles will begin play Saturday sitting in a playoff position.

The Isles will be looking to sweep the season series, owning a 4-3 Coliseum win in January and a 2-0 win in Tampa in March.

The Isles have won four straight at home vs. Tampa and are 9-2-0 in their last 11 Coliseum contests against Tampa. They will be looking for a fifth straight home ice win vs. the Bolts.

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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