Jaromir Jagr became the first European-born player to score 700 NHL goals, and it turned out to be the game winner as well, as the New Jersey Devils scored four goals in the second period and defeated the Isles 6-1 before a crowd of 15,512 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Scoring: 1st Period 05:00 NJD PPG - Adam Henrique (17) Backhand -: Ryane Clowe (11), Michael Ryder (12) 1 - 0 NJD
3rd Period 19:21 NJD PPG - Eric Gelinas (7) Slapshot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (22), Patrik Elias (26) 6 - 1 NJD
The Skinny: The Isles are 1-6-1 in their last home games (including 1-5-1 in their last seven games at the Coliseum)… The Isles are 4-11-5 in their last 20 home games… It is only the third time in franchise history that they have won as few as 9 of their first 32 home games (7-21-4 in 1972-73 and 8-20-3-1 in 1999-2000)…Josh Bailey assisted on the lone Islander goal, giving him a 4-game point streak for the first time this season…The Isles are 10-5-2 with Ryan Strome in the lineup… With Radek Martinek scratched and Frans Nielsen on injured reserve, the 24 year-old Bailey appeared in his 386th game, more than any other Islander dressed today… The Isles allowed four second period goals; it is the 21st time this season they have allowed at least 3 goals in a period…Kyle Okposo’s goal was his 25th of the season; he is the 6th American-born player in Islander history to do so.
For the History Books Jaromir Jagr is the 7th player in NHL history to record 700 goals, and is now eight goals behind Mike Gartner for 8th place. Jagr joins Marcel Dionne and Wayne Gretzky as opponents who scored their 700th goal at the Coliseum; he joins Brett Hull as players who scored his 700th goal against Evgeni Nabokov. Jagr now has 123 career game-winning goals; he broke Gordie Howe’s record (121) earlier this season. Jagr leads all opponents (all-time) against the Isles with 61 goals, 88 assists and 149 points.
Travis Hamonic recorded 32 penalty minutes in the third period, tying the Isles franchise record for penalty minutes in a period (set by Micheal Haley in the 9-3 win over Pittsburgh in 2011). After the game, the NHL confirmed that Hamonic had been suspended for 1 game for instigating a fight in the final five minutes.
It’s the first time the Isles have allowed 4 power play goals at home since October 26, 2005 vs. Buffalo and the first time since January 13, 1989 that the Devils have scored at least three power play goals against the Isles.
It’s (Very) Early But… Anders Lee has three goals in his first four NHL games. Only four players in Isles history have averaged more than .500 goals per game: Mike Bossy, Pierre Turgeon, Pat LaFontaine and Zigmund Palffy
The Shots: Isles 10-3-6=19 Devils 8-11-16=35
It’s the first time in six games and only the third time in the last 16 games that the Isles have been outshot.
Home and Road The Islanders are 23-31-8 overall, 9-15-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 14-16-0 on the road. The Isles are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.
New Jersey is 26-22-13 overall; they are 14-7-7 at home and 12-15-6 on the road. The Devils have scored at least five goals in consecutive games for the first time since late in the 2011-12 season.
By Division The Isles are 6-15-3 in Division games and are 17-16-5 in games against other divisions. They are 8-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-5-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-6-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles have losing records against every division opponent except Washington (1-1-1 with one to play). They are 0-3-0 against Carolina, 0-1-1 against Columbus, 1-2-0 against New Jersey, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, and 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh.
In the Nets Evgeni Nabokov made 14 saves through two periods but falls to 11-13-5 on the season. Nabokov is 6-10-0 in his career against New Jersey. Anders Nilsson, recalled from Bridgeport this morning, stopped 15 of 16 shots, allowing only a 5-on-3 goal, in the third period.
Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for New Jersey; he is 14-11-4 on the season. It is Brodeur’s 683rd NHL win; he is 51-28-8 against the Isles. Marty is 5-1-0 in his last six games at the Coliseum.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-3 while the Devils were 4-8.
The Isles are 15-7-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-24-4 when they do not. The Isles are 10-17-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-14-5 when they do not.
The Isles are 3-13 in the last three games on the power play after going 0-30 in their prior seven games. The Isles had killed 42 of 46 (91.3%) over the last 15 games before allowing four goals today.
Feast or Famine The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 11-32 in the following 11 games but are only 7-68 in their last 17 games.
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 20-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-24-5 when they do not.
Comeback Kids The Isles are 10-8-6 when they score first and are 13-23-2 when they allow the opening goal. The Isles have allowed the first goal in 18 of their last 24 games.
Second to The One Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in New Jersey on January 7th and became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games on January 27th against Boston. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (257) and wins (107).
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 257 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 107 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It Evgeni Nabokov “It’s pretty simple… our penalty kill (including myself) have to be better.”
They Tweeted It @SharksStats Nabokov also allowed Brett Hull's 700th NHL goal (Feb. 10, 2003 at Detroit).
The Coach “Specialty teams is a pretty huge factor…have to be better.”
Back-to-Backs Counting today, the Isles are 6-7-0 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 Avs; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and New Jersey and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Avs.
In the twelve previous 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 finish this back-to-back set when they host Florida on Sunday.
Leading Ice Men Brian Strait led the Isles with 21:02 of ice-time; Andy Greene led New Jersey with 23:21.
The Isles are 15-16-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 8-10-2 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-1-0 when Strait leads, are 0-2-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.
In the Circle The Islanders won 35 of 72 draws (49%). Ryan Strome won 6 of 10 draws for the Isles; Travis Zajac won 16 of 21 for New Jersey.
Heavy Hitters The Isles out-hit New Jersey 47-20; Colin MacDonald led the Isles with 7 hits while Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck each had 6. Matt Martin missed the game with an injury; his 275 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin. He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons.
Travis Hamonic fought Steve Bernier in the third period and also received a fighting penalty when he tried to fight Ryan Carter late in the game. The Isles have received 24 fighting penalties this season: Martin (8), Boulton (6), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), Hamonic (2) and Okposo (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots. Calvin deHaan led the way with five blocks; Andrew MacDonald added three and leads the NHL with 196.
One Over All-Time .500 The Islanders fall to one game over all-time NHL .500 (1394-1393-447 in 3,234 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 Andrew MacDonald is the Islanders’ reigning ironman. He has played 163 consecutive games, and is one of only two Islanders to have played in every game this season. Thomas Hickey played in his 63rd consecutive game.
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 163 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 John Tavares and Frans are on injured reserve; Matt Martin missed the game with a lower body injury. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the seventh and ninth straight game respectively.
The Isles have lost 154 games this season due to injury.
Career Wins, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 683 2. Roberto Luongo 367 3. Evgeni Nabokov 346 4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Wins 17. Rogie Vachon 355 18. Evgeni Nabokov 346 19. Gump Worsley 335 20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 124 2. Roberto Luongo 65 3. Evgeni Nabokov 57 4. Tomas Vokoun 51
Career Shutouts 17 John Ross Roach 58 18 Clint Benedict 57 18 Evgeni Nabokov 57 20 Bernie Parent 54 20 Ed Giacomin 54
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 John Tavares 136 17 Jason Blake 127
27 Trent Hunter 99 28 Kyle Okposo 97 29 Mikko Makela 95 29 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 Michael Grabner 81 37 Wayne Merrick 81 37 Dave Scatchard 81 40 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 179 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
29 Scott Lachance 450 30 Frans Nielsen 427 31 Jason Blake 426
34 Wayne Merrick 411 35 Jean Potvin 402 36 David Volek 396 37 Bert Marshall 392 38 Travis Green 388 39 Josh Bailey 386 40 Anders Kallur 383 41 Randy Wood 381 42 Kyle Okposo 380 43 John Tavares 350 44 Dave Scatchard 347
Career Points as an Islander 16 Ziggy Palffy 331 17 John Tavares 315 18 Mariusz Czerkawski 295
24 David Volek 249 25 Kyle Okposo 243 26 Frans Nielsen 239 27 Ray Ferraro 238
Season Series Stats The Devils lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 5 points to 2) with two games to play. New Jersey, the only team to visit the Coliseum three times this season, returns to Long Island on March 29th. The Isles are 3-2-0 in their last five games against the Devils.
Happy Anniversary 11 years ago tonight (3-1-03): Jason Blake tallied the winning goal in overtime as the Islanders defeat Buffalo 2-1. Garth Snow made 36 saves in the victory, which is the Islanders’ only win on this date since 1994 (1-7-2 including today) .
All-time, the Isles are 5-11-3 on this date, including a 4-3 loss to Detroit in 1980 in Ken Morrow’s NHL debut.
On The Farm Bridgeport won its 7th straight game on Friday and is 26-24-1-4 on the season. Anders Nilsson (recalled to the Isles today) won his 6th straight as Bridgeport beat Providence 4-2. The Sound Tigers host Worcester on Saturday night and Utica on Sunday afternoon.
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport (and is 2nd among AHL rookies) with 22 goals. Ryan Strome leads the team (and all AHL rookies) in assists (36); he also leads the Sound Tigers (and is 2nd among all AHL rookies) in points (49). Of course both players are now with the Isles. Up Next SUNDAY, MARCH 2nd – FLORIDA AT ISLANDERS 3:00PM [MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 2:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Panthers make their first of two appearances this season on Coliseum ice Sunday, as the teams meet for the second time this season.
Florida won 4-2, back on January 14th. Tim Thomas had 31 saves for Florida. However, that is the Isles’ only loss in the last five meetings between the teams (4-1-0).
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.