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The Skinny: Devils 6, Islanders 1

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 62

New Jersey 6, Isles 1

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   

2nd Period
03:31    NJD Jaromir Jagr (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Zajac (21), Andy Greene (19)     2 - 0 NJD   
04:40    NJD PPG - Ryane Clowe (5) Snap shot - ASST: Adam Henrique (14), Eric Gelinas (18) 3 - 0 NJD   
06:14    NYI Kyle Okposo (25) Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Vanek (31), Josh Bailey (18)     3 - 1 NJD   
08:07    NJD PPG - Marek Zidlicky (9) Slapshot - ASST: Jaromir Jagr (33), Patrik Elias (25) 4 - 1 NJD   
14:54    NJD Mark Fayne (3) Slapshot - ASST: Andrei Loktionov (8)     5 - 1 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.”

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.

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

[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.

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