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The Skinny: Flames 4, Islanders 3

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
“The Skinny” 

Game 66
Calgary 4, Isles 3

Joe Colborne scored a pair of goals 4:12 apart, sandwiching a Sean Monahan tally, as the Calgary Flames rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Isles before the customary sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary. It’s the fourth time this season the Isles have had a 2-goal lead in the third period, yet lost the game in regulation.

The Scoring:
1st Period

02:01    CGY    SHG - Markus Granlund (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Byron (10), Joni Ortio (1) 1 - 0 CGY   
15:26    NYI    Colin McDonald (6) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Strome (6), Thomas Hickey (14) 1 - 1 Tie   

2nd Period
06:31    NYI    Kyle Okposo (26) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Grabner (13)     2 - 1 NYI   
12:08    NYI    Brock Nelson (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (19), Matt Donovan (7) 3 - 1 NYI   

3rd Period
11:29    CGY    Joe Colborne (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Giordano (23), Mike Cammalleri (9) 3 - 2 NYI   
14:22    CGY    Sean Monahan (19) Backhand shot - ASST: TJ Galiardi (12), Lance Bouma (7) 3 - 3 Tie   
15:41    CGY    Joe Colborne (7) Tip-in - ASST: Mark Giordano (24), TJ Brodie (17)     4 - 3 CGY

The Skinny: 
The Isles have lead all three games on this road trip after leading only 2 of their first 30 road games after two periods...The Isles are 11-7-3 with Ryan Strome in the lineup…The Isles are 15-17-1 on the road and are 11-41 in their last 15 road games … It’s only Calgary 3rd win when trailing after 2 periods (3-25-2)., 9-5-5 when leading after 2 periods…Kyle Okposo recorded his 98th career goal; he now has 49 even-strength points this season (5th in NHL) …Josh Bailey recorded his 100th career assist on Brock Nelson’s goal…The Isles are 14-12-9 in games decided by a single goal, including 4-12 in games decided in regulation…The Flames tie the Isles in the overall standings with 57 points, but Calgary has played three fewer games…19 of Calgary’s 25 wins have come by a single goal…Mark Giordano and Joe Colborne each extended point streaks to four games…Sean Monahan’s goal ties him with Tampa’s Tyler Johnson for 2nd among all rookies (Nathan McKinnon leads with 22)…The Flames dressed 8 rookies for the first time
since December 10, 1996… The loss ended a 10-game streak (7-0-3) dating back to last season in which the Isles earned at least a point in a game announced by Jiggs McDonald.

The Lost Leads
The Isles are now 6-4-4 in games that they have led after one period and are 9-6-5 in games that they have led after two periods.  On the road, Isles are 2-2-1 when they lead after one period and 2-2-1 when they lead after two periods.

The Isles have allowed eight 2-goal leads to get away in the third period this season:

•    Led Columbus 2-0, lost 3-2 in shootout
•    Led Los Angeles 2-0, lost 3-2
•    Led @ San Jose 2-0, won 3-2 in shootout
•    Led Tampa 2-0, lost 3-2 in shootout
•    Led Anaheim 3-1, lost 5-3
•    Led Florida 3-1, lost 5-3
•    Led @ Edmonton 2-0, lost 3-2 in overtime
•    Led @ Calgary 3-1, lost 4-3

The Isles have now lost third period leads 18 times this season, including 14 times at home.  They are 5-6-7 in those 18 games. 

The Isles have now lost a 2-goal lead 14 times this season.  They are 2-7-5 in games that they have surrendered a 2-goal lead this season.

The Shots:
Isles    11-8-7=26
Flames  6-8-9=25

The Isles have been outshot only twice in the last ten games.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-33-9 overall, 9-16-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 15-17-1 on the road. The Isles are 3-9-2 in their last 13 games overall but are 11-4-1 in their last 16 road games.

Calgary is 25-31-7 overall; they are 14-15-3 at home and 11-16-4 on the road. The Flames are 9-4-0 in their last 13 games.

By Division
The Isles are 6-15-3 in Division games and are 18-18-6 in games against other divisions. They are 8-6-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 7-5-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-7-2 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.

This was the fourth of eight consecutive games against non-divisional opponents. The Isles are 1-2-1 in this stretch.

In the Nets
Anders Nilsson made 21 saves; he is 2-4-2 on the season. 

Joni Ortio made 23 saves for Calgary as he records his second career win.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-4 (including 1:05 of 5-on-3 play) and allowed a shorthanded goal while Calgary was 0-1. 

The Isles are 15-8-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-25-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-18-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-15-5 when they do not. 

The Isles are 4-58 in the last 14 games on the power play, including 1-18 in the last 5 games.  The Isles have allowed six power plays in 22 times short over the last five games.

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 8-83 in their last 21 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-9-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-24-6 when they do not. 

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 10-9-7 when they score first and are 14-24-2 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 21 of their last 28 games.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto 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 (261) and wins (108).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 261
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 108
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Kyle Okposo: “I was on the wrong side of my guy for the second goal…I gotta be better there.  … Except for the first eight minutes, we dominated the game…it’s unacceptable.”

They Tweeted It
@NHLFlames  Numerology: A by-the-numbers look at the #Flames win over the #Isles ~ #CGYNYI  
@AaronHowie The more important issue is that the Jiggs McDonald point streak is in jeopardy. #Isles

The Coach
“It was tough for one of our best lines..they turned the puck over. … When you give up a shorthanded goal and not score on a 5-on-3 it’s going to come back to bite you.”

The Isles are now 6-7-1 in the front-end and 5-7-2 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 14 sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point twice and no points on four occasions. 

The Islanders next back-to-back set is on March 14th vs San Jose and March 15th vs. Buffalo.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 24:50 of ice-time; Mark Giordano led Calgary with 26:00.

The Isles are 15-17-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 9-11-3 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 31 of 60 draws (52%). Frans Nielsen won 9 of 14 for the Isles; Sean Monahan won 9 of 17 for Calgary.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles were out-hit 21-20; Mike Halmo led the Isles with four hits. Matt Martin added 1 hit. Martin’s 286 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 received 28 fighting penalties this season: Martin (10), Boulton (8), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), Hamonic (2) and Okposo (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 12 blocked shots.  Four Isles each had two blocks.

Back to All-Time .500
The Islanders fall to all-time NHL .500 (1395-1395-448 in 3,238 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.

Thomas Hickey is the Islanders’ reigning ironman.  He has played 67 consecutive regular season games, and is the only Islander to have played in every game this season. 

Missing Men
John Tavares is on injured reserve. Eric Boulton missed the game with a hand injury. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the 2nd straight and 13th straight game.

The Isles have lost 161 games this season due to injury. 

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 684
2. Roberto Luongo 368
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 66
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    98
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 82
37    Wayne Merrick    81
37    Dave Scatchard    81
40    Frans Nielsen    79
40    Marty McInnis    79
42    Miroslav Satan    78

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    162
25    David Volek    154
26    Mariusz Czerkawski 150
27    Kyle Okposo    148   
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     431
31    Jason Blake      426

34    Wayne Merrick  411
35    Jean Potvin    402
36    David Volek     396
37    Bert Marshall    392
38    Josh Bailey     390
39    Travis Green     388
40    Kyle Okposo     384
41    Anders Kallur     383
42    Randy Wood     381
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     245
26    Frans Nielsen     241

27    Ray Ferraro    238

Season Series Stats
The Flames sweep the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).

Despite this season’s losses, the Isles are 5-3-0 in the last eight games against Calgary. 

This was the Isles’ first trip to Calgary since January 3, 2011 when the Isles defeated Calgary 5-2.

Happy Anniversary
5 years ago today (March 7, 2009): Sean Bergenheim recorded a hat trick at the Isles pounded the Devils 7-3 at the Coliseum. 

All-time, the Isles are 8-9-3 on this date, including 2-1-1 in the last 4. 

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 26-27-1-4 on the season after a 3-2 loss in St. John’s (Newfoundland) against the Ice Caps on Friday.  Kevin Poulin made 36 saves and Scott Mayfield had two assists.
The same teams play Saturday.

Up Next
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 9:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Isles conclude the road trip as they head to Vancouver to face the Canucks.

The Isles are 2-1-3 in their last six games against Vancouver, including a 5-4 overtime loss to Canucks at the Coliseum earlier this season. Brock Nelson scored his first NHL goal in that game.

Roberto Luongo, now with Florida, earned all four Canuck wins in that span.  No other Canuck goalie has beaten the Isles since Alex Auld did so at the Coliseum on January 14, 2006.

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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