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 ~ cflam.es/1n4jku0 #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.”
Back-to-Backs 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.
Ironmen 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 MONDAY, MARCH 10th – ISLANDERS AT VANCOUVER 10:00PM [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.