Philadelphia 2, Isles 1
Oliver Lauridsen scored with 6:31 to play and that turned out to be the winning goal as the Philadelphia Flyers handed the Islanders a costly 2-1 defeat before a sellout crowd of 19,798 at Wells Fargo Center. The loss, the Islanders’ first in April, ended their point streak at 11 straight games (8-0-3), which matched their longest point streak since the 1981-82 Islanders won 15 straight games. The Islanders are also 11-2-3 in their last 16, but coupled with overtime wins by the Rangers and Senators, have fallen into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
11:41PHIPPG - D. Briere (6) Wrist - ASST: B. Schenn (18) AND S. Gagne (11) 1 - 0 PHI
01:37NYIJ. Tavares (28) Tip-In - ASST: M. Carkner (2) 1 - 1 TIE
13:29PHIO. Lauridsen (2) Slap - ASST: B. Manning (2) 2 - 1 PHI
The Isles have outscored their opponents 16-7 in the third period over the last 16 games (but have been outscored 3-0 in their two regulation losses in that stretch) … The Isles (excluding shootouts) have scored 134 goals and allowed 135 … Three of Danny Briere’s six goals are against the Islanders; it was his first goal since he scored twice on President’s Day … Both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen had four game point streaks come to an end… John Tavares now has 28 goals, good for third in the NHL … Only Alex Ovechkin (32) and Steven Stamkos (29) have more … Twelve of Tavares’ goals have come in the third period and nine of his goals have tied the game … Oliver Lauridsen scored his first two NHL goals in back-to-back games … Tavares now has 112 career goals, matching Matt Moulson’s total in an Islander uniform; they are tied for 22nd place in Islander history … Tavares also tied David Volek with his 249th point (23rd all-time in club history) … Tavares’ 28 goals match his average over his first three seasons.
The Isles have the second-best road record in the East, behind only Pittsburgh. They have guaranteed themselves a .500+ record on the road for the first time since 2006-07, and have their second-best record ever through 23 road games:
Most points in first 23 road games (all time):
•32 in 1976-77 (14-5-4)
•31 in 2012-13 (14-6-3)
•31 in 1980-81 (14-6-3)
•29 in 1978-79 (12-6-5)
•28 in 1983-84 (13-8-2)
The club record through 24 road games, which is all the Isles will play this regular season, is 34 points in 1976-77.
The Standings (all teams have clinched):
•1 Pittsburgh (Atlantic Champion) 47 games 35-12-0 70 points (32 ROW) Final game: Saturday vs. Carolina
•2 Boston (Northeast Leader) 46 games 28-13-5 61 points (24 ROW) Final games: Saturday at Washington, Sunday vs. Ottawa
•3 Washington (Southeast Champion) 47 games 26-18-3 55 points (23 ROW) Final game: Saturday vs. Boston
•4 Montreal 47 games 28-14-5 61 points (25 ROW) Final game: Saturday at Toronto
•5.Toronto 47 games 26-16-5 57 points (26 ROW) Final game: Saturday vs. Montreal
•6 Ottawa 46 games 24-16-6 54 points (20 ROW) Final games: Saturday vs. Philadelphia, Sunday at Boston
•7 NY Rangers 47 games 25-18-4 54 points (21 ROW) Final game: Saturday vs. New Jersey
•8 NY Islanders 47 games 24-17-6 54 points (20 ROW) Final game: Friday at Buffalo
Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-17-6 overall, 10-11-3 at home and 14-6-3 on the road. Their 54 points in 47 games is their highest since they earned 55 points in 47 games in 2001-02.
The Isles have earned 31 of a possible 46 road points (.674). Their all-time road point percentage is .663, set in 1976-77 and matched in 1980-81. The Isles need to earn one point in Buffalo on Friday to set a new franchise record for point percentage on the road. They are 2-1-1 so far during this season-ending five-game road trip.
The Isles ended their home season with at least a six-game point streak (5-0-1) for the first time since going unbeaten in the final 23 home games of the 1981-82 season.
The loss ended a six game Islander road point streak. It was the first time the Isles had a point in six straight road games since going 5-0-1 from October 11-November 18, 2006, matching their longest point streak on the road in the Post-Cup era.
The Flyers are 22-22-3 overall, 15-7-2 at home and 7-15-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 28 saves but falls to 1-3-0 on the season with a 3.01 GAA.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves for Philadelphia as he improves to 19-17-3 on the season.
The Islanders were 0-for-1 while the Flyers were 1-for-3.
The Isles are 15-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-14-5 when they do not.
In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 41-of-47 games this season (24-11-6).
Second to One
Jack Capuano is now second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (194) and wins (84).
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 84
3.Terry Simpson 81
4.Peter Laviolette 77
5.Ted Nolan 74
Most games coached (Islanders):
1.Al Arbour 1,500
2.Jack Capuano 194
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
They Said It
Matt Martin: "We came out flat tonight. It just wasn't good enough. We need to be better. We clinched a playoff spot already, but that doesn't mean anything.”
They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday Worst possible result for #Isles: regulation loss and wins for Sens and #NYR. #Isles now in 8th and will stay there if those teams win again
“(Kevin Poulin) made some big saves. The first period, we were down one, but we could have been down two or three. He kept us right where we needed to be, and I was happy with the way he played tonight. He gave us a chance."
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 2-0-1 when he has three points, 7-2-0 when he has two points, 11-4-1 when he has one point, and 4-10-4 when Tavares is scoreless.
What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 43 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 20 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season. Tavares has earned an assist on 10 Moulson goals this season. In five of the last six games that Moulson has scored a goal, Tavares has scored also.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 249 career points; he is 59 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.
118 NHL Goals
Moulson has 118 career goals (112 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 16 have more goals.
Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 25:50 to lead the Isles. Luke Schenn led Philadelphia with 23:42.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 26-of-55 draws. Frans Nielsen won 7-of-12 to lead the Isles. John Tavares won 11-of-22; he has won 99-of-162 (61%) over the last nine games.
The Islanders out-hit the Flyers 28-27. Matt Martin had six hits; he has an NHL-leading 229 hits. There were no fights, leaving the season total at 17 fighting majors.
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 12 blocked shots. Three Islanders, including team-leader Andrew MacDonald, registered two.
The Islanders are nine games over .500 all-time (1371-1362-438 in 3170 games). The Isles are assured of finishing the season with an all-time mark above .500, as they have been at the end of every season since 1977-78.
April Wins Bring May Playoff Games
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, 4-9-1 in February and 8-5-1 in March. They are 8-1-3 in April.
John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 206 consecutive games.
Three other Islanders have streaks of at least 100 games. Frans Nielsen and Mark Streit have each played in 129 consecutive games while Kyle Okposo has played in 112 consecutive games.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era
•Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013 284
•Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221
•Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
•Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219
•Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215
•John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 206
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 129
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.
Matt Carkner and Eric Boulton replaced Thomas Hickey and Jesse Joensuu in the lineup. Radek Martinek, Anders Lee, Marty Reasoner, Joe Finley and David Ullstrom were also scratched.
The Isles have scored 96 goals in their 24 wins (4.00 per game) and 38 goals in their other 23 games (0-17-6; 1.65 per game). In their 17 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 25 goals (1.47 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 669
2. Roberto Luongo 348
3. Evgeni Nabokov 335
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
17. Roberto Luongo 348
18. Evgeni Nabokov 335
18. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 121
2. Roberto Luongo 62
3. Evgeni Nabokov 55
4. Tomas Vokoun 51
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 112
22John Tavares 112
24Benoit Hogue 105
24Ed Westfall 105
Career Assists as an Islander
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
39Randy Wood 381
40Frans Nielsen 366
49Shawn Bates 330
50Josh Bailey 328
51Eric Cairns 327
52Alan Kerr 326
53Brad Dalgarno 321
54Kyle Okposo 318
55Ray Ferraro 316
55Steve Webb 316
55Richard Park 316
58Gerald Diduck 314
59Mikko Makela 307
60Gordon Lane 304
61Arron Asham 300
61Roman Hamrlik 300
63Matt Moulson 292
64John Tavares 290
65Gordon Dineen 287
66Mark Streit 285
67Jeffrey Norton 282
Career Points as an Islander
23John Tavares 249
32Matt Moulson 214
39Frans Nielsen 196
42Kyle Okposo 185
Season Series Stats
Each team won two games, but the Flyers win the season series five points to four. Each of the last three Islander regulation losses has been to a team from Pennsylvania.
35 years ago tonight (4-25-78): 25 months before he scored THE GOAL, Bobby Nystrom scored 8:02 into overtime as the Islanders beat the Leafs 2-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the series (which Toronto would eventually win in seven games).
Also on this date: (1985) In the only other game they played on this date before tonight, the Isles beat Philadelphia 6-2 to extend their series to a fifth game.
All-time, the Isles are 0-1-0 in regular season play and 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport finished their season with a 32-32-7-5 record.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM]
The Isles conclude their five-game road trip, and the regular season as they travel to Buffalo.
The Isles come into play in eighth place in the East, and will need to earn at least a point if they hope to climb any higher in the Eastern Conference standings.
It’s the back-end of the seventh (and final) set of back-to-backs on the season. The Isles are 1-5-0 on the back-end, having defeated Winnipeg on April 2 to end their last set.
The Isles are 21-13-5 in regular season finales (0-3-1 in the last four) and are 19-16-4 in road finales (0-4-0 in the last four).
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.