The Philadelphia Flyers broke a scoreless tie with 3 goals in a 3:02 span early in the second period and held off an Islander rally for a 5-2 victory over the Isles before a crowd of 19,829 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Isles complete the road trip with a 0-3-0 record and suffer their 7th straight road loss, all in regulation. Matt Read had two goals for Philadelphia, while Jakub Voracek added a pair of assists. Eric Boulton scored his first goal as an Islander; the Isles are 2-8-0 in their last ten games.
The Scoring: 1st Period NONE 2nd Period 0:46 PHI Matt Read (7) Slapshot - ASST: Sean Couturier (7), Steve Downie (12) 1 - 0 PHI 1:45 PHI Wayne Simmonds (4) Snap shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (5), Erik Gustafsson (4) 2 - 0 PHI 3:48 PHI PPG - Claude Giroux (3) Slapshot - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (7), Jakub Voracek (8) 3 - 0 PHI 14:04 NYI John Tavares (10) Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Vanek (8), Matt Donovan (4) 3 - 1 PHI
3rd Period 2:39 NYI Eric Boulton (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Casey Cizikas (3) 3 - 2 PHI 12:21 PHI Brayden Schenn (7) Snap shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (9), Claude Giroux (12) 4 - 2 PHI 19:11 PHI EN - Matt Read (8) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 5 - 2 PHI
The Skinny: Eric Boulton’s goal was his first as an Islander, and first since April 7, 2011; he is the 336th player in Islander history to score a goal…Casey Cizikas has a career-best five game point streak (3-2-5) … John Tavares has points in seven of the last eight games. He now has 122 career goals, breaking a tie with Duane Sutter for 17th place on the all-time Islander goal list... Isles have scored 35 of their 65 goals in the second period, but have been outscored 27-14 in the third period… The Isles have been outscored 20-5 in the third period of the last 14 games…The scoreless first period ended an Islander streak of allowing at least one goal in ten straight periods (and 12 straight road periods)…Matt Read has three goals vs. the Islanders this season, including two empty-net goals; he now has 7 goals in 12 career games against the Isles…. The Flyers had scored just 11 second period goals before scoring three times tonight…Andrew MacDonald was on-ice for all 5 Flyers goals and went -4 for the first time in his career… The Isles are 4-8-0 in November, with three games to play. The Isles have not had a winning November since 2008 and are 9-22-5 in their last three Novembers (2010, 2011, and 2013).
The Injury: Thomas Hickey left the game with a lower body injury after blocking a shot in the second period and did not return. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
The Shots: Isles 10-13-15=38 Flyers 10-12-8=30
Home and Road The Islanders are 8-13-3 overall, 5-4-3 at home and 3-9-0 on the road. The Isles have been outscored 30-13 in their last seven road games. The Isles are 5 games under NHL-.500 for the first time since January 16, 2012 (16-21-6) and are 6 games under NHL-.500 on the road for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season. The Flyers are 10-10-2 overall; they are 6-7-0 at home and 4-3-2 on the road. The Flyers, who reached NHL-.500 for the first time this season, are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, including 6-0-1 in their last 7.
In the Nets Kevin Poulin made 13 saves before being removed following the third Flyer goal. He falls to 3-8-0 on the season. Anders Nilsson, seeing his first NHL action of the season, stopped 12 of 13 shots in relief. Steve Mason made 36 saves for the Flyers and improves to 7-7-2 on the season.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-3 while the Flyers were 1-3. The Flyers have now scored a power play goal in six straight games. The Isles are 5-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-11-0 when they do not. The Isles are 2-11-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-1 when they do not. Over the last 14 games, the Isles power play is 4-52 (7.7%) while the penalty kill is 18-45 (60.0%). The Isles have allowed a power play goal in five straight games (6-13, 53.8%).
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 8-2-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-11-1 when they do not.
Helps to Score First The Isles are 6-2-3 when they score first and are 2-11-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (219) and wins (92). Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 92 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 219 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
They Said It Andrew MacDonald: “They put a few together right away and it was a big shift in momentum…It’s mainly lapses and then we show our true colors and come back hard after, but that’s not going to be good enough in this league.”
They Tweeted It @islesblogger Set play. Boulton. Wow! #isles
The Coach It’s mental…we have to continue to believe in each other… Right now it’s a fragile team, there’s no question.
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 3-3-0 in the front-end and 1-4-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. On the six back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, and no points on three occasions. The next back-to-back set will feature a rare set of two home games: Friday vs. Detroit and Saturday vs. Washington.
Head of the Class John Tavares has 276 career points; he is 63 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player from that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.
Leading Ice Men Andrew MacDonald played 26:59 to lead the Isles for the 18th time this season. Brayden Coburn played 23:23 to lead the Flyers. The Isles are 7-9-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-4-1 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle The Islanders won 26 of 61 draws and no Islander won more draws than he lost. Adam Hall won 7 of 10 for Philadelphia. The Isles were 1-6 on draws on their power play and were 0-5 on draws while shorthanded. However, Eric Boulton’s goal came on an even-strength face-off win from Casey Cizikas. The Isles have won less than 50% of the face-offs in nine straight games.
Heavy Hitters The Isles out-hit Philadelphia 30-21. Matt Martin led the Isles with nine hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 118. There were no fights in the game, leaving the season total at eight: Martin (3), Boulton (3), and Carkner (2). Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 21 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 89 with a club-high four blocks.
All–time Winners The Islanders fall to four games over all-time NHL .500 (1379-1375-442 in 3,196 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500. Ironmen John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 231 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era. Frans Nielsen (154) and Kyle Okposo (137) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games. Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era • Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013 284 • John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 231 • 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
Missing Men Lubomir Visnovsky, Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov remain on injured reserve. Brock Nelson and Eric Boulton replaced Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the lineup; Aaron Ness was also scratched. The Isles have lost 51 games this season due to injury. Nobody Beat the Viz The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup. They were 5-5-3 last season and are 5-10-1 this season without him in the lineup. Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 Jason Blake 127 17 John Tavares 122 18 Duane Sutter 121 Career Assists as an Islander 22 Zigmund Palffy 163 23 David Volek 154 23 John Tavares 154 25 Mariusz Czerkawski 150 26 Frans Nielsen 148 27 Travis Green 145 Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 25 Gerry Hart 476 26 Radek Martinek 475 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
35 David Volek 396 36 Bert Marshall 392 37 Frans Nielsen 391 38 Travis Green 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Josh Bailey 352 42 Dave Scatchard 347 43 Alexei Yashin 346 44 Mark Parrish 345 45 Kyle Okposo 343 46 Marty McInnis 337
54 Brad Dalgarno 321 55 Ray Ferraro 316 55 Steve Webb 316 55 Richard Park 316 58 John Tavares 315 59 Gerald Diduck 314
Career Points as an Islander 20 Ed Westfall 286 21 John Tavares 275 22 Jason Blake 258 22 Steve Thomas 258
32 Mikko Makela 219 33 Frans Nielsen 218 34 Mark Parrish 214 35 Garry Howatt 213 35 Jean Potvin 213 37 Anders Kallur 211 38 Kyle Okposo 205 39 Marty McInnis 198
Season Series Stats The Flyers lead the season series two games to none (and four points to zero), winning both games by 5-2 score; the teams will finish their season series with a home-and-home series on January 18th in Philadelphia and January 20th on Long Island. The Isles are 2-6-0 in their last eight games against the Flyers.
Happy Anniversary 4 years ago tonight: November 23, 2009. Dwayne Roloson made a club record 58 saves and Josh Bailey potted the winning goal in overtime as the Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at the Air Canada Center. Overall, the Isles are 6-6-6 on this date including a 8-8 tie with Minnesota in 1982 – one of two 8-8 games that the Isles have played in their history.
On The Farm Kenny Reiter made 37 saves but for the second straight night the Sound Tigers fell in a shootout, losing 2-1 to Worcester. Bridgeport is now 4-8-1-3 on the season and return home to host St. John’s on Sunday. Mike Halmo leads Bridgeport with seven goals; Ryan Strome leads in both assists (14) and points (18).
Up Next WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th —WINNIPEG AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM [MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders will be off three consecutive days for the first time this season before beginning a 4-game homestand by hosting the Winnipeg Jets.
The Isles are 5-0-1 in their last six games against Winnipeg. With the Jets now in the Western Conference, this is the only Coliseum meeting between the teams this season.
This is 15th time in the last 19 years that the Isles have hosted a Thanksgiving Eve game (there was no NHL hockey played in two of the other four years). The Isles are 0-2-2 in their last four Thanksgiving Eve games but are 6-4-5 all-time at home on Thanksgiving Eve.
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.