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The Skinny: Flyers 7, Islanders 0

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 15

Flyers 7, Isles 0

Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each scored two goals and added an assist and Jakub Voracek added a career-best four assists/points as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Isles 7-0 before a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s the most one-sided home shutout loss in Coliseum history.

The Scoring:

1st Period

00:26PHIC. Giroux (4) Wrist - ASST: M. Read (5) AND J. Voracek (9) 1 - 0 PHI

2nd Period

00:15PHIM. Read (7) Wrist - ASST: C. Giroux (8) AND J. Voracek (10) 2 - 0 PHI

07:57PHIPPG - B. Schenn (4) Snap - ASST: J. Voracek (11) AND D. Briere (3) 3 - 0 PHI

14:45PHIC. Giroux (5) Snap - ASST: M. Read (6) AND J. Voracek (12) 4 - 0 PHI

3rd Period

03:31PHIZ. Rinaldo (1) Wrist - ASST: H. Zolnierczyk (1) AND L. Schenn (3) 5 - 0 PHI

10:27PHIPPG - D. Briere (4) Snap - ASST: S. Couturier (4) AND E. Gustafsson (1) 6 - 0 PHI

17:46PHID. Briere (5) Wrist - ASST: B. Schenn (9) AND W. Simmonds (5) 7 - 0 PHI

The Skinny:

Giroux’ first period goal was the earliest against the Islanders in a game this season while Read’s goal was the earliest in any period … Voracek is the first Flyer to record four assists against the Islanders since Mark Recchi (2-4-6) on November 12, 1992 … The Isles failed to score on a full 2-minute 5-on-3 late in the first period … The Flyers have killed 21 straight opposition power plays … The Flyers ended John Tavares’ five-game goal streak, Brad Boyes’ four-game point streak and Lubomir Visnovsky’s three-game assist streak … The Flyers have shutout the Isles 13 times.

President’s Day

The Isles have hosted President’s Day matinees in six of the last seven years. The Isles have been outscored 13-0 the last two seasons, after winning on President’s Day in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Most One-sided Shutout Losses:

•0-9 at Carolina April 7, 2009

•0-8 at Chicago December 23, 1979

•0-8 at St. Louis December 1, 1988

•0-7 vs. Philadelphia February 18, 2013

Largest Home Losses:

•7 (1-8) vs. Winnipeg November 1, 1988

•7 (1-8) vs. New Jersey October 23, 1990

•7 (1-8) vs. Vancouver January 14, 2006

•7 (0-7) vs. Philadelphia February 18, 2013

Not Matinee Isles

The Isles are 1-2-0 in matinee games this season (all at home), have been outscored 13-4 and shutout twice.

Black Jerseys

The Isles are 0-2-0 in their alternate black jerseys, and have been shut-out twice. All-time, the Isles are 3-9-3 in those sweaters.

The Shots:

Isles 8-6-5=19

Flyers 11-6-8=25

Home and Road

The Islanders are 6-8-1 overall, 2-6-0 at home and 4-2-1 on the road. By earning only four points in their first eight home games, the Isles have matched their worst home start since 1995-96.

The Flyers are 7-9-1 overall, 4-1-1 at home and 3-8-0 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves as he falls to 6-6-1 on the season. The seven goals allowed by Nabokov match a career high. He is the first Islander goalie to allow seven goals at home since Joey MacDonald (10/13/08 vs. Buffalo)

Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves as he recorded his 30th career shutout. It’s his second career shutout against the Isles, but his first victory; Bryzgalov lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Isles last season.

Power Plays

The Isles went 0-for-5 on the power play while the Flyers were 2-for-4. It’s the first time this season that the Isles have allowed more than one power play goal.

They Said It

Tavares: "We got away from what made us successful. We were not good on the little things. We didn't win too many battles. We didn't get to the front of the net.”

They Tweeted It

@DNFlyers: Claude Giroux does not have hat trick in a regular season game in his career.

The Coach

“Once we had that two-minute 5-on-3 and we didn't even generate anything, that deflated us. We have to be able to generate momentum in that situation, and we have to be mentally stronger than that."

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 222 career points; he is 61 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.

Friends, Friends, Friends

Matt Moulson has seven goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on four of them. Tavares has now been on-ice for 67 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 44 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010.

110 NHL Goals

Moulson has 110 career goals (104 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men

Mark Streit played 26:41 to lead the Isles. Brayden Coburn led the Flyers with 22:24.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 29 draws; the Flyers won 25. Casey Cizikas won 6-of-9 for the Isles; Claude Giroux won 10-of-15 for Philadelphia.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders were out-hit 25-13; Matt Martin led the Isles with four hits. Martin also fought Wayne Simmonds in the second period and Brayden Coburn in the third. The Isles have been involved in nine fights this season.

Back to .500

The Islanders fall back to .500 all-time (1353-1353-433 in 3,139 games). The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and once this season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.

4 Usually Enough

The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring at least four goals and 0-7-0 when scoring two or less.

A Tale of Two Months

The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23. The Isles are 2-6-0 in February, and have been outscored 31-17.

Home Cooking

The Isles just finished a stretch in which they played nine consecutive games in the New York area (six at home, two at MSG, and one in New Jersey). The Isles went 3-6-0 in that stretch.


Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 261 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the third-longest in club history. Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record. Moulson will tie Denis Potvin (262 game streak) for third place on Tuesday at Ottawa.

Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season. Tavares extended his streak to 174 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 97.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History

1. Billy Harris 576

2. Bob Nystrom 301

3. Denis Potvin 262

4. Matt Moulson 261

Missing Men

Thomas Hickey, Eric Boulton and Marty Reasoner were scratched. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.

Brian Strait suffered a broken ankle during the game.


The Isles have scored 28 goals in their six wins (4.67 per game) and 16 goals in their other nine games (0-8-1; 1.78 per game). In their 8 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 12 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 663

2. Roberto Luongo 343

3. Nikolai Khabibulin 329

4. Evgeni Nabokov 318

5. Miikka Kiprusoff 313

Career Wins

21. Sean Burke 324

22. Evgeni Nabokov 318

23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313

Career Goals as an Islander

22Benoit Hogue 105

22Ed Westfall 105

24Matt Moulson 104

25Anders Kallur 101

26 Trent Hunter 99

27John Tavares 95

27Mikko Makela 95

27David Volek 95

Career Assists as an Islander – active players

1John Tavares127

2Mark Streit122

3Frans Nielsen121

4Kyle Okposo 95

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

44Frans Nielsen 334

45Butch Goring 332

45Oleg Kvasha 332

58Gord Lane 304

59Arron Asham 300

59Roman Hamrlik 300

61Josh Bailey 297

62Gord Dineen 287

63Kyle Okposo 286

64Jeff Norton 282

65Steve Thomas275

68Matt Moulson 261

69Brad Lauer 259

70Benoit Hogue 258

70John Tavares 258

72Pierre Turgeon 255

73Mark Streit 253

74Jude Drouin 250

Career Points as an Islander

28Benoit Hogue229

28Trent Hunter229

30John Tavares 222

31Mikko Makela219

38Butch Goring195

39Jeff Norton188

40Matt Moulson 187

41Lorne Henning184

42Frans Nielsen 176

43Randy Wood172

44Claude Lapointe171

44JP Parise171

46Shawn Bates170

47Jude Drouin169

48Dave Scatchard168

49Miroslav Satan166

50Kyle Okposo 165

51Mark Streit158

51Oleg Kvasha158

53Alan Kerr154

Season Series Stats

The Flyers lead the season series one game to none (two points to zero). The teams will not meet again until March 28 in Philadelphia. Three of the Isles’ final 15 games will be against the Flyers.

The Isles have lost seven straight at home against Philadelphia (0-6-1), and are 1-11-3 in the last 15 at home against the Flyers.

Happy Anniversary

22 years ago today (2-18-91): David Volek scored twice and added two assists as the Islanders, behind four goals in the second period, defeated the Rangers 5-4 at Madison Square Garden. Pat LaFontaine had a goal and two helpers as well.

All-time, the Isles are 9-9-3 on this date.

On The Farm

Bridgeport is 22-21-3-3. The Sound Tigers are tied for third with Albany in the Northeast Division after being swept in a home-and-home series by Providence. Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they visit Springfield. Nino Niederreiter continues to lead Bridgeport in goals (22) and points (39).

Up Next


[MSG+ (Pre-game show at 7:00PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]

The Islanders begin a three game road trip in Ottawa against the Senators. It’s the first of three meetings this season.

The Senators won last season’s series three games to one (and seven points to two). After the Isles won the opening matchup on a Mark Eaton overtime goal, Ottawa won the next three meetings by a combined 16-3 score.

This will be the back-end of the second set of back-to-backs this season; the Isles lost to Boston in the first back end on January 25.

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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