Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored goals 57 seconds apart to cap a three-goal second period as the Carolina Hurricanes broke a 1-1 tie and then held on for a 3-2 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 14,208 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s the 14th time this season that the Islanders have allowed at least three goals in a period (0-14-0). The Scoring: 1ST PERIOD NONE 2ND PERIOD 06:57 CAR Manny Malhotra (4) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (7) 1 - 0 CAR 07:41 NYI John Tavares (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (19) 1 - 1 Tie 13:12 CAR Jordan Staal (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (8), Nathan Gerbe (11) 2 - 1 CAR 14:09 CAR Brett Sutter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (12), Andrej Sekera (17) 3 - 1 CAR
3RD PERIOD 19:35 NYI PPG - Thomas Vanek (15) Slap - ASST: Andrew MacDonald (17), Ryan Strome (3) 3 - 2 CAR
The Skinny: Thomas Vanek extended his point streak to eight games (matching his career high—done in the first 8 games of last season). Vanek now shares the longest current streak in the NHL with St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz…John Tavares extended his point streak to 4 games. Kyle Okposo saw his point streak end at a career-matching high of eight games … John Tavares retakes the team lead in goals (17); it was the sixth time this season that the Isles responded within a minute of an opposition goal… Andrew Mac Donald had an assist for the fourth consecutive game; he has six assists in those four games…Vanek’s goal gives the Isles four players with at least 15 goals; Chicago is the only team with at least four – they have 5… Manny Maholtra scored for Carolina for the third straight game...Brett Sutter’s goal was his first since scoring in his NHL debut on December 23, 1998 (5 years, 12 days ago). This was his 51st NHL game. Brett is the nephew of Islander Cup winners Duane and Brent Sutter…The two Carolina goals in 57 seconds marked the sixth time this season the Isles have allowed two goals in less than a minute…The Isles have allowed an NHL-high 61 goals in the second period this season.
First Times in a Long Time Andrew MacDonald is the first Islander defenseman with a point in four straight games since Mark Streit, who had a point in six straight from March 11-24, 2012. MacDonald is the first Islander defenseman with an assist in four straight games since James Wisniewski, December 15-22, 2010.
The Shots: Isles 10-14-16=40 Hurricanes 7-14- 9=30
It was the fifth time this season that the Islanders had at least 40 shots (3-1-1).
Home and Road The Islanders are 14-22-7 overall, 6-9-7 at home and 8-13-0 on the road. The Isles are 6-4-2 in their last eleven games overall but are 1-5-4 in their last ten at home. The Hurricanes are 17-16-9 overall; they are 8-8-5 at home and 9-8-4 on the road. The Canes have won three straight after winning only once in their previous nine.
By Division The Isles are 3-10-3 in Division games and are 5-3-3 vs. the Atlantic Division. The Isles are 3-4-0 vs. Central Division teams and 3-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division. In the Nets Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves but falls to 9-8-5 on the season. Nabokov is 4-3-2 with a 2.21 GAA since returning from injury and is 8-3-2 in his career against the Hurricanes. Anton Khubodin made 38 saves for Carolina. Khubodin is 4-0-0 on the season and is 18-5-1 in his NHL career.
Power Plays The Islanders were 1-2 while the Hurricanes were 0-2. The Isles are 8-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-16-3 when they do not. The Isles are 6-14-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-8-4 when they do not. The Islander special teams have improved as of late. The power play is 7-26 (26.9%) over the last nine games while the Isles have killed 20 of 24 (83.3%) over the last ten games while scoring two shorthanded goals.
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 14-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-18-5 when they do not.
Helps to Score First The Isles are 9-5-5 when they score first and are 5-17-2 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 (238) and wins (98).
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 238 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 98 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It Thomas Vanek: “I missed an assignment on the second goal and from there on out we lost the momentum for a few minutes and before we knew it, it was 3-1. It’s not good enough. They were good enough to capitalize on their chances.”
They Tweeted It @wdeneault26 Vanek is on fire. He scores his 15th of the year, adds an assist and extends his point streak to 8 games. #isles
The Coach “On two of the goals, we had the puck on our stick…[We gave them] three gifts and on two of them, we had possession of the puck [and gave it up]. Puck decisions are what get us into trouble.”
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 4-6-0 in the front-end and 3-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. In the ten sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. The next back-to-back set will be January 6th vs Dallas and January 7th in Toronto.
Head of the Class John Tavares has 295 career points; he is 65 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 Travis Hamonic played 25:18 to lead the Isles for the 16th time this season. Andrej Sekara led the Canes with 23:35 of ice-time. The Isles are 10-12-5 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 4-10-2 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle The Islanders won 23 of 56 draws. No Islander won more than he lost; Jordan Staal won 13 of 18 for Carolina.
Heavy Hitters The Isles were out-hit 22-21. Matt Martin had five hits to lead the Isles; his 206 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 been involved in 15 fights this season: Martin (6), Boulton (4), Carkner (4), McDonald (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald was one of four Isles credited with three blocks, extending his NHL-leading total to 146.
Still Over All-Time .500 The Islanders fall to one game over all-time NHL .500 (1385-1384-446 in 3,215 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 Frans Nielsen is the Islanders’ reigning ironman. He has played 173 consecutive games, and is one of six Islanders to have played in every game this season. Other current ironman streaks: Kyle Okposo (156), Travis Hamonic (113), Matt Martin (104), Andrew Mac Donald (91) and Thomas Hickey (44).
Century Club Travis Hamonic is the only defenseman in Islander history with two streaks in which he played at least 100 consecutive games. Those are two of only 10 streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by a 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 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130 7. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012- CURRENT 113 8. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113 (*) 9. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110 10. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
Hamonic has played 226 NHL games, in two sets of 113 consecutive games.
(*) Start of NHL career. (**) Entire career with Islanders
Missing Men Lubomir Visnovsky and Radek Martinek remain on injured reserve. Josh Bailey missed his fourth game with an upper body injury; Eric Boulton and Matt Donovan were scratched. The Isles have lost 111 games this season due to injury.
Nobody Beats 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 11-19-5 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Wins, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 681 2. Roberto Luongo 364 3. Evgeni Nabokov 344 4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Wins 17. Rogie Vachon 355 18. Evgeni Nabokov 344 19. Gump Worsley 335 20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 124 2. Roberto Luongo 65 3. Evgeni Nabokov 56 4. Tomas Vokoun 51
Career Shutouts 18 Clint Benedict 57 19 Evgeni Nabokov 56 20 Bernie Parent 54 20 Ed Giacomin 54
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 John Tavares 129 17 Jason Blake 127
34 Kyle Okposo 88 35 Butch Goring 87 36 Tomas Jonsson 84 37 Wayne Merrick 81 37 Dave Scatchard 81 39 Marty McInnis 79 40 Miroslav Satan 78 41 Claude Lapointe 76 42 Michael Grabner 75 42 Frans Nielsen 75 44 Lorne Henning 73 44 J.P. Parise 73
Career Assists as an Islander 20 Jean Potvin 167 21 John Tavares 166 21 Jeff Norton 166 23 Zigmund Palffy 163 24 David Volek 154 25 Frans Nielsen 153 26 Mariusz Czerkawski 150
Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 24 Eddie Westfall 493 25 Radek Martinek 476 25 Gerry Hart 476 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
33 Wayne Merrick 411 34 Frans Nielsen 410 35 Jean Potvin 402 36 David Volek 396 37 Bert Marshall 392 38 Travis Green 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Josh Bailey 367 42 Kyle Okposo 362 43 Dave Scatchard 347
Season Series Stats The Canes wins the season series 3 games to 0 (Carolina earned six points to the Islanders’ none). All three goals were decided by a single goal. The Isles have lost six straight to Carolina (0-5-1) and are 4-10-2 in their last sixteen games against the Hurricanes. In three of the last four seasons, the Isles failed to beat Carolina at least once; in 2011-12 the Isles won all four games.
Happy Anniversary 8 years ago tonight (1-4-06): Mark Parrish scored 2:15 into overtime as the Isles overcame three different 1-goal deficits for a 4-3 win over Florida at the Coliseum. Oleg Kvasha scored twice for the Isles; Alexei Yashin’s goal midway through the third period forced overtime. Garth Snow was named the game’s third star, but left with an injury in the final seconds of regulation; Wade Dubielewicz earned the win in relief. Overall, the Isles are 4-10-2 on this date, with their win in 2006 being their only victory on this date since 1992.
On The Farm The Sound Tigers were 46 seconds from a split of a weekend series in Norfolk but suffered a 3-2 shootout loss. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored Bridgeport’s only shootout goal but went pointless for the first time in his last eight games. Bridgeport is 13-18-1-4 on the season and are off until Friday when the visit Manchester. Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with 13 goals; Lee also leads current Sound Tigers in both assists (13) and points (26). Ryan Strome still leads the team in assists (24) and points (33).
Up Next MONDAY, JANUARY 6th —DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The homestand concludes Monday as the Islanders and Stars meet for the first time since 2011.
The teams met twice in December 2011 with each team winning on the other’s ice. The Isles are 0-2-2 in their last 4 home games against Dallas, dating back to a 4-1 Isles win on November 6, 2003.
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.