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The Skinny: Hurricanes 3, Islanders 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
“The Skinny”

Game 43
Carolina 3, Isles 2

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:



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   

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.”

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.

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
46     Marty McInnis    337    
47    John Tavares     333
48     Butch Goring    332    
48     Oleg Kvasha     332    

Career Points as an Islander
16    Ziggy Palffy    331
17    Mariusz Czerkawski    295
17    John Tavares     295
19    Duane Sutter    292
27    Kenny Jonsson    232
28    Greg Gilbert    231
29    Benoit Hogue    229
29    Trent Hunter    229
31    Frans Nielsen     228
32    Kyle Okposo     227

33    Matt Moulson    223

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
[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.

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