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The Skinny: Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 (SO)

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 46

Carolina 4, Isles 3 (SO)

The Islanders are headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007! John Tavares scored with 1:01 remaining to force overtime, and although the Islanders would eventually lose the shootout to Carolina before a crowd of 16,601 at PNC Center, the Isles clinched a playoff spot a few minutes later when Washington beat Winnipeg. Tavares’ goal allowed the Islanders to extend their point streak to 11 straight games (8-0-3); matching their longest point streak since the 1981-82 Islanders won 15 straight games. The Islanders are also 11-1-3 in their last 15, and coupled with the Rangers’ loss to Florida, remain sixth in the East, two points ahead of both Ottawa and the Rangers.

The Scoring:

1st Period

03:57CARA. Semin (13) Wrist - ASST: E. Staal (32) AND J. McBain (6) 1 - 0 CAR

06:04NYIB. Boyes (10) Deflected - ASST: M. Streit (21) AND M. Moulson (28) 1 - 1 TIE

16:20CARJ. Staal (10) Tip-In - ASST: J. Harrison (7) AND J. Tlusty (14) 2 - 1 CAR

2nd Period

07:34NYIJ. Bailey (11) Wrist - ASST: K. Okposo (19) AND F. Nielsen (23) 2 - 2 TIE

17:45CARP. Dwyer (8) Snap - ASST: J. Staal (20) AND T. Ruutu (5) 3 - 2 CAR

3rd Period

18:59NYIJ. Tavares (27) Tip-In - ASST: M. Moulson (29) AND K. Okposo (20) 3 - 3 TIE

OT Period


The Shootout:

Frans Nielsen (NG), Riley Nash (G), Brad Boyes (NG), Jeff Skinner (G)

The Skinny:

The Isles are 11-1-3 in the last 15 and remain eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season (40-30-12) … The Isles have outscored their opponents 16-6 in the third period over the last 15 games … The Isles (excluding shootouts) have now scored 133 goals and allowed 133 … Frans Nielsen’s assist gives him 196 career points, passing Butch Goring for 39th place in Isles history … Jiri Tlusty extended his point streak to six games (4-4-8); Tlusty had six points in the three games against the Isles this season … Both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen extended point streaks to four games … John Tavares now has 27 goals, good for third in the NHL … Only Alex Ovechkin (31) and Steven Stamkos (28) have more. Twelve of Tavares’ goals have come in third period and eight of his goals have tied the game.

First Time in a Long Time

The Isles have 25 points (11-1-3) in the last 15 games for the first time since the 1989-90 season (14-1-0).

Road Warriors

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 22 road games:

Most points in first 22 road games (all time):

•32 in 1976-77 (14-4-4)

•31 in 2012-13 (14-5-3)

•29 in 1980-81 (13-6-3)

•27 in 1978-79 (11-6-5)

•26 in 1983-84 (12-8-2)

The club record through 24 road games, which is all the Isles will play this regular season, is 34 points in 1976-77. The Isles need three points in the final two games to match that.

The Standings

•1 Pittsburgh (Atlantic Champion) 46 games 35-11-0 70 points (32 ROW) Next game: Thursday at New Jersey

•2 Boston (Northeast Leader) 45 games 27-13-5 59 points (23 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Tampa Bay

•3 Washington (Southeast Champion) 46 games 26-18-2 54 points (22 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Ottawa

•4 Montreal 46 games 27-14-5 59 points (24 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Winnipeg

•5.Toronto 45 games 25-15-5 55 points (24 ROW) Next game: Wednesday at Tampa Bay

•6 NY Islanders 46 games 24-16-6 54 points (20 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Philadelphia

•7 Ottawa 45 games 23-16-6 52 points (19 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Washington

•8 NY Rangers 46 games 24-18-4 52 points (20 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Carolina

•9 Winnipeg 47 games 24-20-3 51 points (22 ROW) Final game: Thursday vs. Montreal

Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington, Montreal, Toronto and the Islanders have clinched playoff berths.

The Shots:

Isles 11-14-11-3=39

Hurricanes 10-10-7-5=32

Home and Road

The Islanders are 24-16-6 overall, 10-11-3 at home and 14-5-3 on the road. Their 54 points in 46 games matches their highest total since they had 62 points in 46 games in 1983-84.

The Isles have earned 31 of a possible 44 road points (.705). Their highest single-season road point percentage is .663, set in 1976-77 and matched in 1980-81. The Isles need to earn one point in their final two games to set a new franchise record for point percentage on the road.

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 Isles have points in 11 straight (8-0-3) and are 11-1-3 in their last 15 games. It’s their longest point streak since they won 15 straight games in 1981-82.

The Isles have a point in six straight road games for the first time 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 last time the Isles had a longer point streak on the road was from January 13-February 3, 1983 (5-0-2).

The Hurricanes are 19-24-3 overall, 9-14-0 at home and 10-10-3 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves. He is 23-11-5 on the season. Nabokov now ranks second in the league in victories (Antti Niemi - 24).

Dan Ellis made 36 saves for Carolina; he is 6-8-1 on the season.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 0-for-2 while the Hurricanes were 0-for-0. The Islanders did not take a penalty in the game; it’s the second time this season (2/28 vs Toronto) that the Isles were penalty-free.

The Isles are 15-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-13-5 when they do not.

In (Almost) Every Game

The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 40-of-46 games this season (24-10-6).

Second to One

Jack Capuano is now second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (193) 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 193

3.Mike Milbury 191

4.Terry Simpson 187

5.Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

Frans Nielsen: "I've never felt better to lose a game. Garth Snow has been patient with us, even missing the playoffs. He believed we had the core in here to take us to the postseason. He went out and found some good pieces this summer, like (Lubomir) Visnovsky and those kind of guys to build onto it, so we've got it now. It's fun."

John Tavares, in 2009, the night he was drafted: "There's a great tradition there. I'm very thankful to be going there and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of Long Island. It's going to be a great future for all of us." A future that now includes the playoffs.

They Tweeted It

@espnSteveLevy congrats to the islanders and their long suffering fans...enjoy the stanley cup playoffs from the good seats...soft spot in my heart for LI

@mattymarts17 Started from the bottom, now we're here #Isles #Playoffs

The Coach

"The guys battled hard all year. We didn't start off great this season. They showed a lot of will and sacrifice and they deserve it. Most importantly, our fans back home, they stuck with us. They haven't seen playoff hockey in a while. They're very passionate, so that's great."

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, 10-4-1 when he has one point, and 4-10-4 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!

John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 42 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 248 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

Travis Hamonic played 25:33 to lead the Isles. Justin Faulk led Carolina with 23:15.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 35-of-54 draws. Frans Nielsen won 9-of-10 to lead the Isles. John Tavares won 15-of-24; he has won 88-of-140 (63%) over the last eight games.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders were out-hit 34-22. Matt Martin had five hits, and leads the NHL with 223 on the season. There were no fights, leaving the season total at 17 fighting majors.

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots. Brian Strait led the Islanders with five blocks.

All–time Winners

The Islanders remain 10 games over .500 all-time (1371-1361-438 in 3170 games). The Isles are assured of finishing the season above .500 all-time, as they have been at the end of every season since 1977-78. It’s the first time since March 22, 2011 that the Isles are 10 games over .500 all-time.

April Wins Bring May Playoff Games

The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February, and 8-5-1 in March. They are 8-0-3 in April.


John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 205 consecutive games.

Three other Islanders have streaks of at least 100 games. Frans Nielsen and Mark Streit have each played in 128 consecutive games while Kyle Okposo has played in 111 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 205

Century Club

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 128

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.

Missing Men

Matt Carkner, Eric Boulton, Radek Martinek, Anders Lee, Marty Reasoner, Joe Finley and David Ullstrom were scratched.


The Isles have scored 96 goals in their 24 wins (4.00 per game) and 37 goals in their other 22 games (0-16-6; 1.68 per game). In their 16 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.50 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 668

2. Roberto Luongo 348

3. Evgeni Nabokov 335

4. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

Career Wins

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

Career Shutouts

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

23John Tavares 111

24Benoit Hogue 105

24Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

26Steve Thomas140

27Mark Streit139

28Greg Gilbert138

29John Tavares137

30Frans Nielsen136

31Jason Blake131

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

25Gerry Hart476

26Mariusz Czerkawski470

27Radek Martinek466

28Trent Hunter459

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 365

41Dave Scatchard347

50Eric Cairns 327

50Josh Bailey 327

52Alan Kerr 326

53Brad Dalgarno 321

54Kyle Okposo 317

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 291

64John Tavares 289

65Gordon Dineen 287

66Mark Streit 284

67Jeffrey Norton 282

Career Points as an Islander

23David Volek249

24John Tavares 248

25Ray Ferraro238

35Matt Moulson 214

36Anders Kallur211

37Marty McInnis198

38Wayne Merrick197

39Frans Nielsen 196

40Robert Goring195

41Jeffrey Norton188

42Kyle Okposo 185

43Lorne Henning184

44Mark Streit179

45Randy Wood172

Season Series Stats

The Hurricanes win the season series three games to none (and six points to one). Carolina is the only Eastern Conference team that the Islanders did not beat this season.

Happy Anniversary

31 years ago tonight (4-23-82): The Islanders eliminated the Rangers in six games, winning the final game of the series at Madison Square Garden by a 5-3 score. Butch Goring and Bob Bourne each scored twice for the Isles, but it was Dave Langevin’s goal with 6:08 to play that proved to be decisive.

Also on this date: (2002) After scoring only one goal in the first two games of the series, the Isles pound the Leafs 6-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Mark Parrish scored twice for the Isles in a penalty-filled game.

All-time, the Isles are 1-0-0 in regular season play and 2-3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on this date.

On The Farm

Bridgeport finished their season with a 32-32-7-5 record.

Up Next


[MSG+2 (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM]

The Isles will be playing for playoff position as they visit the Flyers in Philadelphia’s home finale.

After dropping the first game of the season series 7-0 to Philadelphia the Isles have responded with consecutive wins and are 3-1-0 in their last four trips to Philly.

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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