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The Skinny - Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 8

Carolina 4, Isles 3

Jiri Tlusty scored twice, and the Carolina Hurricanes survived a late rally to hand the Isles a 4-3 defeat before a crowd of 13,008 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The loss drop the Isles back to .500 at 3-3-2; they are 1-3-1 in their last five games. The loss ends the Isles’ 10-game point streak on home ice (going back to last season), which matches the 1989-90 squad for the longest home-ice point streak in the post-Cup era.

The Scoring:

1st Period


2nd Period

01:05 CAR J. Tlusty (1) Backhand shot - ASST: E. Staal (3), A. Semin (1) 1 - 0 CAR

06:36 CAR PPG - J. Staal (1) Snap shot - ASST: R. Murphy (4), N. Gerbe (3) 2 - 0 CAR

13:37 CAR J. Skinner (3) Backhand shot - ASST: R. Nash (1), T. Ruutu (2) 3 - 0 CAR

18:53 NYI PPG - M. Moulson (3) Snap shot - ASST: A. MacDonald (1), J. Tavares (6) 3 - 1 CAR

3rd Period

11:06 CAR J. Tlusty (2) Wrist shot - ASST: A. Semin (2), E. Staal (4) 4 - 1 CAR

13:19 NYI PPG - F. Nielsen (4) Snap shot - ASST: K. Okposo (5), M. Moulson (2) 4 - 2 CAR

18:59 NYI K. Okposo (3) Snap shot - ASST: P. Bouchard (3), M. Moulson (3) 4 - 3 CAR

The Skinny:

The Hurricanes are now 4-0-3 in one goal games, while the Isles are 2-3-2 … Jiri Tlusty did not have a point in Carolina’s first eight games; he now has 6 goals in 16 career games against the Isles … The Isles had trailed by two goals for a total of 3:01 over the first seven games, before trailing by two, and later three, tonight … After being held pointless in the opener, John Tavares has a point in seven straight games (second longest streak of his career – he had a 12 game streak in 2011-12; Tavares also has a point in nine straight games against Carolina … This was the fifth straight game to be decided by one goal; seven of the Isles’ eight games this season have been decided by one goal (and 11 of 12, going back to last season) … Frans Nielsen tied John Tavares for the team lead in goals (four); he had only six goals last season … Matt Moulson had three points, matching his season total for the first seven games … The Isles lost Lubomir Visnovsky with a possible concussion late in the first period … Kyle Okposo had only three goals in the first 37 games last season … The Isles had scored only three third period goals this season before adding two goals in the third period tonight.

Fort Never Lose (in Regulation)

Going back to last season, the Isles had been 7-0-3 in their last 10 regular season games at the Coliseum before the loss; this matches their longest point streak on home ice in the Post Cup era (9-0-1 from 12/16/89 to 1/28/90). The Isles last had a longer streak on home ice when they went 28-0-2 at the Coliseum from January 2 – October 30, 1982.

Back in Black

The Isles wore their black jerseys for the first time this season and are now 0-1-0. They went 3-2-0 last season in the black jersey.

The Shots:

Isles 7-7-11=25

Hurricanes 7-12-4=23

Home and Road

The Islanders are 3-3-2 overall, 2-1-2 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.

The Hurricanes are 4-2-3 overall, 1-1-3 at home and 3-1-0 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves but falls to 3-2-2 on the season. Nabokov, who stayed in the game after being shaken up in a collision during the second period, falls to 8-2-2 against the Hurricanes in his career.

Cam Ward made 22 saves for Carolina to improve to 2-2-3. Ward is 17-3-3 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 2-for-5 while the Hurricanes were 1-for-3. The third Isles goal was in essence also a power play goal, coming with Nabokov on the bench and just two seconds after a Hurricane penalty expired.

The Isles are 2-1-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-2-0 when they do not. All seven of the Isles’ PP goals this season have come at the Coliseum (7-for-21 at home, 0-for-7 on the road).

The Isles are 0-2-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not. The Isles have killed 19-of-23 opponents’ power plays this season.

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 3-1-1 when they score at least three goals and are 0-2-1 when they do not.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano is now second on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (203) and wins (87).

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.Al Arbour 740

2.Jack Capuano 87

3.Terry Simpson 81

4.Peter Laviolette 77

5.Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):

1.Al Arbour 1,500

2.Jack Capuano 203

3.Mike Milbury 191

4.Terry Simpson 187

5.Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

Andrew MacDonald: "We've got to play a full 60 minutes, There wasn't enough urgency early. We were kind of standing around a little bit too much and we got burnt a few times. It's unacceptable."

They Tweeted It

@stapenewsday Brock Nelson leaving Coliseum with his gear, headed to Bridgeport. Will play tomorrow, then #Isles will decide on a possible recall.

The Coach

"We didn't deserve the game. We didn't start the game the way we needed to start. You watch the replay of the goals, just lack of effort on a few of them. You don't expect that out of individuals."

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 259 career points; he is 58 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.

121 NHL Goals

Moulson has 121 career goals (115 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

Andrew MacDonald played 30:25 to lead the Isles for the sixth time this season. It’s the third time in his career that he has played at least 30 minutes, but the first time in a game decided in regulation. Andrej Sekera led Carolina with 28:32.

The Isles are 3-2-1 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 0-1-1 when Hamonic leads them.

MacDonald is the first Islander to play over 30 minutes in a game decided in regulation since Tom Poti did so on April 7, 2007 vs. Philadelphia. The last seven times an Islander had played over 30 minutes were in overtime games.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 29-of-53 draws. Casey Cizikas won 7-of-9 to lead the Isles for the fourth straight game; he has won 31-of-47 in the last four games. Jordan Staal won 12-of-22 for Carolina.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders out-hit Carolina 13-7. Matt Martin had six hits to lead the Isles. There were no fights, leaving the season total at one: Boulton (1).

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 13 blocked shots; Brian Strait led the way with three.

All–time Winners

The Islanders drop to nine games over .500 all-time (1374-1365-441 in 3,180 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above .500 all-time.


John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 215 consecutive games.

Frans Nielsen (138) and Kyle Okposo (121) 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

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

John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 215

Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215

Missing Men

Matt Carkner replaced Matt Donovan in the lineup; Brock Nelson was scratched for the third straight game and was loaned to Bridgeport after the game. Eric Boulton was also scratched. The Isles have lost four games this season due to injury.

Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a concussion in the first period and not return.

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 669

2. Roberto Luongo 351

3. Evgeni Nabokov 338

4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins

17. Roberto Luongo 350

18. Evgeni Nabokov 338

19. Gump Worsley 335

20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 121

2. Roberto Luongo 63

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

17Duane Sutter121

18Alexei Yashin119

19Mark Parrish118

19Steve Thomas118

21Ray Ferraro 116

21John Tavares 116

23Matt Moulson 115

24Benoit Hogue 105

24Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

24Mariusz Czerkawski150

25Travis Green145

26John Tavares143

27Frans Nielsen140

27Steve Thomas140

29Mark Streit139

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 375

41Dave Scatchard347

42Alexei Yashin346

43Mark Parrish345

44Marty McInnis 337

44Josh Bailey 337

46Robert Goring 332

46Oleg Kvasha 332

48Bruno Gervais 331

48Zigmund Palffy331

50Shawn Bates 330

51Kyle Okposo 327

51Eric Cairns 327

53Alan Kerr 326

54Brad Dalgarno 321

55Ray Ferraro 316

55Steve Webb 316

55Richard Park 316

58Gerald Diduck 314

59Mikko Makela 307

60Gordon Lane 304

61Matt Moulson 301

62Arron Asham 300

62Roman Hamrlik 300

64John Tavares 299

65Gordon Dineen 287

Career Points as an Islander

20Ed Westfall286

21John Tavares 259

22Jason Blake258

22Steve Thomas258

29Benoit Hogue221

29Trent Hunter221

31Matt Moulson 220

32Mikko Makela219

33Mark Parrish214

34Garry Howatt213

34Jean Potvin213

36Anders Kallur211

37Frans Nielsen 204

38Marty McInnis198

39Wayne Merrick197

40Robert Goring195

41Kyle Okposo 193

42Jeffrey Norton188

Season Series Stats

The Hurricanes lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none) with three games to play. The teams will next play on November 7 in Raleigh.

The Isles have lost four straight (0-3-1) to Carolina and the Hurricanes hold a 21-5-5 record in the last 31 games between the teams. At the Coliseum, the Isles fall to 3-9-1 in their last 13 at home against Carolina, but two of those wins have come in extra time, leaving Carolina 10-1-2 in those same thirteen games.

Happy Anniversary

Eight years ago tonight (10-19-05): In the first shootout in club history, the Islanders defeat the Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Miroslav Satan had the game-deciding goal to give Rick DiPietro the first of his club record 19 shootout wins.

The Isles are now 6-6-3 on this date.

On The Farm

Bridgeport, 1-3-0-0 on the season, is off until Sunday afternoon when they entertain Binghamton at 3:00.

Up Next


[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

John Tortorella returns to New York, but this time with the Vancouver Canucks.

This is the first of two meetings between the teams. The Isles have gone 4-1-3 at the Coliseum against Vancouver, dating back to 1999.

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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