Andrew MacDonald’s first goal in 29 games was the game’s only goal and Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for his 57th career shutout as the Isles blanked the Caps 1-0 before a sellout crowd of 18,506 at Verizon Center. The win breaks a five game winless streak (0-4-1) for the Isles.
The Scoring: 1st Period None
2nd Period None
3rd Period 02:16 NYI Andrew MacDonald (4) Slapshot - ASST: Brock Nelson (9) 1 - 0 NYI
The Skinny: Evgeni Nabokov recorded his 7th shutout as an Islander and the 57th of his career…The Isles have recorded 13 shutouts over the Capitals in regular season play, including nine times in Washington…It’s the first time all season that John Tavares has gone seven games without a goal and four games without a point…It’s the first time since March 4-10, 2012 that the Isles have been held to one goal or fewer in three straight games; that streak (all in games against New Jersey) began with a 1-0 shutout by Anders Nilsson…Nabokov’s 57th shutout tied Hockey Hall of Famer Clint Benedict for 18th place on the all-time list; Benedict’s last shutout was in 1929…The Isles improve to 4-11 in games decided in regulation by a single goal…The Isles have won more games that are tied after two periods (8; 8-5-2) than when they have led after two periods (7; 7-4-4)…US Olympian John Carlson played in his 271st consecutive game for Washington, tying the Capital record (set by Calle Johansson) for consecutive games by a defenseman…The Isles are 10-3-0 in their last 13 road games.
The Penalty Shot Michael Grabner is the third islander to attempt a penalty shot this season; Cal Clutterbuck scored vs Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers while Frans Nielsen was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins. Including playoffs, the Islanders are 1-5 all-time on penalty shots against the Capitals (Clark Gillies beat Bernie Wolfe in 1977 for the only goal). The Isles have scored on 15 of 57 regular season penalty shots in their history. Grabner established a new franchise record with his 6th career penalty shot. He is 1-6, scoring only against Winnipeg in April 2012 (Brad Isbister had 5 attempts). Grabner’s five unsuccessful attempts are also a club record.
The Shots: Isles 8-7-13=28 Capitals 8-8-6=22
The Shutout It’s the 16th 1-0 shutout win in Islander regular season history. How many do you remember? 13-Jan-76 Vs Detroit C. Resch 21-Dec-84 @ Hartford K. Hrudey 11-Feb-86 Vs Vancouver B. Smith 4-Feb-90 @ Buffalo G. Healy 23-Mar-95 Vs New York T. Soderstrom 15-Feb-97 Vs Florida (OT) T. Salo 17-Oct-98 @ St. Louis T. Salo 27-Oct-98 Vs Los Angeles T. Salo 15-Dec-98 @ San Jose T. Salo 12-Feb-02 @ Philadelphia(OT) G. Snow 31-Dec-02 @ Buffalo (OT) C. Osgood 16-Nov-07 @ New Jersey R. DiPietro 21-Feb-08 Vs Tampa Bay R. DiPietro 7-Feb-12 @ Philadelphia(SO) E. Nabokov 4-Mar-12 Vs New Jersey A. Nilsson 4-Feb-14 @ Washington E. Nabokov
Home and Road The Islanders are 22-28-8 overall, 8-12-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 14-16-0 on the road. The Isles are 8-6-1 in their last 15, 13-9-1 in their last 23 and are 14-10-3 in their last 27 games overall. The Capitals are 25-23-9 overall; they are 15-10-4 at home and 10-13-5 on the road. The Capitals were 22-16-6 on January 10th but are only 3-7-3 in their last 13 games. The Caps are 0-6-0 since the start of 2014 in games against Metropolitan Division foes.
By Division The Isles are 6-14-3 in Division games and are 16-14-5 in games against other divisions. They are 7-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-4-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division. The Isles have losing records against every division opponent except New Jersey (1-1-0 with three to play) and Washington (1-1-1 with one to play). They are 0-3-0 against Carolina, 0-1-1 against Columbus, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, and 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh.
In the Nets Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves and improves to 10-10-5 on the season. Nabokov is 13-2-3 with three shutouts in his career against the Caps. Michael Neuvirth made 27 saves for the Capitals but falls to 4-6-2 on the season. Neuvirth had won his five previous career decisions against the Isles.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-5 while the Capitals were 0-6. In the season series, the Isles are 0-11 while the Capitals are 4-14. The Isles are 14-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-22-4 when they do not. The Isles are 10-15-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-13-5 when they do not. The Islander power play is 0-25 in their last six games. The Isles have killed 34 of 37 (91.9%) over the last 13 games.
Tale of Four Seasons The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 10-32 in the following 11 games but are only 4-50 in their last 14 games.
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 19-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-21-5 when they do not.
Comeback Kids The Isles are 10-8-6 when they score first and are 12-20-2 when they allow the opening goal. The Isles have allowed the first goal in 14 of their last 20 games.
Second to The One Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th and became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games on January 27th against Boston. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (253) and wins (106).
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 253 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 106 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It Evgeni Nabokov: “I’ve been working pretty hard since I was injured…it feels good.”
They Tweeted It @DFriedmanOnNYI Best defensive performance by #Isles in a while. Thought they were positionally sound. Excellent job shutting down No. 8. @ImNotBrock29 This game happened because I was there. The shutout. Holding a 1-0 lead. Holding any lead at all. AMac scored. This is no coincidence
The Coach (Nabby) played well for us…we defended real well…we’re fortunate to get that bounce (the MacDonald goal).
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 6-6-0 in the front-end and 5-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The Isles have swept three back-to-backs: November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Capitals; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Capitals. In the twelve sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. The Islanders do not play back-to-back again until they host New Jersey and Florida on March 1st and 2nd.
Leading Ice Men Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with 23:27 of ice-time; John Carlson led the Capitals with 29:13 of ice-time. The Isles are 15-15-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-1-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.
In the Circle The Islanders won 22 of 49 draws. Frans Nielsen won 9 of 16 draws for the Isles but his teammates won only 13 of 33; Casey Wellman won 5 of 7 for the Capitals.
Heavy Hitters The Isles out-hit Washington 36-22. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with seven hits; Colin McDonald and Calvin deHaan each added six. Matt Martin had four hits; his 272 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin. He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. Matt Martin fought Tyson Strachan in the first period. The Isles have been involved in 21 fights this season: Martin (8), Boulton (5), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), and Okposo (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 15blocked shots. Brian Strait and Lubomir Visnovsky led the way with three blocks; Andrew MacDonald still leads the NHL with 185.
Three Over All-Time .500 The Islanders improved to three games over all-time NHL .500 (1393-1390-447 in 3,230 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 188 consecutive games, and is one of four Islanders to have played in every game this season. Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (159), Matt Martin (119), and Thomas Hickey (59).
Century Club Andrew MacDonald has the 4th longest consecutive game streak for 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. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/11- CURRENT 159 5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**) 6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*) 7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130 8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117 9. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2011– 2/4/2012 113 (*) 10. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110 11. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
(*) Start of NHL career. (**) Entire career with Islanders
Missing Men Travis Hamonic is on injured reserve. Eric Boulton replaced Peter Regin in the lineup. Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were scratched for the third and fifth straight game respectively. The Isles have lost 147 games this season due to injury.
Career Wins, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 682 2. Roberto Luongo 367 3. Evgeni Nabokov 345 4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Wins 17. Rogie Vachon 355 18. Evgeni Nabokov 345 19. Gump Worsley 335 20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 124 2. Roberto Luongo 65 3. Evgeni Nabokov 57 4. Tomas Vokoun 51
Career Shutouts 17 John Ross Roach 58 18 Clint Benedict 57 18 Evgeni Nabokov 57 20 Bernie Parent 54 20 Ed Giacomin 54
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 John Tavares 135 17 Jason Blake 127
27 Trent Hunter 99 28 Kyle Okposo 96 29 Mikko Makela 95 29 David Volek 95 31 Randy Wood 94 32 Greg Gilbert 93 32 Garry Howatt 93 34 Travis Green 92 35 Butch Goring 87 36 Tomas Jonsson 84 37 Wayne Merrick 81 37 Dave Scatchard 81 39 Michael Grabner 79 39 Marty McInnis 79 41 Miroslav Satan 78 41 Frans Nielsen 78 43 Claude Lapointe 76
Career Assists as an Islander 16 Ed Westfall 181 17 John Tavares 178 18 Kenny Jonsson 175 19 Alexei Yashin 171 20 Duane Sutter 171 21 Jean Potvin 167 22 Jeff Norton 166 23 Zigmund Palffy 163 24 Frans Nielsen 161 25 David Volek 154 26 Mariusz Czerkawski 150 27 Kyle Okposo 147 28 Travis Green 145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 24 Eddie Westfall 493 25 Radek Martinek 479 26 Gerry Hart 476
29 Scott Lachance 450 30 Jason Blake 426 31 Frans Nielsen 425 31 Greg Gilbert 425 33 Dave Langevin 422 34 Wayne Merrick 411 35 Jean Potvin 402 36 David Volek 396 37 Bert Marshall 392 38 Travis Green 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Josh Bailey 382 41 Randy Wood 381 42 Kyle Okposo 376 43 John Tavares 348 44 Dave Scatchard 347
Career Points as an Islander 16 Ziggy Palffy 331 17 John Tavares 313 18 Mariusz Czerkawski 295
24 David Volek 249 25 Kyle Okposo 242 26 Frans Nielsen 239 27 Ray Ferraro 238
Season Series Stats The Capitals lead the season series 2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 3). The final meeting of the season will be in a rare 5:00 start at the Coliseum on April 5th. The Isles are 5-1-5 in their last 11 games against the Caps.
Happy Anniversary 36 years ago tonight (2-4-78): Mike Bossy recorded the first of his club record 39 hat tricks as the Islanders pound the Capitals 6-1 at the Coliseum. All-time, the Isles are 13-7-3 on this date.
On The Farm Bridgeport split a pair of games over the weekend, dropping a 2-1 decision in Albany before rebounding to beat Springfield 3-0 on Saturday. The Sound Tigers are 19-23-1-4 on the season. Bridgeport is off until Saturday when they host Albany. Anders Lee leads with 18 goals. Ryan Strome leads the team (and all AHL rookies) in assists (30); he also leads the Sound Tigers in points (40).
Leading AHL Rookie Scorers: Player Team GP G A PTS PIM 1 * Curtis McKenzie Texas Stars 46 16 27 43 62 2 * Ryan Strome Bridgeport Sound Tigers 30 10 30 40 33 3 * Brenden Kichton St. John's IceCaps 46 9 28 37 10 4 * Anders Lee Bridgeport Sound Tigers 47 18 17 35 66
Up Next THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6th – CALGARY AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM [MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM] The Islanders have finished their season series with traditional rivals Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Rangers but on Thursday they will begin their season series with their relocated expansion cousins, the Calgary Flames.
It will be the first game between the teams since a 3-1 Islander win at the Coliseum on December 29, 2011. The Flames have visited Long Island only three times in the last ten games and the Isles have won all three games; the Isles are 5-1-0 in the last six games against Calgary.
The season series will conclude in Calgary on March 7th, part of the Isles first regular season games in Alberta since the first week of 2011.
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.