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The Skinny - Islanders 1, Senators 5

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 79

Sens 5, Isles 1

Kyle Turris matched a career high with four points as the Ottawa Senators broke a 1-1 tie and defeated the Islanders 5-1 before a crowd of 14,210 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Scoring:
1st Period

7:55 EV NYI 2 M.STREIT(7) 91 J.TAVARES(47) 26 M.MOULSON(33)
16:40 EV OTT 7 K.TURRIS(11) 9 M.MICHALEK(24) 55 S.GONCHAR(32)

2nd Period
3:09 PP OTT 55 S.GONCHAR(5) 9 M.MICHALEK(25) 7 K.TURRIS(15)
6:00 EV OTT 9 M.MICHALEK(35) 7 K.TURRIS(16) 16 B.BUTLER(10)
13:21 EV OTT 71 N.FOLIGNO(15) 18 J.WINCHESTER(6) 14 C.GREENING(19)

3rd Period
7:00 PP OTT 7 K.TURRIS(12) 71 N.FOLIGNO(31) 65 E.KARLSSON(59)

The Skinny
The Sens played without Daniel Alfredsson (flu) and Jason Spezza (birth of 2nd child). Kyle Okposo’s goal-scoring streak ended at five games, as did Frans Nielsen’s assist streak. Erik Karlsson’s assist extended his assist streak to four games. The Sens clinched a playoff berth with the victory. The Isles allowed 11 goals in the two games this weekend, matching a season high against the Isles. It’s the first time since January 23-26, 2010 that the Isles have allowed 11 goals in a two-game stretch at home.

The Shots:
Isles           9-9-12=30   
Sens            13-10-9=32  

Home and Road
The Islanders are 33-35-11 overall and are 16-18-6 at home. The Isles will finish below-.500 at home for the fourth time in the last five seasons and will need a win on Thursday to avoid finishing with fewer than 40 points at home for the first time since 2000-01. This was the 27th time in Islanders history that they had played at home on consecutive days and the first time that they have Isles allowed more than nine goals (6-3, 5-1 = 11 goals against).
Ottawa is 41-28-10 overall and 21-13-6 on the road.

In the Nets
Al Montoya stopped 27 shots but falls to 8-9-5 on the season.
Craig Anderson made 29 saves for Ottawa as he improves to 33-20-6. Anderson is 4-4-2 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders went 0-3 on the power play while Ottawa was 2-3. The Isles are 6-25 in the last eight games and 9-36 in the last 11 games with the extra man. The Isles had killed 17 of 18 prior to today.

They Said It
Mark Streit: “They kept it simple and they worked pretty hard. We just played too complicated. It was pretty horrible on our part.”

They Tweeted It
@JesseSpector: Milan Michalek joins Alexei Yashin, Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa and Dany Heatley as the only #Sens with 35-goal seasons.

The Coach
“There was a nine-minute lapse that we had in the second period. We didn’t compete hard enough tonight, we didn’t deserve to win that hockey game and we had some guys that played with no urgency in their game at all.”

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit led the Isles with 22:01; Erik Karlsson led Ottawa with 23:05.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 22 draws; the Sens won 34. Jay Pandolfo won 4 of 8 for the Isles; Jesse Winchester, making his first appearance since suffering a concussion just before Christmas, won 10 of 14 for the Sens.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Ottawa 22-19. Micheal Haley led the way with nine hits. Matt Martin, who before the game was awarded the Bob Nystrom Award, had one hit, extending his NHL-record total to 361 hits (hits have only been recorded since 2005-06). Martin has also recorded 13 of the team’s 23 fighting majors this season; Haley, playing in just his 11th game of the season, has five of the other 10.

Lots of Blocks
The Isles were credited with 22 blocks, led by Steve Staios, who had four. They lead the NHL with 1,326.

Goals by Period (Season)
Isles:     62-63-59-3 = 187
Opponents: 70-72-88-7 = 239

Third period goals include 10 empty-net goals for the Islanders and an NHL-leading 13 empty-net goals against the Isles.

All-time Winners
The Islanders drop to three games over all-time NHL .500 (1346-1343-432 in 3,121 games). The Isles have twice this season been one game below .500. Prior to this season, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

The Isles have scored 108 goals in their 33 wins (3.27 per game) and 80 goals in their other 46 games (0-35-11; 1.74 per game). In their 35 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 48 goals (1.37 per game).

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 199 career points; he is 50 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.

Longest Point Streaks in NHL, last two seasons
•    Sidney Crosby, 25 games (11/5/10-12/28/10)
•    Pascal Dupuis, 14 games (CURRENT)
•    Eric Staal, 12 games (2/8/12-3/6/12)
•    John Tavares, 12 games (12/29/11-1/21/12)
•    Ilya Kovalchuk 12 games (2/1/11-2/25/11)

Friends, Friends, Friends
Moulson has 34 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 22 of them. He has now been on ice for 58 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 38 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.

101 NHL Goals
Moulson has 101 career goals (95 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 entry draft, only 18 have more goals.

Road Warrior
22 of Moulson’s 34 goals have come on the road. Moulson is tied with Marian Gaborik and Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead in this department.

14 of Moulson’s goals have come on the power play. Only James Neal (17) and Scott Hartnell (16) have more. Moulson is the first Islander since Jason Blake (14 in 2006-07) to have 14 power-play goals in a season.

Matt Moulson is the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy (1995-96 to 1997-98) to have at least three consecutive 30-goal seasons. Only four players in Islanders history have had more 30-goal seasons: Trottier (11), Bossy (10), Gillies (6), LaFontaine (6). Moulson has 95 goals as an Islander – the most by any Islander since the work stoppage. Moulson has opened the scoring an NHL-leading 11 times this season and the Isles are 9-1-1 when he does so. He is the first Islander with at least 11 opening goals since Alexei Yashin had 12 in 2001-02.

34-Goal Club
Moulson recorded the 50th 34-goal season in Islanders history, matching Michael Grabner’s total from last season. The last Islander to score at least 35 was Jason Blake, who tallied 40 goals in 2006-07. With two more goals, Moulson will be only the second Islander since Ziggy Palffy (1997-98) to record at least 36 goals.

Tavares and Moulson give the Isles two 30-goal scorers for the second straight season (Grabner 34, Moulson 31 last year). Prior to last year, the Isles had not had two 30-goal scorers since 2001-02 (Alexei Yashin & Mark Parrish). It’s the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94 that the Isles have had multiple 30-goal scorers in consecutive seasons (four in both 92-93 and 93-94).

20-20-20 x 2
Moulson and Tavares are the first Islanders teammates to record at least 20 goals in three straight seasons since Mark Parrish and Jason Blake did so in 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2005-06. Tavares is the fifth player to score at least 20 goals for the Islanders in each of his first three NHL seasons, joining:
•    Billy Harris (first six seasons: 1972-73 through 1977-78)
•    Clark Gillies (five: 1974-75 through 1978-79)
•    Bryan Trottier (13: 1975-76 through 1987-88)
•    Mike Bossy (all 10 seasons: 1977-78 through 1986-87)

Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 78 points (31-46-77) on 187 Islanders goals this season (41.7%). Zigmund Palffy (41.0% in 1997-98) is the only Islander to record points on over 40% of the team’s goals in a complete season. Tavares is the first Islander since Palffy (87 in 1997-98) to record 77 points in a season.

Highest Percentage of Team’s Points by Club Scoring Leader (Isles history)
•    John Tavares     2011-12    41.7%
•    Ziggy Palffy    1997-98    41.0%
•    Pierre Turgeon    1992-93    39.4%
•    Mike Bossy    1982-83    39.1%
•    Mike Bossy    1981-82    38.2%
Most Points, Islanders, Since 1993-94
•    Pierre Turgeon     1993-94     94
•    Ziggy Palffy     1996-97     90
•    Ziggy Palffy     1997-98     87
•    Ziggy Palffy     1995-96     87
•    John Tavares     2011-12        78
•    Alexei Yashin     2001-02     75
•    Steve Thomas     1993-94     75

Tavares is the third player in Islanders history to record at least 78 points at age 21 or younger. The others have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier. (Denis Potvin had 76 points as a 21-year old.)

Parenteau’s Helping Hands
PA Parenteau has 49 assists – most by any Islander since Pierre Turgeon had in 1993-94. He now has 67 points on the season. His next assist will make him the first Islander to reach 50 in the last 18 seasons.

Most Assists, Islanders, Since 1989-90
•    Pierre Turgeon 1992-93 74
•    Pierre Turgeon 1993-94 56
•    Pat Lafontaine 1989-90 51
•    Steve Thomas 1992-93  50
•    PA Parenteau 2011-12 49
•    Pierre Turgeon 1991-92 49
•    Jeff Norton 1989-90 49

New York 67’s
The Isles now have three players with at least 67 points (Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau). It’s the first time since 1993-94 that the Isles have at least three players with 67 points.

Captain, My Captain
Mark Streit has 45 points. He joins a select group of Islanders defensemen to record 45 points at least three times in his career and the first to do so that frequently in nearly a quarter-century:
•    Denis Potvin - 13 times (1973-74 to 1987-88, except 1979-80 and 1986-87)
•    Tomas Jonsson - 5 times (1982-83 to 1987-88, except 1986-87)
•    Stefan Persson - 3 times (1977-78 to 1980-81, except 1979-80)

Only three other Islanders defenders have recorded 40 points in the 2000s: Tom Poti (2006-07), Adrian Aucoin (2003-04) and Roman Hamrlik (2000-01 and 2002-03).
With 38 assists this season, Streit also joins D. Potvin and Persson as the only Isles defenders to have at least three seasons with at least 38 assists (Potvin - 10 times, Persson - three times). He is three assists shy of becoming the first Islander defenseman since Vladimir Malakhov (47 in 1993-94) to record 41 assists in his season. Both Streit and Bryan Berard have had a 40-assist season for the Isles.

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 243 games since joining the team. He has now passed JP Parise for the fourth-longest streak in club history. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era. Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islanders history; that figure still stands as the club record.
Frans Nielsen and John Tavares have also played in every game this season while Mark Streit is the only Islanders defender to do so. The Isles have not had as many as four players play in every game since 1986-87.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islanders History
1. Billy Harris 576  
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 243
5. JP Parise 240

Okposo in the Groove
Kyle Okposo has scored 19 of his 21 goals since the start of December. Okposo has scored 56 of his 65 career goals from December-April. It’s the first time in his career that Okposo has recorded 20 games in a season.

Missing Men
Casey Cizikas (upper body), Dylan Reese (healthy) and Evgeni Nabokov (injured) were scratched. Rick DiPietro is on injured reserve. The Isles have lost 343 man-games to injury so far this season. Newly-signed John Grahame served as the back-up.

Career Years
•    Matt Moulson: 34 goals, 33 assists and 67 points are new career highs.
•    PA Parenteau: 49 assists and 67 points are new career highs. He has 18 goals, two shy of his career best.
•    John Tavares: 32 goals, 46 assists and 78 points are new career highs.
•    Frans Nielsen: 17 goals are a new career high. He has 44 points, matching his career best.
•    Travis Hamonic: He has 21 assists, matching a career high.
•    Andrew MacDonald: Five goals are a new career-high.
•    Matt Martin: Seven goals are a new career high. He has 14 points, two shy of his career best.
•    Kyle Okposo: 21 goals is a new career high.
•    Josh Bailey has 13 goals, 18 assists and 31 points. His career highs are 16-19-35.

List Time

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 653
2. Roberto Luongo 337
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 328
4. Evgeni Nabokov 312
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 310

Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 312
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 310

Most First Goals of Game (NHL This Season)
1    Matt Moulson     11
1    Ilya Kovalchuk     11
3    Steven Stamkos    10

Career Goals as an Islander
25    Trent Hunter     99
26    Matt Moulson     95
26    Mikko Makela     95
26    David Volek     95
29    Randy Wood     94

32    Travis Green     92
33    Butch Goring     87
34    Tomas Jonsson     84
34    John Tavares     84
36    Wayne Merrick     81
36    Dave Scatchard     81
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1    Mark Streit    116
2    John Tavares    115
3    Frans Nielsen    110
4    Kyle Okposo      92
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
54    Steve Webb     316
54    Frans Nielsen     316
55    Gerald Diduck     314

61    Josh Bailey     288
62    Gord Dineen     287
63    Jeff Norton     282
64    Steve Thomas    275
65    Kyle Okposo     268
66    Blake Comeau     261
66    Andre St. Laurent     261
75    Miroslav Satan     243
75    Matt Moulson     243
77    Bryan Berard     242
78    JP Parise     240
78    John Tavares     240
80    Adrian Aucoin     235
80    Mark Streit     235
82    Darius Kasparaitis    232
82    Denis Vaske    232

Career Points as an Islander
34    Anders Kallur    211
35    John Tavares     199
36    Marty McInnis    198
45    Jude Drouin    169
46    Dave Scatchard    168
46    Matt Moulson     168
48    Miroslav Satan    166
49    Frans Nielsen     164
50    Oleg Kvasha    158
50    Kyle Okposo     158
52    Alan Kerr    154
Season Series Stats
The Senators win the season series three games to one (seven points to two), outscoring the Isles 17-5. Ottawa outscored the Isles 11-1 at the Coliseum this season.

Happy Anniversary
34 years ago tonight (4-1-78): Mike Bossy becomes the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season, tying a game with the Washington Capitals with a power-play goal at 11:12 of the third period. He would then score the winning goal with five seconds to play as the Islanders closed in on their first division championship.
All-time, the Isles are 6-6-8 on this date.

On The Farm
Kevin Poulin made 33 saves and Rhett Rakhshani scored a power-play goal in overtime as the Sound Tigers won their fifth straight game, defeating the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers are 37-24-3-6 overall and have won the first five games of their eight game homestand. Bridgeport has 83 points, three ahead of Connecticut for the division lead, and also holds the tie-breaker. Each team has six games to play. Bridgeport hosts Springfield at 11AM on Wednesday.a.m.

Up Next
[MSG+2 (Islanders Game Night at 6:30 p.m.), WRHU (88.7 FM)]

The Islanders conclude their Atlantic Division schedule when they travel to Newark in search of a split of the season series with the Devils. The Isles are 8-12-3 in divisional games this season; all four of their divisional opponents have qualified for the playoffs.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islanders 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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