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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Bruins 1

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
“The Skinny”

By Eric Hornick

Game 14
Isles 3, Boston 1

Kyle Okposo assisted on all three goals, including a magnificent set-up for Thomas Vanek’s first goal as an Islander as the Isles completed a four-point weekend with a 3-1 victory over the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins before a crowd of 14,018 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD            
6:15 NYI John Tavares (6) Snap shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (7), Kyle Okposo (11)    1 - 0 NYI
13:13 NYI Andrew MacDonald (1) Slapshot - ASST: Travis Hamonic (4), Kyle Okposo (12) 2 - 0 NYI
15:27 BOS PPG - Dougie Hamilton (3) Tip-in - ASST: Reilly Smith (6), Ryan Spooner (2)    2 - 1 NYI
16:08 NYI Thomas Vanek (5) Slapshot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (13), Travis Hamonic (5)    3 - 1 NYI

3RD PERIOD            

The Skinny:  
The Isles outshot Boston 34-27; every Islander but Radek Martinek and Peter Regin was credited with at least one shot on goal… Kyle Okposo had three 2nd-period assists (one shy of the club record); he leads the team in both assists (13) and points (17).  Okposo’s first assist was his 200th career point… The Isles had three points from defensemen for the third straight game (first time since March 11-15, 2012) and now have at least one point from a defenseman in 10 consecutive games… It’s the first time this season that the Isles have allowed a power play goal and won a game…The Isles have outscored their opponents 22-16 in the second period; 22 of the Isles’ 43 goals have been scored in the middle period…Vanek’s goal was his first as an Islander and his 500th NHL point… The Isles win a Saturday game for the first time in five tries (1-3-1) this season.

The Shots:
Isles        9-13-12=34
Bruins     6-9-12=27

The Isles had 91 shots in the back-to-back set.  It is their most shots in consecutive games since they had 96 shots on February 24-25, 1990.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-5-3 overall, 3-3-3 at home and 3-2-0 on the road.  The Isles go back over NHL-.500 but by winning consecutive games for the first time this season. The Isles are now 1-3-1 in games following a victory, and are also 1-2-1 on the back-end of back-to-backs
The Bruins are 8-5-0 overall, 4-3-0 at home and 4-2-0 on the road.   Boston opened their season 7-2-0, but are 1-3-0 in their last four games

November to Remember
The Isles are playing 15 games this month and have started the month 2-0-0.  It’s the first time since 2007 that the Isles have won their first two November games.  The 2nd of those games in 2007 was coached by Isles legend Al Arbour.

In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 26 saves and improves to 1-2-0 on the season.  It’s only the 2nd time since the start of last season that an Islander goalie other than Evgeni Nabokov won a game (Poulin beat Winnipeg last April 2nd).
Chad Johnson made 31 saves for the Bruins and falls to 1-1-0 on the season.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-3 while the Bruins were 1-3.  After scoring a power play goal in five straight games, the Isles have been held without a power play goal in their last four games.

The Isles are 3-1-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-4-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-4-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-1-1 when they do not.  

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-4-1 when they do not.  

At Least Two
The Isles have scored at least twice in every game this season.  Chicago and St. Louis are the only other teams to have done so.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (209) and wins (90).

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 90
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 209
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

They Said It
Thomas Vanek:  “We worked hard again. That’s night games in a row we put 60 minutes together.  We deserved to win…The (Coliseum) atmosphere is electric.”

They Tweeted It
@larmony21 What'd I say? Strong defense by the @NYIslanders would result in a win. Way to go #isles! Love this team!!!

The Coach
We played well tonight… we did some good things against a good hockey game.  Playing together for a couple of games, the (Tavares line) chemistry is starting to click.  I was pleased with their effort…they did some good things offensively, and without the puck.

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 264 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.

Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald played 27:44 to lead the Isles for the 11th time this season. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 24:50.
The Isles are 5-4-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-1-1 when Hamonic leads them.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 24 of 59 draws.  No Islander who took at least two draws won more than he lost; David Krejci won 11 of 16 to lead the Bruins.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Boston 27-20.  Cal Clutterbuck had six hits to lead the Isles.  There were no fights, leaving the season total as three: Boulton (2), Martin (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic led the way with five blocks.

All–time Winners
The Islanders improve to ten games over all-time NHL .500 (1377-1367-442 in 3,186 games).  The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.

John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 221 consecutive games.
Frans Nielsen (144) and Kyle Okposo (127) 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
•    John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT  221
•    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

Missing Men
Lubomir Visnovsky remains on injured reserve; Brian Strait missed his fifth game with an upper body injury. Colin MacDonald missed his fourth game with a hip injury; Eric Boulton was scratched. The Isles have lost 19 games this season due to injury.

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 671
2. Roberto Luongo 356
3. Evgeni Nabokov 340
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins
17. Roberto Luongo 356
18. Evgeni Nabokov 340
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 121
2. Roberto Luongo 64
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
17    Duane Sutter    121
18    Alexei Yashin    119
19    John Tavares     118
19    Matt Moulson     118
19    Mark Parrish    118
19    Steve Thomas    118
23    Ray Ferraro     116
24    Benoit Hogue     105
24    Ed Westfall     105
Career Assists as an Islander
24    Mariusz Czerkawski    150
25    John Tavares    146
26    Travis Green    145
27    Frans Nielsen    144
28    Steve Thomas    140
29    Mark Streit    139

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
25    Gerry Hart    476
26    Radek Martinek    471
27    Mariusz Czerkawski    470

39    Randy Wood     381
39    Frans Nielsen     381
41    Dave Scatchard    347
42    Alexei Yashin    346
43    Mark Parrish    345
44    Josh Bailey     343
45    Marty McInnis     337
46    Kyle Okposo     333
47    Robert Goring     332
47    Oleg Kvasha     332
49    Bruno Gervais     331
49    Zigmund Palffy    331
51    Shawn Bates     330
52    Eric Cairns     327
53    Alan Kerr     326
54    Brad Dalgarno     321
55    Ray Ferraro     316
55    Steve Webb     316
55    Richard Park     316
58    Gerald Diduck     314
59    Mikko Makela     307
60    John Tavares     305
61    Gordon Lane     304
61    Matt Moulson     304
Career Points as an Islander
20    Ed Westfall    286
21    John Tavares     264
22    Jason Blake    258
22    Steve Thomas    258
29    Benoit Hogue    229
29    Trent Hunter    229
31    Matt Moulson     223
32    Mikko Makela    219
33    Mark Parrish    214
34    Garry Howatt    213
34    Jean Potvin    213
36    Frans Nielsen     212
37    Anders Kallur    211
38    Kyle Okposo     202
39    Marty McInnis    198
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none) with two games to play.  The teams will next play on New Year’s Eve in Boston.

The Isles have won two straight games over Boston for the first time since November 16 - December 12, 2009.
Happy Anniversary

4 years ago tonight: November 2, 2009:  Brendan Witt scored 25 goals in his 890 game NHL career.  This was the only game he ever tallied twice, as he broke a 1-1 tie with two goals in the second period as the Isles defeated Edmonton 3-1. John Tavares had the other goal for the Isles; it was his 5th NHL goal.

Overall the Islanders are now 9-9-0 on this date, having won each of their last three games on this date.   

On The Farm
Mike Halmo scored two goals for the second consecutive game, extending his goal scoring streak to three games and Ryan Strome and John Persson added shootout goals as the Sound Tigers edged Norfolk 4-3 for their second straight win.  Anders Nilsson made 28 saves during the game and was a perfect 4-for-4 in the shootout. Bridgeport improves to 3-5-1-0 on the season and are now off until next Saturday, when they visit Hershey.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles have played 9 of their first 14 games as the Coliseum but will play their next four games on the road, all in a six-day span, beginning with their Tuesday match-up with the Capitals.
The Isles are 2-0-3 in their last five trips to Washington and are 4-0-4 in their last eight games against the Caps.   The 8-game point streak is the Isles’ longest against Washington since going 12-0-1 against the Caps between October 1980 and October 1982.

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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