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The Skinny - Islanders 3, Canadiens 2 (Shootout)

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 72

Isles 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)

Josh Bailey scored the game-deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 before a crowd of 21,273 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Bailey’s goal came in the sixth round of the shootout; it was the longest shootout of the season for the Isles. The win breaks a five-game (0-3-2) winless streak and snaps a club record-tying streak of four consecutive one-goal defeats.

The Scoring:
1st Period


2nd Period
2:00 PP NYI 2 M.STREIT (6) 51 F.NIELSEN (22)
16:05 EV NYI 51 F.NIELSEN (14) 3 T.HAMONIC (19) 12 J.BAILEY (10)

3rd Period
3:38 EV MTL 71 L.LEBLANC (4) 76 P.SUBBAN (26) 30 P.BUDAJ (2)

The Shootout:

The Skinny
For the fourth straight game, at least one defenseman earned a point on each goal (11 goals total). Mark Streit has a four-game assist streak (1-4-5). John Tavares saw his four-game point streak (4-3-7) ended. Frans Nielsen’s goal established a new career high with 14 goals. Aaron Palushaj’s goal was his second career tally.

The Shots:
Isles 12-18-7-1=38
Canadiens 10-9-7-4=30

The 38 shots were the most for the Isles since they had 38 against Buffalo on February 4. The Isles had recorded 31 shots or less in 16 straight games, since recording 33 shots on February 9 against Montreal. Every Islander but Travis Hamonic and Mark Eaton had at least one.

Shootout Stuff
Nielsen is 22 of 37 (59.5%) in career shootout attempts. He has regained first place in NHL history ahead of Slava Kozlov (58.7%) and Trevor Linden (58.3%) on the all-time shootout list (minimum 12). Nielsen is 6 of 10 in the shootout this season.
Bailey’s goal was his first career game-deciding goal and came on his first shootout attempt this season. He is 2-6 in his career in shootout attempts.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 29-32-11 overall and are 14-16-5 on the road. The Isles are 17-6-11 in one-goal games.
Montreal is 28-32-13 overall and 13-15-9 at home. The Canadiens are 11-10-13 in one-goal games and have lost 12 of the 25 games that they have led after one period (13-6-6).

In the Nets
Al Montoya stopped 28 shots. He is 7-6-5 on the season. Montoya is 2-2 in shootouts this season. It was his first appearance since a relief effort on February 20 against Ottawa and his first victory since he suffered a concussion in a collision with Evander Kane in December (1-1-2).
Peter Budaj made 36 saves for Montreal; he is now 3-6-3. Budaj has lost both of his shootouts this season.

Leaning on #91
John Tavares has 70 points (31-39-70) on 163 Islanders goals this season (42.9%). No Islander since Zigmund Palffy has recorded points on over 40% of the team’s goals in a complete season. He is the first Islander since Alexei Yashin (75 in 2001-02) to record at least 70 points in a season.

One Point to Royalty
Only three players in Islanders history have recorded at least 71 points at age 21 or younger. All have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin.

Parenteau’s Helping Hands
PA Parenteau has 46 assists – most by any Islander since Pierre Turgeon had 74 and Vladimir Malakhov had 47 in the 1993-94 season. He now has 61 points on the season.

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
•    Pierre Turgeon 1991-92    49
•    Jeff Norton 1989-90       49
•    Vladimir Malakhov 1993-94 47
•    Patrick Flatley 1992-93   47
•    Tom Kurvers  1991-92      47
•    PA Parenteau 2011-12      46

Power Plays
The Islanders went 1-3 on the power play while Montreal was 0-4. The Isles are 6-43 in the last 13 games with the extra man and have killed only 29 of 42 in the same span.

They Said It
Travis Hamomic on his pass: “Originally my first look was to the wall, but that play wasn't there and I saw Fransie breaking and that was my only option to flip it up to him. (You) usually try those plays and it doesn't work out very well, but this time it worked out pretty good.”

They Tweeted It
@NHL_STATS: The Habs lost their 20th lead of the season tonight. Worst in league. Second worst team (CAR) has lost 17.

The Coach
"We've been going through a tough stretch with our confidence level. We were putting a lot of shots on (Budaj) but he was making some big saves, then we gave up the second (goal), but we still battled. With the young players that we have, that's what we like to see. I thought everyone stepped up their game tonight, and it was a game I thought we deserved to win."

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 26:49; PK Subban led Montreal with 28:08.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 35 draws; the Canadiens won 32. Marty Reasoner won 7 of 11 for the Isles; Ryan White won 5 of 8 for Montreal.

Heavy Hitters
The Islanders out-hit Montreal 22-18. Nino Niederreiter had five hits as did NHL hits leader Matt Martin. Martin has a club record 331 hits (hits have only been recorded since 2005-06) and leads the NHL in hits by a wide margin. The NHL record is 356, set by Cal Clutterbuck of Minnesota in 2008-09.

Mr. Tough Guy
Matt Martin was in a fight for the second straight game. He has recorded 13 of the team’s 21 fighting majors this season.

Lots of Blocks
The Isles were credited with 19 blocks. They lead the NHL with 1,220. Milan Jurcina led the Isles with four blocks.

Goals by Period (Season)
Isles:     56-53-51-3 = 163
Opponents: 64-64-77-7 = 212

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

All-time Winners
The Islanders improve to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1342-1340-432 in 3,114 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 91 goals in their 29 wins (3.14 per game) and 73 goals in their other 43 games (0-32-11; 1.70 per game). In their 32 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 41 goals (1.28 per game).

Head of the Class
John Tavares has 191 career points; he is 43 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player in that draft is anywhere close.

Longest Point Streaks in NHL, last two seasons
•    Sidney Crosby, 25 games (11/5/10-12/28/10)
•    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 30 goals this season; John Tavares has earned assists on 19 of them. He has now been on-ice for 54 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 35 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.

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 91 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.

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, by the way, 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)

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 236 games since joining the team. 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.    J.P. Parise     240
5.    Matt Moulson    236

Missing Men
Jay Pandolfo (healthy) and Steve Staios (healthy) were scratched. Rick DiPietro is on injured reserve. The Isles have lost 330 man-games to injury so far this season. Evgeni Nabokov served as the back-up.

Career Years
•    Matt Moulson: 28 assists and 57 points are new career highs. He has 30 goals, one shy of his career best.
•    PA Parenteau: 46 assists and 61 points are new career highs. He has 15 goals, five shy of his career best.
•    John Tavares: 31 goals, 39 assists and 70 points are new career highs.
•    Frans Nielsen: 14 goals are a new career-high.

List Time

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 651
2. Roberto Luongo 335
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 328
4. Evgeni Nabokov 309
4. Miikka Kiprusoff 309

Career Wins
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 309
22. Miikka Kiprusoff 309

Most First Goals of Game (NHL This Season)
1    Matt Moulson      11
1    Ilya Kovalchuk      10
3    Evander Kane     9
3    Curtis Glencross 9

Career Goals as an Islander
31    Travis Green     92
32    Matt Moulson     91
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    112
2    John Tavares    108
3    Frans Nielsen    105
4    Kyle Okposo    92
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
55    Gerald Diduck     314
56    Frans Nielsen     309
57    Mikko Makela     307
58    Gord Lane     304
61    Gord Dineen     287
62    Jeff Norton     282
63    Josh Bailey     281
64    Steve Thomas    275
65    Blake Comeau     261
65    Andre St. Laurent 261
65    Kyle Okposo     261
68     Brad Lauer    259
80    Matt Moulson     236
81    Adrian Aucoin     235
82    John Tavares     233
83    Zdeno Chara     231
83    Billy MacMillian 231
85    Chris Campoli    228
85    Mark Streit     228
87    Bryan Smolinski    227
88    Michael Peca    222

Career Points as an Islander
37    Butch Goring    195
38    John Tavares     191
39    Jeff Norton         188
47    Miroslav Satan    166
48    Matt Moulson     160
49    Oleg Kvasha      158
50    Frans Nielsen    156
51    Alan Kerr    154
52    Roman Hamrlik    153
53    Kyle Okposo     151
54    Michael Peca     142
Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series two games each (Montreal earned five points to the Isles’ four). The Isles are 4-6-1 in their last 11 trips to Montreal, despite not winning in regulation there since February 2, 2007.

Happy Anniversary
22 years ago Saturday (3-17-90): Brent Sutter scored three goals as the Islanders broke a 14-game winless streak with a 6-3 win over the Rangers at the Coliseum. 
All-time, the Isles are 7-8-2 on this date, despite not hosting a St. Pat’s game since that 1990 win over the Rangers.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 32-22-3-5 overall, but are 0-3-0-2 in their last five. Bridgeport has 72 points, two points behind Connecticut for the division lead. The Sound Tigers still hold a game in hand.  Bridgeport lost to Connecticut on Friday and Portland on Saturday.  They visit Worcester on Sunday.

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

The Islanders look to avoid a sweep of the season series when they visit Toronto on Tuesday. The Leafs have beaten the Islanders three times this season (once in overtime), including a home-and-home series leading into the All-Star break.

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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