Isles 3, Edmonton 2
John Tavares broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period, and that proved to be the winning goal as the Islanders broke a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2, before a crowd of 10,608 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The win extends the Isles’ point streak on home-ice to 10 games (going back to last season), which matches the 1989-90 squad for the longest home-ice point streak in the post-Cup era.
09:59 NYI J. Bailey (3) Snap shot - ASST: T. Hamonic (3), P. Bouchard (2) 1 - 0 NYI
15:52 EDM T. Hall (2) Snap shot - ASST: J. Schultz (5), M. Arcobello (7) 1 - 1 Tie
16:00 EDM T. Hall (3) Snap shot - ASST: M. Arcobello (8), J. Eberle (4) 2 - 1 EDM
04:54 NYI PPG - K. Okposo (2) Snap shot - ASST: M. Moulson (1), J. Tavares (5) 2 - 2 Tie
18:53 NYI J. Tavares (4) Snap shot - ASST: K. Okposo (4), M. Grabner (6) 3 - 2 NYI
After being held pointless in the opener, John Tavares has a point in six straight games (he did not have a streak of six games all last season) … Six of the Isles’ seven games this season have been decided by one goal (and 10-of-11, going back to last season) … Taylor Hall’s two goals in eight seconds broke Wayne Gretzky’s club record of two goals in nine seconds in 1981 … Mark Arcobello assisted on both Hall goals; his eight assists leads all rookies … Matt Moulson played in his 300th game as an Islander … Michael Grabner now has more assists this season (six) than he did last season (five) … Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins played two games as an Islander in the 1999-2000 season … All five goals were scored by former first round draft picks, including three by first-overall picks Tavares and Hall.
With his goal and assist tonight, John Tavares tied Ray Ferraro for 21st on the all-time Islander goal list and tied Steve Thomas and Jason Blake for 21st on the all-time Islander point list. Tavares is 26th on the all-time Islander assist list.
Josh Bailey has seven points (2-5-7) in seven games this season. He had only 10 points in 31 career October games entering this season.
Fort Never Lose (in Regulation)
Going back to last season, the Isles are 7-0-3 in their last 10 regular season games at the Coliseum; 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.
It’s the first time since March 8-11, 2011 that the Isles have had at least 40 shots in consecutive games; it also matches their most shots in consecutive games since October, 2008. The 40 Isles shots were their most against Edmonton in the last 23 games between the teams. They also had 40 against the Oilers on February 16, 1993.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-2-2 overall, 2-0-2 at home and 1-2-0 on the road. Their six points in the first four home games matches their most in the first four games since they won their first four home games in 1984-85. The Isles are two games over .500 at home for the first time since the end of the 2009-10 season.
The Oilers are 1-6-1 overall, 1-2-0 at home and 0-4-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves and improves to 3-1-2 on the season. Nabokov is 13-7-8 against the Oilers in his career.
Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves for Edmonton but falls to 0-4-1.
The Islanders were 1-for-5 while the Oilers were 0-for-3.
The Isles are 2-0-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-2-0 when they do not. All five of the Isles’ PP goals this season have come at the Coliseum (5-for-16 at home, 0-for-7 on the road).
The Isles are 0-1-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not. The Isles have killed 17-of-20 opponents’ power plays this season.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-0-1 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 Islanders all-time list in both games coached (202) 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 202
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
They Said It
John Tavares: "It was good to see us come away with a pretty complete game in terms of the way we have to play and how hard we have to play. Obviously, we had a couple letdowns with their goals, but we responded well. We have to bring it again Saturday (against Carolina)."
They Tweeted It
@tbone31592: Bailey scores as we finish singing his song, salutes us after the win, and accepts one of our shirts! Great night! #Isles #BlueandOrangeArmy
"Your goalie has to be your best player on the penalty kill. They seamed us quite a few times on that PK in the second period and had a couple one-timers. He made some big saves for us and really that was the turning point."
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 258 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.
120 NHL Goals
Moulson has 120 career goals (114 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 26:00 to lead the Isles for the fifth time this season. Jordan Eberle led Edmonton with 23:46.
The Isles are 3-1-1 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 0-1-1 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 22-of-55 draws. Casey Cizikas won 8-of-14 to lead the Isles for the third straight game; he has won 24-of-38 in the last three games. However, the other Isles won only 14 of the other 41 draws. Marc Arcobello won 13-of-18 for Edmonton.
The Islanders out-hit Edmonton 28-18. Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck each had five 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 16 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with four and now has an NHL-leading 24 blocks.
The Islanders improve to 10 games over .500 all-time (1374-1364-441 in 3,179 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 214 consecutive games.
Frans Nielsen (137) and Kyle Okposo (120) 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
•Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215
•John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 214
Matt Donovan and Colin McDonald replaced Matt Carkner and Eric Boulton in the lineup; Brock Nelson was scratched for the second straight game. The Isles have lost four games this season due to injury.
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 669
2. Roberto Luongo 351
3. Evgeni Nabokov 338
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
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
18 Clint Benedict 57
19 Evgeni Nabokov 55
20 Bernie Parent 54
20 Ed Giacomin 54
Career Goals as an Islander
21Ray Ferraro 116
21John Tavares 116
23Matt Moulson 114
24Benoit Hogue 105
24Ed Westfall 105
Career Assists as an Islander
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
39Randy Wood 381
40Frans Nielsen 374
44Marty McInnis 337
45Josh Bailey 336
46Robert Goring 332
46Oleg Kvasha 332
48Bruno Gervais 331
50Shawn Bates 330
51Eric Cairns 327
52Alan Kerr 326
52Kyle Okposo 326
54Brad Dalgarno 321
55Ray Ferraro 316
55Steve Webb 316
55Richard Park 316
58Gerald Diduck 314
59Mikko Makela 307
60Gordon Lane 304
61Matt Moulson 300
61Arron Asham 300
61Roman Hamrlik 300
64John Tavares 298
65Gordon Dineen 287
Career Points as an Islander
21John Tavares 258
32Matt Moulson 217
37Frans Nielsen 203
41Kyle Okposo 191
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none) with one game to play. The teams will also play on March 6 in Edmonton.
The Isles have won seven straight against Edmonton at the Coliseum and are 9-3-0 in the last 12 games between the teams.
15 years ago tonight (10-17-13): Tommy Salo made 23 saves and Bryan Berard scored the game’s only goal as the Isles blanked St. Louis 1-0. The Isles had only 12 shots on goal – the fewest in any of the 1,374 all-time wins.
The Isles are now 8-8-1 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.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19—CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Isles will face a former player as the opposition’s coach for the second straight game as they entertain Kirk Muller’s Hurricanes in the third game of the four-game home stand. Carolina rallied to defeat Toronto on Thursday and is off to a 3-2-3 start.
This is the first of four meetings between the teams. The Isles defeated 13 of their 14 Eastern Conference rivals at least once last season, but were 0-2-1 against Carolina; however, their shootout loss in Raleigh on April 23 clinched their first playoff spot since 2007.
The Isles are 3-8-1 in their last 12 at home against Carolina, but two of those wins have come in extra time, leaving Carolina 9-1-2 in those same twelve games.
The Isles will be looking to extend their Coliseum point streak to 11 games (dating back to last season). This would be their longest Coliseum point streak since they went 28-0-2 over the final 23 games of the 1981-82 season and the first seven games of the 1982-83 campaign.
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.