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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Panthers 0

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 32

Isles 3, Florida 0

Andrew MacDonald scored a first period power play goal and that stood up long enough for the Isles to add two empty net goals in the final 31 seconds as the Isles broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers before a crowd of 14,512 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The empty net goals ended a streak of nine consecutive opponent goals in the third period. The win, coupled with the Rangers’ shootout loss at MSG, leaves the Isles just two points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Scoring:

1st Period

06:05NYIPPG - A. MacDonald (2) Slap - ASST: F. Nielsen (14) AND K. Okposo (10) 1 - 0 NYI

2nd Period


3rd Period

19:29NYIEN - J. Tavares (19) Wrist - ASST: B. Boyes (19) AND M. Moulson (22) 2 - 0 NYI

19:47NYIEN - C. Cizikas (5) Wrist - ASST: M. Martin (3) 3 - 0 NYI

The Skinny:

The Isles defense has now scored in five straight games; they have combined for 15 goals this season … Nabokov’s shutout is his third of the season and 55th of his career, passing Islander foes Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin for 19th place in NHL history … It is the 20th time in Islander history that a goalie has recorded three shutouts in a season; Nabokov is the 10th goalie to do so … Casey Cizikas is now tied for fifth on the team with five goals; he is only the third NHL rookie to hit the empty net this season … The Isles have now scored five empty-net goals … Thomas Hickey was plus-1; the team leader in plus-minus at plus-5, Hickey is plus-10 in his last 16 games and has not been a “minus” player in any game in that stretch … Tavares’ empty-netter pushes him into a tie with Chris Kunitz with 19 goals; only Steven Stamkos (22) has more.

First Time in a Very Long Time I

An Islander defenseman has scored in five consecutive games for the first time since January 15-24, 2002. Adrian Aucoin scored in four of those games (six goals total) while Dick Tarnstrom tallied once in two different games.

First Time in a Very Long Time II

It’s the first time the Isles have shutout Florida since October 6, 2001 (Chris Osgood) and the first time that they have done so at home since February 15, 1997 (Tommy Salo).

The Shots:

Isles 13-11-13=37

Panthers 4-12-10=26

Home and Road

The Islanders are 14-15-3 overall, 6-11-2 at home and 8-4-1 on the road. This game marked the two-thirds mark of this season Eleven of the final sixteen games will be on the road. With 31 points in 32 games, the Isles have matched their most points thru 32 games in the last five seasons (also had 31 in 2009-10).

The Panthers are 9-18-6 overall, 4-8-5 at home and 5-10-1 on the road. With 24 points, Florida remains in last place overall in the NHL.

Fewest Points, Isles, first 19 home games

•9 1972-1973

•12 1995-1996

•12 1999-2000

•13 1989-1990

•14 2000-2001

•14 2012-2013

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for his 55th career shutout and 326th career win. He is 14-10-3 this season, with three shutouts.

Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves for the Panthers, allowing only one goal; he is now 3-6-1 on the season despite a 2.54 GAA.

Power Plays

The Islanders went 1-for-2 while the Panthers were 0-for-2.

The Isles have 14 PP goals in their last 17 games (with all 14 goals coming in seven games).

The Isles are 11-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-12-2 when they do not.

In (Almost) Every Game

The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 26-of-32 games this season (14-9-3).

They Said It

Evgeni Nabokov: "Consistency is the word we preach. It's not like it hasn't been there, because it has, but we have to make sure we get the results that we want.”

They Tweeted It

@StapeNewsday: “Islanders finish strong, defeat Panthers 3-0”

The Coach

“We sacrificed our bodies…34 hits again tonight…good goaltending…good special teams…Our guys did a lot of good things.”

As Tavares Goes…

The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 5-2-0 when he has two points, 6-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-9-2 when Tavares is pointless.

What a Pair!

John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 30 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 14 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season. Tavares has earned an assist on seven Moulson goals this season. Since November 2011, Tavares has been on ice for 39 of Moulson’s last 40 goals, earning 25 assists. Since November 2010, he has earned 47 assists on Moulson’s last 71 goals, while being on ice for 69 of them.

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 236 career points; he is 54 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.

114 NHL Goals

Moulson has 114 career goals (108 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals. Moulson is one goal behind Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.

Leading Ice Men

Lubomir Visnovsky played 23:01 to lead the Isles. Brian Campbell led the Panthers with 25:31.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 28-of-58 draws. Keith Aucoin won 5-of-8 for the Isles.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders out-hit Florida 34-16. Colin MacDonald led the Isles with eight hits. Matt Martin had six hits, raising his season total to an NHL-leading 157. There were no fights, leaving the Isles’ season total at 12.

Giving Up The Body

The Isles were credited with 18 blocked shots. Mark Streit and Travis Hamonic each had four to lead the team.

Back Over .500

The Islanders once again go over all-time .500 (1361-1360-435 in 3156 games). The Isles were one game below .500 twice last season and four times this season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.

March Madness

The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February. The Isles are 6-4-1 in March.


Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 278 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 Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.

Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season. Tavares extended his streak to 191 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 114.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History

1. Billy Harris 576

2. Bob Nystrom 301

3. Matt Moulson 278

4. Denis Potvin 262

Century Club

Mark Streit now has the sixth longest consecutive game streak of any 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.Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136

5.Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134

6.Mark Streit 10/8/2011-CURRENT 114

7.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113

8.Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110

9.Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104

Hamonic, McCabe and Morrow's streaks came at the start of their NHL careers. Both Niinimaa's streak and McCabe's streak encompassed their entire Islander careers.

Missing Men

Thomas Hickey replaced Joe Finley in the lineup. Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek were also scratched. David Ullstrom and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu is skating with the team but has not yet been added to the active roster.


The Isles have scored 58 goals in their 14 wins (4.14 per game) and 33 goals in their other 18 games (0-15-3; 1.83 per game). In their 15 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.60 per game).

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 666

2. Roberto Luongo 346

3. Nikolai Khabibulin 330

4. Evgeni Nabokov 326

5. Miikka Kiprusoff 316

Career Wins

19. Nikolai Khabibulin 330

19. Harry Lumley 330

21. Evgeni Nabokov 326

22. Sean Burke 324

23. Miikka Kiprusoff 316

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 120

2. Roberto Luongo 62

3. Evgeni Nabokov 55

4. Tomas Vokoun 49

5. Nikolai Khabibulin 45

6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44

Career Shutouts

18 Clint Benedict 57

19 Evgeni Nabokov 55

20 Bernie Parent 54

20 Ed Giacomin 54

Career Goals as an Islander

21Ray Ferraro 116

22Matt Moulson 108

23Benoit Hogue 105

23Ed Westfall 105

25John Tavares 103

26Anders Kallur 101

27 Trent Hunter 99

Career Assists as an Islander

27Greg Gilbert138

28John Tavares132

29Jason Blake131

30Trent Hunter130

31Mark Streit129

32Frans Nielsen127

33Benoit Hogue124

33Mikko Makela124

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

25Gerry Hart476

26Mariusz Czerkawski470

27Radek Martinek462

28Trent Hunter459

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 351

41Dave Scatchard347

53Ray Ferraro 316

53Steve Webb 316

53Richard Park 316

56Gerald Diduck 314

57Josh Bailey 313

58Mikko Makela 307

59Gordon Lane 304

60Kyle Okposo 303

61Arron Asham 300

61Roman Hamrlik 300

63Gordon Dineen 287

64Jeffrey Norton 282

65Matt Moulson 278

66John Tavares 275

66Steve Thomas275

68Mark Streit 270

69Blake Comeau261

69Andre St. Laurent261

Career Points as an Islander

24Ray Ferraro238

25Travis Green237

26John Tavares 235

27Kenny Jonsson232

35Anders Kallur211

36Matt Moulson 202

37Marty McInnis198

38Wayne Merrick197

39Robert Goring195

40Jeffrey Norton188

41Lorne Henning184

41Frans Nielsen 184

43Kyle Okposo 173

44Randy Wood172

45Claude Lapointe171

45Jean-Paul Parise171

47Shawn Bates170

48Jude Drouin169

49Dave Scatchard168

50Mark Streit167

51Miroslav Satan166

Season Series Stats

The Islanders lead the season series two games to none (and four points to zero). The final meeting of the season will be April 16 in the home finale.

The Isles have won three straight over Florida for the first time since 2006.

Happy Anniversary

32 years ago tonight (March 24, 1981): In a battle between the top two teams in the NHL, the Isles close within one point of St. Louis with a 5-3 win at the Checkerdome. Duane Sutter scored the winning goal for the Isles with just 3:42 to play as the Isles rallied from a 3-1 deficit late in the second period.

All-time, the Isles are 7-9-5 on this date.

On The Farm

Jordan Hill scored two goals and Rick DiPietro made 19 saves as Bridgeport improved to 27-26-6-5 on the season with a 4-2 win over Albany on Sunday afternoon. The Sound Tigers are six points out of a playoff spot with 12 games to play. Bridgeport begins a three-game road trip in Springfield on Thursday; following that trip, seven of their final nine games are at home.

Up Next


[MSG+ (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM]

The Islanders begin a four-game road trip as they visit the nation’s capital for the first time this season.

Washington has won three straight games. Alex Ovechkin has a goal in five straight games (four of which are Capitals victories). Washington now has 31 points and is tied with the Islanders for 10th place in the East. Both teams have 16 games to play, but Washington owns the victory tiebreaker.

The teams met on March 9 at the Coliseum, when the Isles won 5-2. The teams will also meet on April 4 in the District.

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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