Isles 3, Ottawa 2 (SO)
Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves and the Islanders got shootout goals from Frans Nielsen and John Tavares, as the Islanders overcame allowing Patrick Wiercioch’s first NHL goal to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 before 13,512 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Islanders now have points on home ice in consecutive games for the first time this season as they improve to 3-8-1 at the Coliseum.
07:48NYIB. Boyes (5) Wrist - ASST: M. Moulson (14) AND M. Streit (8) 1 - 0 NYI
08:36OTTM. Zibanejad (4) Wrist - ASST: C. Neil (3) 1 - 1 TIE
16:31NYIM. Grabner (8) Wrist - ASST: M. Reasoner (4) 2 - 1 NYI
18:51OTTPPG - P. Wiercioch (1) Tip-In - ASST: K. Turris (9) AND S. Gonchar (7) 2 - 2 TIE
F. Nielsen SCORES/ J.Silverberg FAILS/B. Boyes FAILS/D. Alfredsson FAILS/J. Tavares SCORES Isles win shootout 2-0
The Skinny: The Isles have scored five goals in the first periods of their last four games after scoring only seven first-period goals in their first 18 games … Although he scored the shootout goal that clinched the game, John Tavares was technically pointless for the third straight game; the Isles are now 1-7-1 when Tavares is held without a point … Ottawa has outscored their opponents 25-9 in the second period this season; their plus-16 differential is the largest in the NHL ... Tavares how has 86 shots on goal, tied with Zach Parise for the NHL lead … Matt Moulson ranks fifth with 83 shots … When Colin McDonald took a penalty late in the second period, it marked the first time that the Isles had been penalized in 125:02 of play.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 9-11-2 overall, 3-8-1 at home and 6-3-1 on the road.
The Senators are 12-7-4 overall, 9-1-2 at home and 3-6-2 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves as he improves to 9-7-2. Nabokov is 2-0 in shootouts this season, and has not allowed a goal to the four shooters he has faced.
Robin Lehner made 33 saves for Ottawa. He is now 0-0-2 on the season, despite a 1.89 GAA.
The Islanders were 0-for-5 while the Sens were 1-for-3.
The Isles are 7-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-9-1 when they do not.
They Said It
John Tavares: "The biggest thing for me is that I didn't feel like I had that extra gear at times. I tried to keep my shifts short to stay as fresh as I could. I tried to keep my energy as high as I could." Tavares has been under the weather for the past couple of days.
They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday #Isles will now have been tied or led in the 3rd period in 17 of their 22 games. (9-6-2 in those games after today’s win.)
"I told them yesterday that I'm tired of hearing about it. I'm tired of listening about our home record, how we play at home. We have one singular focus, and that is to win hockey games."
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 3-2-0 when he has two points, 3-2-0 when he has one point, and 1-7-1 when Tavares is pointless.
What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson were held scoreless but have combined for an NHL-leading 23 goals among teammates.
Moulson has assisted on 10 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 227 career points; he is 60 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.
Friends, Friends, Friends
Matt Moulson has 10 goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on seven of them. Tavares has now been on ice for 39 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 25 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 26, 2011 against New Jersey. Since November 2010, Tavares has been on-ice for 69 of 70 Moulson goals, earning 47 assists.
113 NHL Goals
Moulson has 113 career goals (107 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 two goals behind Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.
Leading Ice Men
Lubomir Visnovsky played 26:28 to lead the Isles. Marc Methot led Ottawa with 27:57.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 28 draws; the Sens won 27. Casey Cizikas won 7-of-9 for the Isles; Jim O’Brien won 7-of-12 for Ottawa.
The Islanders were out-hit 43-33; Matt Martin led the Isles with 11 hits; he now leads the NHL with 104. Chris Neal led Ottawa with nine. There were no fights, leaving the Isles’ season total at 10.
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald led the team with five. He is tied of rourth in the NHL with 58 blocks on the season
Back to .500
The Islanders regain a .500 all-time record (1356-1356-434 in 3146 games). The Isles have been 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.
Good Start to March
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February. The Isles are 1-0-0 in March.
Battling the Northeast
This was the seventh game in an eight game stretch that the Islanders play seven Northeast opponents. The Isles are 3-2-1 against their first six Northeast opponents, with Montreal upcoming.
Nobody Beats the Viz
Lubomir Visnovsky has been on ice for 20 of the 32 Islander goals in his 11 games with the team. Being on the ice when is team scores is nothing new for Visnovsky; he led the entire NHL in 2010-11 when he was on ice for 146 Anaheim goals (13 more than Henrik Sedin).
Lots of Home Cooking
This was the fourth game of a seven-game homestand, which matches the club record.
•October 7- October 28, 1972 (1-5-1 in the first seven games in club history)
•December 19, 2000- January 2, 2001 (2-5-0)
•November 21-December 4, 2001 (3-2-2)
•October 14- October 31, 2006 (4-1-2)
•February 15-March 1, 2007 (5-1-1)
•February 24-March 9, 2013 (1-2-1 with three games to play)
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 268 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 181 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 104.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 268
4. Denis Potvin 262
Mark Streit is the ninth Islander defenseman to play at least 100 consecutive games.
1.Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2.Bryan McCabe 10/7/95-2/4/98 220
3.Gerry Hart 3/1/75-11/22/77 198
4.Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
5.Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
6.Travis Hamonic 11/24/10 – 2/4/12 113
7.Jean Potvin 10/23/75-1/2/77 110
8.Mark Streit 10/8/11-CURRENT 104
8.Kenny Jonsson 12/26/96-2/4/98 104
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.
David Ullstrom replaced Eric Boulton in the lineup. Radek Martinek and Keith Aucoin were also scratched. Matt Carkner and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.
The Isles have scored 38 goals in their nine wins (4.22 per game) and 24 goals in their other 13 games (0-11-2; 1.85 per game). In their 11 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 16 goals (1.45 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 664
2. Roberto Luongo 344
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 330
4. Evgeni Nabokov 321
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 321
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 120
2. Roberto Luongo 62
3. Evgeni Nabokov 53
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
5. Nikolai Khabibulin 45
6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44
19 Bernie Parent 54
19 Ed Giacomin 54
21 Evgeni Nabokov 53
22 Rogie Vachon 51
22 Dave Kerr 51
22 Curtis Joseph 51
Career Goals as an Islander
21Ray Ferraro 116
22Matt Moulson 107
23Benoit Hogue 105
23Ed Westfall 105
25Anders Kallur 101
26 Trent Hunter 99
27John Tavares 97
28Mikko Makela 95
28David Volek 95
Career Assists as an Islander
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
40Alexei Yashin 346
41Mark Parrish 345
42Frans Nielsen 341
43Marty McInnis 337
58Gordon Lane 304
59Josh Bailey 303
60Arron Asham 300
60Roman Hamrlik 300
62Kyle Okposo 293
63Gordon Dineen 287
64Jeffrey Norton 282
66Matt Moulson 268
67John Tavares 265
68Andre St. Laurent261
70Mark Streit 260
71Brad Lauer 259
72Benoit Hogue 258
Career Points as an Islander
30John Tavares 227
39Matt Moulson 194
42Frans Nielsen 177
47Kyle Okposo 169
Season Series Stats
The season series is even at one game apiece (Ottawa has three points to the Isles’ two). The final meeting of the season will come on March 19th at Coliseum.
Sens’ coach Paul MacLean is 4-0-2 in six career games against the Isles.
40 years ago today (March 3, 1973): The late Bob Cook had a hat trick as the Islanders pound the Vancouver Canucks 9-3 on Stick Night at the Coliseum. The win delights a future statistician, who attended his first NHL game.
Also on this date: Mike Bossy’s ninth hat trick of the season (1981), Pat LaFontaine’s hat trick in his second NHL game (1984), Bossy’s jersey retirement (1992), and Zigmund Palffy’s hat trick vs. Winnipeg is first in back-to-back games (1996).
All-time, the Isles are 10-5-3 on this date, including three straight wins.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 23-24-4-4 on the season after going 1-1-1-0 in three games this weekend. Bridgeport plays at Manchester on Wednesday.
TUESDAY, MARCH 5 MONTREAL AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)
[MSG+2 (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Isles and Canadiens meet for the second time this season at the Coliseum. The Isles won the first meeting, in Montreal, on an overtime goal by Thomas Hickey.
The Isles are 8-7-1 in their last 16 games against Montreal but only two of their wins have come in regulation, leaving Montreal 8-2-6 over the same 16 games and 14-2-6 in their last 22 games against the Isles.
Max Pacioretty is 4-2-6 in the last three games overall, recording two points in each game.
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.