Isles 4, Tampa Bay 3
The Islanders scored three straight goals in the second period, but it was a David Ullstrom tally early in the third that proved to be the difference as the Islanders spoiled Vincent Lecavalier’s 1000th NHL game with as they edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3 before a crowd of 15,322 at Nassau Coliseum.
06:50NYIPPG - M. Grabner (1) Tip-In - ASST: M. Streit (1) AND E. Nabokov (1)
1 - 0 NYI
16:23NYIM. Martin (1) Wrist - ASST: J. Tavares (1)
2 - 0 NYI
17:35NYIK. Okposo (1) Snap - ASST: J. Tavares (2) AND M. Moulson (1)
3 - 0 NYI
01:31NYID. Ullstrom (1) Wrist - ASST: K. Aucoin (1) AND T. Hamonic (1)
4 - 0 NYI
02:22TBLM. St Louis (3) Wrist - ASST: S. Stamkos (3) AND C. Conacher (2)
4 - 1 NYI
07:26TBLB. Pouliot (1) Wrist - ASST: B. Crombeen (1) AND A. Hall (1)
4 - 2 NYI
08:00TBLS. Stamkos (1) Snap - ASST: C. Conacher (3) AND M. St Louis (2)
4 - 3 NYI
The Skinny: The Islanders hosted an MLK matinee for the seventh straight season, but recorded only their second win in that span (2-2-3). The Islanders held Ryan Malone off the scoresheet; Malone has 19 goals in 41 career games against the Isles. Mark Streit briefly held the club lead in active player assists (119), breaking a tie with John Tavares; Tavares added two assists later to re-take the lead (120). The Isles held on after building a 4-0 lead; they have not lost a game that they have had a four-goal lead in the third period since October 15, 1991 vs. Pittsburgh (Led 6-2, lost 7-6 [OT])
The 44 shots are the most for the Islanders in a game since they had 47 on October 9, 2010 vs. Dallas). It’s also the most shots the Islanders have ever had in a game against Tampa Bay (previous high 42 on February 11, 2000).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 1-1-0 overall, and 0-1-0 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 shots to even his record at 1-1-0. Nabokov, who also recorded his first point as an Islander, now has 313 career wins (4th among all active goalies).
Anders Lindback made 40 saves but drops to 1-1-0.
The Isles went 1-7 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-3. Matt Martin’s goal came when he was sprung from the penalty box after the Islanders killed his penalty.
They Said It
Matt Martin: “I'm not much of a dangler, so I usually get the shot off as quick as I can. It worked out great for me. Coming out of the box, Johnny clears the puck and it's pretty well right on my tape. Not a whole lot of time to think about what I'm going to do; just go in and let it rip."
They Tweeted It
@THamonic3: “Great game this afternoon. Nice to get the first win in front of our @NYIslanders fans!! #theBest”
Jack Capuano returned after missing the opener while hospitalized. “I sense a different team than last year. We’ve got some veteran leadership on this team now. Guys are a year older than they were last year. This is the National Hockey League. There’s great players in this league. No lead is safe. You know [Tampa Bay] is going to get chances with the guys they have.”
Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit led the Isles with 29:18; Matt Carle led Tampa Bay with 24:28.
Lots of Ice
Brad Boyes saw 21:00 of ice-time in his second game for the Islanders. It’s the most ice time for Boyes in a game since he played 21:11 on February 14, 2011. Boyes is wearing #24 as an Islander, the same number he wore when he broke into the NHL. His #22 from his days in St. Louis and Buffalo is retired by the Islanders (and if you’re reading The Skinny I bet you know that this is in honor of Mike Bossy).
In the Circle
The Islanders won 30 draws; the Lightning won 35. Newcomer Keith Aucoin won 9 of 12 for the Isles; he’s won 17 of 22 in his first two games. Former Islander Nate Thompson won 10 of 13 for Tampa Bay.
The Islanders were out-hit 15-14. Newcomer Colin McDonald led the Isles with four. There were two fights in the game, both off the opening draw. Matt Martin fought BJ Crombeen while Joe Finley battled Pierre-Cedric Labrie. It was the first two fights of the season for the Islanders.
Lots of Blocks
The Isles, who led the NHL with 1364 blocked shots last year, blocked eight shots.
Lots of Shots to Go Around
Every Islander forward had at least one shot on goal. Five different players each had five shots on goal (Moulson, Tavares, Grabner, Ullstrom and Aucoin).
With the loss, the Islanders are now two games over .500 all-time (1348-1346-432 in 3,126 games). The Isles fell one game below .500 on two occasions last season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 248 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the fourth-longest in club history. 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 161 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 84.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 248
Casey Cizikas replaced Eric Boulton in the lineup. Radek Martinek and Thomas Hickey were also scratched. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.
As Seen on MSG+
Most Goals Since 2009-10: Steven Stamkos 157, Alex Ovechkin 120, Corey Perry 114
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 657
2. Roberto Luongo 339
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 328
4. Evgeni Nabokov 313
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 311
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 313
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 311
Career Goals as an Islander
25Trent Hunter 99
26Matt Moulson 97
27Mikko Makela 95
27David Volek 95
32Travis Green 92
33Butch Goring 87
34Tomas Jonsson 84
34John Tavares 84
36Wayne Merrick 81
36Dave Scatchard 81
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
4Kyle Okposo 94
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
49Eric Cairns 327
50Alan Kerr 326
51Frans Nielsen 321
51Brad Dalgarno 321
53Steve Webb 316
53Ray Ferraro 316
53Richard Park 316
59Arron Asham 300
59Roman Hamrlik 300
61Josh Bailey 292
62Gord Dineen 287
63Jeff Norton 282
65Kyle Okposo 273
66Blake Comeau 261
66Andre St. Laurent 261
71Jude Drouin 250
72Matt Moulson 248
73Brad Isbister 247
73Brendan Witt 247
75Sean Bergenheim 246
76John Tavares 245
77Miroslav Satan 243
78Bryan Berard 242
79JP Parise 240
79Mark Streit 240
81Adrian Aucoin 235
Career Points as an Islander
35John Tavares 204
42Matt Moulson 171
48Frans Nielsen 167
50Kyle Okposo 163
Season Series Stats
The Islanders lead the season series 1-0-0 and two points to zero. They have dominated the series at home in recent years, having won four straight and 9 of 11 (9-2-0) vs. the Bolts. The teams will next meet on March 14 in Tampa, before completing the season series on April 6 at the Coliseum.
31 years ago tonight (1-21-82): The Islanders began their 15-game winning streak and Bryan Trottier began his club-record 25 game point streak as the Islanders blasted Pittsburgh 6-1. Thanks to my MSG colleagues for recognizing the anniversary of my first game on Isles telecasts.
All-time, the Isles are 12-5-3 on this date, having won on January 21 in each of the past five seasons.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers lost to Springfield 4-1 on Sunday, breaking their two-game win streak. Bridgeport is 19-17-2-2. The Sound Tigers are off until Friday, when they begin a two-game series in Norfolk.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 ISLANDERS AT TORONTO 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders Game Night at 6:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders begin a five-game, eight-day road trip on Thursday when they visit the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The teams have split a pair of games in Toronto in each of the last three seasons (with two of the Islander wins coming in overtime). This is the first of two five-game road trips this season for the Isles; the other one will complete the regular season.
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.