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The Skinny: Islanders 5, Blue Jackets 2

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Game 43

Isles 5, Columbus 2

Brock Nelson recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist as the Islanders broke a 2-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets before a crowd of 13,115 at Barclays Center.

Ryan Strome (first goal in 17 games) and Brian Strait (first goal in 42 games) both broke long goal-less streaks for the Isles.

The Isles moved back into a tie for second place with the Rangers ahead of their matchup at Barclays on Thursday.

The Scoring:


05:03NYIRyan Strome (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Martin (4), Casey Cizikas (10) 1 - 0 NYI

10:26CBJWilliam Karlsson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jack Johnson (8) 1 - 1 Tie

12:00NYIBrock Nelson (15) Snap shot - ASST: Thomas Hickey (5), Josh Bailey (13) 2 - 1 NYI


13:49CBJDavid Savard (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE2 - 2 Tie

17:29NYIBrock Nelson (16) Snap shot - ASST: Anders Lee (14)3 - 2 NYI


05:34NYIBrian Strait (1) Slapshot - ASST: John Tavares (15), Brock Nelson (10)4 - 2 NYI

19:49NYIPPG - EN - Brock Nelson (17) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE5 - 2 NYI

The Skinny:

The Isles had lost three straight Divisional games but improve to 8-3-2 in Met Division games…Ryan Strome’s goal broke a 103:04 scoreless streak for the Isles… Columbus is 2-6-1 in the last 9 –they have allowed at least four goals in five straight games and have allowed at least 3 goals in all nine…The Isles are 5-7-0 in their last 12; they have outscored opponents 24-13 in the 5 wins, but have been outscored 24-6 in the 7 losses…Brock Nelson matched his career high with 4 points (also 10-10-2014 in Carolina); he is the first Islander to record four points in a game since John Tavares and Anders Lee both did so against Columbus on February 14, 2015… Nelson now leads the team with 17 goals, two more than John Tavares; he has 9 goals in the last 15 games – Frans Nielsen is the only other Islander with as many as five goals in that span…The Isles are 17-1-2 when leading after two periods…Matt Martin’s assist was his first in 30 games…John Tavares’ assist was his first point in 4 games.

Home Sweet Home

The Isles are 14-7-2 on home-ice (30 points). In the past 28 seasons, the Isles have earned more than 30 points in the first 23 home games only once (34 in first 23 at home last season).

This was the fourth game of a ten game stretch in which the Isles will play eight times at home. The Isles are 2-2-0 in this stretch:

3-Jan-16VsStars (Won 6-5)

7-Jan-16VsCapitals (Lost 4-1)

9-Jan-16@Flyers (Lost 4-0)

12-Jan-16VsBlue Jackets (Won 5-2)





25-Jan-16VsRed Wings


After February 2nd, the Isles will play 20 of their final 33 games on the road.

The Shots:

Isles 17-7-9=33

Columbus 5-9-6=20

Home and Road

The Islanders are 23-15-5 overall; 14-7-2 at home and 9-8-3 on the road.

Columbus is 15-25-4 overall; 7-9-4 at home and 8-16-0 on the road.

By Division

The Isles are 8-3-2 in Division games and are 15-12-3 in games against other divisions. They are 3-8-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-2-1 vs. Central Division, and 6-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division.

The Isles finished last season 21-6-3 against the Met and 26-22-4 against other Divisions.

In the Nets

Thomas Greiss made 18 saves and improves to 13-6-2 on the season with his 49th career win; he is 3-3-2 in his career against Columbus.

Anton Forsberg made 28 saves but falls to 1-3-0 on the season. Forsberg is 0-2-0 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 1-8 on the power play, while Columbus was 0-6.

The Isles are 13-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-2 when they do not. The Isles are 7-6-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 16-9-4 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 19-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-5 when they do not. The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.

One Goal Games

The Isles are 10-5-5 in games decided by a single goal including 5-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal

The Isles are 16-3-2 when they score first and are 7-12-3 when they allow the opening goal.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 188-163-51 behind the Islander bench; Capuano coached his 400th career game on January 7th vs. the Caps. Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Yankees’ Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.

Most games coached (Islanders):

1.Al Arbour 1,500

2.Jack Capuano 402

3.Mike Milbury 191

4.Terry Simpson 187

5.Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.Al Arbour 740

2.Jack Capuano 188

3.Terry Simpson 81

4.Peter Laviolette 77

5.Ted Nolan 74

Capuano is the 86th coach in NHL history to coach at least 400 games. He is 75th all-time with 188 wins, one more than Ted Nolan and Johnny Wilson.

They Tweeted It

@isles_daily What a great game to be at tonight. First hat-trick in Brooklyn, a Brian Strait goal, and 2 points #isles

@jexyback I finally saw my first real life hat trick, the one time I didn't wear a hat to a game. #isles #solidasabrock

@leeberr09 (Isles Forward Anders Lee) Nice job @Bnelson tonight, I thought you played a great game defensively


Isles are 2-3-3 on the front-end and 5-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is January 22nd in Ottawa and January 23rd vs. Philadelphia.

Tired vs. Rested

•The Isles are 2-1-0 when both teams played the night before.

•The Isles are 3-2-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.

•The Isles are 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Calvin deHaan (23:45); Columbus: Ryan Murray (24:08)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (14-3-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-2-1), Nick Leddy (4-5-1), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)

Frans Nielsen led the Isles forwards with 19:15 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (14-11-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-2-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (3-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-1-0).


Isles 27, Columbus 24 (53%).

Brock Nelson won 5 of 7 for the Isles; Alexander Wennberg, in his 100th NHL game, won 7of 13 for Columbus.

The Isles won 10 of 14 in the first period but only 17 of 37 over the final 40 minutes.

The Isles won 21 of 35 draws at even strength, 3 of 5 on the power play and 3 of 11 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters

Isles 20, Columbus 26. Matt Martin led the Isles with 5 hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 208. Martin has recorded at least 200 hits in six straight seasons.


There were no fights. Season total – 10 (Martin-5, Bernier, Boychuk, Leddy, Lee, Okposo).

Blocked Shots

The Isles were credited with 22 blocked shots; Thomas Hickey led the team with 7. It was the most blocked shots by an Islander since Travis Hamonic also blocked 7 on November 28, 2014 in Washington; Hickey also matched his career high with 7 blocks.

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 55, Columbus 53. Even-Strength: Isles 42, Columbus 31.

The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).

Ryan Strome led the Isles with a +15 even-strength Corsi rating and a club-leading 80% Corsi For percentage. Kerby Rychel led Columbus with a +4rating.


Nikolay Kulemin -193 (68 for Maple Leafs and 125 for the Isles)

Brock Nelson -178 (all for Isles)

Anders Lee -119 (all for Isles)

Missing Men

Jean-Francois Berube, Eric Boulton and Johnny Boychuk are on injured reserve. Marek Zidlicky replaced Scott Mayfield in the lineup. Steve Bernier and Travis Hamonic (injured) were also scratched.

The Isles have lost 91 games this season due to injury/illness.

Missing a Piece (or two)

The Isles are 10-13-1 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 2-3-0 this season. They are 4-4-0, including 1-1-0 this season when two of the three miss a game.

All-time Islander Leader Board:

John Tavares has:

•189 goals (11th all-time, 17 behind John Tonelli and 22 behind Derek King)

•242 assists (15th all-time, 7 behind Tomas Jonsson and 17 behind Billy Harris)

•431 points (13th all-time , 12 behind Billy Harris and 57 behind Patrick Flatley)

•472 games played (29th among Islander skaters all-time and 4 behind Gerry Hart)

Kyle Okposo has:

•127 goals (tied-17th all-time with Jason Blake and 18 behind Mariusz Czerkawski )

•209 assists (17th all-time , 2 behind Frans Nielsen and 33 behind John Tavares)

•336 points (16th all-time, 4 behind Pierre Turgeon and 33 behind Stefan Persson)

•491 games played (27th among Islander skaters all-time and 2 behind Ed Westfall)

Frans Nielsen has:

•113 goals (25th all-time, 3 behind Ray Ferraro, and 5 behind Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas)

•211 assists (16th all-time and 31 behind John Tavares)

•324 points (19th all-time, 7 behind Ziggy Palffy, 9 behind Tomas Jonsson and 12 behind Kyle Okposo)

•568 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 26 behind John Tonelli)

Josh Bailey has:

•150 assists (tied-27th all-time with Mariusz Czerkawski and 4 behind David Volek)

•238 points (tied-26th all-time with Ray Ferraro and 11 behind David Volek)

•518 games played (22nd among Islander skaters and 12 behind Pat LaFontaine)

Season Series Stats

The Isles lead the season series 3 games to 0 and 6 points to 0. The Isles have recorded three straight wins over Columbus for the first time ever, and are 5-0-2 in their last seven games against the Jackets.

The Isles also improve to 6-0-3 in the last nine games against Columbus.

The teams have two meetings left, in Columbus on February 9th and in Brooklyn on March 31st.

On The Farm

Bridgeport is 19-16-2-1 after a 5-4 loss to Hartford on Saturday.

The Sound Tigers head to Portland for a pair of games this weekend (Friday/Saturday) before returning home to host Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Up Next

[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

Sole possession of 2nd place will be up for grabs when the Rangers visit Brooklyn for the second (and final) time this season. The teams met in Brooklyn on December 2nd and Kyle Okposo had the shootout winner in a 2-1 Islander victory.

Jaroslav Halak earned the win for the Islanders. Halak is now 7-0-0 in his last seven match-ups with Henrik Lundqvist, including 4-0-0 as an Islander. Halak last lost in a game that Lundqvist started on January 17, 2010 when Halak was still a Canadien.

This is the 2nd of four meetings between the crosstown rivals this season; the remaining match-ups will be at Madison Square Garden on March 6th and April 7th.

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