Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson scored goals 80 seconds apart in the second period, sandwiching a Johan Franzen goal to get the Isles even through two periods; the Islanders then dominated the third period and the overtime but they eventually needed a shootout goal from Frans Nielsen to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 before a Military Appreciation Night crowd of 15,619 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles are 3-1-0 in their last four games on Coliseum ice.
The Scoring: 1st Period 04:03 NYI John Tavares (9) Tip-in - ASST: Josh Bailey (5) 1 - 0 NYI 04:12 DET Darren Helm (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Ericsson (3), Niklas Kronwall (11) 1 - 1 Tie 17:18 DET PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (10) Tip - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (1), Henrik Zetterberg (12) 2-1 DET
2nd Period 17:50 NYI Casey Cizikas (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Colin McDonald (1), Matt Martin (2) 2 - 2 Tie 18:23 DET Johan Franzen (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Darren Helm (2), Tomas Tatar (3) 3 - 2 DET 19:10 NYI PPG- Brock Nelson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: John Tavares (16), Andrew MacDonald (6) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period 04:43 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (2) Tip-in - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (5), Aaron Ness (1) 4 - 3 NYI 19:17 DET Pavel Datsyuk (11) Backhand - ASST: Danny DeKeyser (7), Henrik Zetterberg (13) 4 - 4 Tie OT Period NONE The Shootout: Frans Nielsen (Goal), Henrik Zetterberg (NG), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (NG), Pavel Datsyuk (NG), John Tavares (NG),Todd Bertuzzi (NG)
Frans Nielsen is now 27/50 all-time in the shootout (54%). He is the only active player with at least 40 attempts to score at least 50% of the time. Nielsen is credited with his 13th game-deciding goal, tied for the most among all active players. Of the Isles last 17 shootout wins, this is only the third to happen at home. The other 14 shootout wins in that stretch are all on the road.
The Skinny: Casey Cizikas has scored in consecutive games after going 28 regular season games without a goal… Aaron Ness recorded his first NHL assist on a shot that was deflected by both Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Cal Clutterbuck. John Tavares scored an early goal on a deflection of a Josh Bailey shot and then set-up Brock Nelson’s goal to extend his assist and point streaks to five games. Tavares is the only player in the NHL with an active assist streak of at least five games; it’s the second time in his career he has had an assist in at least five straight games (6 games 12/29/2011-1/10/2012)... Tavares had a share of the NHL point lead for a brief time after he recorded his second point; Alex Steen added a goal later in the evening to take over the point lead with 26 points, one more than Tavares and Sidney Crosby… Bailey (1st point in 11 games) and Colin McDonald (1st point in 12 games) ended long droughts without points… Isles have scored 30 of their 58 goals in the second period, but have been outscored 21-12 in the third period. The Isles have been outscored 14-3 in the third period of the last 11 games…. The Red Wings are 6-0-7 in 1-goal games while the Isles are 5-6-3…Detroit scored 9 seconds after the Islanders did so in the first period and 33 seconds after the Isles scored in the 2nd period; the Isles have now allowed six goals this season within a minute of scoring their own goal (the Isles have scored 5 such goals, following an opponents’ goal with one of their own, within one minute…Pavel Datsyuk’s goals, coming in his 800th NHL game, were his first against the Isles (8th game)… Kevin Poulin’s shootout win stopped a streak in which the last seven shootout wins had been by Evgeni Nabokov; Poulin is now 1-1 in NHL-shootouts...The Red Wings are winless in six games (0-1-5).
The Injury Evgeni Nabokov suffered a groin injury on the Red Wings’ first goal and was removed from the game. He will re-evaluated on Monday.
The Shots: Isles 9-11-15-6=41 Red Wings 7-11-4-1=23
The Isles outshot Detroit 21-5 over the third period and overtime.
Home and Road The Islanders are 8-10-3 overall, 5-4-3 at home and 3-6-0 on the road. They finish their homestand with a 2-1-0 record. The Red Wings are 9-5-7 overall; they are 3-2-6 at home and 6-3-1 on the road. The Wings have now played five consecutive overtime/shootout games and lost them all – the first two were in overtime and the last three were in a shootout. They are the first team the 2003-04 Edmonton Oilers to play five consecutive overtime games.
In the Nets Evgeni Nabokov allowed a goal on the only shot he faced before being removed for injury. It was his shortest start since January 29, 2000 (against the Islanders; allowed 2 goals in 1:57 and was pulled). Kevin Poulin made 19 saves and improves to 3-5-0 on the season. Poulin has allowed only 13 goals (8 at even-strength) in his last six appearances (3-3-0, 2.17 goals against average, 91.9 save percentage). Poulin records his first career win in the shootout (1-1). Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves for the Wings and is now 3-0-1 on the season. He falls to 6-6 all-time in the shootout. Power Plays The Islanders were 1-6 while the Red Wings were 1-1. The Isles had only one shot on goal on their first three power plays (1 goal) but generated 15 shots on goal on their final three power plays. The Isles are 5-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-8-0 when they do not. The Isles are 2-8-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-1 when they do not. Over the last 11 games, the Isles power play is 4-41 (9.8%) while the penalty kill is 14-36 (61.1%).
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 8-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-9-1 when they do not.
Helps to Score First The Isles are 6-2-3 when they score first and are 2-8-0 when they allow the opening goal. Second to The One Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (216) and wins (92).
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 92 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 216 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
They Said It John Tavares: "You play against a team like this, a veteran team with a lot of talent that has proven itself in what they've been able to accomplish in the last number of years, you want to step up, you want to play well. It's going to take a full team effort.” They Tweeted It @FurleySportsFan #isles won 8 of 9 periods on the home stand. Good response after that … road trip
The Coach “This is obviously a time for Kevin... and he deserves the opportunity"
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 3-2-0 in the front-end and 1-3-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. They have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, and no points on two occasions. The Isles do not play back-to-back again until November 22 (in Pittsburgh) and November 23 (in Philadelphia).
Head of the Class John Tavares has 274 career points; he is 61 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.
Leading Ice Men Andrew MacDonald played 30:07 to lead the Isles for the 17th time this season; it’s the 4th time this year that he has played at least 30 minutes. Niklas Kronwall led Detroit with 28:07. The Isles are 7-8-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-2-1 when Hamonic leads them. MacDonald is now averaging 27:10 per game, which is 2nd in the NHL behind Minnesota’s Ryan Suter. MacDonald is the first Islander since Tom Poti (six times in 2006-07) to play at least thirty minutes in four games in a season. It’s the second time that he has done so in consecutive games.
In the Circle The Islanders won 28 of 57 draws. Frans Nielsen won 8 of 12 to lead the Isles for a third straight game; Darrin Helm won 17 of 25 for Detroit.
Heavy Hitters The Isles were out-hit 32-28. Matt Martin led the Isles with seven hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 98. There were no fights. The Isles have been involved in six fights this season: Martin (3), Boulton (2), and Carkner (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 9 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 79 with four blocks.
All–time Winners The Islanders improve to seven games over all-time NHL .500 (1379-1372-442 in 3,193 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.
Ironmen John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 228 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era. Frans Nielsen (151) and Kyle Okposo (134) 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 • John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 228 • 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
Missing Men Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait are on injured reserve. Thomas Vanek missed his fourth game with an upper body injury. Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek were scratched. The Isles have lost 41 games this season due to injury.
Nobody Beat the Viz The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup. They were 5-5-3 last season and 5-7-1 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 Jason Blake 127 17 John Tavares 121 17 Duane Sutter 121 19 Alexei Yashin 119
Career Assists as an Islander 22 Zigmund Palffy 163 23 David Volek 154 24 John Tavares 153 25 Mariusz Czerkawski 150 26 Frans Nielsen 148 27 Travis Green 145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 25 Gerry Hart 476 26 Radek Martinek 473 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
35 David Volek 396 36 Bert Marshall 392 37 Travis Green 388 37 Frans Nielsen 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Josh Bailey 349 42 Dave Scatchard 347 43 Alexei Yashin 346 44 Mark Parrish 345 45 Kyle Okposo 340 46 Marty McInnis 337
54 Brad Dalgarno 321 55 Ray Ferraro 316 55 Steve Webb 316 55 Richard Park 316 58 Gerald Diduck 314 59 John Tavares 312 60 Mikko Makela 307
Career Points as an Islander 20 Ed Westfall 286 21 John Tavares 274 22 Jason Blake 258 22 Steve Thomas 258
32 Mikko Makela 219 33 Frans Nielsen 217 34 Mark Parrish 214 35 Garry Howatt 213 35 Jean Potvin 213 37 Anders Kallur 211 38 Kyle Okposo 205 39 Marty McInnis 198
Season Series Stats The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one); the teams will play again at the Coliseum on Black Friday (November 29th) in a 4pm start. The Isles are 6-0-1 in their last seven games against the Wings since losing to Detroit on November 28, 2003 and have won five straight vs. Detroit for the first time since a 7-game win streak from October 16, 1980 - February 6, 1982.
Happy Anniversary 11 years ago tonight: November 16, 2002. Chris Osgood made 33 saves and Alexei Yashin added a goal and an assist as the Islanders defeated Pittsburgh 3-2. Overall the Islanders are now 8-9-1 on this date, with tonight’s victory being their fifth straight on this date.
On The Farm Bridgeport went 0-2 this weekend and is now 4-8-1-1 on the season. The Sound Tigers lost 3-2 in Springfield on Friday and lost to Hartford 4-1 on Saturday. Bridgeport is now off until Friday, when they begin a 3-game in 3-day weekend by traveling to Providence.
Sound Tigers leaders: Anders Nilsson is 3-6-1 (3.57, 88.0%). Mike Halmo leads Bridgeport with six goals; Ryan Strome leads in both assists (12) and points (16).
Up Next TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th —ISLANDERS AT TORONTO 7:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday in Toronto.
The Isles have won their last three games in Toronto (first time since 12/11/91-2/3/93), outscoring the Leafs by a 17-9 score. The Isles have scored at least five goals in each of the three games; it’s the first time they have ever scored five goals in three straight games in Toronto.
The Isles are 3-0-2 overall vs. Toronto in their last five games, holding the Leafs to 21 shots or fewer three of them. It’s their first five-game point streak vs. Toronto since 2001-2003.
The Isles have not won four straight games in Toronto since winning seven straight (plus one in the playoffs) from 1978-82; they will be looking to earn a point in six straight games against the Leafs for the first time since 3/9/85-1/10/87 (6-0-0).
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.