Jets 5, Islanders 4
Evander Kane scored 1:59 into overtime for the deciding goal, as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a 4-2 deficit midway through the third period and defeated the Islanders 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 15,004 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The Islanders do earn a point, and are now 1-1-1 on this five-game road trip, while Winnipeg wins their third straight game, and extends their points streak to four games (3-0-1).
02:34NYID. Ullstrom (2) Wrist - ASST: NONE 1 - 0 NYI
10:15WPGA. Ponikarovsky (1) Wrist - ASST: K. Wellwood (1) AND T. Enstrom (6) 1 - 1 TIE
05:13WPGB. Little (1) Wrist - ASST: N. Antropov (2) AND A. Ladd (3) 2 - 1 WPG
00:22NYIJ. Tavares (1) Wrist - ASST: K. Okposo (2) AND M. Moulson (2) 2 - 2 TIE
05:09NYIM. Moulson (3) Deflected - ASST: J. Tavares (5) AND T. Hamonic (2) 3 - 2 NYI
09:53NYIPPG - M. Streit (2) Slap - ASST: F. Nielsen (3) AND J. Tavares (6) 4 - 2 NYI
12:59WPGPPG - D. Byfuglien (3) Slap - ASST: B. Wheeler (3) AND E. Kane (3) 4 - 3 NYI
14:04WPGA. Burmistrov (1) Wrist - ASST: NONE 4 - 4 TIE
01:59WPGE. Kane (3) Wrist - ASST: O. Jokinen (1) AND R. Hainsey (1) 5 - 4 WPG
The Skinny: Ullstrom extended his point streak to four straight games … Of the 36 goals scored in Islanders games this season, 18 have been scored in the third period (9 for, 9 against) ... Moulson’s goal was his 100th in an Islander uniform; he is the 25th player in Islander history to reach that milestone … Tavares’ goal was his first since last March 15 against Philadelphia; he recorded his third two-assist game of the season ... Evander Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, with his second career overtime goal … Winnipeg had scored only one third-period goal in their first four games.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-2-1 overall, 1-1-0 at home and 1-1-1 on the road.
Winnipeg is 3-1-1 overall, 2-1-0 at home and 1-0-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves; he is 2-1-1 on the season. Nabokov was terrific in the first period especially, when the Jets outshot the Isles 12-6.
Former Islander Al Montoya made his Jets debut, stopping 21 shots for the OT win. Montoya, whose last win was against the Jets on April 5, 2012, improves to 22-17-10 on his career.
The Isles went 1-for-2 on the power play while Winnipeg was 1-for-4.
Streit’s power play goal was the third by an Islander defenseman this season. They had only seven all last season.
The Jets’ power play goal was the first allowed by the Islanders in 17 times shorthanded this season. All three of Dustin Byfuglien’s goals this season have been scored on the power play.
They Said It
Matt Moulson: “You have to keep your foot on your pedal. We kind of got away from that, and it ended up in the back of our net.”
They Tweeted It
@RealKenDick: With his 2 assists, JT ties Benoit Hogue & Mikko Makela for 30th on the franchise's all-time list (124). Put that in The Skinny, @ehornick! (I just did!)
“I don’t think the top line was that much better (than Friday) … they’re going to have to tighten up (defensively) or that line will be no longer.”
This was the third game of a five-game road trip. The Islanders are 1-1-1 on the trip, and will make stops in Pittsburgh and New Jersey before returning to the Coliseum on Super Bowl Sunday. The Islanders will also play five consecutive road games to end the regular season.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 209 career points; he is 55 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 three goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on two of them. Tavares has now been on ice for 63 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 42 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on Nov. 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.
106 NHL Goals
Moulson has 106 career goals (100 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals.
Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with 28:19; Tobias Enstrom led Winnipeg with 26:16.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 draws; the Jets won 37. John Tavares won 11-of-23 for the Isles; Olli Jokinen won 16-of-25 for Winnipeg.
The Islanders were out-hit 30-26. Travis Hamonic led the Islanders with seven hits. There were no fights, leaving the Islanders season total at three.
The Islanders remain two games over .500 all-time (1349-1347-433 in 3129 games). The Islanders fell one game below .500 twice last season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since January 16, 1978 when they were 177-178-83.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 251 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 164 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 87.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 251
With his brother and mother in attendance, defenseman Thomas Hickey made his NHL debut. Hickey had three shots on goal and an even rating. Hickey saw important minutes, playing both late in the third period and in overtime. Hickey is the eighth player to make his Islander debut this season.
Hamonic Goes Home
Travis Hamonic recorded an assist in a game in his hometown, and has points in each of his last three games against Winnipeg. Hamonic did not play late in the third period or in overtime, as he appeared to be shaken up after a collision with Evander Kane.
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey replaced Casey Cizikas and Joe Finley. Radek Martinek was also scratched. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.
As Seen on MSG+
Islander legend (and broadcaster) Butch Goring ranks third on the all-time NHL point list for players born in Manitoba, behind Bobby Clarke and Andy Bathgate.
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 659
2. Roberto Luongo 339
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 328
4. Evgeni Nabokov 314
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 312
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 314
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 312
Career Goals as an Islander
22Benoit Hogue 105
22Ed Westfall 105
24Anders Kallur 101
25Matt Moulson 100
26Trent Hunter 99
27Mikko Makela 95
27David Volek 95
32Travis Green 92
33Butch Goring 87
34John Tavares 85
35Tomas Jonsson 84
36Wayne Merrick 81
36Dave Scatchard 81
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
4Kyle Okposo 95
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
49Eric Cairns 327
50Alan Kerr 326
51Frans Nielsen 324
52Brad Dalgarno 321
59Arron Asham 300
59Roman Hamrlik 300
61Josh Bailey 292
62Gord Dineen 287
63Jeff Norton 282
64Kyle Okposo 276
66Blake Comeau 261
66Andre St. Laurent 261
70Pierre Turgeon 255
71Matt Moulson 251
72Jude Drouin 250
73John Tavares 248
74Brad Isbister 247
74Brendan Witt 247
76Sean Bergenheim 246
77Mark Streit 243
77Miroslav Satan 243
79Bryan Berard 242
Career Points as an Islander
35John Tavares 209
41Matt Moulson 175
45Frans Nielsen 170
50Kyle Okposo 164
Season Series Stats
The Jets lead the season series 1-0-0 and two points to one (Isles are 0-0-1). It’s this generation’s Jets first home-ice win over the Isles in three tries, and ends an Islander five-game unbeaten streak in Manitoba, dating back to 1991. The teams will next meet on April 2 at the Coliseum, before completing the season series on April 20 in Winnipeg.
23 years ago today (1-27-90): Patrick Flatley matched a career-high with five points as the Islanders pounded Pittsburgh 9-3 at the Coliseum. Pat Lafontaine had two goals for the Islanders, giving him 42 goals on the season.
All-time, the Isles are 6-9-3 on this date, although they have earned points in each of their last three games (1-0-2).
On The Farm
Nino Niederreiter and Matt Donovan are representing the Sound Tigers at this weekend’s AHL All-Star Break. Niederreiter helped earn his team points in Sunday’s skill competition in the speed relay while Donovan blistered a shot at over 98 mph to help his team win the team competition in that category. Niederreiter also hit 4-of-7 in the target shooting competition. The AHL All-Star Game is on Monday. Bridgeport, who is 19-19-2-2, resumes play on Thursday against Providence.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH 7:30PM
[NBCSN, WRHU (88.7FM)]
The road trip continues on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. There is no MSG+ telecast; Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will have the call on NBCSN.
This is the first of three trips to Pittsburgh for the Islanders this season (the only city that they will visit three times). After some frustrating times early last season, the Islanders swept the Penguins in a home-and-home last March, raising their season mark vs. Pittsburgh to 2-3-1.
The Islanders will be looking for their third straight win over Pittsburgh; they haven’t managed to do that since 2007.
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.