The comeback kids finally found a lead that they could not overcome as Aleksander Barkov gave Florida the lead just 32 seconds into play and the Panthers scored three first period goals enroute to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 13,730 at BB&T Center. The loss snaps the Islanders’ 4-game winning streak overall and seven game road winning streak. It’s the 15th time this season that the Islanders have allowed at least three goals in a period (0-15-0).
The Scoring: 1st Period 00:32 FLA Aleksander Barkov (8) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (10) 1 - 0 FLA 15:34 FLA Drew Shore (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Krystofer Barch (3), Ed Jovanovski (1) 2 - 0 FLA 19:24 FLA Nick Bjugstad (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Scottie Upshall (14) 3 - 0 FLA 2nd Period 15:59 FLA SHG - Scottie Upshall (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Campbell (15) 4 - 0 FLA 19:29 NYI Colin McDonald (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Martin (4), Calvin de Haan (6) 4 - 1 FLA
3rd Period 02:38 NYI Thomas Vanek (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Frans Nielsen (20), Kyle Okposo (27) 4 - 2 FLA
The Skinny: Aleksander Barkov’s goal was the earliest allowed by the Islanders this season…Florida had scored only 22 first period goals before tonight…Scott Upshall’s goal was the 4th shorthanded goal allowed by the Islanders this season (all in the last 23 games)..Thomas Vanek’s goal gives the Islanders four players with 16 goals, joining Chicago as the only teams in the league with at least four 16-goal scorers...The Isles have outscored their opponents 16-3 in the third period over the last nine games…Calvin deHaan had no points in his first 17 games this season but now has a 5-game point streak (1-5-6)… Florida is unbeaten in regulation when leading after 2 periods (9-0-1)… Isles had won the last 4 games that they trailed 2-0 (@ San Jose, @ Minnesota, Vs Dallas, @ Dallas)… The Isles had won eight straight games outside the Metropolitan Division.
End of Seven This was only the second time in franchise history that the Isles have won at least seven straight on the road: • 8 in 1980-81 • 7 in 2013-14 • 6 in 1980-81, 1981-82, and 2001-02
The 7-game winning streak is the longest road winning streak in the NHL this season: 7 NY ISLANDERS Dec 20, 2013 Jan 12, 2014 6 ANAHEIM Dec 6, 2013 Dec 23, 2013 6 CHICAGO Nov 21, 2013 Nov 30, 2013 6 NY RANGERS Oct 26, 2013 Nov 23, 2013 6 DALLAS Nov 3, 2013 Nov 17, 2013 6 COLORADO Oct 8, 2013 Nov 1, 2013
Isles at 48
The Isles are 18-23-7 through 48 games; they were 24-17-7 last season, which lasted only 48 games. • Goals For: 132+ (139 last season) • Goals Against: 156+ (139 last season) • John Tavares 21-35-56 +2 (28-19-47 -2 last season) • Kyle Okposo 19-27-46 -2 (4-20-24 -2 last season) • Frans Nielsen 16-20-36 -10 (6-23-29 -3 last season)
The Shots: Isles 8-10-15=33 Panthers 10-10- 6 =26
Every Islander but Josh Bailey and Thomas Hickey was credited with at least 1 shot on goal.
Home and Road The Islanders are 18-23-7 overall, 7-9-7 at home and 11-14-0 on the road. The Isles have won 4 of 5, are 9-4-0 in their last 13 and are 10-5-2 in their last 17 games overall. The Panthers are 18-21-7 overall; they are 10-9-4 at home and 8-12-3 on the road. The Panthers are 4-1-2 in their last seven games.
By Division The Isles are 3-10-3 in Division games and are 15-13-4 in games against other divisions. They are 6-4-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 6-4-0 vs. Central Division, and 3-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division. In the Nets Kevin Poulin made 22 saves but falls to 9-13-0 on the season. The loss breaks a career-best five game winning streak. Tim Thomas made 31 saves for Florida; he improves to 12-11-3.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-3 while the Panthers were 0-5. The Isles are 10-6-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-17-3 when they do not. The Isles are 8-14-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-9-4 when they do not. The Islander special teams are much improved as of late. The power play is 11-39 (28.2%) over the last 13 games while the Isles have killed 36 of 42 (85.7%) over the last 14 games while scoring two shorthanded goals. Florida, on the other hand, is 0-22 on the power play in their last seven games.
Tale of Three Seasons The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. Since then, the Isles are 11-39 in the last 14 games (including 9-25 in the last eight games (36.0%)).
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 17-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-19-5 when they do not.
Helps to Score First The Isles are 9-5-5 when they score first and are 9-18-2 when they allow the opening goal. The Isles have allowed the first goal in 9 of their last 10 games.
Second to The One Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (243) and wins (102).
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 243 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181 Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 102 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It Colin McDonald: “We talked before tonight’s game that we wanted a better start; obviously we didn’t do that….They came pretty hard, with all five guys…forced us to rush the puck…cost us the game.”
They Tweeted It @fornabaioctp Longest AHL streak: 2 (4x) MT @ehornick Calvin deHaan now has a 5 game point streak @ckRaggio Frustrating loss, but every streak has to come to an end. We'll start a new one on Thursday. Shake it off, boys! Let's Go #isles!! @bgeezy44 Dont worry about tonight boys just wasnt the night 34 games left keep grinding #isles#nevergiveup
The Coach “We had quite a few chances… we got into penalty trouble, obviously...the first and third goal were tough…It’s self-inflicted.” Back-to-Backs The Isles are 5-6-0 in the front-end and 4-5-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. In the eleven sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points twice, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. The next set of back-to-backs will be on January 20th-21st as they will host Philadelphia before visiting the Rangers.
Head of the Class John Tavares has 305 career points; he is 73 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 29:39 to lead the Isles for the 29h time this season. Brian Campbell led the Panthers with 30:21 of ice-time. The Isles are 11-13-5 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 7-10-2 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle The Islanders won 32 of 64 draws. John Tavares won 14 of 21 draws for the Isles; Aleksander Barkov won 13 of 22 for Florida. The Islanders killed all five Florida power plays, despite losing all 10 face-offs on Florida power plays.
Heavy Hitters The Isles out-hit Florida 37-18. Four Islanders, including Matt Martin, shared the team lead with four hits. Martin’s 234 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin. He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. There were no fights. The Isles have been involved in 15 fights this season: Martin (6), Boulton (4), Carkner (4), McDonald (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 11 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald left the Isles with 4 blocks, extending his NHL-leading total to 163. Matt Carkner also had 4.
Four Over All-Time .500 The Islanders fall to four games over all-time NHL .500 (1389-1385-446 in 3,220 games). The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game. The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.
Ironmen Frans Nielsen is the Islanders’ reigning ironman. He has played 178 consecutive games, and is one of four Islanders to have played in every game this season. Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (149), Matt Martin (109), and Thomas Hickey (49). Travis Hamonic did not play; he is "day-to-day" with an "upper body injury".
Hamonic's absence ends his consecutive game streak at 117 games; his entire NHL career to this point has been played in two lengthy consecutive games stretches (8th and 9th among all Islander defenders)
Century Club Travis Hamonic is the only defenseman in Islander history with two streaks in which he played at least 100 consecutive games. Those are two of only 10 streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by a defenseman in Islander history: 1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262 2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**) 3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198 4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/11- CURRENT 149 5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**) 6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*) 7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130 8. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012- 1/12/2014 117 9. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113 (*) 10. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110 11. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
(*) Start of NHL career. (**) Entire career with Islanders
Missing Men Lubomir Visnovsky, Radek Martinek and Evgeni Nabokov remain on injured reserve. Peter Regin was scratched for the 4th straight game while Eric Boulton was scratched for the 3rd straight game. Matt Carkner returned to the lineup, replacing Travis Hamonic (upper body injury). The Isles have lost 123 games this season due to injury.
Nobody Beats 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 are 15-20-5 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 John Tavares 133 17 Jason Blake 127
28 Mikko Makela 95 28 David Volek 95 30 Randy Wood 94 31 Greg Gilbert 93 31 Garry Howatt 93 33 Travis Green 92 34 Kyle Okposo 91 35 Butch Goring 87 36 Tomas Jonsson 84 37 Wayne Merrick 81 37 Dave Scatchard 81 39 Marty McInnis 79 40 Miroslav Satan 78 41 Michael Grabner 77 42 Frans Nielsen 76 42 Claude Lapointe 76 44 Lorne Henning 73 44 J.P. Parise 73 Career Assists as an Islander 16 Ed Westfall 181 17 Kenny Jonsson 175 18 John Tavares 173 19 Alexei Yashin 171 20 Duane Sutter 171 21 Jean Potvin 167 22 Jeff Norton 166 23 Zigmund Palffy 163 24 Frans Nielsen 156 25 David Volek 154 Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 24 Eddie Westfall 493 25 Radek Martinek 476 25 Gerry Hart 476 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
32 Dave Langevin 422 33 Frans Nielsen 415 34 Wayne Merrick 411 35 Jean Potvin 402 36 David Volek 396 37 Bert Marshall 392 38 Travis Green 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Josh Bailey 372 42 Kyle Okposo 366 43 Dave Scatchard 347 44 Alexei Yashin 346 45 Mark Parrish 345 46 John Tavares 338 47 Marty McInnis 337 Career Points as an Islander 16 Ziggy Palffy 331 17 John Tavares 305 18 Mariusz Czerkawski 295
Season Series Stats The Panthers lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and two points to none). The teams will also meet on March 2nd and April 1st at the Coliseum. The loss breaks the Isles’ four game win streak against Florida; they are 6-4-0 in their last ten against the Cats.
Happy Anniversary 2 years ago tonight (1-14-12): Evgeni Nabokov became the 26th goalie in NHL history to win xxx games as the Islanders defeated Buffalo 4-2 at the Coliseum. Michael Grabner scored the winning goal with 3:03 to play and added an empty-net; in between, Nabokov stopped Thomas Vanek on a penalty shot to preserve the lead. Overall, the Isles are 7-6-2 on this date, including an 8-5 win over Quebec in 1988, during which Denis Potvin became the first defensemen in NHL history to record his 300th goal
On The Farm Bridgeport is 14-20-1-4 on the season. The Sound Tigers are off until Friday, when they begin a 3-game in 3-day weekend in Binghamton. Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with 15 goals; Lee and Dallas Jackson leads current Sound Tigers in assists (14) while Lee leads current players in points (29). Ryan Strome still leads the team in assists (24) and points (33).
Up Next THURSDAY, JANUARY 14th —ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:30PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders recent hot streak began with a win at Madison Square Garden that following a disappointing shootout loss to Tampa Bay at the Coliseum. Valtteri Filippula scored twice in the final three minutes, including the tying goal off a scramble with less than 4 seconds to play and then also scored in the shootout.
Despite that shootout loss, the Isles are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games against the Lightning.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.