Sidney Crosby scored 3:44 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit and defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a crowd of 13,915 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s the Islanders’ second consecutive overtime loss and it extends the Isles’ winless streak to seven straight games (0-5-2); they are 2-10-2 in their last 14 games.
The Scoring: 1st Period 09:53 NYI Kyle Okposo (7) Deflected shot - ASST: John Tavares (20), Thomas Vanek (10) 1 - 0 NYI 12:55 NYI Kyle Okposo (8) Slapshot - ASST: John Tavares (21), Andrew MacDonald (8) 2 - 0 NYI
2nd Period 19:44 PIT PPG - James Neal (9) Snap shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (29), Chris Kunitz (14) 2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period 08:00 PIT PPG - Sidney Crosby (14) Snap shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (30) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period 03:44 PIT Sidney Crosby (15) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 2 PIT
The Skinny: Kyle Okposo’s two goals match his career high; over his seven career 2-goal games, three have been Atlanta/Winnipeg and two have been against Pittsburgh… Okposo has more goals, more assists, and more points (8-14-22) in his career against Pittsburgh than against any other opponent…Okposo’s goals were the Isles’ first in the first period since scoring just before Evgeni Nabokov got hurt on November 16th vs. Detroit. …John Tavares earned the primary assist on both goals, but was held without a shot on goal… Isles have been outscored 32-17 in the third period, including 25-8 in the last 18 games; they have also been outscored 3-0 in overtime… Sidney Crosby now is 24-56-80 in 44 games against the Isles; he has 36 points vs. the Isles in the last five seasons—most of any opponent in that span…Evgeni Malkin had assists on both Penguin power play goals, extending his streak with an assist/point to nine games … This is the sixth time this season that the Isles have allowed at least two power play goals (0-5-1)… It’s the first time that the Isles have lost consecutive games, both in overtime or shootout since March 11-13, 2012 (Rangers/Washington) and the first time in club history that they have allowed overtime times in consecutive games, both on Coliseum ice…The Isles have been outscored 28-13 during their seven- game winless streak, which is their longest winless streak since they had a 14-game streak from October 23-November 24, 2010 (0-11-3).
The Penalty Shot Frans Nielsen was stopped on a third period penalty shot that was awarded with the Islanders shorthanded. It was the first penalty shot in an Islander game this season. The Isles have scored on 14 of 55 all-time penalty shots, but have been stopped on 18 of the last 19 penalty shots at the Coliseum (regular season). Nielsen, who scored against Boston and Philadelphia in 2010-11, is now 2 for 3 in his career in penalty shots.
The Lost Leads The Isles are now 3-3-1 in games that they have led 2-0 and are 4-2-2 in games that they led after two periods.
The Shots: Isles 9-8-6-0=23 Penguins 10-8-12-4=34
Home and Road The Islanders are 8-15-5 overall, 5-6-5 at home and 3-9-0 on the road. The Isles remain 7 games under NHL-.500 for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season (30-39-13). The Isles finish their homestand with a 0-2-2 record. The Penguins are 19-9-1 overall; they are 11-3-0 at home and 8-6-1 on the road. Pittsburgh’s win is their fourth straight (matching their season high) and moves them one point ahead of Boston for the Eastern Conference lead. They are nine points ahead of Washington in the Metropolitan Division.
In the Nets Anders Nilsson made 31 saves and is now 0-0-2 on the season despite a 2.63 GAA. Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves to improve to 15-7-1 on the season. He is 19-7-4 against the Islanders in regular season play in his career.
Power Plays The Islanders were 0-2 while the Penguins were 2-5. The Isles had not allowed a power play goal in the prior three games. The Isles are 5-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-12-2 when they do not. The Isles are 2-11-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-4-2 when they do not. Over the last 18 games, the Isles power play is 5-61 (8.2%) while the penalty kill is 21-55 (61.8%). During the seven-game winless streak, the power play is 1-20 (and has allowed two shorthanded goals).
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 8-2-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-13-3 when they do not.
Helps to Score First The Isles are 6-2-4 when they score first and are 2-13-1 when they allow the opening goal. It’s the first time in seven games that the Isles have scored the first goal.
Second to The One Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (223) and wins (92). Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 223 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
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
They Said It John Tavares: “I have always said that the refs have the toughest job…but there are times it feels that they (opponents) can get away with a lot. Just trying to find the consistency.”
They Tweeted It @KatieStrangESPN #Isles In all seriousness, really hope Okposo garners serious Olympic consideration. Good guy, works his butt off, really wants the chance #Isles Also, respect to Okposo for using "pizazz" in his post-game comments. Don't hear that much
The Coach I thought he was good. (Nilsson) made some good saves…some timely saves….He’s structured, he stays straight to the puck…and he works hard. These guys work…you try to get the most out of your guys…and these guys are working.
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 3-4-0 in the front-end and 1-4-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. On the seven sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, 1 point once and no points on three occasions. The next back-to-back set will be on December 9th and 10th in Anaheim and San Jose.
Head of the Class John Tavares has 281 career points; he is 68 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 29:45 to lead the Isles for the 21st time this season. Kris Letang played 27:14 to lead the Penguins. The Isles are 7-10-4 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-5-1 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle The Islanders won 32 of 59 draws. Fran Nielsen won 12 of 20 to lead the Isles, who won the battle of the face-off circle for the second straight game. Brandon Sutter won 9 of 14 for Pittsburgh.
Heavy Hitters The Isles were out-hit 26-20. Matt Martin was one of three Islanders with three hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 137. There were no fights in the game, leaving the season total at eight: Martin (3), Boulton (3), and Carkner (2). Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 13 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 98 with three blocks; Peter Regin also had three.
All–time Winners The Islanders remain two games over all-time NHL .500 (1379-1378-443 in 3,200 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 235 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era. Frans Nielsen (158) and Kyle Okposo (141) 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 235 • 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, Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov remain on injured reserve. Brock Nelson, Radek Martinek and Eric Boulton were scratched. The Isles have lost 63 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 5-12-3 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Goals as an Islander 15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145 16 Jason Blake 127 17 John Tavares 123 18 Duane Sutter 121
Career Assists as an Islander 22 Zigmund Palffy 163 23 John Tavares 158 24 David Volek 154 25 Mariusz Czerkawski 150 26 Frans Nielsen 148 27 Travis Green 145 Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 24 Eddie Westfall 493 25 Radek Martinek 476 25 Gerry Hart 476 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
35 David Volek 396 36 Frans Nielsen 395 37 Bert Marshall 392 38 Travis Green 388 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Josh Bailey 355 42 Dave Scatchard 347 42 Kyle Okposo 347 44 Alexei Yashin 346
54 Brad Dalgarno 321 55 John Tavares 320 56 Ray Ferraro 316 56 Steve Webb 316 56 Richard Park 316
Career Points as an Islander 20 Ed Westfall 286 21 John Tavares 281 22 Jason Blake 258 22 Steve Thomas 258
32 Mikko Makela 219 33 Frans Nielsen 218 34 Mark Parrish 214 35 Garry Howatt 213 35 Jean Potvin 213 37 Anders Kallur 211 38 Kyle Okposo 208 39 Marty McInnis 198
Season Series Stats The Penguins lead the season series two games to one (and four points to three) with all three games decided in the 59th minute or later; the teams have only one remaining meeting and that will be on January 23rd at the Coliseum. The Penguins have won their last three regular season games at the Coliseum, but the Isles are 5-4-4 in their last 13 home games against Pittsburgh.
Happy Anniversary 2 years ago tonight: December 3, 2011. Rick DiPietro records his final win as an Islander as Al Montoya blanks the Stars in the third period of an Islander 5-4 win in Dallas. Matt Moulson scored four goals for the Isles for his third career hat trick. Overall, the Isles are 7-8-3 on this date, including another Matt Moulson hat trick game: December 3, 2009 in a 4-1 win in Atlanta and another “4 goals by an Islander” game: Viktor Kozlov at MSG in a 7-4 win in 2006. On The Farm Ryan Strome was named AHL Rookie of the Month and AHL Player of the Week. He went 5-10-15 in 12 games in November, including 3-3-6 in three games this weekend. Bridgeport is 6-10-1-3 on the season and visits Adirondack on Wednesday night. Mike Halmo leads Bridgeport with eight goals; Ryan Strome leads in both assists (18) and points (25). Strome leads all AHL rookies in both assists and in points.
Up Next THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5th — ISLANDERS AT ST. LOUIS 8:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 7:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM] The Islanders begin a 5-game in eight day road trip on Thursday in St. Louis. It will be the Isles’ first game in St. Louis since a 5-1 defeat on February 16, 2012.
The Isles have lost only twice in regulation in St. Louis since 1995 (yes, 1995) but they came in the Isles’ last two trips to St. Loo. The Isles’ last win in St. Louis came on December 6, 2005 (6-3).
The Isles are 3-4-1 against the Western Conference this 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.