Penguins 4, Isles 2
Brandon Sutter scored the game-winning goal 1:46 into the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 11 straight games with a 4-2 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 14,888 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles are 0-3-0 on this home stand, and have been outscored 9-0 in third periods.
07:46NYIM. Streit (5) Slap - ASST: M. Carkner (1) AND F. Nielsen (13) 1 - 0 NYI
08:11PITJ. Vitale (2) Wrist - ASST: C. Adams (3) 1 - 1 TIE
17:18NYIJ. Bailey (4) Wrist - ASST: J. Tavares (15) AND T. Hamonic (7) 2 - 1 NYI
19:46PITC. Kunitz (19) Wrist - ASST: S. Crosby (38) AND P. Dupuis (8) 2 - 2 TIE
01:46PITB. Sutter (9) Snap - ASST: M. Cooke (10) AND J. Neal (13) 3 - 2 PIT
19:59PITEN - P. Dupuis (15) Wrist - ASST: S. Crosby (39) AND T. Vokoun (1) 4 - 2 PIT
The Isles have been outscored 12-1 in the last four third periods. They have now been outscored by a 47-30 margin in the third period overall, including 34-16 at home … The Isles defense has now scored in four straight games and combined for 18 goals this season … Matt Moulson’s six-game assist streak and Brad Boyes’ six-game point streak both ended … Along with John Tavares, the top line was minus-8 tonight … Sidney Crosby earned two assists; he has 75 points (20-55-75) in 40 career games against the Isles.
The Isles are now four games over .500 on the road and six games under .500 at home. It’s the first time in Islander history that they have been below .500 overall at a time when they are four games over .500 on the road.
The Isles were held without a shot in the final 8:06, including 3:41 of power play time.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 13-15-3 overall, 5-11-2 at home and 8-4-1 on the road. The Isles fall to 11th place, trailing Carolina and the Rangers by three points. With only six home games remaining, the Isles are guaranteed to finish at .500 or below at home for the third straight season.
The Penguins are 24-8-0 overall, 11-4-0 at home and 13-4-0 on the road. Pittsburgh matched Chicago for the season’s longest winning streak (11) as well as the most road victories. The Penguins are 11-0-0 this March and 48-12-8 in March under Dan Bylsma.
Fewest Points, Isles, first 18 home games
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves but falls to 13-10-3.
Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves for the Penguins; he is now 8-3-0 on the season.
The Islanders went 0-for-2 while the Penguins were also 0-for-2.
The Isles have 13 PP goals in their last 16 games (with all 13 goals coming in six games).
The Isles are 10-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-12-2 when they do not.
In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead in the third period in 25-of-31 games this season (13-9-3).
They Said It
Sidney Crosby: (Vokoun) is the reason we were able to win tonight
They Tweeted It
@EmptyNetters: Penguins remain #UndefEATON (9-0-0). (Pittsburgh is 9-0-0 with former Islander Mark Eaton in the lineup)
"For me, that was one of the best hockey games we've played. Our guys deserved better. I thought we played well. Our guys were going. We had chances -- we just didn't put the puck in the net."
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 5-2-0 when he has two points, 5-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-9-2 when Tavares is pointless.
What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 29 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 13 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season. Tavares has earned an assist on seven Moulson goals this season. Since November 2011, Tavares has been on ice for 39 of Moulson’s last 40 goals, earning 25 assists. Since November 2010, he has earned 47 assists on Moulson’s last 71 goals, while being on ice for 69 of them.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 235 career points; he is 53 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.
114 NHL Goals
Moulson has 114 career goals (108 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals. Moulson is one goal behind Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.
Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald played 23:53 to lead the Isles. Paul Martin led the Pens with 25:40.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 23-of-53 draws. Keith Aucoin won 7-of-11 for the Isles.
The Islanders out-hit Pittsburgh 23-18. Matt Martin led the Isles with seven hits, raising his season total to an NHL-leading 151. Martin also fought Craig Adams in the first period, raising the Isles’ season total to 12. It was Martin’s fifth fight of the season.
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots, including six on attempts from Sidney Crosby. Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with six blocks.
Back Down to .500
The Islanders sit again at all-time .500 (1360-1360-435 in 3155 games). The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and four times this season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February. The Isles are 5-4-1 in March.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 277 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era. 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 190 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 113.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 277
4. Denis Potvin 262
Mark Streit is the ninth Islander defenseman to play at least 100 consecutive games:
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.Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
5.Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
6.Mark Streit 10/8/2011-CURRENT 113
6.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113
8.Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
9.Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
Hamonic, McCabe and Morrow's streaks came at the start of their NHL careers. Both Niinimaa's streak and McCabe's streak encompassed their entire Islander careers.
Joe Finley replaced Thomas Hickey in the lineup. Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek were also scratched. David Ullstrom and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu is skating with the team but has not yet been added to the active roster.
The Isles have scored 55 goals in their 13 wins (4.23 per game) and 33 goals in their other 18 games (0-15-3; 1.83 per game). In their 15 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.60 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 665
2. Roberto Luongo 346
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 330
4. Evgeni Nabokov 325
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 316
19. Nikolai Khabibulin 330
19. Harry Lumley 330
21. Evgeni Nabokov 325
22. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 316
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 120
2. Roberto Luongo 62
3. Evgeni Nabokov 54
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
5. Nikolai Khabibulin 45
6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44
18 Clint Benedict 57
19 Evgeni Nabokov 54
19 Bernie Parent 54
19 Ed Giacomin 54
22 Rogie Vachon 51
22 Dave Kerr 51
22 Curtis Joseph 51
Career Goals as an Islander
21Ray Ferraro 116
22Matt Moulson 108
23Benoit Hogue 105
23Ed Westfall 105
25John Tavares 102
26Anders Kallur 101
27 Trent Hunter 99
Career Assists as an Islander
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
39Randy Wood 381
40Frans Nielsen 350
53Ray Ferraro 316
53Steve Webb 316
53Richard Park 316
56Gerald Diduck 314
57Josh Bailey 312
58Mikko Makela 307
59Gordon Lane 304
60Kyle Okposo 302
61Arron Asham 300
61Roman Hamrlik 300
63Gordon Dineen 287
64Jeffrey Norton 282
65Matt Moulson 277
67John Tavares 274
68Mark Streit 269
69Andre St. Laurent261
Career Points as an Islander
26John Tavares 234
36Matt Moulson 202
42Frans Nielsen 183
43Kyle Okposo 172
Season Series Stats
The Penguins lead the season series three games to one (and six points to two). The final meeting of the season will be on March 30 in Pittsburgh.
19 years ago tonight (March 22, 1994): Vladimir Malakhov scored in overtime as the Islanders rallied from a 4-0 deficit late in the second period for a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. The Isles have not won a game that they trailed by three or more goals at any time since then.
All-time, the Isles are 10-4-2 on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 26-26-6-4 on the season after losing 3-1 on Friday in Providence. The Sound Tigers are seven points out of a playoff spot with 14 games to play.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 FLORIDA AT ISLANDERS (5:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 4:30), WRHU (88.7FM]
The Islanders look to conclude the home stand on a winning note when they host the Panthers on Sunday. The Isles defeated Florida 4-3 Saturday night in Sunrise and will be looking to win three straight over the Panthers for the first time since 2006.
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.