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The Skinny: Penguins 4, Islanders 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 31

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.

The Scoring:

1st Period

07:46NYIM. Streit (5) Slap - ASST: M. Carkner (1) AND F. Nielsen (13) 1 - 0 NYI

2nd Period

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

3rd Period

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 Skinny:

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 Record:

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 Shots:

Isles 14-14-7=35

Penguins 3-14-8=25

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

•9 1972-1973

•11 1989-1990

•12 1995-1996

•12 1999-2000

•12 2012-2013

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.

Power Plays

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)

The Coach

"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.

Heavy Hitters

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.

March Madness

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

Century Club

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.

Missing Men

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

Career Wins

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

Career Shutouts

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

27Greg Gilbert138

28John Tavares132

29Jason Blake131

30Trent Hunter130

31Mark Streit129

32Frans Nielsen126

33Benoit Hogue124

33Mikko Makela124

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

25Gerry Hart476

26Mariusz Czerkawski470

27Radek Martinek462

28Trent Hunter459

39Randy Wood 381

40Frans Nielsen 350

41Dave Scatchard347

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

66Steve Thomas275

67John Tavares 274

68Mark Streit 269

69Blake Comeau261

69Andre St. Laurent261

Career Points as an Islander

24Ray Ferraro238

25Travis Green237

26John Tavares 234

27Kenny Jonsson232

35Anders Kallur211

36Matt Moulson 202

37Marty McInnis198

38Wayne Merrick197

39Robert Goring195

40Jeffrey Norton188

41Lorne Henning184

42Frans Nielsen 183

43Kyle Okposo 172

43Randy Wood172

45Claude Lapointe171

45Jean-Paul Parise171

47Shawn Bates170

48Jude Drouin169

49Dave Scatchard168

50Mark Streit167

51Miroslav Satan166

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.

Happy Anniversary

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.

Up Next


[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.

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