Rangers 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Marian Gaborik scored a power play goal early in overtime as the New York Rangers rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Rangers have won four straight games while the Islanders now have a four-game point streak (2-0-2), which is their longest since January 24 – February 7, 2012 (3-0-2).
11:51NYIM. Grabner (10) Wrist - ASST: C. McDonald (5) AND A. MacDonald (4) 1 - 0 NYI
14:37NYRR. Nash (8) Tip-In - ASST: D. Stepan (9) AND C. Hagelin (5) 1 - 1 TIE
00:42NYRPPG - M. Gaborik (8) Slap - ASST: R. Nash (12) AND D. Stepan (10) 2 - 1 NYR
Michael Grabner is the third Islander to reach ten goals, joining Matt Moulson and John Tavares … Grabner has scored in three straight games … The Isles are the third team with three 10-goal scorers, joining Chicago and Pittsburgh … Rick Nash continues his unusual streak of scoring only in the third period – he is the first player in Rangers history to score his first eight goals in a season all in the third period … Nash now has a point in the last eight games he has played (6-7-13) … The Isles are 5-1-1 when leading after two periods … Gaborik has 22 goals in 30 career games against the Islanders; three of his eight goals this season have come against the Isles … Moulson played in his 299th NHL game … The Isles have not shut out the Rangers since December 26, 2006.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-11-3 overall, 4-8-2 at home and 6-3-1 on the road.
The Rangers are 12-8-2 overall, 10-4-1 at home and 2-4-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves; he is 10-7-2 on the season. All of Nabokov’s shutouts as an Islander came on the road. His only shutout at the Coliseum came in 2000, as a member of the Sharks.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for the Rangers as he improves to 11-7-1 on the season. Lundqvist is 26-11-5 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders did not have a power play while the Rangers were 1-for-3. The Isles have nine PP goals in their last nine games (with all nine goals coming in three games). This was the second time in this stretch that they did not have a single power play. It was the first time since January 7, 1989 that the Isles did not have a power play in a game against the Rangers.
The Isles are 8-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-9-2 when they do not.
In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead in the third period in 19-of-24 games this season (10-6-3).
They Said It
Matt Martin: "Maybe we're wrong, maybe they played a real clean game. We're in one of the toughest divisions in the league, and they're pretty far from a soft team. It's very frustrating."
They Tweeted It
“@KatieStrangESPN #Isles so upset abt Grabner's hooking penalty that Kyle Okposo got a 10 min misconduct and team staff received a game misconduct
"I feel bad for the guys. They deserved a couple power plays, but [the Rangers] got the break in OT and they took advantage."
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 4-2-0 when he has two points, 3-2-0 when he has one point, and 1-7-2 when Tavares is pointless.
What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 25 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 10 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 229 career points; he is 59 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 27:34 to lead the Isles. Dan Girardi led the Rangers with 23:27
In the Circle
The Islanders won 18 draws; the Canadiens won 23. Casey Cizikas won 5-of-8 for the Isles (making it 18 of 27 in the last three games); JT Miller won 6-of-7 for the Rangers.
The Islanders out-hit the Rangers 26-20; Colin McDonald and Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits each; Martin leads the NHL with 116. Casey Cizikas had three hits, giving that line a total of 15 for the second straight game. There were no fights, leaving the Isles’ season total at 10.
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots. Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with five.
Still over .500
The Islanders remain one game over .500 all-time (1357-1356-435 in 3148 games). The Isles were 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 to Victory
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February. The Isles are 2-0-1 in March.
Tightening Up the Division
With the Isles earning a point and the Flyers losing, the Isles tie Philadelphia in the standings, and have one game in hand. Both teams are tied with Winnipeg for 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
Lots of Home Cooking
This was the sixth game of a seven-game home stand, which matches the club record.
•October 7- October 28, 1972 (1-5-1 in the first seven games in club history)
•December 19, 2000- January 2, 2001 (2-5-0)
•November 21-December 4, 2001 (3-2-2)
•October 14- October 31, 2006 (4-1-2)
•February 15-March 1, 2007 (5-1-1)
•February 24-March 9, 2013 (2-2-2 with one game to play)
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 270 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 183 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 106.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 270
4. Denis Potvin 262
Mark Streit is the ninthth Islander defenseman to play at least 100 consecutive games:
1.Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2.Bryan McCabe 10/7/95-2/4/98 220
3.Gerry Hart 3/1/75-11/22/77 198
4.Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
5.Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
6.Travis Hamonic 11/24/10 – 2/4/12 113
7.Jean Potvin 10/23/75-1/2/77 110
8.Mark Streit 10/8/11-CURRENT 106
9.Kenny Jonsson 12/26/96-2/4/98 104
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.
Eric Boulton replaced David Ullstrom in the lineup. Lubomir Visnovsky (personal reasons) and Keith Aucoin were also scratched. Matt Carkner and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.
The Isles have scored 44 goals in their 10 wins (4.40 per game) and 25 goals in their other 14 games (0-11-3; 1.79 per game). In their 11 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 16 goals (1.45 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 664
2. Roberto Luongo 344
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 330
4. Evgeni Nabokov 322
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 314
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 322
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 314
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 120
2. Roberto Luongo 62
3. Evgeni Nabokov 53
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
5. Nikolai Khabibulin 45
6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44
19 Bernie Parent 54
19 Ed Giacomin 54
21 Evgeni Nabokov 53
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
25Anders Kallur 101
26 Trent Hunter 99
27John Tavares 98
28Mikko Makela 95
28David Volek 95
Career Assists as an Islander
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
40Alexei Yashin 346
41Mark Parrish 345
42Frans Nielsen 343
43Marty McInnis 337
58Josh Bailey 305
59Gordon Lane 304
60Arron Asham 300
60Roman Hamrlik 300
62Kyle Okposo 295
63Gordon Dineen 287
64Jeffrey Norton 282
66Matt Moulson 270
67John Tavares 267
68Mark Streit 262
69Andre St. Laurent261
Career Points as an Islander
28John Tavares 229
38Matt Moulson 195
42Frans Nielsen 178
47Kyle Okposo 169
Season Series Stats
The Rangers lead the season series two games to one (and five points to three). The final meeting of the season will come on April 13 at the Coliseum.
The Isles are 3-1-1 against the Rangers in the last five at the Coliseum and 4-2-1 in their last seven home games against their local rivals.
4 years ago today (March 7, 2009): Sean Bergenheim recorded a hat trick as the Isles pounded the Devils 7-3 at the Coliseum.
All-time, the Isles are 8-8-3 on this date, including 2-0-1 in the last 3.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 23-24-5-4 on the season after losing to Manchester in overtime on Wednesday. The Sound Tigers are seven points out of a playoff spot with 20 games to play. Bridgeport visits Albany on Friday and is then off until Tuesday.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS (1:00PM)
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The Islanders conclude their seven-game home stand with their first meeting of the season with Washington.
The Isles are 2-0-3 in their last five games with Washington, going 2-0-2 last season.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10 ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH (7:00PM)
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The Isles will then head to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Sunday in the first of a three-game road trip. It’s the third meeting of the season between the teams, with each squad owning a road victory.
This game will start a stretch in which the Isles and Penguins will face each other three times in a three-week period.
The Skinny will not be published after Saturday’s game as I will be celebrating my son’s Bar Mitzvah. Mazel Tov, Evan!
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.