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The Skinny: Rangers 4, Islanders 1

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 10

Rangers 4, Isles 1

JT Miller scored his first two career goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers handed the Islanders their third straight loss, defeating the Islanders 4-1 before a sellout crowd of 17,200 at Madison Square Garden.

The Scoring:

1st Period

01:29 NYR J. Miller (1) Snap - ASST: C. Kreider (1) AND M. Staal (4) 1 - 0 NYR

14:04 NYR M. Gaborik (6) Wrist - ASST: M. Staal (5) AND B. Richards (7) 2 - 0 NYR

2nd Period

11:13 NYI J. Tavares (5) Snap - ASST: M. Moulson (6) AND J. Finley (1) 2 - 1 NYR

18:11 NYR PPG - J. Miller (2) Snap - ASST: R. McDonagh (1) 3 - 1 NYR

3rd Period

17:52 NYR EN - R. McDonagh (1) Wrist - ASST: NONE 4 - 1 NYR

The Skinny: The Rangers have won eight straight over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden for the first time in the long rivalry between the teams, outscoring the Isles 35-11; the Isles’ eight-game winless streak at MSG matches the club mark set in the team’s first eight visits to Manhattan … Miller became the first Ranger since Don Murdoch (1976) to score two goals in his first game on Garden ice … The Isles went 0-for-5 on the power play, dropping to 0-for-19 over the last three games; it’s the first time since October 17-22, 2002 that the Isles have failed on at least 19 power plays in three consecutive games … Joe Finley recorded his first NHL point; Chris Kreider recorded his first regular season assist … John Tavares tied Michael Grabner for the team lead in goals (5). It was his 214th career point, breaking a tie with Jean Potvin and Garry Howatt and allowing him to match Mark Parrish for 31st place on the franchise all-time scoring list … The Rangers had scored only four first period goals in their first nine games.

The Shots:

Isles 8-9-11=28

Rangers 10-8-7=25

Home and Road

The Islanders are 4-5-1 overall, 1-3-0 at home and 3-2-1 on the road. It’s the first time since the Isles lost the season opener that they have fallen under .500.

The Rangers are 5-5-0 overall, 4-2-0 at home and 1-3-0 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves but falls to 4-4-1 on the season. Nabokov is now 6-7-1 in his career against the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as he improves to 4-5-0 on the season and 25-11-5 against the Islanders.

Power Plays

The Isles went 0-for-5 on the power play while the Rangers were 1-for-2. The Isles have allowed a power play goal in each of their last three games.

They Said It

Evgeni Nabokov: “It seems like sometimes we are satisfied to be in close games, but there’s enough talent in here to work hard and win games. We need to start better, and that starts with me and it goes along the line with everybody. That’s the bottom line.”

They Tweeted It

@JesseSpector: Rick Nash has a potential goal wiped out because the whistle blew. For once, may have been the right call. Looked like Nabokov had control.

The Coach

"We bailed on a few plays along the wall--nothing bothers me more than that"

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 214 career points; he is 55 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.

Friends, Friends, Friends

Matt Moulson has four goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on two of them. Tavares has now been on ice for 64 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 42 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.

107 NHL Goals

Moulson has 107 career goals (101 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals.

Road Warrior

All four of Matt Moulson’s goals this season have come on the road. Scoring on the road is nothing new for Moulson; 23 of his 36 goals last season also came on the road. Only Steven Stamkos (24) had more.

Leading Ice Men

Marc Streit led the Isles with 25:51. Anton Stralman led the Rangers with 26:41 (one second less than his career high, set March 2, 2012 at Tampa Bay).

In the Circle

The Islanders won 23 draws; the Rangers won 25. Frans Nielsen won 4-of-7 for the Isles; Derek Stepan won 12-of-20 for the Rangers.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders were out-hit 34-23; Colin McDonald led the Isles with seven hits. There were no fights, leaving the season total at six.

All-time Winners

The Islanders fall to one game over .500 all-time (1351-1350-433 in 3134 games). The Isles twice last season fell one game below .500. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.

4 is a Magic Number

The Isles are 4-0-1 when scoring at least four goals and 0-5-0 when scoring two or less. (The Isles have not scored exactly three goals in any game so far this season.)

Local Yokels

The Isles are in the midst of a stretch in which they will play nine consecutive games in the New York area (six at home, two at MSG, and one in New Jersey). The Isles are 1-3-0 so far in this stretch, with one game at MSG, and home games against Buffalo, Carolina, New Jersey and Philadelphia remaining.

Ironmen

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 256 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the fourth-longest in club history. 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 169 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 92.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History

1. Billy Harris 576

2. Bob Nystrom 301

3. Denis Potvin 262

4. Matt Moulson 256

Missing Men

Lubomir Visnovsky passed his physical, was added to the active roster, but was scratched as was Casey Cizikas and Matt Carkner; Radek Martinek is on Injured Reserve. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe; however Bailey is skating with the team.

List Time

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 661

2. Roberto Luongo 341

3. Nikolai Khabibulin 328

4. Evgeni Nabokov 316

5. Miikka Kiprusoff 313

Career Wins

21. Sean Burke 324

22. Evgeni Nabokov 316

23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313

Career Goals as an Islander

22Benoit Hogue 105

22Ed Westfall 105

24Matt Moulson 101

24Anders Kallur 101

26Trent Hunter 99

32Travis Green 92

33John Tavares 89

34Butch Goring 87

Career Assists as an Islander – active players

1John Tavares125

2Frans Nielsen121

3Mark Streit120

4Kyle Okposo 95

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

48Shawn Bates 330

49Frans Nielsen 329

50Eric Cairns 327

51Alan Kerr 326

59Arron Asham 300

59Roman Hamrlik 300

61Josh Bailey 292

62Gord Dineen 287

63Jeff Norton 282

64Kyle Okposo 281

65Steve Thomas275

70Matt Moulson 256

71Pierre Turgeon 255

72John Tavares 253

73Jude Drouin 250

74Mark Streit 248

75Brad Isbister 247

75Brendan Witt 247

77Sean Bergenheim 246

Career Points as an Islander

31Mark Parrish214

31John Tavares 214

33Jean Potvin213

33Garry Howatt213

35Anders Kallur211

36Marty McInnis198

40Lorne Henning184

41Matt Moulson 180

42Frans Nielsen 175

43Randy Wood172

44Claude Lapointe171

44JP Parise171

46Shawn Bates170

47Jude Drouin169

48Dave Scatchard168

49Miroslav Satan166

50Kyle Okposo 165

51Oleg Kvasha158

52Mark Streit156

53Alan Kerr154

Season Series Stats

The Rangers lead the season series one game to zero (two points to zero). The teams will meet again on February 14 at the Garden and March 7 and April 13 at the Coliseum.

Happy Anniversary

One year ago today (2-7-12): The Islanders didn’t score through 65 minutes but still won, as Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a shootout.

All-time, the Isles are 7-9-3 on this date, although they have lost three of the last four.

On The Farm

Bridgeport is 20-19-2-3. The Sound Tigers will host Portland Saturday night and Worcester Sunday afternoon.

Up Next

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)

[MSG+ (Pre-game show at 6:30PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]

The Islanders and Sabres meet for the first of three times this season at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

The Sabres won the season series two games to one (and four points to three) last season. Each team won once in regulation and the Sabres also defeated the Isles in a shootout.

And Finally…

With bad weather headed our way, you might be interested to know that the last Islander game postponed due to weather was on March 13, 1993 when snow prevented the Isles from hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. That game was played the next day, which was the day the Rangers’ JT Miller was born. (The storm caused the rescheduling of several other Islander games as well.)

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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