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by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 17

Los Angeles 5, Islanders 1

Anze Kopitar scored twice in the first 5:02 of the game, and the Islanders trailed the whole evening as Los Angeles defeated the Isles 5-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The Islanders have now lost 10 straight games (0-9-1), while Western Conference leading LA now has 24 points, one behind Washington for the NHL lead; the Kings have two games in hand on Washington. 

Schremp Gets One Back

Islander Coach Scott Gordon called time-out after Kopitar’s second goal, and the Islanders responded with a goal just 37 seconds later.  Rob Schremp scored his first goal since last March 5th, with James Wisniewski credited for a team-leading 11th assist.

Williams Extends Streaks

Hard work by Justin Williams provided Los Angeles with the only goal of the second period as he batted a rebound past Dwayne Roloson.  Jarrett Stoll and Scott Parse earned assists on the play, which extended Williams’ point streak to nine games (matching a career high) and Stoll’s and Parse’s point streaks to six and three games, respectively.

Brown Connects on Penalty Shot

Dustin Brown was pulled them midway through the third and was awarded a penalty shot.  He beat Roloson for the 4-1 lead.  It was the 2nd penalty shot against Roloson this season; he stopped Benoit Pouliot of Montreal earlier.  It’s the first time that there has been a penalty shot in a game between these teams since Billy Smith stopped Charlie Simmer in 1979.   (The Isles have had only one penalty shot against LA, and it came in the second game in franchise history.  Billy Smith was stopped by Rogatien Vachon on October 1, 1972.)

Matt Martin and Kevin Westgarth fought 9 minutes into the third, which might have brought a smile to Cornell’s Matt Moulson.  Westgarth played hockey for Princeton.  Drew Doughty’s power play goal cemented the score.  Westgarth also fought with Zenon Konopka (Konopka’s NHL-leading 8th fight) with just over one minute to play. 5-1 Final.

Home and Road

Los Angeles improves to 12-3-0, 8-0-0 at home.  It’s the best 15-game start in Kings history and the first time that they have opened the season with eight straight home wins. The Isles are 4-10-3, 2-8-2 on the road. 

Unbalanced Schedule

This is the earliest in Islander history that they played their 12th road game by both number of games and the calendar.  The previous earliest date was November 17th, which they did both in 2001 and 2005; in both 1992-93 and 2001-02 they opened with 12 out of 19 on the road.

In the Nets
Dwayne Roloson, playing for the fifth straight game, finished with 30 saves.  His record falls to 2-7-1.

Jonathan Quick made 18 saves for the Kings, including four off the stick of his brother-in-law (Moulson).  Quick is now 10-1-0 on the season.  He has beaten the Islanders in each of the last four games (once in a shootout) between the teams, allowing just five goals. 

Power Plays

The Isles failed on five power plays while the Kings went 1-4.  The Kings have not allowed a power play goal at home this season (31-31).  The Isles’ power play went 0-California (0-12), while the penalty killers stopped 9 of 11 on the trip.

Can’t Win if You Can’t Score
The Isles have scored only eight goals in the last eight games.  It’s the fewest goals that the Isles have scored in an eight-game stretch since the inaugural 1972-73 season.  They’ve been held to one goal or fewer in five straight games, matching the club record set in 1972-73 and equaled in 2003-04.

Not Schwarzenegger’s Fault
The Isles went 0-2-1 on this California trip, scoring just twice.  They are 0-4-2 in their last six games in the Golden State, dating back to a shootout win in Anaheim in October, 2006.

In the Circle

There were 67 draws, and the Isles won 44 of them (67%).  Rob Schremp (7-1) and Frans Nielsen (10-2) were the Isles’ best face-off men.

It’s Over, Finally
This was the final game in a 15 game stretch in which the Islanders played 12 times on the road and only three times at home.  After going 3-1-1 in the first five, they went 0-9-1 in the final 10. It’s the first time that they’ve gone ten without a win (single season) since December 4- 23, 2008. The schedule will now finally change, with the Islanders playing ten of the next 14 at home.

Missing Men

Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Andrew MacDonald remain out for extended periods while Milan Jurcina is out with a hamstring injury.  With Jack Hillen under the weather, Rob Schremp returned to the lineup.  Trevor Gillies remains a healthy scratch.

Missing Mac

The Isles are 0-9-1 in the ten games Andrew MacDonald has missed.

3 or Less

The Isles have been held to three goals or fewer in 12 straight games (2-9-1) since tallying five against Colorado on October 16.  It’s the longest that the team has gone without scoring four goals since a 14-game stretch last December 5th-31st.

Season Series Stats 
The Kings lead the season series, 1-0.  A rematch is scheduled for Long Island on February 19th.   The Isles are winless in their last seven games against Los Angeles (5 losses, a shootout loss and a tie).

Happy Anniversary

31 years ago today (November 13, 1979): The Islanders defeated the Rangers 10-5 in the first meeting of the teams since the previous spring’s playoff.  This is the famed “Double Chili” game.  In those days, the Isles needed six goals for Chili.  They reached that mark early in the 2nd period. With a Wendy’s executive in the House, “Double Chili” was announced after the eighth goal if the Isles reached ten goals.  Denis Potvin (who Ranger fans never seemed to like) scored the Double Chili goal with 7:53 to play.  It’s one of only nine times that the Isles have scored ten goals in a game; all nine occurred in 1984 or earlier.  Three of the 9 were against the Rangers.
The Isles had won three straight November 13th games, including last year’s overtime win in Carolina.

Up Next
Wednesday, November 17th- Tampa Bay @ Islanders 7:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 6:30), WRHU 88.7FM]
The Islanders have played only five of their first 17 games at home.  They will match that total in the next six games as they will play five at home, including Wednesday night’s game with Tampa Bay. It’s the second meeting of the teams this season; Matt Moulson’s overtime goal gave the Islanders their most recent win, on October 21st in Tampa Bay.  The Islanders have won five of the last six against Tampa Bay at the Coliseum.
And Finally…
Heartfelt sympathies to Ottawa Senators Assistant Coach Luke Richardson on the tragic loss of his 14 year old daughter. 

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources.

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