By Eric Hornick
Game 16: Sens 3, Isles 1
Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski each scored their first NHL goal as the Ottawa Senators, playing without injured stars Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, defeated the Islanders 3-1 before 18,595 at ScotiaBank Place. Craig Anderson made 37 saves, as he lowered his goals against average to 1.57.
06:01 OTT PPG - C. Greening (2) Wrist - ASST: S. Da Costa (1) AND D. Alfredsson (6) 1 - 0 OTT
08:37 OTT A. Benoit (1) Slap - ASST: J. Silfverberg (3) 2 - 0 OTT
02:44 NYI T. Hamonic (2) Wrist - ASST: M. Reasoner (2) AND K. Okposo (4) 2 - 1 OTT
17:25 OTT D. Dziurzynski (1) Wrist - ASST: Z. Smith (6) AND E. Gryba (1) 3 - 1 OTT
The Sens had gone 0-for-24 on the power play in the past six games … Hamonic’s goal ended a 103:19 scoreless streak; it was his first goal since opening night and the Isles’ first goal by a defenseman since January 31 … Ottawa has outscored its opponent 20-5 in the second period this season … Ottawa coach Paul MacLean recorded his 50th win behind the Senator bench … Rookie defenseman Eric Gryba recorded his first NHL point on the Dziurzynski goal.
The 38 shots are the most for the Islanders on the road this season and match the most the Islanders have had in any road game since December 2, 2011 (41 in Chicago).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-9-1 overall, 2-6-0 at home and 4-3-1 on the road.
The Senators are 9-6-2 overall, 6-1-2 at home and 3-5-0 on the road.
In the Nets
Rick DiPietro made 23 saves as he falls to 0-3-0 on the season. The three goals are the fewest DiPietro has allowed in any appearance this season. DiPietro is now 4-7-0 vs. Ottawa; this was his first appearance vs. the Sens since January 29, 2008.
Craig Anderson made 37 saves as he improved to 8-4-2 on the season and 5-4-2 vs. the Isles. Anderson, who was 13-30-7 in his first 50 career decisions, is 112-84-25 since then.
The Isles went 0-for-4 on the power play while the Sens were 1-for-5. The Isles have allowed a power play goal in five straight games.
They Said It
“(Anderson) played well. He’s probably been the best goalie in the league this year. You can see he’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s challenging a lot of shots.”
They Tweeted It
@SunGarrioch: David Alphabet on first goal: “You dream of it as a kid. It’s a great feeling that’s tough to explain right now,” said Dziurzynski. #Sens
“I thought we had some good chances tonight. Our guys played hard. We had some looks. We’ve just got to bear down a little bit more. But give Anderson credit. He played well.”
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 222 career points; he is 61 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 seven goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on four of them. Tavares has now been on-ice for 67 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 44 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.
110 NHL Goals
Moulson has 110 career goals (104 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals.
Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 25:45 to lead the Isles. Marc Methot led the Sens with 24:24.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 draws; the Senators won 24. Marty Reasoner won 7-of-11 for the Isles; Zack Smith won 9-of-16 for Ottawa.
The Islanders were out-hit 23-14; Matt Martin led the Isles with four hits. There were no fights, leaving the season total at nine.
The Islanders fall one game under all-time .500 (1353-1354-433 in 3,140 games). The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and twice this season. Prior to that, they had not been below NHL .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.
3 Usually Enough
The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring at least three goals and 0-8-0 when scoring two or less.
A Tale of Two Months
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23. The Isles are 2-7-0 in February, and have been outscored 34-18.
This was the first of a three game road trip, and the only five days that the Isles are away from the Metropolitan area in February. The Isles are 0-1-0 on the trip with games remaining in Montreal and Buffalo.
Battling the Northeast
This was the first game of an eight game stretch in which the Isles will play seven Northeast opponents, one Southeast opponent, and no divisional (Atlantic) opponents.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 262 games since joining the team. Moulson tied Denis Potvin for the third-longest streak in franchise history on Tuesday. 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 175 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 98.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 262
3. Denis Potvin 262
The Isles have scored 28 goals in their 6 wins (4.67 per game) and 17 goals in their other 10 games (0-9-1; 1.70 per game). In their nine regulation losses, the Isles have scored 13 goals (1.44 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 663
2. Roberto Luongo 343
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 329
4. Evgeni Nabokov 318
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 318
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
Career Goals as an Islander
22 Benoit Hogue 105
22 Ed Westfall 105
24 Matt Moulson 104
25 Anders Kallur 101
26 Trent Hunter 99
27 John Tavares 95
27 Mikko Makela 95
27 David Volek 95
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1 John Tavares 127
2 Mark Streit 122
3 Frans Nielsen 121
4 Kyle Okposo 96
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
43 Marty McInnis 337
44 Frans Nielsen 335
45 Butch Goring 332
45 Oleg Kvasha 332
58 Gord Lane 304
59 Arron Asham 300
59 Roman Hamrlik 300
61 Josh Bailey 298
62 Gord Dineen 287
62 Kyle Okposo 287
64 Jeff Norton 282
65 Steve Thomas 275
66 Matt Moulson 262
67 Blake Comeau 261
67 Andre St. Laurant 261
69 John Tavares 259
69 Brad Lauer 259
71 Benoit Hogue 258
72 Pierre Turgeon 255
73 Mark Streit 254
74 Jude Drouin 250
Career Points as an Islander
28 Benoit Hogue 229
28 Trent Hunter 229
30 John Tavares 222
31 Mikko Makela 219
38 Butch Goring 195
39 Jeff Norton 188
40 Matt Moulson 187
41 Lorne Henning 184
42 Frans Nielsen 176
43 Randy Wood 172
44 Claude Lapointe 171
44 JP Parise 171
46 Shawn Bates 170
47 Jude Drouin 169
48 Dave Scatchard 168
49 Miroslav Satan 166
49 Kyle Okposo 166
51 Mark Streit 158
51 Oleg Kvasha 158
53 Alan Kerr 154
Season Series Stats
The Senators lead the season series one game to none (two points to zero). This was the Islanders’ only visit to Ottawa this season; the Sens will be at the Coliseum on March 3 and March 19.
The Isles have lost four straight to Ottawa, and have been outscored in those games by a combined total of 19-4.
34 years ago today (2-19-79): Four different Islander goalies have earned shutouts on this date, but if it is February 19th, you have to think about Mike Bossy, who on this date in 1979 scored his 100th career goal in an 8-3 Islander win at Los Angeles. Bossy became the quickest player in NHL history to reach 100 goals, doing so in the second period of his 129th game. The Kings’ goalie was Ron Grahame, who 23 months later would give up Bossy’s 50th in 50 games.
All-time, the Isles are 12-5-0 on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 22-21-3-3. The Sound Tigers are tied for third with Albany in the Northeast Division after being swept in a home-and-home series by Providence. Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they visit Springfield. Nino Niederreiter continues to lead Bridgeport in goals (22) and points (39).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL (7:30PM)
[MSG+2 (Pre-game show at 7:00PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders continue their three game road trip with a game in Montreal against Les Habitants. It’s the first of three meetings this season with the Canadiens.
The Islanders have had some success in Montreal in recent years, going 4-3-1 (including 1-1-0 last year); however, all four Isles win have been in overtime or the shootout, leaving Montreal 7-0-4 in the last 11 at home against the Isles. That streak began on March 13, 2007.
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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