The Skinny - Islanders 4, Devils 3 (SO)

Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 10:22 AM
Eric Hornick

Game 1

Isles 4, New Jersey 3(SO)

Michael Grabner scored two goals and added an assist but the Islanders needed a shootout goal from Matt Moulson to earn a 4-3 Opening Night win over the Devils before 16,624 at Prudential Center in Newark … It’s the Isles’ first Opening Night win since defeating Buffalo in 2007 and only their second in their last 11 Openers (2-7-2) … Grabner is the first Islander since Mike Comrie in 2007 to score twice in an Isles’ opener; no Islander has ever had a hat trick on Opening Night.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD

02:59 NJD D. Brunner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: D. Zubrus (1), A. Loktionov (1) 1 - 0 NJD

08:07 NYI M. Grabner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: T. Hamonic (1) 1 - 1 Tie

2ND PERIOD

04:46 NJD M. Ryder (1) Wrap-around - ASST: B. Salvador (1), M. Zidlicky (1) 2 - 1 NJD

13:43 NYI M. Grabner (2) Wrist shot - ASST: J. Bailey (1) 2 - 2 Tie

3RD PERIOD

01:01 NYI F. Nielsen (1) Backhand shot - ASST: M. Grabner (1), M. Donovan (1) 3 - 2 NYI

07:34 NJD D. Brunner (2) Wrist shot - ASST: R. Clowe (1), A. Volchenkov (1) 3 - 3 Tie

OT Period

NONE

The Shootout:

Damien Brunner (NG), Frans Nielsen(NG), Ryane Clowe(NG), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (NG). Patrik Elias(NG),John Tavares(NG), Travis Zajac (NG),Josh Bailey(NG),Michael Ryder(NG),Kyle Okposo(NG), Jaromir Jagr(NG), Matt Moulson (Goal; Game Deciding Goal)

This was the Isles’ longest shootout since a six-round shootout win against Montreal on March 17, 2012.

The Skinny:

Michael Grabner is the first Islander forward to open the season’s scoring since Doug Weight in 2008 (h/t Travis Betts) … Grabner also matched a career-high with three points … Going back to last season, the Isles’ last five regular season games have been decided by one goal – including four in shootouts … Matt Moulson, who did not have a shootout attempt last season, scored the deciding goal as he improves to 7/14 all-time in shootouts (50%) … Evgeni Nabokov recorded his 336th career win, passing Hall-of-Famer Gump Worsley for 18th all-time … Frans Nielsen has been stopped on six straight shootout attempts … Matt Donovan recorded his first career assist/point in his 4th career NHL game … Donovan led all AHL defensemen in scoring last season.

Paging Dave Salvian

After making his NHL debut in the playoffs against Pittsburgh last season, Brock Nelson played in his first regular season game. This leaves Dave Salvian as the only player in club history to appear only in the playoffs.

For Openers

This was the first time in five seasons that the Isles opened on the road. The Isles are now 11-22-8 in 41 road openers and improve to 10-21-10 on Opening Night (including 8-17-8 when they open on the road). The Isles defeated Toronto in their first road game last season, so they have won consecutive road openers for only the second time in franchise history (1980-81).

This was the first shootout win on opening night in club history (1-2 in three Opening Night shootouts) and the first time that the Isles have opened the road season with a shootout win.

The win also ended an Isles five-game (0-3-2) winless streak on Opening Night, which was the longest current streak in the NHL.

The Shots:

Isles 9-7-9-1=26

Devils 7-13-8-1=29

Home and Road

The Islanders are 1-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.

The Devils are 0-1-1 overall, 0-0-1 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves and then stopped all six shots in the shootout to win the season opener. Nabokov is the first Islander since Rick DiPietro to start consecutive openers. Nabokov improves to 29-25 all-time in the shootout.

Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for New Jersey.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 0-2 while the Devils were 0-2.

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (196) and wins (85). He will coach his 200th game next Saturday in Nashville.

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1. Al Arbour 740

2. Jack Capuano 85

3. Terry Simpson 81

4. Peter Laviolette 77

5. Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):

1. Al Arbour 1,500

2. Jack Capuano 196

3. Mike Milbury 191

4. Terry Simpson 187

5. Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

Travis Hamonic: “I’m happy we got (the win). It was greasy for sure…We expect (Nabby) to be a wall back there.”

They Tweeted It

@MikeMannucci91 Nabokov had himself a night as well and stole that one for us, but the #Isles need to be better in their own zone. It's as simple as that

The Coach

I was happy with our guys tonight…we battled back…we never quit. (However) we did not manage the puck well tonight.

As Tavares Goes…

The Isles went 4-10-5 last season when Tavares was held pointless, but are 1-0-0 this season.

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 249 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.

118 NHL Goals

Moulson has 118 career goals (112 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 16 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men

Andrew MacDonald played 24:44 to lead the Isles. Bryce Salvador led New Jersey with 26:08.

The Isles are 1-0-0 when MacDonald leads them in ice time.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 28-of-52 draws. Frans Nielsen won 7-of-11 to lead the Isles while Patrik Elias won 8-of-13 for New Jersey.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders out-hit New Jersey 15-13. Matt Martin, who has led the NHL in hits in each of the last two seasons, had three hits as did Casey Cizikas. There were no fights.

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Hickey each had three.

All–time Winners

The Islanders are 10 games over .500 all-time (1372-1362-439 in 3,173 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 with an all-time record above .500.

Ironmen

John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 208 consecutive games.

Frans Nielsen (131) and Kyle Okposo (114) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era

Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284

Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221

Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995 - 2/4/1998 220

Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981 - 1/12/1984 219

Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215

John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 208

Missing Men

Griffin Reinhart, Eric Boulton and Matt Carkner were scratched.

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 669

2. Roberto Luongo 348

3. Evgeni Nabokov 336

4. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

Career Wins

17. Roberto Luongo 348

18. Evgeni Nabokov 336

19. Gump Worsley 335

20. Nikolai Khabibulin 331

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 121

2. Roberto Luongo 62

3. Evgeni Nabokov 55

4. Tomas Vokoun 51

Career Shutouts

18 Clint Benedict 57

19 Evgeni Nabokov 55

20 Bernie Parent 54

20 Ed Giacomin 54

Career Goals as an Islander

21 Ray Ferraro 116

22 Matt Moulson 112

22 John Tavares 112

24 Benoit Hogue 105

24 Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

26 Steve Thomas 140

27 Mark Streit 139

28 Greg Gilbert 138

29 John Tavares 137

30 Frans Nielsen 136

31 Jason Blake 131

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

39 Randy Wood 381

40 Frans Nielsen 368

41 Dave Scatchard 347

49 Shawn Bates 330

49 Josh Bailey 330

51 Eric Cairns 327

52 Alan Kerr 326

53 Brad Dalgarno 321

54 Kyle Okposo 320

55 Ray Ferraro 316

55 Steve Webb 316

55 Richard Park 316

58 Gerald Diduck 314

59 Mikko Makela 307

60 Gordon Lane 304

61 Arron Asham 300

61 Roman Hamrlik 300

63 Matt Moulson 294

64 John Tavares 292

65 Gordon Dineen 287

Career Points as an Islander

21 Jason Blake 258

21 Steve Thomas 258

23 David Volek 249

23 John Tavares 249

25 Ray Ferraro 238

31 Mikko Makela 219

32 Matt Moulson 214

32 Mark Parrish 214

34 Garry Howatt 213

34 Jean Potvin 213

36 Anders Kallur 211

37 Marty McInnis 198

38 Wayne Merrick 197

38 Frans Nielsen 197

40 Robert Goring 195

41 Jeffrey Norton 188

42 Kyle Okposo 185

43 Lorne Henning 184

Season Series Stats

The Islanders lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one). The next three meetings will all be at the Coliseum (New Jersey is the only team to visit Long Island three times this season) before the Isles return to The Rock in April.

The Isles have won three straight over the Devils and have also won three straight games in Newark.

Happy Anniversary

16 years ago tonight (10-4-97): Tommy Salo recorded a shutout as the Islanders defeated Toronto 3-0 in their home opener.

All-time, the Isles are 2-3-0 on this date.

On The Farm

Bridgeport opens their season with home games Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Up Next

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5—COLUMBUS AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM

[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Islanders play their home opener and the back-end of their first set of back-to-backs at the Coliseum as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Eastern Conference and to the Metropolitan Division.

Columbus dropped a 4-3 decision on Friday to Calgary; former Rangers Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov had two of the three Blue Jacket goals while former Isles Blake Comeau and James Wisniewski each added assists.

This is the first of four meetings between the teams, who have played only 14 times since the Jackets entered the NHL for the 2000-01 season. The Isles are 3-0-1 in the last four at home against Columbus, although a Jacob Voracek overtime goal gave the Jackets a Turkey Eve victory in their last visit to the Coliseum in 2010.

The Isles will be looking to start a season with consecutive victories for the first time since 2007 and only the sixth time in franchise history.

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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