Toronto 5, Isles 2
Former Islander Trevor Smith scored 22 seconds into the game and Phil Kessel added two goals as the Leafs led from start to finish for a 5-2 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 19,446 at the Air Canada Center. It’s the 5th straight road loss, all in regulation, for the Islanders, who lost only six road games in regulation all last season. Joffrey Lupul added three assists for Toronto, who improves to 8-2-0 at home.
0:22 TOR Trevor Smith (3) Snap shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (5) 1 - 0 TOR
11:19 TOR PPG - Phil Kessel (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (6), Dion Phaneuf (7) 2 - 0 TOR
19:48 NYI Casey Cizikas (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 TOR
3:39 TOR Mason Raymond (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Jay McClement (2) 3 - 1 TOR
12:52 TOR David Clarkson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Trevor Smith (2), Joffrey Lupul (7) 4 - 1 TOR
15:14 NYI Frans Nielsen (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Bailey (6) 4 - 2 TOR
17:17 TOR Phil Kessel (12) Wrist shot - ASST: James van Riemsdyk (7), Trevor Smith (3) 5 - 2 TOR
Trevor Smith’s goal was the earliest in any period of any game this season either for or against the Islanders. It’s the earliest goal the Isles have allowed since Joe Pavelski scored a power play goal for San Jose 17 seconds into a game against the Islanders on October 29, 2011. Smith finished with three points for the first muli-point game of his career…Casey Cizikas has scored in three consecutive games …Mason Raymond’s third period goal extended his point streak to four games. .. Frans Nielsen’s goal was his 10th of the season, which is tops on the team. It’s the 4th time that he has scored at least 10 goals in a season…. Josh Bailey assisted on the Nielsen goal to give him points in two straight games…Phil Kessel’s 2nd goal was his 400th NHL point… John Tavares saw his assist and point streaks end at five games. It was the second time in his career that he had an assist in at least five straight games (6 games 12/29/2011-1/10/2012)... Tavares remains one point behind Alex Steen and Sidney Crosby for the league lead in points… Isles have scored 31 of their 60 goals in the second period, but have been outscored 24-13 in the third period. The Isles have been outscored 17-4 in the third period of the last 12 games
Maple Leafs 8-6-10=24
The Leafs have been outshot 754-556 so far this season.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 8-11-3 overall, 5-4-3 at home and 3-7-0 on the road. The Isles have been outscored 21-8 in their last five road games.
The Maple Leafs are 13-7-1 overall; they are 8-2-0 at home and 5-5-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 19 saves but falls to 3-6-0 on the season.
Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs and improves to 8-5-1 on the season.
The Islanders were 0-2 while the Maple Leafs were 1-2.
The Isles are 5-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-9-0 when they do not. The Isles are 2-9-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-2-1 when they do not.
Over the last 12 games, the Isles power play is 4-43 (9.3%) while the penalty kill is 15-38 (60.5%).
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-10-1 when they do not.
Helps to Score First
The Isles are 6-2-3 when they score first and are 2-9-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (217) and wins (92).
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 92
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
Most games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 1,500
2. Jack Capuano 217
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
They Said It
John Tavares: "We have a lot to prove still and we're still a growing team and we need to find our game on a consistent level. [We need to] be better in a lot the gritty areas, things that top teams do really well, and we don't do that enough."
They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday Big play by the hometown kid -- Cizikas blocks shot, races onto it and beats Bernier 5-hole with 11.5 left in 2nd. #Isles trail 2-1.
“Any time you show the willingness to block shots it leads to results and that’s what Casey’s been doing."
The Isles are 3-2-0 in the front-end and 1-3-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.
They have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, and no points on two occasions.
The Isles’ next two games will be back-to-back: November 22 (in Pittsburgh) and November 23 (in Philadelphia).
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 274 career points; he is 61 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player from that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.
Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic played 27:18 to lead the Isles for the 5th time this season. Jake Gardiner played 22:20 to lead the Leafs.
The Isles are 7-8-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-3-1 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 30 of 66 draws. Peter Regin won 7 of 10 to lead the Isles; Jerred Smithson won 9 of 9 thru 2 periods for Toronto and 13 of 16 for Toronto.
The Isles were out-hit 39-34. Colin McDonald led the Isles with six hits (5 in the first period); Matt Martin added four, extending his NHL-leading total to 102.
Matt Carkner fought Frazer McLaren in the 2nd period and Eric Boulton fought Colton Orr in the 3rd. The Isles have been involved in eight fights this season: Martin (3), Boulton (3), and Carkner (2).
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 83 with four blocks.
The Islanders fall to six games over all-time NHL .500 (1379-1373-442 in 3,194 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.
John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 229 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era.
Frans Nielsen (152) and Kyle Okposo (135) 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
• John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 229
• 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
Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait remain on injured reserve. Evgeni Nabokov was added to the IR list on Monday and was replaced on the active roster by Anders Nilsson. Thomas Vanek missed his fifth game with an upper body injury. Eric Boulton replaced Michael Grabner in the lineup; Radek Martinek was scratched. The Isles have lost 45 games this season due to injury.
Nobody Beat the Viz
The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup. They were 5-5-3 last season and 5-8-1 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Goals as an Islander
15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145
16 Jason Blake 127
17 John Tavares 121
17 Duane Sutter 121
19 Alexei Yashin 119
Career Assists as an Islander
22 Zigmund Palffy 163
23 David Volek 154
24 John Tavares 153
25 Mariusz Czerkawski 150
26 Frans Nielsen 148
27 Travis Green 145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
25 Gerry Hart 476
26 Radek Martinek 473
27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
35 David Volek 396
36 Bert Marshall 392
37 Frans Nielsen 389
38 Travis Green 388
39 Anders Kallur 383
40 Randy Wood 381
41 Josh Bailey 350
42 Dave Scatchard 347
43 Alexei Yashin 346
44 Mark Parrish 345
45 Kyle Okposo 341
46 Marty McInnis 337
54 Brad Dalgarno 321
55 Ray Ferraro 316
55 Steve Webb 316
55 Richard Park 316
58 Gerald Diduck 314
59 John Tavares 313
60 Mikko Makela 307
Career Points as an Islander
20 Ed Westfall 286
21 John Tavares 274
22 Jason Blake 258
22 Steve Thomas 258
32 Mikko Makela 219
33 Frans Nielsen 218
34 Mark Parrish 214
35 Garry Howatt 213
35 Jean Potvin 213
37 Anders Kallur 211
38 Kyle Okposo 205
39 Marty McInnis 198
Season Series Stats
The Leafs lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none); the teams will play again on January 7th in Toronto in the first game of an Islander six-game road trip, before meeting at the Coliseum in the first game after the Olympic break on February 27th.
The loss breaks a three-game Islander winning streak in Toronto and is their first regulation loss to the Leafs in their last six meetings (3-1-2).
6 years ago tonight: November 19, 2007. Ruslan Fedotenko and the late Josef Vasicek scored second period goals and Rick DiPietro made 18 saves for his 100th career win as the Islanders beat the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.
November 19th has traditionally been one of the most successful days on the calendar for the Isles. Overall the Islanders are now 13-4-0 on this date although this was their second consecutive loss on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport went 0-2 this weekend and is now 4-8-1-1 on the season. Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they play three games in a three-day stretch starting in Providence.
Mike Halmo leads Bridgeport with six goals; Ryan Strome leads in both assists (12) and points (16).
Bridgeport now has two NCAA Champion goalies on their roster: Ken Reiter (2011-Minnesota-Duluth) and Parker Milner (recalled from Stockton; won title for Boston College in 2012).
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd —ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders make their final visit of the season to Pittsburgh as they begin a set of back-to-backs in the Keystone State. The Isles overcame 2-1 and 3-2 deficits in the third period on October 25th to defeat the Penguins 4-3. Josh Bailey scored the winning goal with 100 seconds to play. It was his eighth goal in 25 games against Pittsburgh, representing his highest goal total against any opponent.
The Isles went 0-11-2 between 2008 and 2011 in Pittsburgh, but are 3-2-0 in their last four regular season trips to the Steel City.
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.