Montreal 1, Isles 0 (OT)
Max Pacioretty scored 1:51 into overtime for the game’s only goal as the Montreal blanked the Islanders 1-0 before a crowd of 14,408 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles have lost their last three home games, all in overtime, and are winless in their last five games at home (0-2-3).
01:51 MTL Max Pacioretty (12) Tip-in - ASST: David Desharnais (8) 1 - 0 MTL
Ryan Strome played 14:42 (including 3:43 on the power play) in his NHL debut. He had 2 shots on goal and won 5 of 11 draws…Carey Price records his first career shutout against the Isles and the 21st of his career….Nine of Max Pacioretty’s 80 career NHL goals have come in 15 games against the Isles. …John Tavares and Thomas Vanek each had point streaks ended at three games; Tavares still has a point on eight of the last twelve Isles goals… The Isles have been held to three goals or less in 13 consecutive games; it’s their longest such streak since going 17 games early in the 2010-11 season…. The Canadiens have shutout the Isles 12 times, more than any non-divisional opponent…It’s the 4th time this season that the Isles have been blanked.
Overtime is (Not) Our Time
The Isles have lost three consecutive home games, all in overtime, for the first time in franchise history. The Isles have not scored in their last 19 regular season overtimes (and 2 in the playoffs). They are 0-6 with 13 games going to the shootout since Thomas Hickey scored in overtime to beat Montreal in February 21st at the Bell Center.
The Isles have not scored an overtime goal in their last 13 home overtime games since Mark Streit beat Los Angeles on February 11, 2012. They are 0-7, with six games going to shootouts.
Rare 1-0 OT Loss
The Isles have lost only three regular season games 1-0 in OT in their history, and two of them have occurred in the last eight months:
• 10-Dec-03 @ New Jersey
• 13-Apr-13 Vs New York
• 14-Dec-13 Vs Montreal
The Isles have three regular season 1-0 OT wins, with the most recent coming on December 31, 2002 in Buffalo.
The 21 shots were the fewest for the Isles in a home game since they had 19 vs. Philadelphia on 2/18/2013.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 9-19-6 overall, 5-6-6 at home and 4-13-0 on the road. The Isles are 1-9-3 in their last 13 games overall.
The Canadiens are 20-11-3 overall; they are 11-6-2 at home and 9-5-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in his first game in 4 weeks. He is 5-5-4 on the season.
Carey Price made 21 saves as he records his second shutout of the season; he is 15-10-2 on the season.
The Islanders were 0-3 while the Canadiens were 0-2.
The Isles are 5-5-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-14-3 when they do not. The Isles are 3-14-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-5-3 when they do not.
Over the last 24 games, the Isles power play is 7-79 (8.9%) while the penalty kill is 27-78 (65.4%). During the last 12 games, the power play is 3-38 (7.9%) (and has allowed three shorthanded goals) while the penalty kill is 12-42 (71.4%).
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-3-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-16-4 when they do not.
Helps to Score First
The Isles are 6-4-4 when they score first and are 3-15-2 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 (229) and wins (93).
Most games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 1,500
2. Jack Capuano 229
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 93
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It
John Tavares: (on the Eller hit) "It was mostly my shoulder. I didn't think it was too bad a hit.”
They Tweeted It
@ColinSchmaeling Big shout out to Eric Boulton too. The guys really played well lately for #isles. His simplicity shouldn't be over looked
"Offensively, we had our chances in a couple of odd-man rushes and a couple of 2-on-1s, but we just can't find the back of the net right now. Both teams played pretty structured tonight, but they got the one in when they needed it."
The Isles are 3-5-0 in the front-end and 2-4-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.
On the eight sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points twice, 1 point once and no points on three occasions.
The next back-to-back set will be December 20th (at Rangers) and December 21st (vs. Anaheim).
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 286 career points; he is 69 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 25:40 (one second more than Andrew MacDonald to lead the Isles for the 11th time this season. Andrei Markov led Montreal with 26:36 of ice-time.
The Isles are 7-12-4 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 2-7-2 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 25 of 56 draws. John Tavares won 9 of 15 for the Isles while Tomas Plekanec won 17 of 27 for Montreal.
The Isles out-hit the Coyotes 31-217. Michael Grabner, who had only 23 hits on the season, led the way with seven hits while Cal Clutterbuck added six. Matt Martin had two hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 165.
Eric Boulton fought George Parros in the first period, knocking Parros from the game. The Isles have been involved in 11 fights this season: Martin (4), Boulton (4), and Carkner (3).
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 18 blocked shots. Frans Nielsen and Aaron Ness each had two blocks.
Still Under All-Time .500
The Islanders remain 1 game under all-time NHL .500 (1380-1381-445 in 3,206 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.
John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 241 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era.
Frans Nielsen (164) and Kyle Okposo (147) 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 241
• 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 Radek Martinek remain on injured reserve. Peter Regin and Ryan Strome replaced Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas (jaw) in the lineup were scratched. The Isles have lost 80 games this season due to injury.
Nobody Beats 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 are 6-16-4 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 678
2. Roberto Luongo 364
3. Evgeni Nabokov 340
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
17. Roberto Luongo 357
18. Evgeni Nabokov 340
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 124
2. Roberto Luongo 65
3. Evgeni Nabokov 55
4. Tomas Vokoun 51
18 Clint Benedict 57
19 Evgeni Nabokov 55
20 Bernie Parent 54
20 Ed Giacomin 54
Career Goals as an Islander
15 Mariusz Czerkawski 145
16 Jason Blake 127
17 John Tavares 125
18 Duane Sutter 121
Career Assists as an Islander
22 Zigmund Palffy 163
23 John Tavares 161
24 David Volek 154
25 Frans Nielsen 151
26 Mariusz Czerkawski 150
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24 Eddie Westfall 493
25 Radek Martinek 476
25 Gerry Hart 476
27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
34 Jean Potvin 402
35 Frans Nielsen 401
36 David Volek 396
37 Bert Marshall 392
38 Travis Green 388
39 Anders Kallur 383
40 Randy Wood 381
41 Josh Bailey 361
42 Kyle Okposo 353
43 Dave Scatchard 347
52 Eric Cairns 327
53 Alan Kerr 326
54 John Tavares 325
55 Brad Dalgarno 321
Career Points as an Islander
17 Mariusz Czerkawski 295
18 Duane Sutter 292
19 Alexei Yashin 290
20 Ed Westfall 286
20 John Tavares 286
22 Jason Blake 258
22 Steve Thomas 258
29 Benoit Hogue 229
29 Trent Hunter 229
31 Matt Moulson 223
32 Frans Nielsen 221
33 Mikko Makela 219
34 Kyle Okposo 214
34 Mark Parrish 214
36 Garry Howatt 213
36 Jean Potvin 213
Season Series Stats
The Canadiens lead season series two games to one (and four points to one). The final meeting will be on April 10th at the Bell Centre.
The Isles are 6-4-1 in their last 11 games against Montreal. Montreal’s overtime win tonight was their first on Long Island in regular season play since December 5, 1991 (Sylvain Turgeon).
33 years ago tonight: December 14, 1980. Mike Bossy scored a first period shorthanded goal, a second period even-stength goal, and then added the game winner in the third period as the Islanders edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in Manitoba. Bossy’s winning goal came just 18 seconds after Morris Lukowich had tied the game for the Jets with a power play goal. Only eight of his 573 career goals came while shorthanded.
Overall, the Isles are 4-8-4 on this date with their point tonight being the first they have earned in six games on December 14th since they defeated the Devils 4-1 in 1993.
On The Farm
After losing to Albany on Friday, the Sound Tigers returned home to defeat Providence 2-1 on Saturday at Harbor Yards. Anders Nilsson made 26 saves, allowing only a sole goal with 12 seconds left to play. Bridgeport is now 10-12-1-3 on the season and visits Manchester on Sunday.
Anders Lee leads Bridgeport with ten goals and also leads current Sound Tigers in both assists (11) and points (21). Ryan Strome still leads both the team and the AHL in both assists (24) and points (33).
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th —TAMPA BAY AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders will host the Tampa Bay Lightning for the only time this season as the Bolts visit Long Island on Tuesday. Tampa was blanked 3-0 in New Jersey tonight, but has to visit Detroit on Sunday before facing the Isles.
The Isles swept the season series last year, winning all three games in regulation. The Isles also hold a five-game home winning streak over Tampa Bay.
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.