FACING FORSBERG & FRIENDS
Coming off a 5-3 win in Washington, the Islanders (2-2-0) continue their road trip as they visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Garth Snow will start his first game of the season in goal for the Islanders after replacing the injured Rick DiPietro (concussion) and getting the win in Washington. Snow was likely going to start the game anyway, and now he's a lock. œInstead of it being penciled in, it's in pen now, Steve Stirling told Newsday.
The Islanders face a new-look Flyers team (like just about every team in the NHL post-lockout) with superstar forward Peter Forsberg and rugged new defensemen Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje. Heading into their home game tonight against the Penguins, the Flyers are 1-2-0 and have been led in goals by Simon Gagne (4) and assists by Forsberg (5). With Antero Niittymaki getting the start tonight in goal for the Flyers, expect Robert Esche to start on Saturday against the Islanders.
The Islanders will wrap up the road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Madison Square Garden to play the Rangers in the first game of a home-and-home series. The Islanders will host the Rangers on Thursday before going back on the road when they travel to Montreal for a game on Saturday against the Canadiens at the Molson Centre. Following the game against Montreal, the Islanders will play four of their next five games at the Nassau Coliseum.
ALL-TIME RECORD vs. PHILADELPHIA
The Islanders have a lifetime regular-season record of 79-88-26-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers. At home, the Islanders have a lifetime record of 50-33-15-0, while in 87 regular season visits to Philadelphia, they have posted a record of 21-55-11-0 (13-47-1-0 record at the Spectrum and 8-10-4 at the Wachovia Center). In 2003-04, the Islanders were 2-3-1-0 against the Flyers.
October 13, 2005
New York Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 3
Jason Blake and Petteri Nokelainen both had a goal and an assist and Oleg Kvasha added three assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center. Alexei Yashin, Trent Hunter and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, which scored on its first two shots of the game. Matt Bradley scored twice and Steve Eminger added a goal for the Capitals. The Islanders, who never trailed in the game, scored on their first two shots of the game and three of their first five to take a 3-0 lead early in the first period. Yashin scored his second goal of the season when he re-directed a feed from Brad Lukowich past Brent Johnson 2:10 into the game. The Islanders increased the lead to 2-0 when Hunter scored his first goal of the season 1:13 later, sweeping the puck from the left corner and bouncing it in off Johnson's right leg. Later in the period, Blake made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal at 8:24. Less than a minute later, Bradley scored his first foal of the season as he circled the net, pulled up near the left circle and snap a wrist shot past DiPietro at 9:42 to make it 3-1. In the second period, Washington closed within a goal as Steve Eminger scored his second goal of the season at 7:52 to make it 3-2. The Islanders took a commanding 5-2 lead with two quick goals to start the third period. Nokelainen recorded his first NHL goal 1:03 into the third and Parrish made it 5-2 1:13 later. Late in the game, Bradley scored his second goal of the game with 37 seconds left to cut the lead to 5-3. Islanders' goalie Rick DiPietro left the game 11:09 into the second period after being shaken up while making a headlong dive to stop a drive down the slot by Jeff Halpern. Garth Snow replaced him and made 13 saves in his first action of the season.
In Thursday's 5-3 win over Washington, the Islanders the out-shot the Capitals, 49-29, including 20-11 in the third period. The last time the Islanders had 40 or more shots in a game was on March 17, 2004, when they out-shot the Florida Panthers, 54-24. The Islanders lost the game, 6-4, to the Panthers. New York had a record of 2-3-0-1 when they recorded 40 or more shots in a game in 2003-04.
Forward Oleg Kvasha tied a career high for assists in a game with three in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Capitals. Kvasha has recorded three assists in a game two other times, with the most recent at Carolina on April 2, 2004.
In the win in Washington, the Islanders did not score a power play goal for the first time this season. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record of 11-20-8-4 in game that they did not score a power play. The Islanders did not record a power play goal in 43 of 80 games last season. Prior to Thursday, the Islanders had scored a power play goal in their last six games dating back to last season.
The Islanders have two shorthanded goals in four games this season. Last season, the Islanders did not record two shorthanded goals until the ninth game of the season.
Forward Jason Blake scored his first shorthanded goal of the season in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Capitals. Blake led the Islanders with four shorthanded goals last season.
It was a night of firsts for rookie center Petteri Nokelainen, who recorded his first NHL goal, first point, first game-winning goal, first assist and first multiple-point game in the Islanders' 5-3 win over the Capitals on Thursday. Nokelainen was selected by the Islanders in the first round (16th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Rookie forward Robert Nilsson recorded his first NHL point (assist) on Trent Hunter's goal early in the first period. Nilsson was selected by the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft.
The last time the Islanders scored three goals in a period was in the second period vs. Montreal on March 31, 2004 (5-1 win). The last time the Islanders scored three goals in the first period was on December 31, 2003 vs. Pittsburgh (6-1 win). The Islanders scored three goals in a period 11 times last season and recorded four goals in a period four times during the 2003-04 season.
Defenseman Brad Lukowich recorded his first multiple-assist game with two assists in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Capitals. Three other players (Blake, Nokelainen and Kvasha) had multiple-point games against the Capitals.
Goaltender Garth Snow made his first appearance of the season after replacing Rick DiPietro at 11:09 of the second period. Snow stopped in 13 of 14 shots in 31:07 of relief to earn the victory. It was his first win since February 18, 2004 vs. Pittsburgh, ending a four-game winless streak (0-2-1). Snow, who is expected to make his first start of the season at Philadelphia, has a career record of 5-8-1 and a 2.63 goals against average in 18 games against his former club. Snow, who played two-plus seasons (1995-96 to 1997-98) with Philadelphia, posted a record of 40-25-16, along with a 2.59 goals against average and three shutouts in 90 games. Snow helped the Flyers reach the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
Goaltender Rick DiPietro suffered a concussion on October 13 at Washington and is day-to-day.
Forward Shawn Bates is out of the lineup due to a hip injury and is day-to-day.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 4 games): 2
2003-04 Total Man-Games Lost (After 4 games): 0
Sun., October 16, Off
Mon., October 17, Islanders Iceworks, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Tue., October 18, Islanders Iceworks, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Wed., October 19, Game-day skate at Madison Square Garden, NYC (11:30 AM). Game at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thu., October 20, Game-day skate at Nassau Coliseum (10 AM). Game vs. NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Fri., October 21, Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Sat., October 22, Game-day skate at Molson Centre (11:30 AM). Game vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Sun., October 23, Off
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (NEXT 10 GAMES)
Wednesday, October 19 at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 20 vs. New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25 vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 27 at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
PLAYING ON THE ROAD
The Islanders are 1-1-0-0 on the road this season, scoring nine goals and allowing nine. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a 13-18-7-3 record on the road.
LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders are unbeaten in 53 games (45-0-8-0) when taking a lead into the third period. The streak is the longest active streak in the NHL. During the 2003-04 season, the Islanders were 26-0-5-0 when leading after two periods. The Islanders outscored their opponent, 87-61 in the third period in 2003-04. The streak began on December 28, 2002 with a 3-0 win vs. Carolina.
The Islanders are 2-2 this season when scoring the first goal of the game. In the first two games of the 2005-06 season, Buffalo and Carolina scored the first goal of the game, but the Islanders scored first in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers and scored the first three goals in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first. They were 27-6-5-1 when they scored the first goal of the game.
The Islanders were 0-7 on the power play on Thursday at Washington. It was the first time this season that the Islanders did not score a power play goal. The Islanders were 1-7 on the power play on Monday vs. Florida. The Islanders were 1x5 on the power play on October 8 vs. Carolina. In the first game of the 2005-06 season, the Islanders were 1-7 on the power play at Buffalo on Wednesday. Overall, the Islanders are 3-26 (11.5%) on the power play. In the first four games of the 2003-04 season, the Islanders scored three power play goals in four games and were 3-21 (14.2%) on the power play. The last time the Islanders scored two power play goals in a game was vs. Philadelphia in a 3-3 tie on April 4. The Islanders scored three power play goals against the Flyers. In 2003-04, the Islanders recorded at least one power play goal in 38 of 82 games. They had a record of 27-9-3, including a mark of 16-4-1at home in games that they scored at least one power play goal.
The Islanders killed off all of Washington's five power play chances on October 13. The Islanders killed off 10 of Florida's 11 power play chances on October 10. The Islanders killed off of all Carolina's five power play opportunities on October 8. They killed off 10 of Buffalo's 12 power play opportunities on Wednesday. Overall, the Islanders have killed off 29 of 32 (90.6%) power play attempts, tied for sixth in the league. The Islanders have recorded two shorthanded goals this season. Shawn Bates scored the first shorthanded goal of the season in the Isles' 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday and Jason Blake scored a shorthanded tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on October 13. In the first three games of the 2003-04 season, the Islanders allowed two power play goals and killed off 18 of 20 (90.0%) power play chances.
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE
The Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers fell to 1-1-1-0 (three points) on the season with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Norfolk Admirals on October 8 at Scope. Rob Collins recorded a goal and two assists, while Sean Bergenheim and Justin Papineau added a goal and an assist. Wade Dubielewicz made 33 saves in the loss. The Sound Tigers were outshot, 39-19, in the game. Overall, Collins leads the team in scoring with six points (2+4) in three games. The Sound Tigers (1-1-1-0) visit the Binghamton Senators tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.