LET'S PLAY TWO!
The Islanders arrived for work this morning with the attitude that they're going to have to raise their game several notches if they want to take another two points out of tonight's rematch with the Rangers at the Coliseum.
"We were fortunate last night," Islanders head coach Steve Stirling said this morning. "I was okay with our energy and our effort, but the excecution, the puck management, was not there. We discussed it as a team right after the game last night. Let's take the two points, but also let's realize that Ricky was easily the biggest reason why we won. Everyone else is going to have to do a lot better if we're going to win tonight."
Alexei Yashin echoed his coach's sentiment. "I don't think any of us left the Garden last night thinking we were great," said Yashin. "We didn't create enough scoring chances. I think the Rangers had a lot more than us. Because of Rick, we were able to stay in the game. We're going to have to play much better as a team tonight, partly because the Rangers are so much more improved than the last few years, but also because we haven't played very well so far this season and need to get going."
There's a chance Shawn Bates (hip injury) will return to the lineup this evening.
The Islanders enter tonight's game with a record of 3-3-0 (6 points, T-2nd-Place, Atlantic Division), while the Rangers are 4-1-3 (11 pts., 1st-Place, Atlantic Division) on the season.
Tonight's game is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs and is the first of four at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are 1-0 against the Rangers this season. In the first meeting of the season, the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 3-2, in a shootout last night at Madison Square Garden. Following tonight's game, the next meeting between the two teams will be next Thursday (October 27) at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers' next visit to Long Island will be on Wednesday, December 28 (7 p.m. start).
The Islanders have a career record of 85-88-19-1 vs. the New York Rangers. At home, the Islanders have a record of 54-33-8-1, while in 97 visits to Madison Square Garden, they have a record of 34-52-11-0. In 2003-04, the Islanders lost all six regular season meetings to the Rangers and were outscored, 27-13.
The Islanders snapped a 10-game winless streak (0-8-2)against the Rangers last night with a 3-2 shootout win at Madison Square Garden. The win was the Islanders' first over the Rangers since November 23, 2002, when they won, 3-1, at Madison Square Garden.
The Islanders are 0-4-1 against the Rangers in their last five meetings at the Nassau Coliseum and are 1-7-1-1 in the last 10. The last time the Islanders defeated the Rangers at home was on March 25, 2002, a 4-2 victory.
October 19, 2005
New York Islanders 3, New York Rangers 2 SO
Miroslav Satan beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot in a shootout to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 victory against the Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden. With the win, the Islanders improved their record to 3-3-0-0, and it was their first win against the Rangers since November 23, 2002, ending a 10-game (0-8-2) winless streak against their longtime rivals. Satan, who had a goal in regulation, was the only shooter to score in the shootout. Lundqvist stopped Alexei Yashin's backhand attempt to open the shootout, and the Islanders' Rick DiPietro made a left pad save on Steve Rucchin's wrist shot on the Rangers' first attempt. After Satan scored, the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr broke his stick on his shot, with DiPietro stopping the puck. The Islanders' Mark Parrish missed the net on his attempt, and the Rangers' Michael Nylander also fired wide on the final shot. DiPietro, who returned to the net after missing one game with a concussion, made 33 saves in the win, his first-ever against the Rangers. In his six previous games against the Rangers, DiPietro had a record of 0-5 and a 4.71 goals against average against the Rangers in his career. Yashin scored his first power play goal of the season on a 5-on-3 power play at 13:07 of the first period. Lundqvist made a pad save on Alexei Zhitnik's slap shot, but the rebound came right to Yashin and he knocked it in for his third goal of the season. After a scoreless second period, Satan scored a power play goal 28 into the third period to give the Islanders' a 2-0 lead. The Rangers answered right back as Jagr scored his seventh goal 14 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1. The Rangers tied the game later in the period on Petr Prucha's power play goal. With 4:37 left, Prucha deflected Fedor Tyutin's shot from the point past DiPietro to even the game at 2-2.
YASHIN EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO FOUR:
Center Alexei Yashin extended his point streak to four games with a goal and an assist in last night's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Yashin, who leads the team in scoring with six points (3+3), has recorded five points (2+3) in the last four games and has a point in five of six games this season.
ZHITNIK REACHES MILESTONE:
Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik recorded his 400TH career point last night with an assist on Alexei Yashin's first period power play. Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on August 2, Zhitnik has 82 goals and 318 assists in 888 career NHL games. In six games this season, he has recorded a goal and three assists. Zhitnik has recorded three assists in the last four games. Zhitnik was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (81st overall) of the 1991 Entry Draft.
The Islanders play 11 games during October this season, five at home and six on the road. So far this month, the Islanders are 3-3-0-0, with five games remaining this month, three at home and three on the road. Last season, the Islanders were 4-3-2-0 during October.
PLAYING AT HOME:
The Islanders are 1-1-0-0 at home this season, scoring four goals and allowing four. The Islanders opened up the home portion of their schedule with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on October 8, but dropped a 3-1 decision to the Florida Panthers on Oct. 10. Including tonight's game, the Islanders will play five of their next seven games at home.
TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME:
The Islanders had a record of 25-11-4-1 at home during the 2003-04 season. The Islanders ranked first in the East and third in the NHL in home wins. The 25 wins and 55 points at home were the most in 19 years (1985-86 season). During the 2003-04 campaign, the Islanders had a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3-0) in February marked the longest streak since the 1989-90 season.
PLAYING ON THE ROAD:
The Islanders are 1-2-0-0 on the road this season, scoring 10 goals and allowing 14. Including tonight's game, the Islanders will play three of their next five and 10 of their next 16 games on the road. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a 13-18-7-3 record on the road.
LEADING AFTER TWO:
The Islanders are unbeaten in 54 games (46-0-8-0) 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 2-1 this season when scoring first and 1-2 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. Buffalo, Carolina and Philadelphia has scored first in games against the Islanders this season, while New York has scored first against Carolina, Washington and the Rangers. 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 2-8 on the power play last night against the New York Rangers. The Islanders have scored a power play goal in five of six games and scored a season-high two power play goals in last night's 3-2 win over the Rangers. Overall, the Islanders are 6-43 (13.9%) on the power play. In the first six games of the 2003-04 season, the Islanders were 5-30 (16.7%) 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. 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 seven of the Rangers' eight power play chances last night. The Islanders have killed off 22 of 25 (88.0%) in the last five games. Overall, the Islanders have killed off 46 of 52 (88.5%) power play attempts in six games. The Islanders are ranked sixth in the league in penalty kill. In the first six games of the 2003-04 season, the Islanders allowed two power play goals and killed off 25 of 27 (92.6%) power play chances. The Islanders have recorded two short handed goals this season. Shawn Bates scored the first short-handed goal of the season in the Isles' 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday and Jason Blake scored a short handed tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.
SHOTS ON GOAL:
The Islanders have been outshot, 216-186, through the first six games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in four of the six games. They have a record of 2-2 in games when they have outshot the opponent. The Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game twice during the season, and have a record of 1-1.
The Islanders will complete their first set of back-to-back games tonight when they host the Rangers in the second game of the home-and-home series. The Islanders are scheduled to play 10 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season, four fewer than they had in 2003-04. The Islanders played 14 back-to-back sets in 2003-04, posting a 13-13-1-1 record in those 28 contests; 8-6-0-0 in the first games of back-to-back sets and 5-7-1-1 in the second games.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS' UPDATE:
Justin Papineau recorded three goals and one assist to lead the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Binghamton Senators last Saturday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sound Tigers had four players with two or more points in the win. Along with Papineau's four points, Bruno Gervais had three assists, Rob Collins collected a goal and two assists and Sean Bergenheim added two assists. With the win, the Sound Tigers completed their season-opening four-game road trip with a 2-1-1 record (five points).
The Sound Tigers have two of the top scorers in the AHL. Papineau and Collins are tied for fourth in the league in scoring with eight points each. Papineau has recorded four goals and four assists, while Collins has collected three goals and five assists in four games.
Bridgeport returns to action this Saturday when they open the home portion of their schedule against the Portland Pirates (7:05 p.m. start).
Friday, October 21: Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Saturday, October 22: Game-day skate at Molson Centre (11:30 AM). Game vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 23: 10-11:30 a.m. at Iceworks
Monday, October 24: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25: Game-day skate at Nassau Coliseum (10-11:15 a.m.). Game vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 27: Game-day skate at Madison Square Garden, Game vs. NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 28: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29: Game-day skate at Nassau Coliseum (10-11:15 a.m.). Game vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 30: Off
Monday, October 31: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (NEXT 10 GAMES)
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.
Thursday, November 10 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.