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The Skinny

Eric Hornick has the inside scoop on the Islanders vs. Rangers matchup from December 3, 2010.

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 11:51 PM / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny
Game 24
Rangers 2, Isles 0

Dwayne Roloson was beaten only once.  Marc Staal scored a power play goal early in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made it stand up from there as the New York Rangers completed a sweep of the home-and home series with a 2-0 win over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden.

Joensuu Sticks Up for His Mate
A scoreless first period was punctuated by the game’s only fight.  After Ryan Callahan drew an elbowing penalty with a hit near the head of Frans Nielsen, Jesse Josensuu fought Callahan.  It was Joensuu’s first fight in NHL regular season play.  The Rangers outshot the Isles 6-3 in the opening session, holding the Isles without shot for the first 14:58.

Staal Connects on the Power Play
With Jon Sim sitting out his second goalie interference penalty, Staal connected from just inside the blue line to give the Rangers the lead for his 4th goal of the season 4:33 into the second period.  It was the Rangers’ fourth power play goal against the Islanders this season.

Falling Short
Neither team managed to score in the remainder of the second period, or for almost all of the third.  Brian Boyle’s empty-netter at 19:57 was nothing more than the window dressing for Henrik Lundqvist’s 4th shutout of the season.  It was Boyle’s 11th goal of the season. 2-0 Final.

Home and Road
The Rangers improve to 16-11-1, 6-7-1 at home. The Isles are 5-14-5, 2-9-3 on the road.  The loss extends the Islanders’ road non-winning streak to ten games (0-8-2).  The Isles have scored only four goals in their last six road games and seven goals in their last eight road games.

In the Nets
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his second consecutive home shutout against the Isles, having also blanked them on March 25. Lundqvist faced only 17 shots.  He has now appeared in 29 consecutive Islander-Ranger games since missing the December 19, 2006 game due to illness.  Lundqvist improves to 11-9-1 on the season.

Dwayne Roloson made 19 saves, several of the spectacular variety, but falls to 2-10-1 on the season.  Roloson was named the third star; he has earned a star in all four games that he has played at MSG for the Islanders.

Power Plays
The Isles failed to connect on their only two power plays while the Rangers were 1-5. The Isles have now gone 34 attempts without a power play goal, covering their last two chances against Philadelphia on November 6th and the ten games since.  The penalty killers have allowed four goals in their last 25 times short, covering six games.

As Seen on MSG+2
This is the second longest streak without a power play goal in club history.  The 1972-73 team had a twelve game drought without a power play goal.

In the Circle
The Isles won only 17 of 43 face-offs (40%).  Zenon Konopka lost six out of eleven while John Tavares lost 11 of 17.

Missing Men
Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo, Milan Jurcina, Doug Weight, Trent Hunter and Mike Mottau remain out. Jack Hillen played 17:24 in his first game since suffering a concussion in San Jose three weeks ago.  Dylan Reece was scratched to make room for Hillen, as was Bruno Gervais.

Mac Back
Andrew MacDonald, playing his second game after missing the prior 15, led the Isles with 23:51 of ice-time. 

Streaks Stopped
Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner each saw their four-game point scoring streak ended.  The shutout also ended Nielsen’s four-game assist streak.

Back-End Boys   
The Rangers are 7-0-0 this season on the back-end of back-to-backs, while the Isles are 1-3-2.

Season Series Stats   
With the home-and-home sweep, the Rangers lead the season series two games to one, and have outscored the Isles 12-11.  The teams will meet again at the Garden on December 27th; they then will not play again until March.

Blanked in Manhattan
The Isles have been shutout by Lundqvist in two straight visits to MSG, yet still hold a 10-5-1 record in their last sixteen visits. He joins Ed Giacomin as the only Ranger goalies to blank the Isles twice at the Garden. Lundqvist is the first Ranger to shutout the Isles three times in his career.

Happy Anniversary
4 years ago today (December 3, 2006): In the only double hat trick game ever between the clubs, Viktor Kozlov scored four times for the Isles and Brendan Shanahan scored three times for the Rangers as the Isles won in the Garden 7-4.

Up Next
Sunday, December 5- Flyers @ Islanders 1:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 12:30), WRHU 88.7FM]

The Islanders return home for Mascot Day and entertain the Flyers on Sunday.  It’s the third meeting of the season between the teams with the Flyers holding a 2-0 series lead, outscoring the Islanders 8-2.   The Isles do not have an even-strength goal vs Philadelphia; Frans Nielsen scored shorthanded on a penalty shot in the first meeting while Matt Moulson scored on the power play in a 2-1 defeat to Philly four weeks ago.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources.




1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31


J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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