The Skinny

Eric Hornick of MSG Plus brings you the skinny on the Isles 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and ending Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 11:58 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny
Game 35
Isles 2, Penguins 1 (shootout)

PA Parenteau scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Rick DiPietro made 37 saves as the Islanders ended Sidney Crosby’s 25-game point streak and defeated the Penguins 2-1 before the largest crowd of the season (14,345) at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The Islanders are 4-0-1 in their last five at home and have reached NHL .500 on home-ice (7-7-3).

Bailey Scores First
Following a scoreless first period, Josh Bailey scored his sixth goal of the season just 34 seconds into the middle period when he converted a rebound of a Travis Hamonic shot. The Isles thought that they had doubled the advantage later in the session when Matt Moulson picked up a loose puck and fired it home, but a quick whistle kept the score at 1-0.

Penguins Get Even
Chris Conner tied the game for Pittsburgh at 16:33 of the second period off a rebound of a Tyler Kennedy shot; Crosby was not on the ice at the time.  The second period ended 1-1.

A Penalty Shot?
The Isles had two power plays early in the third and held Pittsburgh without a shot over a 13:20 span (late second/ early third).  However at 12:59 of the period, an Islander was called for closing his hand on the puck in the crease, awarding the Penguins a penalty shot.  Only players on the ice can take the shot so Dan Bylsma selected shootout specialist Kris Letang.  Letang was stopped by Rick DiPietro and the game remained tied; Rick has stopped 10-of-12 penalty shots in his career.  Neither team scored in the final 7:01 of regulation or in the five minute overtime, setting up a shootout.  The Penguins outshot the Isles 38-26 in the game.

A Shootout Win
Rob Schremp and Kris Letang traded goals in round 1; Frans Nielsen’s patented move gave the Isles a 2-1 lead.  After DiPietro stopped Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped John Tavares.  Evgeny Malkin scored for only the 7th time in 23 attempts to send the shootout to an extra frame.  Parenteau scored for the Isles and DiPietro stopped Mark Letestu for the shootout win.  The Isles win the shootout 3-2, and win the game, too. 2-1 Final.

Home and Road
The Isles are 10-19-6, 7-7-3 at home.  They are now 6-9-3 under Jack Capuano, including 5-1-1 in the last seven.  It’s their best stretch since a 9-3-1 stretch in late 2009/early 2010. Pittsburgh is 25-11-3, 12-5-2 on the road. The Penguins lead the NHL with 25 wins, 53 points and 26 road points.

In the Nets
Rick DiPietro improves to 5-6-4 as he makes 37 saves.  With the win, DiPietro improves to 18-10 all-time in shootouts; it’s his first shootout win since January 16, 2010 against Buffalo.  DiPietro raises his all-time record over NHL .500; he is now 124-123-33 in his career.

Marc-Andre Fleury, playing his 21st game in a 23 game stretch, made 25 saves; he is 17-8-2 for Pittsburgh (16-2-2 in his last 20 starts).

Year of the Penalty Shot
There have been 38 penalty shots in the NHL this season, and the Islanders have been involved in seven of them.  Six have gone the Isles’ way as Frans Nielsen has scored twice (both while the Isles were shorthanded) and the Isles goalies have stopped 4 opposition tries.  Dwayne Roloson stopped Benoit Pouliot while DiPietro has stopped Marian Gaborik, Evander Kane, and Letang. Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown has a penalty shot goal against the Isles this season.

This was the 11th penalty shot in an Islander-Penguin game, which is by far the most for the Islanders against any opponent.  Tim Connolly scored the Isles’ only goal in seven tries; Mario Lemieux has the only Penguin goal in four tries. DiPietro stopped Evgeny Malkin on a penalty shot in 2007.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-3 on the power play while the Penguins were 0-2.  In the two games between the teams this season, the Isles have gone 1-9 (11%) on the power play while the Penguins are 1-10 (10%).

In the Circle
The Isles won 35 of 67 (52%). John Tavares won 11 of 16 for the Isles; Crosby, who was 10 of 13 through two periods, won just 6 of 17 in the third period and overtime.

It’s Spelled T-E-A-M
The Isles blocked 28 shots (7 from Malkin alone), including five by Andrew MacDonald.  MacDonald led all players with 27:44 of icetime (his second highest total of the season).  Frans Nielsen had four blocks, including a big one when the Isles were shorthanded in overtime. Matt Martin had seven hits to lead all players.

Stopping Sidney
For the first time since November 3rd, Sidney Crosby was held off the scorebook. The Isles not only stopped Crosby’s 25-game point streak (26-24-50), they also ended his five-game goal streak.  It’s the third time in the last eight games that the Isles have held Crosby without a point.  The Kid has 18 points against the Isles in the other five games.  Crosby has 65 points on the season; the New Jersey Devils have scored only 62 goals.  This was only the 5th time this season that he was held without a point.

Crosby played a team-high 26:16, including the first 1:44 and the last 1:51 of the five minute overtime.

Streaks Stopped
John Tavares’ career-best point streak ended at 6 games, while Parenteau’s was stopped at four.  Blake Comeau and Rob Schremp both had three game streaks stopped.

Missing Men
Mike Mottau is out for the season. Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo, Doug Weight, Trent Hunter and Radek Martinek remain out.  With the trade of James Wisniewski to Montreal, Bruno Gervais returned to the line-up. The Isles have now lost 204 man-games to injury.

Moulson Extends Streak
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 117 games since joining the team last season.  Frans Nielsen (who missed most of the third period on Monday in New York), Zenon Konopka, Blake Comeau are the only other Isles to have played every game this season. Travis Hamonic (who played a career high 25:08) has now played 15 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles.

Season Series Stats   
The Isles’ shootout win breaks a 5-game Penguin winning streak against the Isles.  This season’s series is even at one game and three points each, with each team holding an extra time win on home ice.  The next two meeting will come just over a week apart in late January and early February.   Going back to last season’s finale, this was the third consecutive game between the teams to go beyond regulation (Pittsburgh won the other two with overtime goals).  The Isles are now 3-0-2 in their last five games at home against Pittsburgh and are 4-1-3 in the last eight at the Coliseum against the Penguins.

Shootout Stats
The Isles have the Penguins’ number, at least in the shootout. This was the eighth shootout between the teams; the Isles are 6-2.  The six wins and shootouts are by far the Isles most with an individual opponent.  It’s the Isles’ first win in four shootouts this season and the Penguins’ first loss in four.

Auld Lang Syne
This was the final home game of 2010.  The Isles end the calendar year with a 3-game home winning streak.  The Isles went 21-13-5 at home in 2010, including 7-7-3 so far this season.

Happy Anniversary
9 years ago today (December 29, 2001):  Alexei Yashin scored in overtime to give the Isles a 6-5 win over Montreal, improving the Isles’ record to 19-11-5-2.

This is the second straight season that the Isles have won in a shootout on this date, and they are 6-1-0 in their last seven December 29th games. The Isles are 9-10-1 all-time on this date, including Chico Resch’s shutout in Washington in 1974.

Up Next
Friday, December 31- Islanders @ Detroit 7:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 6:30), WRHU 88.7FM]

48 hours after beating the best team in the East, the Isles will take on the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.  It’s the first game of a season-long five game road trip and the only meeting of the teams this season.

The Isles have blanked Detroit in consecutive meetings.  Joey MacDonald needed 42 saves for a 2-0 win in Detroit on March 27, 2009, while Dwayne Roloson needed only 16 in a 6-0 blanking at the Coliseum on January 12, 2010.  The Red Wings haven’t scored a goal against the Isles since Henrik Zetterberg capped a comeback from a 3-0 third period deficit with an overtime goal at the Coliseum on January 30, 2007.

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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48


J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08 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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