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The Skinny

Eric Hornick of MSG Plus brings you the skinny on the Isles 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks

Wednesday, 01.12.2011 / 10:48 AM / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny
Game 41
Vancouver 4, Isles 3 (shootout)

Kevin Poulin make 48 saves, the most by an Islander rookie in 38 years, but in the end it was worth only one point as NHL-leading Canucks defeated the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout before 8,913 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The Canucks extended their franchise-record point streak to 17 games (14-0-3) while the Isles extended their home-ice point streak to 6 games (4-0-2).

Burrows Strikes First
The Islanders allowed the opening goal for the fourth straight game and fifth time in six games; the only goal of the opening session came off a face-off play when the Sedin brothers set up Alex Burrows at 4:58 of the period.  Vancouver outshot the Isles 20-9 in the opening period.

Isles Get Even
Former Islander Jeff Tambellini took a hooking penalty at 13:12 and the Isles converted one second after the power play ended, at 15:13.  New daddy Jack Hillen scored his first goal since last April 3rd.  It was his 1st goal in 31 games and the 5th of his NHL career.

Kesler Regains the Lead
With time running out in the middle session, Ryan Kesler beat Poulin to give the Canucks the lead.  It was the 24th goal of the season for Kesler, who fired a game-high eight shots at Poulin.  Although each team scored once in the session, the Isles had the better of the play, and of the shots, outshooting Vancouver 16-10.

A Tie, A Lead, A Tie
John Tavares’ 15th goal tied the game at 3:14 of the third.  It was his 7th power play goal; he leads the Isles in goals, points (29) and power play goals, while sharing the team lead in power play points (13). Blake Comeau beat former Islander Roberto Luongo at 14:24 to give the Isles the lead. Dylan Reese earned an assist on the goal for his first point of the season. Alas, the lead lasted only 34 seconds.  Kevin Bieska threw the puck towards the net and it went in to tie the game and send it into overtime.  The Canucks outshot the Isles 18-15 in the third and 3-1 in overtime, for a 51-41 advantage overall.

Rob Schremp scored to give the Isles the lead but Mason Raymond’s spin-erama tied the shootout.  After PA Parenteau and Jeff Tambellini were stopped in round 2, John Tavares was beaten by Luongo in the top of the 3rd.  Kesler beat Poulin to win the shootout in the bottom half.  The Isles fall to 1-4 in shootouts this season (1-3 at home).  Each of the four goalies that have played for the Isles this season has now been beaten in the shootout.   4-3 (shootout) Final.

Home and Road
Vancouver improves to 28-8-6, 13-5-3 on the road. The Canucks have not lost in regulation since December 5th and are 9-0-1 in their last ten on the road, including five straight wins. The Isles reach the midway point of the season with a 13-21-7 record, including 7-7-4 at home. They are now 9-11-4 under Jack Capuano, including 8-3-2 in the last 13. 

In the Nets
Luongo makes 38 saves as he records his 20th win for the 8th straight season.  Luongo is 20-8-4 on the season, and 6-10-3 in his career against the Isles.  It’s his 290th career win, passing former Islander broadcaster (and Ranger star) Ed Giacomin for 28th on the all-time list. Poulin makes 48 saves, but drops to 1-0-1 in his NHL career.   He had stopped 101 of 107 shots (94.4%) over his first three NHL appearances.

Power Plays
The Isles nearly went 2-2 on the power play for the third time in two weeks: Hillen’s goal came two seconds too late to be a power play goal.  The Isles finished 1-2 and are 8-18 in their last six games on the power play (44.4%).  Vancouver came into the game with the NHL’s best power play, but went 0-2.  The Isles have killed 16 of 17 over the last six games.

In the Circle
The Isles won 32 of 69 (46%) face-offs.  Jeremy Colliton won 8 of 13 draws for the Isles; former Ranger Manny Maholtra won 15 of 24 for the Canucks.

Missing Men
Mike Mottau and Mark Eaton are out for the season. Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo, Doug Weight, Trent Hunter, Frans Nielsen and Rick DiPietro remain out.  Radek Martinek played 21:30 in his first game back and Rhett Rakhshani played his 2nd NHL game (11:41).  Bruno Gervais and Trevor Gillies were healthy scratches while Jon Sim was assigned to Bridgeport. The Isles have now lost 252 man-games to injury.

Moulson Extends Streak
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 123 games since joining the team last season.  Zenon Konopka is the only other Isle to have played every game this season; his 53 game streak includes the final 12 games last season for Tampa Bay. Travis Hamonic has now played 21 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles.

Fight Night
The game featured one fight—a donnybrook between Matt Martin and Tanner Glass.

Getting Younger All the Time
The Isles, who as recently as New Year’s Day had a 41 year old on their roster, dressed only two players over 30: Radek Martinek and Zenon Konopka (30 years, 9 days).  The Isles have three players who were born in the 1990’s (Poulin, Travis Hamonic and Tavares; Tavares remains the youngest player on the team).  The average age of the 20 players dressed for this game was 24.96 years.  Alex Edler was the youngest Canuck in tonight’s game; the Isles dressed ten players younger than Edler.

As seen on MSG+ (Only Billy Better)
Poulin’s 48 saves are the second-highest total ever by an Islander rookie.  Billy Smith made 55 saves on November 22, 1972 in Philadelphia. 

Lots of Shots for Poulin
Poulin is the first goalie under the age of 21 to face 51 shots in an NHL game since Dan Blackburn did so for the Rangers on November 23, 2001.  He is also the first goalie under the age of 21 to make at least 48 saves in an NHL game since at least the 1987-88 season.  Steve Mason and Jose Theodore each made 47 saves in a game as a 20-year old.  Poulin and Theodore have something else in common; they both wear uniform #60.

Lots of Shots, Period
The teams combined for 92 shots, which breaks the Islander club record for combined shots (89) in an overtime game.  The Isles outshot Dallas 46-43 on October 28, 2001 in a game the Isles won on a Michael Peca overtime goal.  It’s the first time each team has had 40 shots in an Islander game since November 14, 2009 in Florida (Isles 42, Panthers 40) and the first time it has happened at the Coliseum since that October 28, 2001 game.

Race to 100 Heads to the Homestretch
Blake Comeau’s goal and assist gives him 99 career points (42-57-99), three more than Kyle Okposo (39-57-96), four more than Frans Nielsen (29-66-95) and seven more than Radek Martinek (19-73-92).  No player drafted by the Islanders has recorded 100 points in an Islander uniform since Scott Lachance reached the mark during the 1998-99 season.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles have earned points in six straight at home (4-0-2). This was the first game of a five-game homestand (0-0-1) and the first game of stretches of 13-of-20 and 19-of-29 at home.

Other Stuff
Rob Schremp had two assists for the 2nd time this season; Michael Grabner had 7 shots on goal to match the team high for the season; Daniel Sedin and Kesler each extended their point streaks to 5 games; The Isles earned their second point this season when trailing after two periods (0-15-2) while Vancouver is 21-0-3 when leading after two; The Canucks are 23-1-3 when Kesler records a point

Season Series Stats   
The Canucks win the only meeting of the season, but the Isles continue to accumulate points against Vancouver.  The Isles are 4-1-3 in their last eight home games against the Canucks and are 6-3-4 against Vancouver since 1999.

Happy Anniversary
25 years ago today (January 11, 1986):  Two days after blanking Pittsburgh 9-0, the Isles score the game’s first six goals as they pound Detroit 8-4.  The 15 unanswered goals set an Islander record that still stands today.  Overall, the Isles are 8-3-3 all-time on this date; their last 3 games have gone to shootouts, with DiPietro recording wins in 2007 and 2008 prior to tonight’s shootout loss.

Up Next
Tuesday, January 13- Ottawa @ Islanders 7:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 6:30), WRHU 88.7FM]

The Ottawa Senators visit the Coliseum for the first time this season on Thursday night.  The Sens, who were beaten in Boston 6-0 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight defeat, have 38 points, just five more than the Isles. Ottawa leads the series one game to none, defeating the Isles in Ontario 4-1 in early November.

The Sens have given the Isles problems throughout their history, but the Isles are 4-2-0 in their last six at home against Ottawa.

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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43


J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
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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