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Eric Hornick of MSG Plus brings you the skinny on the Islanders vs. Senators game on Thursday, Jan. 13 at Nassau Coliseum

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 9:44 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny
Game 42
Ottawa 6, Isles 4

Daniel Afredsson scored 32 seconds into play (the earliest goal in an Islander game) and that was just the beginning.  Ottawa also had a 4-goal second period, built a 6-2 lead, and snapped their six-game winless streak (0-4-2) as they defeated the Islanders 6-4 before 8,670 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The loss ended the Isles’ home-ice point streak at 6 games (4-0-2).

Behind Early
After the Islanders allowed the opening goal for the 5th straight game and sixth time in seven games on Alfredsson’s early goal, the Isles got even on a Trevor Gillies tip in at 7:23.  However, Jesse Winchester gave the Sens the lead for good at 9:50 of the first, chasing Kevin Poulin, who faced eight shots.  It was the first NHL career goal for Gillies, ending a 40-game streak; he is the 313th player in Islander history to score a goal.  It was Gillies’ first goal anywhere since scoring for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on December 11, 2009.

Sen-sational Second
Ottawa scored more times in a 7:14 span of the second span to take control of the game.  After Milan Michalek gave Ottawa a 3-1 lead with a shorthanded goal, Blake Comeau got the Isles within one, scoring his 4th goal in five games, with each team down a man.  However, 20 seconds later, Chris Kelly responded with a Senator tally.  Nick Foligno and Zach Smith added tallies to give Ottawa a 6-2 lead after two periods.

Jurcina Tries to Help
Two shots from Milan Jurcina cut the deficit in half in the first 11 minutes of the third.  PA Parenteau deflected a Jurcina shot at 1:49 (his first goal in 6 games) to cut the lead to 6-3; Jurcina’s blast beat Sens rookie Robin Lehner at 10:50 to make it 6-4.  It was the Islanders’ 100th goal of the season (one more than Ottawa). However, the Isles could get no closer.  6-4 Final.

Home and Road
Ottawa improves to 17-21-6, 8-9-4 on the road. The Isles drop to 13-22-7, including 7-8-4 at home. They are now 9-12-4 under Jack Capuano, including 8-4-2 in the last 14.  The Isles are 0-2-1 in their last three.

In the Nets
Lehner made 20 saves to record his first career win.  The 19 year old Lehner is the first teenager to record an NHL win since Jonathan Bernier did so for Los Angeles in 2007.  He joins Bernier as the only teenagers since Jocelyn Thibault (for Québec in 1993) to win his first NHL start.  He is the youngest goalie in Sens history.

Poulin makes 6 saves in the first and 11 saves in the third, allowing two goals.  In between, Nathan Lawson was beaten for four goals on 19 shots; as he allowed Ottawa’s fifth goal, he is charged with the loss (0-3-1).  The Isles have changed goalies three times in their last six games after not doing so in the first 36 games.

It was the third time in the last 20 years that both teams started goaltenders younger than 21 years old.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-2 on the power play while Ottawa went 0-3. The Isles are 8-20 (40%) in their last seven games on the power play and have killed 19 of 20 over the last seven games.  The Isles allowed their 5th shorthanded goal (and 4th in their last 17 games); they allowed only three all last season.  The Sens are 20-20 on the penalty kill in the last five games.

In the Circle
The Isles won 42 of 66 (64%) face-offs.  John Tavares won 15 of 21 and Rob Schremp won 10 of 15 for the Isles.

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.  Rhett Rakhshani has been added to injured reserve after suffering a concussion; Dylan Reese was the Isles’ scratch. The Isles have now lost 261 man-games to injury.

Moulson Extends Streak
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 124 games since joining the team last season.  Zenon Konopka is the only other Isle to have played every game this season; his 54 game streak includes the final 12 games last season for Tampa Bay. Travis Hamonic has now played 22 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles.

+5 for Gonchar
Sergei Gonchar came into the game -20, but was +5 tonight.  He had had only one multiple-positive rating this season (+2 against the Isles on November 4th).  He is the 6th player to go +5 this season. He is the first Senator to go +5 since Alexei Kovalev last January 3rd and the first to do it against the Isles since three Panthers were +5 or better on March 17, 2007.  No opponent had been +5 at the Coliseum since four Bruins all went +5 against the Isles on January 30, 1993.  Jeremy Colliton, who turned 26 today, was -4 for the Isles.

Home Sweet Home
The Isles had earned points in six straight at home (4-0-2) since losing to Atlanta on December 11th.  It matched the longest single-season point streak since they earned points in nine straight during the 2003-04 season. This was the second game of a five-game homestand (0-1-1) and the second game of stretches of 13-of-20 and 19-of-29 at home.

Breaking the Zeros
Brian Lee and Corey Locke each recorded their first point of the season.  Lee had gone 12 games this season without a point; Locke was making his season debut with Ottawa; he had been held pointless in four prior NHL games.

Other Stuff
The Sens recorded a season-high six goals.  The six goals equals the most allowed by the Isles at home this season.

Season Series Stats   
The Sens lead the season series, two games to none and four points to zero.  Ottawa has outscored the Isles 10-5. The teams will meet again February 5th at the Coliseum and ten days later in Ottawa.

Happy Anniversary
4 years ago today (January 13, 2007):  Miroslav Satan scored some memorable goals for the Islanders, and one of them occurred against New Jersey on this date in 2007.  Satan scored with 7/10th of a second remaining in regulation to send a game with New Jersey to overtime.   Scott Gomez would score in overtime to give New Jersey the win, but the last second point was crucial for the Isles, who made the playoffs when they won the season-ending game in a shootout. Overall, the Isles are 10-6-3 all-time on this date, including a Mike Bossy four goal game against Pittsburgh in 1981 that gave Bossy 45 goals in 46 games (on the way to 50 in 50). 

Up Next
Saturday, January 15- Buffalo @ Islanders 7:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 6:30), WRHU 88.7FM]

In the first-half of the season, the Isles faced every conference rival except one: the Buffalo Sabres.  Three of the Isles next five games are against Buffalo, beginning on Saturday night at the Coliseum.  The home team won all four games last season, including one Islander victory in a shootout.

…and Finally
Belated congratulations to Blake Comeau.  His goal and assist on Tuesday made him the first player drafted by the Islanders to record 100 points in an Islander uniform since Scott Lachance reached the mark during the 1998-99 season. (We erroneously credited him with only 99 points on Tuesday.)

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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


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