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Eric Hornick of MSG Plus brings you the skinny on the Islanders 4-3 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators

Wednesday, 02.16.2011 / 9:28 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny
Game 57
Isles 4, Sens 3 (SO)

Michael Grabner extended his goal scoring streak to six games, Josh Bailey scored his first goal of 2011 and Frans Nielsen had the deciding goal in the shootout as the Islanders won their fourth straight. They improved to 6-2-0 since the All-Star Break with a 4-3 shootout win over the Senators before 17,565 at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, Ontario.

The Butler Did It
The Sens scored the only goal in the first period, with Bobby Butler beating Nathan Lawson for a power play tally.  It’s the second goal in as many NHL games for the Ottawa rookie.  It’s the 37th time this season that the Isles have allowed the opening goal.

Comeau and Shannon Trade Goals
The Isles evened the game at 8:07 of the second period as Blake Comeau scored for the second straight game since returning from his concussion.  However, Ryan Shannon’s power play goal gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead entering the second intermission.

Grabner… Again
Grabner tied the game with an unassisted shorthanded tally at 2:48 of the third as he stole a pass, had the puck slide off his stick on a forehand/backhand move, and then recaptured the puck and banged it in on a wrap-around. It’s his 25th goal of the season, passing Logan Couture for the rookie lead, and his 10th in the last six games.  Grabner is the first Islander rookie since Patrick Flatley in 1984-85 to score in six straight games and only the 2nd player in the entire NHL to do so this season (Daniel Cleary).  Grabner’s streak is the longest by a rookie since Evgeny Malkin had a 6-game stretch in 2006-07. 

While he would have other chances, including one in overtime, Grabner’s multi-goal game streak would end at 3, which shares both the team record (all players) and NHL rookie record.

Bailey Give the Isles the Lead
Josh Bailey scored at 6:39 off a pass from Grabner for his 7th goal of the season.  It was his first goal since December 29th against Pittsburgh.  However, Erik Karlsson tied the game at 15:56.  Erik Kondra, making his NHL debut, earned an assist. The final four minutes of regulation and all of overtime went scoreless, setting up the shootout.

A Shootout Win!
Ottawa went first and Alexei Kovalev beat Lawson to give the Sens the lead.  Rob Schremp beat Brian Elliot with a wrist shot to tie the shootout.  After Lawson stopped Jason Spezza, Frans Nielsen crossed Elliot up and score on a forehand move.  Lawson then stopped Butler’s shot to cement the victory and keep the Sens winless in shootouts (0-4).  The Isles are now 3-4 in shootouts.  4-3 (Shootout) Final.

Grabner’s Glory
Grabner now has a 6-game goal streak -- he has ten goals in the last six games.   Since January 15th, Grabner has 16 goals in the last 15 games, by far the most of any player in the NHL (Entering play Sunday, no one else had more than eight).

Without a Fight
Only 9 minor penalties were called.  The Isles have not had a fight in either of the two games played since their 9-3 victory over the Penguins Friday produced 346 penalty minutes, 183 on the Islanders.  Both marks were club records.

Strange Stat of the Game
The Isles have won their last three road games, despite trailing after two periods in all three games.  The Isles opened the season going 0-20-2 in games that they trailed after two periods.

The Isles have won three straight road games, all in extra time (two overtimes and a shootout) for the first time in their history.

The Isles have won 4 straight games for the first time since January 9- 18, 2010 and three straight on the road for the first time since a four game streak from January 11-22, 2008.

Streak Stopper
John Tavares was held without a point, ending his 5-game point streak and 3-game goal streak. Frans Nielsen’s assist streak ended at three games; he had recorded six assists during the streak.

The Jurcina Effect
Milan Jurcina led the Isles with 5 shots and with 6 hits. In the 32 games that he has played, the Isles are 18-11-3.  They are 3-18-4 in the 25 games that he has missed.

Home and Road
The Isles are 21-29-7, and are 11-16-3 on the road.  The 25 road points are their highest total through 30 games in the last three seasons. The Isles are 9-5-0 in their last 14 road games for their best road stretch since February/March 2008 and are 17-19-4 under Jack Capuano, including 16-11-2 in the last 29.  The Isles are 6-2-0 in February with six games to play; it matches their most wins in any month this season (6-7-1 in December).

The Sens are 18-30-9 and 9-15-5 at home. Ottawa is 2-13-5 in their last 20 games overall, and has not won on home ice since Boxing Day.

In the Nets
Nathan Lawson becomes the 6th different Islander to win a game in goal this season, making 28 saves.  They are the first team since the 2006-07 Los Angeles Kings to have six winning goaltenders in the same season.   This was his first game since being injured in Buffalo 3 ½ weeks ago.  The Isles have had a different goaltender record a victory in each of the last three games (Koskinen, Montoya [in relief], and Lawson) – that hasn’t happened for the Isles since at least the 1980’s.  None of the three had recorded a victory as an Islander prior to the current 4-game win streak.  Lawson joins Koskinen and Kevin Poulin in recording their first NHL victories for the Islanders this season.

Brian Elliot made 25 saves for Ottawa.   He is 13-19-8 this season.

Power Plays
The Isles went 0-4 on the power play while the Sens were 2-5.  The Isles did however get a shorthanded goal from Grabner. It’s Grabner’s second shorty in the last three games and the Isles’ third in the last six games.  Grabner has 3 shorty’s this season, one behind Boston’s Brad Marchand for the rookie lead. The Isles now have 8 shorthanded goals on the season; only the Rangers (9) have more.

In the Circle
The Isles had a difficult night in the circle as they won just 25 of 73 (34%) face-offs.  No Islander center won more than he lost; Chris Kelly, who was involved in a mid-ice collision with Andrew MacDonald in the first period, won 13 of 19.  After the game, the Sens traded Kelly to Boston.

Missing Men
Mike Mottau, Trent Hunter, Kevin Poulin and Mark Eaton are out for the season. Mark Streit, Doug Weight, Rick DiPietro, and Jeremy Colliton remain out. Trevor Gillies and Matt Martin served the second of their nine and four game suspensions, respectively.  The Isles have lost 381 games to injury and eight games to suspension this season. With Jack Hillen back in the lineup, Bruno Gervais was a healthy scratch.

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 139 games since joining the team last season.  Zenon Konopka is the only other Isle to have played every game this season; his 69-game streak includes the final 12 games last season for Tampa Bay. Travis Hamonic has now played 37 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles. 

Grabner Climbing the Rookie Leaderboard
Grabner needs just one goal in the final 25 games to do something no Islander rookie since Mike Bossy has done—score as many as 26 goals.  His 25 goals equal David Volek’s total in 1988-89 and Trent Hunter’s tally in 2003-04. John Tavares had 24 last season.  Bossy had a club rookie-record of 53 in 1977-78.   Four rookies have led the Isles in goals: Billy Harris - 28 in 1972-73, Mike Bossy - 53 in 1977-78, Trent Hunter -25 in 2003-04 (tied with Mariusz Czerkawski) and Kyle Okposo-18 in 2008-09.

Season Series Stats   
The team split the season series two games each, although tonight’s shootout loss gives Ottawa 5 points to the Isles’ 4.  It is the Isles first win in Ottawa since November 13, 2008, breaking a 4-game winless streak (0-2-2).

Happy Anniversary
14 years ago today (February 15, 1997):   Claude Lapointe’s overtime tally is the game’s only goal as the Isles blanked the Panthers 1-0 before a sellout crowd at the Coliseum.  It’s the first 1-0 overtime win in club history; Tommy Salo recorded the shutout.

All-time, the Isles are 8-5-2 on this date, including wins in their last three games (2003, 2007, and 2011)

Up Next
Thursday, February 17 Boston @ Islanders 7:00pm
[MSG+ (Subway Islanders Game Night at 6:30), WRHU 88.7FM]

The Boston Bruins finally visit Long Island as the Isles begin a three-game homestand.  The teams have met just once this season, a 5-2 Bruin win in Beantown. 

The Bruins have won four of the last five at the Coliseum, with the sole Islander victory coming on a Frans Nielsen overtime tally in December, 2009.

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 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47


J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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