The Skinny

Eric Hornick takes you behind the game.

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 12:44 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny

Game 7
Pittsburgh 3, Isles 0

Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for his 20th career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Islanders 3-0 before 10,681 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.   The shutout ends the Islanders’ 3-game home winning streak and extends their losing streak to three games.  It’s the first time that the Penguins have shutout the Isles at the Coliseum since Sebastian Caron did so on March 31, 2006.

Dupuis Strikes First
The Islanders had the better part of the play in the first session, but Pascal Dupuis beat Evgeni Nabakov at 17:06 for the session’s only goal.

Friends, Now Foes
The Penguins doubled the advantage just 21 seconds into the second period and it was two former Islanders who did the damage. Richard Park scored his second goal of the season through a screen in front of Nabokov; Arron Asham earned the assist.

CBF (Can’t Beat Fleury)
The score stayed 2-0 from the opening seconds of the middle period through the final minutes of third.  Trailing 2-0, Jack Capuano pulled Nabakov with 3:29 to play.  The Isles had some pressure but could not score.  Jordan Staal hit the empty net for the final margin.  It was the second straight game that the Islanders allowed an empty net goal.  3-0 Final.

Home and Road
The Islanders drop to 3-4-0 overall and 3-2-0 at home.  After not being shut out on Coliseum ice all last season, the Isles have been shutout in both of their home losses.  It’s the first time since 2007-08 that the Islanders have been shutout at least twice in a season at home.
The Penguins win their 4th straight and improve to 7-2-2; they are 4-1-1 on the road.  Their 16 points are the most in the NHL; however Washington (7-0-0) is two points behind and have four games in hand.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabakov made 26 saves but drops to 1-2-0 on the season.  Nabokov has allowed only seven goals in his three starts.  It’s only his second defeat in 10 career games against Pittsburgh (8-2-0).
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves.  He has stopped 83 of 85 shots over the last three games, all Penguin wins.  Ten of his 20 career shutouts have come against Atlantic Division foes.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-2 on the power play while the Penguins were also 0-2.   The Isles are now 5-27 on the power play and 24-26 on the penalty kill this season.  They have killed 23 of the last 24 power plays against them.

They Tweeted It   
(Former Newsday Beat Writer)@alanhahn: “First indication that #Isles are respected again: opponents no longer tossing their backup goalie against them. Fleury has been sensational.”

Leading Ice Men
Andrew Mac Donald led the Isles with 24:36; John Tavares was double-shifted in the first period and played 19:30. Paul Martin led all players with 27:18 of ice-time.

200 Club
Penguin coach Dan Bylsma coached his 200th NHL game (121-58-21).  Matt Moulson played in his 200th NHL game (171 for Isles).  Kyle Okposo is one game short (199).

Can’t Win if You Can’t Score
The Isles have been shutout twice this season (both at home).  They were blanked five times after Jack Capuano replaced Scott Gordon last season.   The Isles have scored 14 goals in the first seven games (2.00 per game) and are tied with the Rangers for the fewest goals in the NHL.
Fewest Goals Scored, First 7 Games
•    12- 1973-74
•    14- 1995-96
•    14- 2010-11
•    15- 1998-99
•    15- 1999-2000

Stuck on 9,927
The Isles have scored 9,927 goals in their history (including 39 shootout winners), leaving the club 73 shy of 10,000.

Still Searching
The Isles have four forwards (Josh Bailey, Jay Pandolfo, Marty Reasoner and Matt Martin) who have played every game and have yet to record a point.

Best D Since Lockout
The Isles have allowed only 17 goals in seven games (2.43 goals per game).  It’s the fewest goals that the Isles have allowed in the first seven games since the lockout and the 9th time in their history that they have allowed 17 or fewer over the first seven.  The club record for Fewest Goals Allowed, First 7 Games is 14, set in 1976-77.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 30 of 55 (55%) face-offs.   Marty Reasoner won 8 of 12.  The Isles have won a majority of face-offs in the last two games after being out-drawn in each of the first five games.

Geno, Geno, Geno   
Each team had a “Geno” in the lineup as Nabakov played for the Isles and Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup for Pittsburgh.  Malkin had several chances but was held off the scoreboard.

Missing Men
Brian Rolston, now a proud papa of four, returned to the line-up, replacing Trevor GilliesMilan Jurcina and Al Montoya were scratched.  The Isles have three players on injured reserve: Nino Niederreiter, Rhett Rakhshani and Mark KaticRick DiPietro returned to the active line-up and served as the back-up goaltender.

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 171 games since joining the team. Travis Hamonic has now played 69 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles.  The Isles have used the same six defensemen in all seven games this season; it’s the longest streak to start a season since Butch Goring started the same sextet in the first 16 games of the 2000-01 season.

Season Series Stats
The Penguins lead the season series one game to none (two points to zero).   The teams will complete their home-and-home series in Pittsburgh on Thursday.    The loss ended a seven-game home streak in which the Isles managed at least a point against the Penguins (4-0-3).

Happy Anniversary
25 years ago tonight: October 25, 1986.  Brent Sutter broke a 3-3 tie early in the third period as the Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3.  Mike Bossy, who had sat out the first six games, began his final NHL season with a goal and an assist.  A couple of hours later, and a few miles west, a ground ball got by Bill Buckner allowing the Mets to tie the World Series at three games each.

Overall the Islanders are now 4-8-1 on this date, despite playing 11 of the 13 contests at the Coliseum. 

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 3-4-0-0 after splitting a weekend pair of games with the St. John's Ice Caps.  Justin DiBenedetto leads the team in scoring (7-0-7) while captain Jeremy Colliton, David Ullstrom and rookie Casey Cizikas each have five points.  The Sound Tigers are off until Friday, when they begin a weekend pair of home games.

On the Air
All remaining Islander games this month will air on the club’s normal TV home: MSG+.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU(88.7FM)]
The Islanders will look to get even on the season series Thursday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.  The Isles are 0-10-1 in their last 11 trips to Pittsburgh, managing just an overtime loss early last season since defeating the Penguins 4-2 on December 21, 2007.  While last season’s games were all competitive, the Penguins have outscored the Isles 46-17 over the last 11 games.   The Isles were shutout in their final two trips to Pittsburgh last season and will carry a scoreless streak of 148:45 in Pittsburgh into the contest.

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




1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
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 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
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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