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The Skinny

Eric Hornick of MSG Plus brings you the skinny on the Isles 3-0 loss to the Jets

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 9:40 AM / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny
Game 10
Winnipeg 3, Isles 0

Evander Kane scored on the game’s first shot and the Winnipeg Jets, behind superb goaltending from Onrdej Pavelec made it stand up, as the Jets added two late goals (one into an empty net) for a 3-0 victory over the Islanders 3-2 before 10,157 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.   The loss extends the Isles’ winless streak to six games (0-4-2).

First Period was Kane’s
The first period was the Evander Kane show.  Kane beat Rick DiPietro from right in front of the goal at 4:21 and then drew a penalty shot which DiPietro stopped five minutes later.  It was the second time in as many seasons that DiPietro has stopped Kane on a penalty shot.  The Isles outshot the Jets 9-8 in the opening session.

Un-Able to Score
The Islanders dominated the second period, outshooting Winnipeg 19-6, but could not beat Pavelec to tie the game.

Oduya Does it to Isles Again
Johnny Oduya had the backbreaker as his shot with less than four minutes to play in the third deflected in off Andrew MacDonald’s stick; it was his first goal in 63 games since scoring against the Islanders last December 11th.  Trailing 2-0 Jack Capuano pulled DiPietro shortly after the Oduya goal, but Alexander Burmistrov hit the empty net for the final margin of victory.  3-0 Final.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 at home.  The Isles have been shutout in all three of their home regulation losses.

The Jets improve to 3-1 on their Eastern swing; they are 5-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 on the road.

In the Nets
Rick DiPietro appeared in his third straight game for the first time in 11 months and made 23 saves but drops to 0-1-2 on the season.

Ondrej Pavelec records his 1st shutout of the season and the first for this generation of Jets.  It was his 7th career shutout.  It’s the first time a Winnipeg goaltender has ever beaten the Islanders by shutout.  Markus Mattsson dueled Chico Resch to a scoreless tie on February 12, 1980 – the only previous time Winnipeg has held the Isles without a goal.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play while the Jets did not have a power play.   The Isles are now 7-36 on the power play and 31-36 on the penalty kill this season.  It’s the first time since November 2, 2009 (vs. Edmonton) that the Isles have not allowed an opposition power play and the first time in nearly 10 years (January 29, 2002 vs. New Jersey) that the Isles have lost a game in which they did not allow a power play.

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday:  Coliseum scoreboard just wished Mark Streit's grandmother, Frida Krebs, a happy 97th birthday. First time she's ever been to the States.

Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit, playing in front of his grandmother for the first time in his NHL career, led all players with 26:35.  Dustin Byfuglien led Winnipeg with 23:40 of ice-time.

Wrong Side of History, I
The Isles have been shut-out three times in a seven-game home stretch for the first time in club history.

Wrong Side of History, II
The Isles have scored 18 goals in the first ten games, setting a club record for the fewest goals in the opening 10 games.  The 1973-74 team scored 19 times in the first ten games.

Fewest Goals Scored, First 10 Games
•    18 in 2010-11
•    19 in 1973-74
•    20 in 1998-99
•    21 in 1999-00

Holy Howe
Evander Kane fought the Isles' Travis Hamonic and earned an assist on Oduya's goal, allowing him to complete the first "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" in the NHL this season.  It's only the 2nd Gordie Howe Hat in franchise history.  Shean Donovan had the first one on January 17, 2000 in Boston.
It's the first time the Isles have allowed a Gordie Howe Hat since the lockout. Matthew Barnaby, then with the Rangers, was the last opponent to do so (2/19/04 at MSG). The last time the Isles allowed a Gordie Howe Hat the original Jets were still in Winnipeg.  Steve Konowalchuk recorded it for Washington on March 26, 1996.

Strange but True
Kane’s first period penalty shot was the 5th attempted by the Jets franchise against the Isles – the most of any opponent.  Patrick Stefan, Marian Hossa, Eric Perrin and Kane had the prior attempts, with only Perrin successful in his attempt.

Penalty Shot Stats
Kane attempted the 47th penalty shot against the Isles in their history.  Isles goaltenders have now stopped 33 of the 47, including the last five.  It was the second penalty shot in an Islander game this season (Nabakov stopped Kopecky on 10/22 in Florida).

DiPietro has now stopped 12 of 14 penalty shots in his career (including the last five).

The Isles have stopped five straight penalty shots (Kane, Letang, Booth, Kopecky and Kane) – the second longest such streak in club history. The Isles stopped 11 straight penalty shots between 2000 and 2005.

Two Penalty Shots vs. Isles
Kane is the 4th player to be awarded two career penalty shots vs. the Isles.  The complete list:

•    Ron Sedlbauer (Van) Failed vs. Smith 11/19/77; Failed vs. Resch 3/7/78
•    Patrik Elias (NJ) Failed vs. Vanbiesbrouck 12/1/00; Failed vs. Snow 12/10/03
•    Erik Cole (Car) Failed vs. DiPietro 4/2/04; Failed vs. DiPietro 1/6/07
•    Evander Kane (Atl-Wpg) Failed vs. DiPietro 12/11/10; Failed vs. DiPietro 11/3/11

It was the 4th penalty shot of Kane’s career; he had the final three attempts in Thrasher history.

108 to Go
The Isles have scored 9,892 goals in their history (excluding 39 shootout winners), leaving the club 108 shy of 10,000.

Still Searching
The Isles have two forwards (Josh Bailey and Jay Pandolfo) who have played every game and have yet to record a point.

Best D since the Lockout
The Isles have allowed only 25 goals (does not include 1 in a shootout) in ten games (2.50 goals per game).  It’s the fewest goals that the Isles have allowed in the first ten games since 2003-04 and the 9th time in their history that they have allowed 25 or fewer over the first ten.  The club record for Fewest Goals Allowed, First 10 Games is 19, set in 1974-75 and equaled in 1977-78.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 26 of 50 (52%) face-offs.   John Tavares won 11 of 20, while Bryan Little won 12 of 18 for Winnipeg.

Missing Men
Mike Mottau and Evgeni Nabakov were scratched. Nino Niederreiter is in Bridgeport on a conditioning assignment.  The Isles have two players on injured reserve: Rhett Rakhshani and Mark Katic.  The Isles have lost 47 man-games to injury so far this season.

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 174 games since joining the team. Travis Hamonic has now played 72 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles.

Com(eau)ing Along
Blake Comeau, who had only one shot on goal in his first six games has seven shots on goal as well as seven hits in the last two games.

Has He Ever Seen West Side Story?
Matt Martin had nine hits against the Jets.  In the Isles’ previous game, he had seven hits against the Sharks.  Martin has been credited with 49 hits this season; Comeau, with 22, is second on the team in that category.

Season Series Stats
The Jets lead the season series one game to none (two points to none).   The series will continue in Winnipeg on December 20th and February 14th before facing each other at the Coliseum in the home finale on April 5th.

Happy Anniversary
4 years ago tonight: November 3, 2007.  Al Arbour came out of retirement to coach his 1,500th game and the Islanders rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Miro Satan scored twice in the third period for the Isles to give the Coach the win just two days after his 75th birthday.  Wade Dubielewicz replaced an injured Rick DiPietro and earned the win in relief.

Overall the Islanders are now 6-9-4 on this date.  

On The Farm
Tim Wallace scored his first three goals as a Sound Tiger as Bridgeport rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over Connecticut at Harbor Yard on Wednesday.  Justin DiBenedetto continues to lead the team in scoring (8-3-11) while Wallace (3-6-9) and Casey Cizikas (2-7-9) are tied for 2nd.  Bridgeport is 5-4-1-0, including 2-0-1-0 on their five-game homestand, which concludes with games Saturday night vs. Norfolk and Sunday afternoon vs. St. John’s. 

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU(88.7FM)]

The Isles will carry a scoreless streak of 89:39 into the game as they conclude the homestand (0-1-1) on Saturday when they host the Caps.  The Isles will be catching Washington on the back-end of back-to-backs as Washington will be in Carolina on Friday night. 

Last season, the Capitals won all four games, including the final game in overtime as the Caps rallied from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game in the final minute and then win in overtime on an end-to-end rush by Alex Ovechkin. All four games were decided by a single goal, with the Caps outscoring the Isles 9-5.  The Isles were 0-17 on the power play last season against Washington, while killing nine of ten Capital advantages.

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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
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 62 24 31 7 144 167 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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