The Skinny - Penguins 6, Islanders 3

Eric Hornick diggs deeper into the numbers behind the game

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 9:47 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny - Penguins 6, Islanders 3

Game 27
Penguins 6, Isles 3

James Neal scored two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Islanders 6-3 in front of 15,638 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The loss is the Islanders first in regulation time in seven games (4-1-2).

The Scoring:
First Period:
N.Y. Islanders, Ullstrom 2 (Reese, Bailey), 4:04.
N.Y. Islanders, Jurcina 2 (Streit, Okposo), 12:16 (pp)
Pittsburgh, Sullivan 5 (Vitale, Niskanen), 14:28
Pittsburgh, Neal 16 (Malkin), 19:31

Second Period
N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 4 (Grabner, Hamonic), 2:54
Pittsburgh, Neal 17 (Kunitz, Sullivan), 8:44 (pp)
Pittsburgh, Dupuis 9 (Kennedy, Picard), 15:58

Third Period
Pittsburgh, Cooke 7 (Kennedy, Niskanen), 1:04
Pittsburgh, P.Martin 1 (Malkin, Kunitz), 10:10

The Skinny:
Matt Moulson was held without a shot for the second time this season, and his point scoring streak ended at six straight games (eight goals, three assists). Steve Sullivan now has 10 goals in 21 career games against the Isles and 271 career goals, one more than Bobby Orr. James Neal now leads the NHL with nine power play goals.  Paul Martin’s goal was his first in 79 games. Jurcina now has six career power play goals; three of the six have come as an Islander.

The Shots
The Isles had the game’s first seven shots and outshot Pittsburgh 13-11 in the first period.  The Penguins outshot the Isles 15-10 in the middle period and 5-4 in the third.
Rare Regulation Loss When Scoring First
The Isles are now 7-2-3 when scoring the first goal.  Their only previous regulation loss when scoring the first goal was on October 22nd in Florida.

As Seen on MSG+
The Penguins have now won 5 straight over the Islanders, matching the club record set form 1995 to 1996, and equaled in 2010.

Defense Getting Offensive
An Islander defenseman scored for the fourth straight game; they had scored only three times in the first 23 games.  It’s the first time since March 10-17, 2007 that the Islanders have had a defenseman score in four consecutive games (Marc-Andre Bergeron had three of those goals; Drew Fata had the other).

Home and Road
The Islanders are 9-12-6 overall and 6-7-3 at home. The Isles finish their homestand 1-1-1.
The Penguins are 17-9-4 overall and 9-7-2 on the road.  The win breaks a two-game Penguin losing streak; they have not gone three games without a point this season.

Divisional Woes
The Islanders are 2-5-2 against the Atlantic Division this season.  They are 0-3-1 against Pittsburgh, 0-0-1 against Philadelphia, 1-1-0 against New Jersey and 1-1-0 against the Rangers.

Pennsylvania Problems
Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Isles are 5-26-10 against the Penguins and Flyers.

In the Nets
Al Montoya made 25 saves.  He is now 5-4-3 on the season with 2.43 goals against and a .920 save percentage.  Montoya has appeared in eight straight games, going 3-2-2 with 1 “save.  It was the first time Montoya has allowed 6 goals as an Islander and the first time that he has allowed four goals or more in any career start at the Coliseum.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for Pittsburgh as he improves 15-6-2 on the season, including four wins over the Isles. It was his 199th career victory.  He is 17-4-4 in his career against the Isles.   

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-7 on the power play while the Penguins were 1-3.  The Isles have scored on the power play in five of the last six games (7-29 24.1%). It’s only the second time all season that the Isles have had at least seven power plays (8 vs. NYR on 10/15).  The Isles have killed 19-22 (86.4%) over the last seven games.  The Penguins goal came on a 5-on-3; it was the third goal allowed by the Isles in that situation this season.

They Said It
Travis Hamonic “He hits himself in the forehead with his own stick and he goes down and is bleeding… next thing you know, five-minute major and you’re kicked out of the game”

They Tweeted It
(from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette) @emptynetters: Wow. Brutal call against Hamonic. FIve minutes for elbowing? Horrible.

The Coach
Jack Capuano: "The game really changed after that call.  I thought that we were playing pretty well to that point …. (Pittsburgh) got the victory tonight because we were second to all loose pucks…give them credit.”

The Hit Leader
Matt Martin, playing his 100th NHL game, had four hits to extend his NHL-leading total to 121.  He is the 162nd Islander to appear in 100 games.

Leading Ice Men
With Hamonic ejected in the second period, Mark Streit led all players with 27:20 but was -3; Paul Martin played 25:33 to lead the Pens.

Third Periods
The Isles allowed two goals in the third period but have outscored the opposition 6-5 in the third period over the last seven games.  The Isles have been outscored 31-14 overall in the third period (25-12 excluding empty nets).  In the first two periods, the Isles have been outscored 51-47.

64 to Go
The Isles have scored 9,936 goals in their history (excluding 39 shootout winners), leaving the club 64 shy of 10,000.

2 Over .500
The Islanders drop to two games over all-time NHL .500 (1322-1320-427 in 3,069 games).  They have been below NHL .500 for only 1 day since they were 177-178-83 prior to their victory on January 16, 1978.

Score 3, but Lose
The Isles have scored 24 goals in the last seven games (4-1-2) after scoring only 15 in the previous nine games (1-6-2).  The Isles have scored 35 goals in their nine wins (3.89 per game) and 27 goals in their other 18 games (0-12-6; 1.50 per game).  In their 12 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 11 goals (0.92 per game).  The Isles had been shutout in each of their last three regulation defeats.

Disappointing the Big Crowd
The Isles are 2-5-0 this season with home crowds over 14,000.  The team should be getting used to the bigger crowds, as attendance is up 31.7% through sixteen home dates, as compared to last season.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 31-of- 53 (58%) faceoffs. Josh Bailey won 6 of 9 and Marty Reasoner won 7 of 10 for the Isles.

Multi-Point Men
Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist for his second multi-point game of the season.  Six different Penguins had two points in the game.

Missing Men
Nino Niederreiter (concussion symptoms), Micheal Haley (healthy) and Rick DiPietro (groin) were scratched. Andrew MacDonald, Jay Pandolfo, Marc Eaton, Evgeni Nabokov, and Mark Katic are on injured reserve.  The Isles have lost 114 man-games to injury so far this season.  Kevin Poulin dressed as the back-up goaltender for the third straight game.

Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 191 games since joining the team. Travis Hamonic has now played 89 NHL games (all consecutive); he has the longest consecutive game streak on defense for the Isles. 

Season Series Stats
The Penguins lead the season series four games to none (eight points to one).  The Isles will not play the Penguins in any of the next 48 games; the teams will finish the season series with a home-and-home in late March.

Happy Anniversary
20 years ago tonight: December 10, 1991.   Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull traded hat tricks as the Islanders and Blues played a 7-7 tie at the Coliseum.  It’s the only 7-7 tie in Isles history. Ferraro’s (natural) hat trick, his first as an Islander, came in a span of 4:43 of the second period.  Steve Thomas tied the game for good with 17 seconds to play.
Overall, the Isles are 8-7-2 on this date.

On The Farm
Bridgeport also had a 2-0 lead Saturday night that they could not protect, dropping a 4-2 decision to Portland.  Scott Howes and Jeremy Colliton had goals for Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers are 11-10-3-1 and visit Springfield at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Up Next
[MSG+2 (Islanders Game Night at 7:00pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders will look for their fourth straight victory over the Canadiens as the Isles visit Montreal.  The Islanders last won four straight over Montreal in the 1993-94 season, as Ron Hextall recorded all four victories.  The Isles won the only meeting this season, holding on for a 4-3 victory on November 17.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.




1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50


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
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