The Skinny: Flyers 7, Islanders 0
Flyers 7, Isles 0
Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each scored two goals and added an assist and Jakub Voracek added a career-best four assists/points as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Isles 7-0 before a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s the most one-sided home shutout loss in Coliseum history.
00:26 PHI C. Giroux (4) Wrist - ASST: M. Read (5) AND J. Voracek (9) 1 - 0 PHI
00:15 PHI M. Read (7) Wrist - ASST: C. Giroux (8) AND J. Voracek (10) 2 - 0 PHI
07:57 PHI PPG - B. Schenn (4) Snap - ASST: J. Voracek (11) AND D. Briere (3) 3 - 0 PHI
14:45 PHI C. Giroux (5) Snap - ASST: M. Read (6) AND J. Voracek (12) 4 - 0 PHI
03:31 PHI Z. Rinaldo (1) Wrist - ASST: H. Zolnierczyk (1) AND L. Schenn (3) 5 - 0 PHI
10:27 PHI PPG - D. Briere (4) Snap - ASST: S. Couturier (4) AND E. Gustafsson (1) 6 - 0 PHI
17:46 PHI D. Briere (5) Wrist - ASST: B. Schenn (9) AND W. Simmonds (5) 7 - 0 PHI
Giroux’ first period goal was the earliest against the Islanders in a game this season while Read’s goal was the earliest in any period … Voracek is the first Flyer to record four assists against the Islanders since Mark Recchi (2-4-6) on November 12, 1992 … The Isles failed to score on a full 2-minute 5-on-3 late in the first period … The Flyers have killed 21 straight opposition power plays … The Flyers ended John Tavares’ five-game goal streak, Brad Boyes’ four-game point streak and Lubomir Visnovsky’s three-game assist streak … The Flyers have shutout the Isles 13 times.
The Isles have hosted President’s Day matinees in six of the last seven years. The Isles have been outscored 13-0 the last two seasons, after winning on President’s Day in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Most One-sided Shutout Losses:
• 0-9 at Carolina April 7, 2009
• 0-8 at Chicago December 23, 1979
• 0-8 at St. Louis December 1, 1988
• 0-7 vs. Philadelphia February 18, 2013
Largest Home Losses:
• 7 (1-8) vs. Winnipeg November 1, 1988
• 7 (1-8) vs. New Jersey October 23, 1990
• 7 (1-8) vs. Vancouver January 14, 2006
• 7 (0-7) vs. Philadelphia February 18, 2013
Not Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-2-0 in matinee games this season (all at home), have been outscored 13-4 and shutout twice.
The Isles are 0-2-0 in their alternate black jerseys, and have been shut-out twice. All-time, the Isles are 3-9-3 in those sweaters.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-8-1 overall, 2-6-0 at home and 4-2-1 on the road. By earning only four points in their first eight home games, the Isles have matched their worst home start since 1995-96.
The Flyers are 7-9-1 overall, 4-1-1 at home and 3-8-0 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves as he falls to 6-6-1 on the season. The seven goals allowed by Nabokov match a career high. He is the first Islander goalie to allow seven goals at home since Joey MacDonald (10/13/08 vs. Buffalo)
Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves as he recorded his 30th career shutout. It’s his second career shutout against the Isles, but his first victory; Bryzgalov lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Isles last season.
The Isles went 0-for-5 on the power play while the Flyers were 2-for-4. It’s the first time this season that the Isles have allowed more than one power play goal.
They Said It
Tavares: "We got away from what made us successful. We were not good on the little things. We didn't win too many battles. We didn't get to the front of the net.”
They Tweeted It
@DNFlyers: Claude Giroux does not have hat trick in a regular season game in his career.
“Once we had that two-minute 5-on-3 and we didn't even generate anything, that deflated us. We have to be able to generate momentum in that situation, and we have to be mentally stronger than that."
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 222 career points; he is 61 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player in that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player in that draft.
Friends, Friends, Friends
Matt Moulson has seven goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on four of them. Tavares has now been on-ice for 67 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 44 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010.
110 NHL Goals
Moulson has 110 career goals (104 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals.
Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 26:41 to lead the Isles. Brayden Coburn led the Flyers with 22:24.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 29 draws; the Flyers won 25. Casey Cizikas won 6-of-9 for the Isles; Claude Giroux won 10-of-15 for Philadelphia.
The Islanders were out-hit 25-13; Matt Martin led the Isles with four hits. Martin also fought Wayne Simmonds in the second period and Brayden Coburn in the third. The Isles have been involved in nine fights this season.
Back to .500
The Islanders fall back to .500 all-time (1353-1353-433 in 3,139 games). The Isles have been one game below .500 twice last season and once this season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.
4 Usually Enough
The Isles are 6-1-1 when scoring at least four goals and 0-7-0 when scoring two or less.
A Tale of Two Months
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January, outscoring their opponents 27-23. The Isles are 2-6-0 in February, and have been outscored 31-17.
The Isles just finished a stretch in which they played nine consecutive games in the New York area (six at home, two at MSG, and one in New Jersey). The Isles went 3-6-0 in that stretch.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 261 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the third-longest in club history. Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record. Moulson will tie Denis Potvin (262 game streak) for third place on Tuesday at Ottawa.
Three other Islanders, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit, also played in every game last season. Tavares extended his streak to 174 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 97.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Denis Potvin 262
4. Matt Moulson 261
Brian Strait suffered a broken ankle during the game.
The Isles have scored 28 goals in their six wins (4.67 per game) and 16 goals in their other nine games (0-8-1; 1.78 per game). In their 8 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 12 goals (1.50 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 663
2. Roberto Luongo 343
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 329
4. Evgeni Nabokov 318
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 318
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
Career Goals as an Islander
22 Benoit Hogue 105
22 Ed Westfall 105
24 Matt Moulson 104
25 Anders Kallur 101
26 Trent Hunter 99
27 John Tavares 95
27 Mikko Makela 95
27 David Volek 95
Career Assists as an Islander – active players
1 John Tavares 127
2 Mark Streit 122
3 Frans Nielsen 121
4 Kyle Okposo 95
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
44 Frans Nielsen 334
45 Butch Goring 332
45 Oleg Kvasha 332
58 Gord Lane 304
59 Arron Asham 300
59 Roman Hamrlik 300
61 Josh Bailey 297
62 Gord Dineen 287
63 Kyle Okposo 286
64 Jeff Norton 282
65 Steve Thomas 275
68 Matt Moulson 261
69 Brad Lauer 259
70 Benoit Hogue 258
70 John Tavares 258
72 Pierre Turgeon 255
73 Mark Streit 253
74 Jude Drouin 250
Career Points as an Islander
28 Benoit Hogue 229
28 Trent Hunter 229
30 John Tavares 222
31 Mikko Makela 219
38 Butch Goring 195
39 Jeff Norton 188
40 Matt Moulson 187
41 Lorne Henning 184
42 Frans Nielsen 176
43 Randy Wood 172
44 Claude Lapointe 171
44 JP Parise 171
46 Shawn Bates 170
47 Jude Drouin 169
48 Dave Scatchard 168
49 Miroslav Satan 166
50 Kyle Okposo 165
51 Mark Streit 158
51 Oleg Kvasha 158
53 Alan Kerr 154
Season Series Stats
The Flyers lead the season series one game to none (two points to zero). The teams will not meet again until March 28 in Philadelphia. Three of the Isles’ final 15 games will be against the Flyers.
The Isles have lost seven straight at home against Philadelphia (0-6-1), and are 1-11-3 in the last 15 at home against the Flyers.
22 years ago today (2-18-91): David Volek scored twice and added two assists as the Islanders, behind four goals in the second period, defeated the Rangers 5-4 at Madison Square Garden. Pat LaFontaine had a goal and two helpers as well.
All-time, the Isles are 9-9-3 on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 22-21-3-3. The Sound Tigers are tied for third with Albany in the Northeast Division after being swept in a home-and-home series by Providence. Bridgeport is off until Friday, when they visit Springfield. Nino Niederreiter continues to lead Bridgeport in goals (22) and points (39).
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 ISLANDERS AT OTTAWA (7:30PM)
[MSG+ (Pre-game show at 7:00PM), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders begin a three game road trip in Ottawa against the Senators. It’s the first of three meetings this season.
The Senators won last season’s series three games to one (and seven points to two). After the Isles won the opening matchup on a Mark Eaton overtime goal, Ottawa won the next three meetings by a combined 16-3 score.
This will be the back-end of the second set of back-to-backs this season; the Isles lost to Boston in the first back end on January 25.
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.