The Skinny: Islanders 6, Canadiens 3
Isles 6, Montreal 3
Radek Martinek scored his first goal for the Islanders in nearly two years and it turned out to be the game-winning goal as Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves and the Islanders ended Montreal’s 11-game point streak (8-0-3) with a 6-3 win over the Canadiens before 9,498 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Islanders now have a three-game point streak (2-0-1) on home ice as they improve to 4-8-1 at the Coliseum.
05:21 MTL T. Plekanec (10) Snap - ASST: A. Galchenyuk (10) AND M. Ryder (10) 1 - 0 MTL
01:23 NYI PPG - M. Moulson (11) Snap - ASST: M. Streit (9) AND F. Nielsen (9) 1 - 1 TIE
12:10 NYI PPG - M. Martin (2) Snap - ASST: B. Boyes (12) AND J. Tavares (13) 2 - 1 NYI
12:58 NYI M. Grabner (9) Wrist - ASST: T. Hickey (1) AND C. McDonald (4) 3 - 1 NYI
16:49 MTL PPG - P. Subban (5) Slap - ASST: A. Markov (9) AND M. Ryder (11) 3 - 2 NYI
06:07 MTL PPG - B. Gionta (7) Deflected - ASST: P. Subban (8) AND M. Ryder (12) 3 - 3 TIE
07:56 NYI R. Martinek (1) Snap - ASST: K. Okposo (7) AND T. Hickey (2) 4 - 3 NYI
18:53 NYI J. Tavares (14) Wrist - ASST: B. Boyes (13) 5 - 3 NYI
19:43 NYI EN - C. McDonald (4) Snap - ASST: M. Martin (1) AND C. Cizikas (6) 6 - 3 NYI
Matt Moulson’s goal came with John Tavares on the bench, ending a streak of 39 consecutive Moulson goals that Tavares was on ice … It was his seventh power play goal of the season; only Pittsburgh’s James Neal (8) has more … Mark Streit extended his assist streak to three games on that goal … Matt Martin’s goal was his first in 21 games, and his first career power play goal … Martin had seen only 2:05 of power play time this season prior to tonight … Thomas Hickey had his first two career assists, and first multi-point game … All three of his points have come against Montreal … Brian Gionta’s goal was the 20,000th in Canadiens history … They are the first NHL team to reach that mark … Martinek’s last goal for the Islanders came on March 31, 2011 against the Rangers; that was also the last time the Isles scored six goals in a game at home … Five of Martinek’s 23 career goals have been game winners…Tavares had a goal and an assist, stopping a three-game pointless streak … Martin matched a career high with two points; it’s the first time in his career he had a goal and an assist in the same game … It was Martin’s first assist since January 24, 2012 (55 games ago)… It was Montreal’s first regulation loss when leading after one period (8-1-1) ... Michael Ryder had three assists; he has two three assist-games in his 654-game career, and both have come in the last 10 days … Okposo’s assist on the winning goal was his 100th career assist; he is the 49th player in Isles history with at least 100 assists … Tavares now has 229 career points, tying Benoit Hogue and Trent Hunter for 28th place in Isles history … The Isles scored six goals against Montreal for the first time since March 20, 2003 … PK Subban had seven shots on goal for Montreal, matching a career high … The Isles improve to 5-1-0 when leading after two periods … Tavares how has an NHL-leading 91 shots on goal … He is tied for second in the league in goals with 14, behind only Steven Stamkos (17).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-11-2 overall, 4-8-1 at home and 6-3-1 on the road. The Isles have won consecutive games, both on Coliseum ice, for the first time since December 29-31, 2011.
The Canadiens are 14-5-4 overall, 8-3-2 at home and 6-2-2 on the road. This was their first regulation loss on the road since January 30 at Ottawa, ending a 5-0-2 streak.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves as he improved to 10-7-2.
Carey Price made 18 saves for Montreal but falls to 11-4-3 on the season. Price has allowed 12 goals (plus an empty net) in his last two starts (0-1-1).
The Islanders were 2-for-5 while the Canadiens were also 2-for-5. The Isles had gone 0-for-16 in their previous five home games with the extra man; but they now have 9 PP goals in their last eight games at the Coliseum (with all nine goals coming in three games).
The Isles are 8-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-9-1 when they do not.
Offense from Defense
The Isles defense combined for a goal and three assists. It was the third time this season that the Isles defense has combined for four points. On the season, the Isles defense has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points.
The Isles had 14 players with a plus-rating, with Thomas Hickey leading the way at plus-22.
In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead in the third period in 18-of-23 games this season (10-6-2).
They Said It
Matt Martin: "It felt good. It was a hard-working play out there. Boyes picked the puck up and made a great feed to me.”
They Tweeted It
@CerowB: Matt Martin, definitely the first star of the game. Goal, assist, energy, physicality...he brought it all tonight.
"Cizikas-Martin-McDonald line played really well....Matt Martin gave us good net presence (on PP)."
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 4-2-0 when he has two points, 3-2-0 when he has one point, and 1-7-1 when Tavares is pointless.
What a Pair!
Moulson has assisted on 10 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 229 career points; he is 62 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 11 goals this season; John Tavares has earned an assist on seven of them. Tavares was not on for Moulson’s goal tonight, ending a streak of being on ice for 39 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 25 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 26, 2011 against New Jersey. Since November 2010, Tavares has been on ice for 69 of 71 Moulson goals, earning 47 assists.
114 NHL Goals
Moulson has 114 career goals (108 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals. Moulson is one goal behind Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.
Leading Ice Men
Mark Streit played 25:01 to lead the Isles. Andrei Markov led Montreal with 27:12. Markov earned an assist on Subban’s power play goal. All but one of his 14 points this season have come on the power play.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 32 draws; the Canadiens also won 32. Casey Cizikas won 6-of-10 for the Isles (making it 13 of 19 in the last two games); Lars Eller won 7-of-13 for Montreal.
The Islanders out-hit Montreal 25-17; Colin McDonald and Matt Martin led the Isles with 6 hits each; Martin leads the NHL with 110. Casey Cizikas had three hits, giving that line a total of 15. There were no fights, leaving the Isles’ season total at 10.
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 18 blocked shots. Travis Hamonic led the team with six.
Back over .500
The Islanders go back over.500 all-time (1357-1356-434 in 3,147 games). The Isles were one game below .500 twice last season and four times this season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before a victory on January 16, 1978.
March to Victory
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February. The Isles are 2-0-0 in March.
Beating the Northeast
This was the final game of an eight game stretch in which the Islanders played seven Northeast opponents. The Isles went 4-2-1 against the Northeast in that stretch. If the season ended today, four of the five Northeast teams would make the playoffs. The Isles are 5-4-1 on the season against the Northeast, with one game remaining against each team in the division.
Tightening Up the Division
With the Isles winning, the Rangers beating Philadelphia, and New Jersey losing, three points now separate the second-place Devils and the fifth-place Islanders.
Lots of Home Cooking
This was the fifth game of a seven-game homestand, which matches the club record.
• October 7- October 28, 1972 (1-5-1 in the first seven games in club history)
• December 19, 2000- January 2, 2001 (2-5-0)
• November 21-December 4, 2001 (3-2-2)
• October 14- October 31, 2006 (4-1-2)
• February 15-March 1, 2007 (5-1-1)
• February 24-March 9, 2013 (2-2-1 with two games to play)
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 269 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era. Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history, mark that still stands as the club record.
Three other Islanders (Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit) also played in every game last season. Tavares extended his streak to 182 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 105.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 269
4. Denis Potvin 262
Mark Streit is the ninth Islander defenseman to play at least 100 consecutive games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/95-2/4/98 220
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/75-11/22/77 198
4. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
5. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
6. Travis Hamonic 11/24/10 – 2/4/12 113
7. Jean Potvin 10/23/75-1/2/77 110
8. Mark Streit 10/8/11-CURRENT 105
9. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/96-2/4/98 104
Hamonic, McCabe and Morrow's streaks came at the start of their NHL careers. Both Niinimaa's streak and McCabe's streak encompassed their entire Islander careers.
Radek Martinek replaced Lubomir Visnovsky (personal reasons) in the lineup. Eric Boulton and Keith Aucoin were also scratched. Matt Carkner and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu remains suspended after suffering an injury in Europe.
The Isles have scored 44 goals in their 10 wins (4.40 per game) and 24 goals in their other 13 games (0-11-2; 1.85 per game). In their 11 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 16 goals (1.45 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 664
2. Roberto Luongo 344
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 330
4. Evgeni Nabokov 322
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
21. Sean Burke 324
22. Evgeni Nabokov 322
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 313
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 120
2. Roberto Luongo 62
3. Evgeni Nabokov 53
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
5. Nikolai Khabibulin 45
6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44
19 Bernie Parent 54
19 Ed Giacomin 54
21 Evgeni Nabokov 53
22 Rogie Vachon 51
22 Dave Kerr 51
22 Curtis Joseph 51
Career Goals as an Islander
21 Ray Ferraro 116
22 Matt Moulson 108
23 Benoit Hogue 105
23 Ed Westfall 105
25 Anders Kallur 101
26 Trent Hunter 99
27 John Tavares 98
28 Mikko Makela 95
28 David Volek 95
Career Assists as an Islander
28 Jason Blake 131
28 John Tavares 131
30 Trent Hunter 130
31 Mark Streit 127
32 Benoit Hogue 124
32 Mikko Makela 124
34 Ray Ferraro 122
35 Frans Nielsen 122
36 Garry Howatt 120
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
26 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
27 Trent Hunter 459
28 Radek Martinek 456
29 Scott Lachance 450
39 Dave Scatchard 347
40 Alexei Yashin 346
41 Mark Parrish 345
42 Frans Nielsen 342
43 Marty McInnis 337
58 Gordon Lane 304
58 Josh Bailey 304
60 Arron Asham 300
60 Roman Hamrlik 300
62 Kyle Okposo 294
63 Gordon Dineen 287
64 Jeffrey Norton 282
65 Steve Thomas 275
66 Matt Moulson 269
67 John Tavares 266
68 Blake Comeau 261
68 Andre St. Laurent 261
68 Mark Streit 261
71 Brad Lauer 259
Career Points as an Islander
28 Benoit Hogue 229
28 Trent Hunter 229
28 John Tavares 229
31 Mikko Makela 219
38 Robert Goring 195
38 Matt Moulson 195
40 Jeff Norton 188
41 Lorne Henning 184
42 Frans Nielsen 178
43 Randy Wood 172
44 Claude Lapointe 171
44 Jean-Paul Parise 171
46 Shawn Bates 170
47 Kyle Okposo 169
47 Jude Drouin 169
49 Dave Scatchard 168
50 Miroslav Satan 166
51 Mark Streit 164
52 Oleg Kvasha 158
Season Series Stats
The Islanders lead the season series two games to none (and four points to one). The final meeting of the season will come on March 21st at Coliseum.
The Isles are 3-1-0 in their last four home games vs. Montreal and 4-2-0 in their last six home contests with the Canadiens. The Isles have beaten Montreal in three straight overall for the first time since 2002-03.
Two years ago today (March 5, 2011): Andrew MacDonald scored twice as the Islanders defeated St. Louis 5-2 at the Coliseum. No Islander defenseman has scored two goals in a game since.
All-time, the Isles are 9-8-2 on this date, including 5-1-1 in the last 7.
On The Farm
Bridgeport, 23-24-4-4 on the season, is eight points out of a playoff spot with 21 games to play. Bridgeport visits Manchester on Wednesday.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 NY RANGERS AT ISLANDERS (7:00PM)
[MSG+2 (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM)]
The Islanders and Rangers meet for the third time this season, and the first time on Coliseum ice. The teams split a pair of games in New York in February, with the Islanders rallying for a shootout victory on Valentine’s Day in the teams’ last meeting.
The Isles are 3-1-0 against the Rangers in the last four at the Coliseum and 4-2-0 in their last six home games against their local rivals.
The Rangers will carry a three-game win streak to the Coliseum. If the game is close late, the Isles will have to be able to contain Rick Nash, who has scored all seven of his goals in the third period.
Congratulations to Islander legend and broadcaster Butch Goring on the birth of his granddaughter!
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.