The Skinny: Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (SO)
Isles 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Josh Bailey scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Islanders survived the Flyers tying the game on a Scott Hartnell power play goal with 30 seconds to play and defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 before a crowd of 19,906 at Wells Fargo Center. The win, coupled with the Rangers’ 3-0 loss in Ottawa, pushes the Islanders into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
04:14 PHI PPG - S. Hartnell (3) Snap - ASST: C. Giroux (21) AND W. Simmonds (11)1 - 0 PHI
17:25 PHI M. Knuble (3) Backhand - ASST: C. Giroux (22) 2 - 0 PHI
19:00 NYI J. Tavares (21) Backhand - ASST: M. Moulson (24) AND M. Streit (12) 2 - 1 PHI
10:04 NYI C. McDonald (5) Snap - ASST: K. Aucoin (5) AND M. Grabner (4) 2 - 2 TIE
15:37 NYI C. McDonald (6) Wrist - ASST: M. Martin (4) AND C. Cizikas (8) 3 - 2 NYI
19:30 PHI PPG - S. Hartnell (4) Wrist - ASST: W. Simmonds (12) AND M. Read (8) 3 - 3 TIE
The Shootout (4 rounds):
Tavares’ goal extended his point streak to five games … Tavares ranks second in the NHL in goals; only Steven Stamkos (23) has more … It was his 105th career goal, tying Ed Westfall and Benoit Hogue for 23rd place in Isles history … Matt Moulson’s assist was his team-leading 24th of the season … Colin McDonald’s goals were his first in 10 games; it’s his first multi-goal game in the NHL … The Isles have won four straight on the road … Thomas Hickey was “even”; he remains the team leader in plus-minus at plus-5, Hickey is plus-10 in his last 18 games and has not been a “minus” player in any game in that stretch … The Isles are 8-2-3 in games decided by a single goal, including 6-0-1 on the road … The Isles own their first three-game winning streak in almost exactly a year (March 25-29, 2012) … This was the Isles second win when trailing after two periods (2-7-2) … The Isles are 3-0 in the shootout this season and 47-32 in their history in shootouts … The Flyers are winless in four straight (0-2-2) and are 2-6-2 in their last ten games, but don’t blame their power play – Philly has had four power plays in the last three games, and scored on all of them.
• 7 New Jersey 33 games 15-11-7 37 points Next games: Friday @ Tampa, Monday vs Isles
• 8 NY Rangers 33 games 16-14-3 35 points Next games: Saturday @ Montreal, Monday vs Winnipeg
• 9 NY Islanders 34 games 16-15-3 35 points Next games: Saturday @Pittsburgh, Monday at Devils
(Each of the three teams has 13 regulation/overtime wins. The Rangers are still ahead of the Isles because they have one more game to play.)First Time in a Very Long Time
The Isles are six games over .500 on the road for the first time since finishing the 2001-02 season with a 21-15-3-2 road record. The Isles have made the playoffs in every season that they have a record of at least five games over .500 on the road at any point.
Thursday, Crazy Thursday
The Isles are playing on every Thursday this season. They are now 6-2-2 on Thursday. Four of their last five wins have come in either overtime or in a shootout.
The Isles have 21 points in their first 15 road games, matching their second-highest total in franchise history.
Most points in first 15 road games (all time):
• 23 in 1976-77 (11-3-1)
• 21 in 2012-13 (10-4-1)
• 21 in 1980-81 (10-4-1)
• 20 in 1983-84 (9-4-2)
• 19 in 2001-02 (9-5-1)
• 19 in 1978-79 (8-4-3)
Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-15-3 overall, 6-11-2 at home and 10-4-1 on the road. Their 35 points in 34 games is their highest total since they had 36 points in 34 games in 2007-08.
The Isles have a four game road winning streak for the first time since January 31-February 14, 2012. That matches their longest road winning streak since they opened the 2001-02 season with six straight road wins.
The Flyers are 13-17-3 overall, 9-5-2 at home and 4-12-1 on the road.
In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves, plus three more in the shootout for his 328th career win. He is 16-10-3 this season with three shutouts. No other Islander goalie owns a win this season. Nabokov is now 27-22 in his career in shootouts, including 3-0 this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves for the Flyers; he is 13-14-3 on the season. No other Flyer goalie owns a win this season.
The Islanders went 0-for-5 while the Flyers were 2-for-2.
The Isles have 14 PP goals in their last 19 games (with all 14 goals coming in seven games).
The Isles are 11-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-12-2 when they do not.
It’s the first time in over 25 years that the Isles have gone 0-for-5 (or worse) while the opponent has scored on their only two power plays.
In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 28-of-34 games this season (16-9-3).
They Said It
Evgeni Nabokov: “We weathered the storm and then we responded. [McDonald, Cizikas and Martin] are big parts of this team…today (McDonald) got rewarded.”
They Tweeted It
@PeterBotte “Beware the Isles of March.”
“We found a way. It’s a good character win for our team.”
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 5-2-0 when he has two points, 8-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-9-2 when Tavares is pointless.
What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 32 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 16 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season. Tavares has earned an assist on seven Moulson goals this season. Since November 2011, Tavares has been on ice for 39 of Moulson’s last 40 goals, earning 25 assists. Since November 2010, he has earned 47 assists on Moulson’s last 71 goals, while being on ice for 69 of them.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 238 career points; he is 56 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.
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
Lubomir Visnovsky played 27:50 to lead the Isles. Brayden Schenn led the Flyers with 28:04.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 30-of-66 draws. Frans Nielsen won 8-of-14 for the Isles.
The Islanders out-hit the Flyers 31-13. Matt Martin led the Isles with six hits, raising his season total to an NHL-leading 166. Fifteen different Isles were credited with at least one hit. Colin McDonald fought Scott Hartnell in the first period. It was McDonald’s first fight and the Isles’ 13th fight of the season.
Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 13 blocked shots. Travis Hamonic and Matt Carkner each had three to co-lead the team. Andrew MacDonald, who entered the game leading the NHL in blocked shots, had one block, giving him 92 on the season.
The Islanders move three games over .500 all-time (1363-1360-435 in 3158 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 prior to their 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 8-4-1 in March.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 280 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. That figure 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 193 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 116.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 280
4. Denis Potvin 262
Mark Streit has the sixth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
5. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
6. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-CURRENT 116
7. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113
8. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
9. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 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.
Eric Boulton replaced Marty Reasoner in the lineup. Joe Finley and Radek Martinek were also scratched. David Ullstrom and Brian Strait are on Injured Reserve. Jesse Joensuu is skating with the team but has not yet been added to the active roster.
The Isles have scored 64 goals in their 16 wins (4.00 per game) and 33 goals in their other 18 games (0-15-3; 1.83 per game). In their 15 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.60 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 666
2. Roberto Luongo 346
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
4. Evgeni Nabokov 328
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 317
19. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
20. Harry Lumley 330
21. Evgeni Nabokov 328
22. Sean Burke 324
23. Miikka Kiprusoff 317
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 120
2. Roberto Luongo 62
3. Evgeni Nabokov 55
4. Tomas Vokoun 49
5. Nikolai Khabibulin 46
6. Miikka Kiprusoff 44
18 Clint Benedict 57
19 Evgeni Nabokov 55
20 Bernie Parent 54
20 Ed Giacomin 54
Career Goals as an Islander
21 Ray Ferraro 116
22 Matt Moulson 108
23 John Tavares 105
23 Benoit Hogue 105
23 Ed Westfall 105
26 Anders Kallur 101
Career Assists as an Islander
27 Greg Gilbert 138
28 John Tavares 133
29 Jason Blake 131
30 Trent Hunter 130
30 Mark Streit 130
32 Frans Nielsen 128
33 Benoit Hogue 124
33 Mikko Makela 124
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
25 Gerry Hart 476
26 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
27 Radek Martinek 462
28 Trent Hunter 459
39 Randy Wood 381
40 Frans Nielsen 353
41 Dave Scatchard 347
53 Ray Ferraro 316
53 Steve Webb 316
53 Richard Park 316
56 Josh Bailey 315
57 Gerald Diduck 314
58 Mikko Makela 307
59 Kyle Okposo 305
60 Gordon Lane 304
61 Arron Asham 300
61 Roman Hamrlik 300
63 Gordon Dineen 287
64 Jeffrey Norton 282
65 Matt Moulson 280
66 John Tavares 277
67 Steve Thomas 275
68 Mark Streit 272
69 Blake Comeau 261
69 Andre St. Laurent 261
Career Points as an Islander
24 Ray Ferraro 238
24 John Tavares 238
26 Travis Green 237
35 Anders Kallur 211
36 Matt Moulson 204
37 Marty McInnis 198
38 Wayne Merrick 197
39 Robert Goring 195
40 Jeffrey Norton 188
41 Frans Nielsen 186
42 Lorne Henning 184
43 Kyle Okposo 176
44 Randy Wood 172
45 Claude Lapointe 171
45 Jean-Paul Parise 171
47 Shawn Bates 170
48 Jude Drouin 169
49 Dave Scatchard 168
49 Mark Streit 168
51 Miroslav Satan 166
Season Series Stats
The season series is even at one game each (The Flyers have three points to the Isles’ two). The teams will meet again April 9 at the Coliseum and April 25 in Philadelphia.
The Isles are 0-for-10 this season vs. the Flyers on the power play. Philadelphia has scored four goals in six attempts against the Isles.
Wells Fargo Center had been a house of horrors for the Isles for about five years (0-11-2) but the Isles have won three times in their last four trips to Philadelphia.
23 years ago tonight (March 28, 1990): The Isles were 1-14-5 in their last 20 games and facing playoff elimination when they visited Toronto. Trailing 2-0, the Isles got a Brent Sutter goal late in the second period and then added five third period goals to defeat the Maple Leafs 6-3. The Leafs goal in the third period was scored by Gary Leeman, and it was his 50th goal of the season. The Isles would go on to defeat Philadelphia three days later, and coupled with Pittsburgh losses to St. Louis and Buffalo the Isles qualified for the playoffs.
All-time, the Isles are 6-10-3 on this date. This was only their second victory in their last ten games on this date.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 27-27-6-5 on the season after dropping a 5-4 decision in Springfield on Thursday. Bridgeport led 4-2 in the first period, but could not hold on. The Sound Tigers are six points out of a playoff spot with 11 games to play. Bridgeport visits Adirondack on Saturday and Worcester on Tuesday. Following that trip, seven of their final nine games are at home.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH (1:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 12:30), WRHU (88.7FM]
Game 3 of this four-game road trip will be Saturday in Pittsburgh as the Isles face the streaking Penguins.
Pittsburgh has won 14 straight after Thursday’s 4-0 win over Winnipeg. The Penguins have beaten the Isles twice during their streak, rallying for a 4-2 win at the Coliseum last week.
Longest Winning Streaks, NHL History
• 17- Penguins (1992-93)
• 15- Islanders (1981-82)
• 14- Bruins (1929-30)
• 14- Capitals (2009-10)
• 14- Penguins (2012-13, CURRENT)
The Isles will be looking to go seven games over .500 on the road by snapping the Penguins’ streak. The last time they were seven games over .500 on the road was after the final regular season game they played in 1983-84. They finished that season with a 22-15-3 record on the road.
It’s the final of five meetings between the teams. The Isles won the first game, but Pittsburgh has taken the last three.
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.