The Skinny: Islanders 5, Jets 2
Isles 5, Winnipeg 2
Anders Lee scored on his first shot on goal in his first NHL game, and Frans Nielsen broke a 2-2 tie with a power play goal late in the second period, as the Islanders got goals from all four lines and defeated the Winnipeg Jets before a crowd of 11,819 at Nassau Coliseum. With the win, the Isles jump into a tie with the Devils for seventh place, two points ahead of the ninth-place Rangers.
16:13 NYI A. Lee (1) Wrist - ASST: M. Martin (5) AND C. Cizikas (9) 1 - 0 NYI
18:06 WPG P. Postma (2) Wrist - ASST: E. Tangradi (2) AND K. Wellwood (8) 1 - 1 TIE
06:02 WPG P. Postma (3) Tip-In - ASST: C. Thorburn (1) AND E. Tangradi (3) 2 - 1 WPG
09:56 NYI C. McDonald (7) Snap - ASST: M. Grabner (5) AND M. Streit (14) 2 - 2 TIE
19:32 NYI PPG - F. Nielsen (4) Slap - ASST: J. Bailey (5) AND M. Streit (15) 3 - 2 NYI
18:00 NYI M. Moulson (12) Wrist - ASST: J. Tavares (16) AND B. Boyes (20) 4 - 2 NYI
19:24 NYI EN - J. Tavares (23) Wrist - ASST: B. Boyes (21) AND M. Moulson (25) 5 - 2 NYI
Anders Lee is the first Islander since John Tavares (10/3/09) to score on his first shot in his first game … Frans Nielsen has one goal and five assists in the last seven games and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 10; it was his first goal in 12 games … John Tavares is now second in the NHL in both goals (23) and power play goals (9); he trails Steven Stamkos by two goals … Andrew MacDonald was plus-3, making him plus-5 in the last two games … It’s the first time this season and fifth time in his career he has been plus-3 … Matt Moulson scored for the first time in 13 games; his eight shots on goal matched a career high … Kevin Poulin recorded his first win of the season, ending a streak in which all 17 wins had been credited to Evgeni Nabokov … It’s the first time an Isles goalie has been credited with 17 consecutive team wins in at least 25 years … This is the sixth set of back-to-backs for the Isles this season; the Isles are now 1-5-0 on the back-end so far this season … Paul Postma had only one career goal entering the game … Postma tied the franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a game – no Thrasher/Jet defender has ever had a hat trick … The Isles are 11-2-1 when they lead after two periods while Winnipeg is 1-12-0 when they trail after two.
First Goal, First Shot, First Game
Anders Lee joins John Tavares and Jesse Joensuu on the list of Isles players who have scored their first goal on their first shot in their first game. Chris Campoli and current Sharks coach Todd McLellan also did it for the Isles.
Lee is the 19th player in Islanders history to score a goal in his first NHL game. Some went on to score many NHL goals (such as Mike Bossy, Todd Bertuzzi, Billy Harris, Patrick Flatley and John Tavares); others did not (Rod Dallman, Scott Howson, Neal Coulter and Todd McLellan; McLellan’s first NHL goal was also his last).
• 7 New Jersey 36 games 15-12-9 39 points (13 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Boston
• 8 NY Islanders 37 games 18-16-3 39 points (15 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Washington
• 9 NY Rangers 35 games 17-15-3 37 points (14 ROW) Next game: Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh
(The Devils are still ahead of the Isles because they have one more game to play.)
Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-16-3 overall, 7-11-2 at home and 11-5-1 on the road. Their 39 points in 37 games is their highest total since they had 40 points in 37 games in 2007-08. By going two games over .500, the Isles equaled their high-level mark on the season.
The Isles have won two straight at home. It’s the first time that they have won consecutive home games in regulation this season.
The Jets are 18-18-2 overall, 8-9-0 at home and 10-9-2 on the road. Winnipeg has lost four straight (0-4-0) for the first time this season as they fall back to .500 for the first time since March 7 (11-11-1).
In the Nets
Kevin Poulin made 23 saves and improves to 1-2-0 this season. Poulin is now 2-0-0 in his career against the Jets, allowing just three goals.
Ondrej Pavelec made 34 saves but falls to 15-17-2.
The Islanders went 1-for-1 while the Jets were 0-for-1.
The Isles have 16 PP goals in their last 22 games (with all 16 goals coming in nine games).
The Isles are 13-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-13-2 when they do not.
In (Almost) Every Game
The Isles have been tied or ahead at some point in the third period in 31-of-37 games this season (18-10-3).
Movin’ on Up
Jack Capuano recorded his 78th win as Islander coach, passing Peter Laviolette for third place on the all-time franchise win list.
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Terry Simpson 81
3. Jack Capuano 78
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
Most games coached (Islanders)
1. Al Arbour 1,500
2. Mike Milbury 191
3. Terry Simpson 187
4. Jack Capuano 184
5. Scott Gordon 181
They All Made It
With Anders Lee making his NHL debut, all seven players that the Isles drafted in 2009 have made it to the NHL with the Isles.
The others are:
They Said It
"I was just trying to get the puck to the net, especially in the first period. I was so surprised. I just threw it on net, it happened to go in, and the boys came to congratulate me. It was pretty awesome. My head was spinning at that point. If it wasn't enough to be playing in my first game, that was really exciting."
They Tweeted It
@bookert2116 Huge game for the #isles tonight. Felt good to play a full 60 minutes at home and get the W. Congrats to @leeberr09 on his 1st game and goal!
"Our goalie made some big saves when we needed him to."
Here's a number that Howie Rose likes to refer to from time-to-time. Anders Lee is the seventh player to score his first goal as an Islander this season, joining Brad Boyes, Keith Aucoin, Casey Cizikas, Colin MacDonald and Thomas Hickey and Lubomir Visnovsky. 328 players in Islander history have scored a goal.
As Tavares Goes…
The Isles are 1-0-0 when Tavares has four points, 1-0-1 when he has three points, 6-2-0 when he has two points, 9-4-0 when he has one point, and 1-10-2 when Tavares is pointless.
What a Pair!
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 35 goals this season. Moulson has assisted on 17 Tavares goals this season after assisting on 12 of his 31 goals last season. Tavares has earned an assist on eight Moulson goals this season. Since November 2011, Tavares has been on ice for 40 of Moulson’s last 41 goals, earning 26 assists. Since November 2010, he has earned 48 assists on Moulson’s last 72 goals, while being on ice for 70 of them.
Head of the Class
John Tavares has 241 career points. He is 55 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.
115 NHL Goals
Moulson has 115 career goals (109 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 tied with Nikolai Zherdev for 16th place.
Leading Ice Men
Andrew MacDonald played 24:37 to lead the Isles. Zach Bogosian led the Jets with 27:02.
In the Circle
The Islanders won 26-of-48 draws. John Tavares won 11-of-17 for the Isles.
Giving up the Body
The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots. Travis Hamonic had five to lead the team.
The Islanders move four games over .500 all-time (1365-1361-435 in 3161 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 their victory on January 16, 1978.
Good Start to April
The Isles were 4-2-1 in January and 4-9-1 in February, and 8-5-1 in March. They are 2-0-0 in April.
Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 283 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 196 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 119.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History
1. Billy Harris 576
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 283
4. Denis Potvin 262
Mark Streit now 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 119
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.
Anders Lee replaced Marty Reasoner in the lineup and made his NHL debut. Matt Carkner replaced Radek Martinek in the lineup. Eric Boulton was scratched. Joe Finley, 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 72 goals in their 18 wins (4.00 per game) and 33 goals in their other 19 games (0-16-3; 1.74 per game). In their 16 regulation losses, the Isles have scored 24 goals (1.50 per game).
Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 666
2. Roberto Luongo 346
3. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
4. Evgeni Nabokov 329
5. Miikka Kiprusoff 317
19. Nikolai Khabibulin 331
20. Harry Lumley 330
21. Evgeni Nabokov 329
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 51
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 109
23 John Tavares 107
24 Benoit Hogue 105
24 Ed Westfall 105
Career Assists as an Islander
27 Greg Gilbert 138
28 John Tavares 134
29 Mark Streit 133
30 Jason Blake 131
31 Trent Hunter 130
31 Frans Nielsen 130
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 463
28 Trent Hunter 459
39 Randy Wood 381
40 Frans Nielsen 356
41 Dave Scatchard 347
52 Brad Dalgarno 321
53 Josh Bailey 318
54 Ray Ferraro 316
54 Steve Webb 316
54 Richard Park 316
57 Gerald Diduck 314
58 Kyle Okposo 308
59 Mikko Makela 307
60 Gordon Lane 304
61 Arron Asham 300
61 Roman Hamrlik 300
63 Gordon Dineen 287
64 Matt Moulson 283
65 Jeffrey Norton 282
66 John Tavares 280
67 Steve Thomas 275
67 Mark Streit 275
69 Blake Comeau 261
69 Andre St. Laurent 261
Career Points as an Islander
23 David Volek 249
24 John Tavares 241
25 Ray Ferraro 238
35 Anders Kallur 211
36 Matt Moulson 207
37 Marty McInnis 198
38 Wayne Merrick 197
39 Robert Goring 195
40 Jeffrey Norton 188
40 Frans Nielsen 188
42 Lorne Henning 184
43 Kyle Okposo 176
44 Mark Streit 172
44 Randy Wood 172
46 Claude Lapointe 171
46 Jean-Paul Parise 171
Season Series Stats
The Isles even the season series at one game each (the Isles have three points to the Jets’ two). This was the only meeting of the teams on Long Island. They will play their final game as conference rivals on April 20 in Winnipeg.
20 years ago tonight (4-2-93): Pierre Turgeon scored his 50th goal of the season as the Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Turgeon’s tally came at 3:41 of overtime and stretched the Isles’ lead over the Rangers to three points. The Rangers would never recover and would miss the playoffs while the Isles would advance to the Conference Finals.
All-time, the Isles are 11-9-1 on this date.
On The Farm
Ryan Strome scored a goal and added an assist on the game-winning goal to make his professional debut a success, as Bridgeport beat Worcester 4-2. Bridgeport is 28-28-6-5 on the season and will play seven of their final nine games at home. The Sound Tigers are six points out of a playoff spot with nine games to play. Bridgeport will host Worcester at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4 ISLANDERS AT WASHINGTON (7:00PM)
[MSG+ (pre-game show at 6:30), WRHU (88.7FM)
The Isles head for the road for a single game as they face the Capitals in Washington.
Washington is playing its best hockey of the season, and is 4-1-1 in their last six after a 5-3 win over Carolina on Tuesday drew them within two points of division-leading Winnipeg.
The Isles are 4-0-2 against Washington over the last two seasons and will be looking for a complete sweep of the season series vs. the Caps for the first time since 1980-81.
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.