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The Skinny - Canucks 5, Islanders 4 (OT)

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 9:30 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny - Canucks 5, Islanders 4 (OT)

Game 9

Vancouver 5, Isles 4 (OT)

Frans Nielsen scored a sixth attacker goal with 72 seconds to play to earn the Islanders a point, but Brad Richardson scored the winning goal 2:16 into OT as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Isles 5-4 before a crowd of 11,922 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles remain at .500 at 3-3-3; however, they are 1-3-2 in their last six games.

The Scoring:

1st Period

2:26 NYI B. Nelson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: P. Regin (2), C. Clutterbuck (1) 1 - 0 NYI

4:41 NYI PPG - M. Moulson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: F. Nielsen (5), J. Tavares (7) 2 - 0 NYI

4:57 VAN R. Kesler (4) Snap shot - ASST: D. Hamhuis (2), C. Tanev (4) 2 - 1 NYI

9:09 VAN D. Sedin (3) Snap shot - ASST: J. Hansen (2), C. Tanev (5) 2 - 2 Tie

2nd Period

4:48 NYI PPG - M. Moulson (5) Wrist shot - ASST: K. Okposo (6), F. Nielsen (6) 3 - 2 NYI

12:39 VAN H. Sedin (3) Wrist shot - ASST: D. Sedin (7), D. Weise (2) 3 - 3 Tie

19:42 VAN C. Higgins (3) Wrist shot - ASST: K. Bieksa (5), R. Kesler (2) 4 - 3 VAN

3rd Period

18:48 NYI F. Nielsen (5) Wrist shot - ASST: A. MacDonald (2), K. Okposo (7) 4 - 4 Tie

OT Period

2:16 VAN B. Richardson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: M. Santorelli (3), A. Edler (3) 5 - 4 VAN

The Skinny:

The Canucks are now 4-0-1 in one-goal games, while the Isles are 2-3-3 … Brock Nelson recorded his first NHL goal … After being held pointless in the opener, John Tavares has a point in eight straight games (second-longest streak of his career – he had a 12 game streak in 2011-12); Tavares also has a point in all four games that he has played against Vancouver … This was the sixth straight game to be decided by one goal; eight of the Isles’ nine games this season have been decided by one goal (and 12-of-13, going back to last season). It matches the longest stretch of one-goal games since an eight-game stretch from 12/26/09-1/9/10 … Frans Nielsen tied Matt Moulson for the team lead in goals (five); he had only six goals last season. Nielsen also had his second three-point game of the season, matching his career high … Four of Moulson’s five goals have come on the power play and all five goals have come at home … It’s the 15th time in his career that Matt Moulson has scored twice in a game; the Isles are 12-2-1 in those 15 games … It’s the second time this season the Isles have earned only a single point in a game that they held a 2-0 lead (1-0-2) … The Canucks had a goal disallowed in the second period after Mike Santorelli collided with Evgeni Nabokov.

The Shots:

Isles 12-11-9-0=32

Canucks 9-12-8-4=33

Home and Road

The Islanders are 3-3-3 overall, 2-1-3 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.

The Canucks are 6-4-1 overall, 2-2-0 at home and 4-2-1 on the road.

In the Nets

Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves but falls to 3-2-3 on the season. Nabokov is 14-7-4 against the Canucks in his career.

Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for Carolina to improve to 5-3-1. Luongo is 8-10-3 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 2-for-4 while the Canucks were 0-for-2. It’s the second straight game that the Isles have scored twice on the power play.

The Isles are 2-1-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-2-0 when they do not. All nine of the Isles’ PP goals this season have come at the Coliseum (9-for-25 at home, 0-for-7 on the road), where the Isles have the No. 1 home power play.

The Isles are 0-2-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-1 when they do not. The Isles have killed 21-of-25 opponents’ power plays this season.

The Canucks had allowed only one PP goal in 25 times short-handed on the road prior to tonight.

Long Island Power Authority

The Isles were 6-for-17 on the home stand on the power play, scoring at least once in each game. They have scored at least once on the power play in all six home games this season, and seven consecutive home games total (including last season’s home finale).

Their four-game streak (overall) of scoring a power play goal is their longest since a six-game streak from March 17 to March 29, 2012.

It’s the first time since November 12-December 13, 2005 that the Isles have scored a home power play goal in six straight games in a single season and the first time since March 27, 2004-October 29, 2005 (eight home games) that the Isles have scored a power play goal in at least seven straight home games.

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 3-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-2-1 when they do not.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano ranks second on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (204) and wins (87).

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1. Al Arbour 740

2. Jack Capuano 87

3. Terry Simpson 81

4. Peter Laviolette 77

5. Ted Nolan 74

Most games coached (Islanders):

1. Al Arbour 1,500

2. Jack Capuano 204

3. Mike Milbury 191

4. Terry Simpson 187

5. Scott Gordon 181

They Said It

Brock Nelson: “It was exciting, but it would be a lot better if it came in a win. It was a great play by my two linemates. I was lucky to be on the other end of it.”

They Tweeted It

@Goon1214: Congrats to @Bnelson on his 1st career #NHL goal! And I can see many more in the future! #isles

The Coach

“We out-chanced a good hockey team in our building … our power play was good … our penalty killing was good … We need some guys to engage more … We (need to) put teams away … we have to find the back of the net. It’s not like we are playing poorly.”

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 260 career points; he is 59 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player from that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.

Tavares’ 300th Game

John Tavares played in his 300th NHL game. His stats in groups of 100 games:

Games 1-100 32-34-66

Games 101-200 34-57-91

Games 201-300 50-53-103

Career 116-144-260

Easy as 1-2-3

Moulson has 123 career goals (117 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected before the Penguins chose Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 16 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men

Andrew MacDonald played a career-high 31:26 to lead the Isles for the seventh time this season. It’s the second straight game that he has played at least 30 minutes. Ryan Kesler led Vancouver with 28:04.

The Isles are 3-2-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 0-1-1 when Hamonic leads them.

MacDonald’s ice-time is the most for any Islander since Mark Streit played 31:31 vs. Montreal on April 6, 2010.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 27-of-60 draws. John Tavares won 11-of-18 to lead the Isles; Mike Santorelli won 12-of-17 for Vancouver.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders out-hit Vancouver 36-22. Cal Clutterbuck had seven hits to lead the Isles. There were no fights, leaving the season total at one: Boulton (1).

Giving Up the Body

The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald led the way with four.

All–time Winners

The Islanders remain nine games over .500 all-time (1374-1365-442 in 3,181 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 with an all-time record above .500.


John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 216 consecutive games.

Frans Nielsen (139) and Kyle Okposo (122) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era

Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013 284

Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221

Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220

Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219

John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 216

Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215

Missing Men

Lubomir Visnovsky is on Injured Reserve after suffering a concussion on Saturday; Matt Donovan replaced him in the line-up. Brock Nelson, who played for Bridgeport on Sunday, returned to the Isles line-up after being scratched for three straight games. Eric Boulton was also scratched. The Isles have lost five games this season due to injury.

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 669

2. Roberto Luongo 353

3. Evgeni Nabokov 338

4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins

17. Roberto Luongo 353

18. Evgeni Nabokov 338

19. Gump Worsley 335

20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 121

2. Roberto Luongo 63

3. Evgeni Nabokov 55

4. Tomas Vokoun 51

Career Shutouts

18 Clint Benedict 57

19 Evgeni Nabokov 55

20 Bernie Parent 54

20 Ed Giacomin 54

Career Goals as an Islander

17 Duane Sutter 121

18 Alexei Yashin 119

19 Mark Parrish 118

19 Steve Thomas 118

21 Matt Moulson 117

22 Ray Ferraro 116

22 John Tavares 116

24 Benoit Hogue 105

24 Ed Westfall 105

Career Assists as an Islander

24 Mariusz Czerkawski 150

25 Travis Green 145

26 John Tavares 144

27 Frans Nielsen 142

28 Steve Thomas 140

29 Mark Streit 139

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

39 Randy Wood 381

40 Frans Nielsen 376

41 Dave Scatchard 347

42 Alexei Yashin 346

43 Mark Parrish 345

44 Josh Bailey 338

45 Marty McInnis 337

46 Robert Goring 332

46 Oleg Kvasha 332

48 Bruno Gervais 331

48 Zigmund Palffy 331

50 Shawn Bates 330

51 Kyle Okposo 328

52 Eric Cairns 327

53 Alan Kerr 326

54 Brad Dalgarno 321

55 Ray Ferraro 316

55 Steve Webb 316

55 Richard Park 316

58 Gerald Diduck 314

59 Mikko Makela 307

60 Gordon Lane 304

61 Matt Moulson 302

62 Arron Asham 300

62 Roman Hamrlik 300

62 John Tavares 300

65 Gordon Dineen 287

Career Points as an Islander

20 Ed Westfall 286

21 John Tavares 260

22 Jason Blake 258

22 Steve Thomas 258

29 Benoit Hogue 229

29 Trent Hunter 229

31 Matt Moulson 222

32 Mikko Makela 219

33 Mark Parrish 214

34 Garry Howatt 213

34 Jean Potvin 213

36 Anders Kallur 211

37 Frans Nielsen 207

38 Marty McInnis 198

39 Wayne Merrick 197

40 Robert Goring 195

42 Kyle Okposo 195

42 Jeffrey Norton 188

Season Series Stats

The Canucks lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one) with one game to play. The teams will also play on March 10 in British Columbia.

The Isles are 4-1-4 in their last nine home games against Vancouver. Six of the nine games have gone at least to overtime; all but one has been decided by a single goal.

Happy Anniversary

25 years ago tonight: October 22, 1988. Joe Sakic had a hat trick in his first visit to the Coliseum but the Islanders pounded the Quebec Nordiques 7-3. Derek King had a goal and three assists for the Isles, who have not won on October 22 since then.

Overall the Islanders are now 3-8-3 on this date, with their point tonight being the first that they earned on this date after six consecutive regulation losses.

On The Farm

Bridgeport is 1-3-1-0 on the season after a 6-5 OT loss to Binghamton on Sunday. Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists for the first three-point game of his professional career. He leads the Sound Tigers with 6 points (1-5-6). Bridgeport is off until Saturday when they visit Syracuse.

Up Next


[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Islanders and the Penguins meet for the first time since last year’s playoffs on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh leads the Metropolitan Division with 14 points, but they are coming off a 1-0 shutout loss to Colorado on CONSOL Energy Center ice on Monday. Expect the crowd to play a role; Pittsburgh has sold out 292 consecutive games.

The Isles are 2-13-2 in their last 17 regular season games at Pittsburgh (and went 1-2 there in last year’s playoffs).

It’s the first game of a back-to-back for the Islanders, who will return home to host Philadelphia on Saturday.

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.




J. Tavares 78 33 37 6 70
K. Okposo 79 22 42 -4 64
F. Nielsen 81 20 32 1 52
B. Nelson 81 26 14 -3 40
N. Leddy 81 5 35 -9 40
A. Lee 80 15 21 -2 36
J. Bailey 81 12 20 -7 32
C. Cizikas 80 8 21 4 29
R. Strome 71 8 20 -9 28
M. Grabovski 58 9 16 3 25
T. Greiss 23 11 4 .925 2.36
J. Halak 18 13 4 .919 2.30
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