10/22/13: NYI 4 vs. VAN 5 (OT)
Frans Nielsen tied the game with 1:12 remaining in regulation, but Brad Richardson scored 2:16 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the New York Islanders 5-4 Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. Brock Nelson netted his first career goal, Matt Moulson scored twice on the power play and Nielsen recorded three points in a game in which the Islanders surrendered 2-0 and 3-2 leads.
The Islanders and the Penguins meet for the first time since last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Pittsburgh leads the Metropolitan Division with 14 points, but is coming off a 1-0 shutout loss to Colorado at CONSOL Energy Center on Monday.
ALL TIME ISLANDERS VS. PENGUINS:
All-Time Record: 98-96-33
2012-13 Record: 1-4-0
Last Regulation Win: 1/29/13 – NYI 4 at PIT 1
Last Regulation Loss: 3/30/13 – NYI 0 at PIT 2
Overtime Record (W-L-T): 3-9-10
Last Overtime Decision: 4/11/10 – NYI 5 vs. PIT 6
Shootout Record: 6-4
Last Shootout: 10/27/12 – NYI 2 at PIT 3
JT Streaking: John Tavares has a point in eight-straight games (4g/7a), marking the second-longest point streak of his career (he had a 12 game streak in 2011-12). Tavares is one game shy of the longest streak in the NHL this season (Jiri Hudler – nine games; active). The only game this season in which he did not record a point was the season opener. He also has an assist in four straight games.
Multi-Pointers: Kyle Okposo has recorded multi-point performances in each of his last three games (2g/4a). Matt Moulson has two straight multi-point games (3g/2a).
30+ Minutes: Andrew MacDonald has reached the 30 munute mark in consecutive games, including a career-high 31:26 Tuesday vs. Vancouver.
NHL Scoring Race: Frans Nielsen (5g/6a) and John Tavares (4g/7a) are tied for 10th in the NHL scoring race with 11 points each. Kyle Okposo is tied for 19th in the league with 10 points (3g/7a).
Okposo – 5 points shy of 200
Hamonic – 8 games shy of 200
The Islanders and Penguins game is scheduled to air on the MSG Plus network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.