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The Skinny: Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1 (OT). Tampa Bay wins series in 6 games.

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference Final Game 6
Tampa  Bay 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Tampa Bay wins best-of-7 series, 4-2
Anthony Cirelli banked the winning goal off the post and then off the back of Semyon Varlamov's skate at 13:18 of overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Islanders with a 2-1 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton.  

Tampa Bay win the Prince of Wales Trophy as the Eastern Conference champion and will face Dallas for the Stanley Cup.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Devon Toews (2) Anders Lee (4), Mathew Barzal (12) 04:15 NYI 1,TBL 0 
Victor Hedman (9 Erik Cernak (4), Nikita Kucherov (20) 06:28 NYI 1,TBL 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
Anthony Cirelli (3) Barclay Goodrow (4) Alex Killorn (4) 13:18 NYI 1, TBL 2

The Series (Tampa Bay wins, 4-2)
Game 1: Tampa Bay 8, Isles 2
Game 2: Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1
Game 3: Isles 5, Tampa Bay 3
Game 4: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Game 5: Isles 2, Tampa Bay 1 (2-OT)
Game 6: Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1 (OT) 

The Skinny 
Anthony Cirelli recorded his first career overtime goal while Barclay Goodrow and Alex Killorn each picked up their second OT points…. Nick Leddy played his 48th playoff game as an Islander without being penalized, extending his own club record…Victor Hedman is the first defenseman since Brian Leetch (1994) to score at least nine playoff goals; it was the first Tampa goal in 74:58…Nikita Kucherov assisted on the Hedman goal, giving him 10 points in the series (2-8-10)…Tampa had lost five straight games when a win would have put them in the Stanley Cup Final….For the second straight game, 17  of the 18 skaters had a hit in this game…Noah Dobson replaced Adam Pelech in the lineup and played 12:55 in his playoff debut; he is the first 20-year-old to appear in a playoff game for the Isles since Darius Kasparaitis and Steve Junker did so in 1993...The Isles dressed seven defenseman for the second straight game; prior to Game 5 the Isles had not dressed seven d-men in a playoff game since April 14, 1987 …Devon Toews' goal  was the 11th by an Islander defenseman – most since the D scored 17 in 1983….… Matt Martin had two hits; he leads the playoffs with 103 hits (10 more than Ryan Reaves and 13 more than Jamie Oleksiak).  Martin is the 9th NHLer to record 100 hits in a post-season…Cal Clutterbuck had 12 hits, giving him 22 in the last 2 days.  Clutterbuck tied Martin and Gabriel Landeskog (COL) for the most hits in a game in this year's post-season…The Isles killed 14 of 15 over the final five games, including an Andy Green double-minor that included the first 3:37 of overtime…Devon Toews scored the only Islander goal in a 2-1 loss that opened the regular season on October 4th; 349 days later Devon Toews scored the only Islander goal in a 2-1 loss…Mathew Barzal's assist gave him 24 points in 30 career playoff games.  Denis Potvin (33) and Mike Bossy (30) and the only Isles with more points through 30 career playoff games…Semyon Varlamov set a career playoff high with 46 saves; it is the most saves by an Islander goalie facing elimination since Kelly Hrudey stopped 73 in the Easter Epic.  The Isles were outshot 48-27; it is the first time since Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh in 1993 that the Isles have been outshot by at least 21 shots.

What a Series
The Lightning advanced to the Final despite leading for only 8.8 seconds in Games 2, 3, 5 and 6 combined.  The Isles scored first in games 2-6; it's the first time since 1982 that they have scored first in five straight playoff  games.

School is Out
The Isles fall to 28-22 all-time when facing elimination, including 2-1 this year (wins in Game 7 vs. Philadelphia and Game 5 vs. Tampa Bay)

Sudden Death
This was the 4th time that the Isles were eliminated on an overtime goal.  Lanny Mc Donald (Toronto-1978), Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay -2004) and Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh-2013) scored the other season-ending goals.

A Special Summer
The Isles won 13 games this summer. It is their most wins in a single post-season other than the four teams that won the Stanley Cup:
1980 -15
1981 -15
1982 -15
1983 -15
2020 -13
1984 -12

The Isles established a club record by playing in their 22nd playoff game in 2020:
2020 – 22
1980 – 21
1984 – 21
1983 – 20
1982 – 19
1981 – 19

Lucky Seven
Seven different Islanders scored at least five goals in The Bubble.
Anthony Beauvillier     9 (2020) 
Brock Nelson     9 (2020)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau  8 (2020)
Anders Lee 7 (2020)
Mathew Barzal     5 (2020)
Matt Martin 5 (2020)
Jordan Eberle     5 (2020)

No other team has more than five players with five goals this summer.

Pageau, Pageau, JG Pageau
JG Pageau has 20 goals in 57 career Stanley Cup games. Among active players who have played 57 or fewer games, only Jake Guentzel has scored more goals:
Jake Guentzel 25 goals in 45 games
JG Pageau 20 goals in 57 games
Nathan MacKinnon 20 goals in 40 games
David Pastrnak 20 goals in 52 games
Jamie Benn 19 goals in 53 games

Pageau's 8 playoff goals this summer are tied-4th highest in a player's first playoff with the Isles:
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
Patrick Flatley 9 (1984)
JG Pageau 8 (2020)
JP Parise 8 (1975)

All eight of JG's goals have come at even-strength, tying him for 5th in even-strength goals in a single post-season:

Mike Bossy 11 (1982)
Mike Bossy 11 (1983)
Bob Nystrom 9 (1980)
Clark Gillies 9  (1984)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau  8 (2020) 
Ray Ferraro 8 (1993
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Patrick Flatley 8 (1984)
Mike Bossy 8 (1981)

A Dozen to the Good
Scott Mayfield was -1 to finish the playoffs +12.

No Isle had finished a playoff year higher than +6 (Benoit Hogue in 1993) in the Post-Cup era. Denis Potvin (team-leading +20) was one of five Isles +16 or better in 1983.

JG Pageau, Josh Bailey, and Nick Leddy all finished +8 or higher.

Now's the Time, Nine and Nine
Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson each have nine goals this summer, leaving him tied-second in goals by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Anthony Beauvillier 9 (2020) 
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
JG Pageau 8 (2020)
Bryan Trottier 8 (1987)
Anders Lee 7 (2020)

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey had eighteen assists this summer, the most assists by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era (and the most since Bob Bourne had 20 in 1983).
Josh Bailey 18 (2020) 
Mathew Barzal 12 (2020) 
Derek King 11 (1993)
Jordan Eberle 9 (2020)
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Ryan Pulock 8 (2020)
Devon Toews 8 (2020)
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Pat LaFontaine 8 (1987)
John Tonelli 8 (1985)

Islander Royalty
Bailey had six multi-assist games this year, joining this list of Islander Royalty:
Bryan Trottier 7 (1982)
Denis Potvin 6 (1981)
Josh Bailey 6 (2020)

Bailey also is the first non-Dynasty Islander with 18 assists in a playoff year:
Bryan Trottier 23(1982)
Bob Bourne 20 (1983)
Josh Bailey 18 (2020)
Mike Bossy 18 (1981)
Bryan Trottier 18 (1981)

Hey, Josh Bailey II
Bailey had 20 points this summer, tying Ray Ferraro for the highest total by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 20 (1993)
Josh Bailey 20 (2020) 
Brock Nelson 18 (2020) 
Mathew Barzal 17 (2020) 
Steve Thomas 17 (1993)

Thanks for the Help
Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews each had eight assists this summer, the most by an Islander defenseman in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ryan Pulock 8 (2020) 
Devon Toews 8 (2020)
Roman Hamrlik 6 (2002)
Dennis Vaske 6 (1993)
Vladimir Malakhov 6 (1993)

Top Ten
Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews each had 10 points this summer, the most by an Islander defenseman in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ryan Pulock 10 (2020) 
Devon Toews 10 (2020)-1 today
Vladimir Malakhov 9 (1993)

Brock Best
Brock Nelson now has 16 playoff goals for the Islanders, more than any Isles in the 2000s:
Brock Nelson 16
John Tavares 11
Josh Bailey 10
Anthony Beauvillier 10

Final Four!
The Isles have advanced to the conference final for the first time since 1993.  This ends the longest gap between conference final appearances in NHL history.

Longest Playoff Shutout Streaks by a Goalie:
Semyon Varlamov 138:17 (8/20-8/26/2020)
Billy Smith  136:59 (4/11-4/16/1980)
Robin Lehner 123:29 (4/16-4/26/2019)
The Isles' team shutout record in post-season play is 182:50, set in April 1979 (all vs. Chicago).

Facing Tampa
This was the 3rd meeting of the Isles and Tampa Bay in the playoffs; the Lightning have won all three  series (2004 Conference Quarter-Final and 2016 Round 2, both in 5 games and 2020).  

Barry and Al
2019 NHL Coach of the Year Barry Trotz is only the 2nd coach to lead the Isles to multiple series wins, joining Al Arbour.  Terry Simpson and Jack Capuano are the only other coaches to lead the Isles to a playoff series victory.

Lou and Bill
2020 Jim Gregory Award winner Lou Lamoriello has won 29 playoff series as a General Manager, passing Bill Torrey for second place on the all-time list. Glen Sather has 41 wins.

Overtime is Usually Our Time
The Isles are 36-21 (.632) all-time in overtime, including 19-12 (.613) at home. Both percentages are 2nd-best (to Tampa Bay) in NHL history. The Isles are 2-4 in overtime this season; they have gone 7-8 in fourteen overtime games since 2015.

Overtime vs. Tampa Bay
The Isles are 1-4 all-time in playoff overtime games vs. Tampa Bay:

04/16/04 @ Martin St. Louis L TB 04:07
05/03/16 Vs Brian Boyle L TB 02:48 (Brooklyn)
05/06/16 Vs Jason Garrison L TB 01:34 (Brooklyn)
09/15/20 @(Edm)Jordan Eberle   W   TB    32:30
09/17/20 Vs(Edm)Anthony Cirelli  L TB 13:18 

Lead/Tie/Trailed
Game 1: Led: 0:00, Tied: 4:53, Trailed: 55:07 
Game 2: Led: 17:01, Tied:42:50, Trailed: 0:09
Game 3: Led 27:12, Tied: 32:48, Trailed: 0:00
Game 4: Led 0:15, Tied 31:39, Trailed: 28:06
Game 5: Led 8:19, Tied 84:11, Trailed: 0:00
Game 6: Led 2:13, Tied 71:05, Trailed 0:00
Series:    Led: 55:00, Tied:267:26, Trailed: 83:22

Vs Florida:  Led: 120:01, Tied: 58:56,  Trailed 61:03
Vs. Washington  Led  130:12, Tied 120:32, Trailed: 53:44
Vs. Philadelphia:   Led: 180:45, Tied: 190:22,  Trailed: 98:57 

Playoffs All-Time
The Isles improve to 161-133 in 294 all-time playoff games.  They are 90-50 at home (including 2-5 at Barclays, 5-2 in Toronto and 1-2 in Edmonton) and 71-83 on the road. In this year's playoffs, the Isles are 6-4 when they are the home team (5-2 in Toronto and 1-2 in Edmonton) and 7-5 when they are the road team (6-3 in Toronto and 1-2 in Edmonton).

A Winning Summer
With a record of 13-9 in the playoffs, the Isles won more games than they lost for the first time in the post-Cup era.  It is the most games the Isles have won in the playoffs since 1980-1983, when they won 15 each year as they won four consecutive Stanley Cups.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-151 in 1,674 games and will begin next season just five wins shy of supplanting Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  925
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,705
3. Barry Trotz        1,674
4. Al Arbour 1,607 

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 143 playoff games (72-71).  His 143 games are tied for 12th with Peter Laviolette while his 72 wins are 15th all time (3 behind Laviolette).  Trotz won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 119
Barry Trotz 17
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 198
Barry Trotz 30
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5

Most overtime wins/overtime record:
Al Arbour 26 (26-9)
Jack Capuano 4 (4-5)
Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)
Barry Trotz 3 (3-5)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)
Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)

Most game 7 wins/game seven record)
Al Arbour 4 (2-2)
Terry Simpson 2 (1-1)
Barry Trotz 1 (1-0)
Jack Capuano 1 (0-1)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)

Most playoff series wins:
Al Arbour 29
Barry Trotz 4
Jack Capuano 1
Terry Simpson 1

First Things First
The Isles are 9-5 when scoring first and are 4-4 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles              6-6-9-6=27
Tampa Bay   17-10-15-6=48

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 25, Tampa Bay 34
Game 2: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 21
Game 3: Isles 36, Tampa Bay 37
Game 4: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 36
Game 5: Isles 24, Tampa Bay 37
Game 6: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 48
Series:  Isles 167, Tampa Bay 213
Vs. Florida: Isles 122, Florida 103
Vs. Washington: Isles 136, Washington 124
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 236, Philadelphia 204
Playoffs: Isles 661, Opponents 644

The Isles are 7-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 2-2 when the shots are even and 4-4 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 46 saves but falls to 11-7 in this year's playoffs and 24-20 in his career. Varlamov is now 6-7 in 13 career overtime games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves to improve to 14-5 in this year's playoffs and 29-20 in his career, including 8-2 in overtime.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Tampa Bay was 0-5 on the power play in 10:00 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-5 (9:44, 10 shots), Tampa Bay 3-6 (7:07,12 shots)
Game 2: Isles 0-4 (10:22, 13 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (6:00, 4 shots)
Game 3: Isles 0-2 (4:00, 2 shots), Tampa Bay 1-1 (0:39, 1 shot)
Game 4: Isles 0-3 (5:43,4 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (5:43, 8 shots)
Game 5: Isles 1-3 (5:32,4 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (6:00, 8 shots)
Game 6: Isles 0-2 (4:00, 1 shot), Tampa Bay 0-5 (10:00, 5 shots)
Series: Isles 2-19 (39:21, 34 shots), Tampa Bay 4-21 (35:29, 38 shots)
 
Vs. Florida: Isles 4-16 (23:55; 15 shots), Florida 4-14 (16:51, 21 shots)
Vs. Washington: Isles 2-22 (34:26, 29 shots), Washington 4-18 (24:57, 20 shots)
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 4-21 (37:06, 33 shots), Philadelphia 0-13 (24:09, 11 shots)
Playoffs:  Power Play: 12-78 (136:48, 111 shots), Penalty Kill 12-67 (101:26, 90 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-3 in the playoffs (10-0 in regulation and 0-3 in overtime) when they score at least three goals and 3-6 when they do not. 

Shutting the Door
The Isles are 12-2 when allowing two or fewer goals in this year's playoffs.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-7 in the playoffs in one-goal games (2-3 in regulation and 2-4 in overtime). The Isles are 1-0 in playoff games where an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (26:39);  Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (30:41)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 24:54 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-2), Mathew Barzal (2-1), Nick Leddy (1-1), Ryan Pulock (1-4), Scott Mayfield (2-0), Devon Toews (0-1).

Face-offs
Isles 37, Tampa Bay 31 (54%)  

JG Pageau won 22 of 35 for the Isles; Yanni Gourde won 7 of 13 for Tampa Bay.  

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 26 (52%)
Game 2: Isles 30, Tampa Bay 24 (56%)
Game 3: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 38 (42%)  
Game 4: Isles 21, Tampa Bay 34 (38%)  
Game 5: Isles 42, Tampa Bay 34 (55%)
Game 6: Isles 37, Tampa Bay 31 (54%)
Series: Isles 185, Tampa Bay 187 (50%)
Vs. Florida:  Isles 106, Florida 127 (45%)
Vs. Washington: Isles 156, Washington 122 (56%)
Vs. Tampa Bay: Isles 198, Philadelphia 216 (48%)
Playoffs: Isles 645, Opponents 652 (50%)

Hit Count
Isles 62 (Cal Clutterbuck -12)
Tampa Bay 40 (Blake Coleman -8)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 34
Game 2: Isles 53, Tampa Bay 44
Game 3: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 62
Game 4: Isles 48, Tampa Bay 48
Game 5: Isles 75, Tampa Bay 70
Game 6: Isles 62, Tampa Bay 40
Series: Isles 326, Tampa Bay 298
Vs. Florida:  Isles 128, Florida 124
Vs. Washington: Isles 194, Washington 177
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 310, Philadelphia 290
Playoffs: Isles 958, Opponents 889

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -4  (Lee -1, Pageau -1, Martin 2)

Blocked Shots
Isles 35 (JG Pageau and Johnny Boychuk -6)
Tampa Bay 30 (Erik Cernak -6)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 64, Tampa Bay 103 (including 39-17 Tampa in the first period) 
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 56, Tampa Bay 84

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Jordan Eberle +1
Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman +24

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 43, Tampa Bay 47;  (5-on-5) Isles 24, Tampa Bay 28
Game 2 (All) Isles 59, Tampa Bay 49;  (5-on-5) Isles 33, Tampa Bay 38
Game 3 (All) Isles 58, Tampa Bay 77;  (5-on-5) Isles 48, Tampa Bay 69
Game 4 (All) Isles 58, Tampa Bay 61;  (5-on-5) Isles 47, Tampa Bay 42
Game 5 (All) Isles 64, Tampa Bay 84;  (5-on-5) Isles 55, Tampa Bay 71
Game 6 (All) Isles 64, Tampa Bay 103;  (5-on-5) Isles 56, Tampa Bay 84
Series: (All) Isles 346, Tampa Bay 421;  (5-on-5) Isles 263, Tampa Bay 332
Vs Florida (All) Isles 226, Florida 224;  (5-on-5) Isles 174, Florida 168
Vs Washington: (All) Isles 260, Washington 294; (5-on-5) Isles 190, Washington 212
Series: (All) Isles 453, Philadelphia 454;  (5-on-5) Isles 382, Philadelphia 412
Playoffs (All)  Isles 1285, Opponent 1391; (5-on-5) Isles 1009, Opponent 1124

Scratches
(Casey Cizikas-left bubble, Tom Kuhnhackl – left bubble, Adam Pelech), Andrew Ladd, Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston, Otto Koivula, Thomas Hickey, Sebastian Aho, Christopher Gibson
Playoff games lost: 13. 

Post-Season Late Heroes (Final Two Minutes of Regulation, or Overtime)
Mathew Barzal – Game 3 vs. Washington (8/18/20) – 4:28 of OT
Jordan Eberle – Game 5 vs. Tampa Bay (9/15/20) – 32:30 of OT

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
Philippe Myers – Game 2 vs. Philadelphia (8/26/20) – 2:41 of OT
Scott Laughton – Game 5 vs. Philadelphia (9/1/20) – 12:20 of OT
Ivan Provorov – Game 6 vs. Philadelphia (9/3/20) – 35:03 of OT
Nikita Kucherov – Game 2 vs Tampa Bay (9/9/20) – 19:51 of 3rd
Anthony Cirelli – Game 6 vs. Tampa Bay (9/17/20) – 13:18 of OT

Playoff Challenges
Tampa Bay was offside when a goal was scored in the 2nd period of Game 5

Active Islander Playoff Leaders: (As NYI)
Games:
Matt Martin 54
Josh Bailey 52
Casey Cizikas 50
Nick Leddy 48
Brock Nelson 48

Consecutive Games
Matt Martin 54
Nick Leddy 48
Brock Nelson 43

Goals:
Brock Nelson 16
Josh Bailey 10
Anthony Beauvillier 10
Jordan Eberle 9
Anders Lee 8
JG Pageau 8
Mathew Barzal 7
Matt Martin 6
Cal Clutterbuck 6
Nick Leddy 5

Assists:
Josh Bailey 27
Mathew Barzal 17
Jordan Eberle 14
Brock Nelson 13
Devon Toews 12
Nick Leddy 12
Ryan Pulock 11

Points:
Josh Bailey 37
Brock Nelson 27
Jordan Eberle 23
Mathew Barzal 24
Nick Leddy 17
Anthony Beauvillier 16
Anders Lee 16
Devon Toews 15

Penalty Minutes:
Matt Martin 66
Cal Clutterbuck 60
Casey Cizikas 42

PP Goals
Mathew Barzal 3
Anders Lee 3
Ryan Pulock 3
Josh Bailey 2
Anthony Beauvillier 2
Jordan Eberle 2
Brock Nelson 2 
Devon Toews 1
Nick Leddy 1

SH Goals
Josh Bailey 1
 
GW Goals
Brock Nelson 5
Anthony Beauvillier 3
Jordan Eberle 3
Josh Bailey 2
Thomas Hickey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Leo Komarov 1
Andy Greene 1
Scott Mayfield 1

OT Goals 
Josh Bailey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Thomas Hickey 1
Jordan Eberle 1

Goaltending
Thomas Greiss  7-8  2.41 GAA, .921 save percentage
Semyon Varlamov 11-7  2.14 GAA, .921 save percentage

Up Next
NHL DRAFT  October 6-7
The Isles do not currently have a pick in the first two rounds (both traded to Ottawa for JG Pageau). The Isles own their own picks in Rounds 3- 7.

And Finally…
68 regular season and 22 playoff games makes 90 games in 11 months and 13 days. With everything that went on, one thing was consistent. All 90 games were followed by The Skinny, making yet another perfect season, at least in attendance.  The Skinny streak is 682 consecutive games (including playoffs).  I hope to extend the streak sometime soon.

Thanks to my very understanding family for their support and thanks to everyone for reading and commenting on The Skinny all year round!

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Skinny: Isles 2, Tampa Bay 1 (2-OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference Final Game 5
Isles 2, Tampa Bay 1 (2-OT)
Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series, 3-2
Jordan Eberle converted a pass from Anders Lee for the winning goal at 12:30 of the second overtime as the Isles staved off elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton.  

Eberle's goal came just minutes before midnight Eastern time and capped the 5th-longest game in Islander history.

Game 6 is scheduled for 8:00 Eastern Time Thursday on NBCSN.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Ryan Pulock (2) Nick Leddy (4), Mathew Barzal (11) 15:41 NYI 1,TBL 0 PPG

2nd Period
Victor Hedman (8) Blake Coleman (6), Luke Schenn (2) 04:00 NYI 1,TBL 1

3rd Period
No Goals

OT
No Goals

2nd OT
Jordan Eberle (5) Anders Lee (3) 12:30 NYI 2,TBL 1

The Series (Tampa Bay leads, 3-2)
Game 1: Tampa Bay 8, Isles 2
Game 2: Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1
Game 3: Isles 5, Tampa Bay 3
Game 4: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Game 5:  Isles 2, Tampa Bay 1 (2-OT)
Game 6: Thursday, 8pm (NBCSN)
Game 7: (if needed) Saturday, 7:30pm (NBC)

The Skinny 
Jordan Eberle recorded his first career overtime goal and second career overtime point; he assisted on Mathew Barzal's winner vs. Washington last month…It is the first overtime point for Anders Lee…. Nick Leddy played his 47th playoff game as an Islander without being penalized, extending his own club record…Victor Hedman is the first defenseman since Brian Leetch (1994) to score at least eight playoff goals…The Isles held Nikita Kucherov pointless, ending his four game point streak (2-7-9)…Tampa Bay had won six straight games when leading a series 3-1 before tonight's loss, however Tampa has now lost five straight games when a win would have put them in the Stanley Cup Final….35 of the 36 skaters had a hit in this game…Johnny Boychuk returned to the Isles' lineup for the first time since August 1st….The Isles dressed seven defenseman for the first time since October 25th in Ottawa; it is the first time since April 14, 1987 that the Isles have dressed 7 d-men in a playoff game.  That was game 5 of a series with Washington that the Isles trailed 3-1 and would eventually win in seven games…Ryan Pulock's goal was the 10th by an Islander defenseman – most since the D scored 17 in 1983…The Isles dressed two defensemen 36 or older in a playoff game for the first time since May 11, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh (Radek Martinek and Lubomir Visnovsky)…The Isles will carry a shutout streak of 68:30 into Game 6...The Isles have been outscored 8-3 by Tampa Bay in the third period; the Isles still lead the NHL with 25 third period goals. … Matt Martin had five hits; he leads the playoffs with 101 hits (8 more than Ryan Reaves and 11 more than Jamie Oleksiak).  Martin is the 9th NHLer to record 100 hits in a post-season…Cal Clutterbuck had ten hits, becoming the fourth different Islander to do so in this year's post-season…Ryan Pulock's goal was his first in 19 games; his other goal tied game 2 vs. Florida and then was followed by the winning goal off the stick of (you guessed it) Jordan Eberle....The Isles now lead the NHL with 896 hits, just ahead of Dallas (879)…The Isles finished with 75 hits (most of any team this post-season) and the teams combined for 145 (also the most)…The Isles finished with 24 shots (second-fewest among multiple overtime winning teams; Colorado had 21 in a 2-OT win in 2004)…This is the first time in three post-season meetings with Tampa Bay that the Isles have forced a game 6…The Isles have killed 9 of 10 over the last four games, including an Anthony Beauvillier double-minor that included the first 2:37 of overtime.

Marathon Men
This was the fifth-longest game in Islander history:
04/18/87  @ Pat LaFontaine W Wsh 68:47
04/22/16  @ Alan Quine W Fla 36:00 
09/03/20  Vs Ivan Provorov L Phl 35:03 (Toronto)
04/20/93  @ Brian Mullen W Wsh 34:50 
09/15/20  @ Jordan Eberle W TB 32:30 (Edmonton)
Two of the five longest games in Islander history have been played this month…The Isles have won five of the six longest games that they have played; they have won every previous series that included an overtime game lasting over 30 minutes….Tampa Bay had won seven straight overtime games, including five this season, to surpass the Isles as the most successful overtime team in NHL history; Eberle's goal ended a 176:10 shutout streak…The Isles are 8-4 all-time in multiple overtime games while Tampa Bay is 5-3.

Alberta Staving Time
The Isles improve to 28-21 all-time when facing elimination, including 2-0 this year (Game 7 vs. Philadelphia and Game 5 vs. Philadelphia.

Twice before the Isles have rallied from 3-1 down to win a series (1975 vs. Pittsburgh and 1987 vs. Washington).

Super Staver
Eberle is the 8th Islander to score in overtime with the team facing elimination but is only the third to do so in a game that extended a series (Jude Drouin in 1975 vs. Philadelphia, Billy Harris in 1977 vs. Montreal). The others were all in decisive games (JP Parise in 1975 vs. NY Rangers, John Tonelli in 1982 vs. Pittsburgh, Ken Morrow in 1984 vs. NY Rangers, Pat LaFontaine in 1987 vs. Washington and David Volek in 1993 vs. Pittsburgh).

A Special Summer
The Isles have won 13 games this summer. It is their most wins in a single post-season other than the four teams that won the Stanley Cup:
1980 -15
1981 -15
1982 -15
1983 -15
2020 -13
1984 -12

This was the 21st game the Isles have played this summer; that ties the club record:
2020 – 21
1980 – 21
1984 – 21
1983 – 20
1982 – 19
1981 – 19
1993 - 18 
1975 – 17 

Lucky Seven
Jordan Eberle is the 7th Islander to score 5 goals this playoff year.
Anthony Beauvillier    9 (2020) 
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau 8 (2020)
Anders Lee     7 (2020)
Mathew Barzal 5 (2020)
Matt Martin     5 (2020)
Jordan Eberle  5 (2020)

No other team has more than five players with five goals this summer.

Pageau, Pageau, JG Pageau
JG Pageau has 20 goals in 56 career Stanley Cup games. Among active players who have played 56 or fewer games, only Jake Guentzel has scored more goals:
Jake Guentzel 25 goals in 45 games
JG Pageau 20 goals in 56 games
Nathan MacKinnon 20 goals in 40 games
David Pastrnak 20 goals in 52 games
Jamie Benn 19 goals in 53 games

Pageau's 8 playoff goals this summer are tied-4th highest in a player's first playoff with the Isles:
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
Patrick Flatley 9 (1984)
JG Pageau 8 (2020)
JP Parise 8 (1975)

All eight of JG's goals have come at even-strength, tying him for 5th in even-strength goals in a single post-season:

Mike Bossy 11 (1982)
Mike Bossy 11 (1983)
Bob Nystrom 9 (1980)
Clark Gillies 9  (1984)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau  8 (2020) 
Ray Ferraro 8 (1993
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Patrick Flatley 8 (1984)
Mike Bossy 8 (1981)

Lucky 13
Scott Mayfield was EVEN and remains +13.

No Isle has finished a playoff year higher than +6 (Benoit Hogue in 1993) in the Post-Cup era. Denis Potvin (team-leading +20) was one of five Isles +16 or better in 1983.

Mayfield is one of only six players in NHL +13 or better (Victor Hedman +17, Nikita Kucherov +14, Nathan McKinnon +13, Ondrej Palat +13, Brayden Point +13)

Now's the Time, Nine and Nine
Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson each have nine goals this summer, leaving him tied-second in goals by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Anthony Beauvillier 9 (2020) 
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
JG Pageau 8 (2020)
Bryan Trottier 8 (1987)
Anders Lee 7 (2020)

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey has eighteen assists this summer, the most assists by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era (and the most since Bob Bourne had 20 in 1983).
Josh Bailey 18 (2020) 
Mathew Barzal 11 (2020) 
Derek King 11 (1993)
Jordan Eberle 9 (2020)
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Ryan Pulock 8 (2020)
Devon Toews 8 (2020)
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Pat LaFontaine 8 (1987)
John Tonelli 8 (1985)

Islander Royalty
Bailey has six multi-assist games this year, joining this list of Islander Royalty:
Bryan Trottier 7 (1982)
Denis Potvin 6 (1981)
Josh Bailey 6 (2020)

Bailey also is the first non-Dynasty Islander with 17 assists in a playoff year:
Bryan Trottier 23(1982)
Bob Bourne 20 (1983)
Josh Bailey 18 (2020)
Mike Bossy 18 (1981)
Bryan Trottier 18 (1981)

Hey, Josh Bailey II
Bailey has 20 points this summer, tying Ray Ferraro for the highest total by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 20 (1993)
Josh Bailey 20 (2020) 
Brock Nelson 18 (2020) 
Steve Thomas 17 (1993)
Mathew Barzal 16 (2020) 
Derek King 14 (1993)

Thanks for the Help
Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews each have eight assists this summer, the most by an Islander defenseman in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ryan Pulock 8 (2020) 
Devon Toews 8 (2020)
Roman Hamrlik 6 (2002)
Dennis Vaske 6 (1993)
Vladimir Malakhov 6 (1993)

Top Ten
Ryan Pulock now has 10 points this summer, the most by an Islander defenseman in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ryan Pulock 10 (2020) 
Devon Toews 9 (2020)
Vladimir Malakhov 9 (1993)

Brock Best
Brock Nelson now has 15 playoff goals for the Islanders, more than any Isles in the 2000s:
Brock Nelson 16
John Tavares 11
Josh Bailey 10
Anthony Beauvillier 10

Final Four!
The Isles have advanced to the conference final for the first time since 1993.  This ends the longest gap between conference final appearances in NHL history.

Longest Playoff Shutout Streaks by a Goalie:
Semyon Varlamov 138:17 (8/20-8/26/2020)
Billy Smith  136:59 (4/11-4/16/1980)
Robin Lehner 123:29 (4/16-4/26/2019)
The Isles' team shutout record in post-season play is 182:50, set in April 1979 (all vs. Chicago).

Facing Tampa
This is the 3rd meeting of the Isles and Tampa Bay in the playoffs; the Lightning have won the two previous series (2004 Conference Quarter-Final and 2016 Round 2), each in five games.  

Barry and Al
2019 NHL Coach of the Year Barry Trotz is only the 2nd coach to lead the Isles to multiple series wins, joining Al Arbour.  Terry Simpson and Jack Capuano are the only other coaches to lead the Isles to a playoff series victory.

Lou and Bill
2020 Jim Gregory Award winner Lou Lamoriello has won 29 playoff series as a General Manager, passing Bill Torrey for second place on the all-time list. Glen Sather has 41 wins.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 36-20 (.643) all-time in overtime, including 19-11 (.633) at home. Both percentages are 2nd-best (to Tampa Bay) in NHL history. The Isles are 2-3 in overtime this season; they have gone 7-7 in fourteen overtime games since 2015.

Overtime vs. Tampa Bay
The Isles are 1-3 all-time in playoff overtime games vs. Tampa Bay:

04/16/04  @ Martin St. Louis L TB 04:07 
05/03/16  Vs Brian Boyle L TB 02:48  (Brooklyn)
05/06/16  Vs Jason Garrison L TB 01:34  (Brooklyn)
09/15/20 @(Edm)Jordan Eberle   W   TB    32:30

Lead/Tie/Trailed
Game 1: Led: 0:00, Tied: 4:53, Trailed: 55:07 
Game 2: Led: 17:01, Tied:42:50, Trailed: 0:09
Game 3: Led 27:12, Tied: 32:48, Trailed: 0:00
Game 4: Led 0:15, Tied 31:39, Trailed: 28:06
Game 5: Led 8:19, Tied 84:11, Trailed: 0:00
Series:    Led: 52:47, Tied:196:21, Trailed: 83:22

Vs Florida:  Led: 120:01, Tied: 58:56,  Trailed 61:03
Vs. Washington  Led  130:12, Tied 120:32, Trailed: 53:44
Vs. Philadelphia:   Led: 180:45, Tied: 190:22,  Trailed: 98:57 

Playoffs All-Time
The Isles improve to 161-132 in 293 all-time playoff games.  They are 90-49 at home (including 2-5 at Barclays, 5-2 in Toronto and 1-1 in Edmonton) and 71-83 on the road. In this year's playoffs, the Isles are 6-3 when they are the home team (5-2 in Toronto and 1-1 in Edmonton) and 7-5 when they are the road team (6-3 in Toronto and 1-2 in Edmonton).

A Winning Summer
With a record of 13-8 in the playoffs, the Isles are guaranteed to win more games than they lost for the first time in the post-Cup era.  It is the most games the Isles have won in the playoffs since 1980-1983, when they won 15 each year as they won four consecutive Stanley Cups.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-151 in 1,674 games and will begin next season just five wins shy of supplanting Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  925
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,705
3. Barry Trotz        1,674
4. Al Arbour  1,607 

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 142 playoff games (72-70).  His 142 games are 13th (1 behind Peter Laviolette) while his 72 wins are 15th all time (3 behind Laviolette).  Trotz won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 119
Barry Trotz 17
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 198
Barry Trotz 29
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5

Most overtime wins/overtime record:
Al Arbour 26 (26-9)
Jack Capuano 4 (4-5)
Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)
Barry Trotz 3 (3-4)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)
Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)

Most game 7 wins/game seven record)
Al Arbour 4 (2-2)
Terry Simpson 2 (1-1)
Barry Trotz 1 (1-0)
Jack Capuano 1 (0-1)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)

Most playoff series wins:
Al Arbour 29
Barry Trotz 4
Jack Capuano 1
Terry Simpson 1

First Things First
The Isles are 9-4 when scoring first and are 4-4 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles          5-6-5-4-4=24
Tampa Bay   9-6-10-4-8=37

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 25, Tampa Bay 34
Game 2: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 21
Game 3: Isles 36, Tampa Bay 37
Game 4: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 36
Game 5: Isles 24, Tampa Bay 37
Series:  Isles 140, Tampa Bay 165
Vs. Florida: Isles 122, Florida 103
Vs. Washington: Isles 136, Washington 124
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 236, Philadelphia 204
Playoffs: Isles 634, Opponents 596

The Isles are 7-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 2-2 when the shots are even and 4-3 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves to improve to 11-6 in this year's playoffs and 24-19 in his career. Varlamov is now 6-6 in career overtime games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves to fall to 13-5 in this year's playoffs and 28-20 in his career, including 7-2 in overtime.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 5:32 of PP time; Tampa Bay was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-5 (9:44, 10 shots), Tampa Bay 3-6 (7:07,12 shots)
Game 2: Isles 0-4 (10:22, 13 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (6:00, 4 shots)
Game 3: Isles 0-2 (4:00, 2 shots), Tampa Bay 1-1 (0:39, 1 shot)
Game 4: Isles 0-3 (5:43,4 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (5:43, 8 shots)
Game 5: Isles 1-3 (5:32,4 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (6:00, 8 shots)
Series: Isles 2-17 (35:21, 33 shots), Tampa Bay 4-16 (25:29, 33 shots)
 
Vs. Florida: Isles 4-16 (23:55; 15 shots), Florida 4-14 (16:51, 21 shots)
Vs. Washington: Isles 2-22 (34:26, 29 shots), Washington 4-18 (24:57, 20 shots)
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 4-21 (37:06, 33 shots), Philadelphia 0-13 (24:09, 11 shots)
Playoffs:  Power Play: 12-76 (132:48, 110 shots), Penalty Kill 12-62 (91:26, 85 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-3 in the playoffs (10-0 in regulation and 0-3 in overtime) when they score at least three goals and 3-5 when they do not. 

Shutting the Door
The Isles are 12-1 when allowing two or fewer goals in this year's playoffs.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-6 in the playoffs in one-goal games (2-3 in regulation and 2-3 in overtime). The Isles are 1-0 in playoff games where an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (31:59);  Tampa Bay: Nikita Kucherov (36:19)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 31:28 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-2), Mathew Barzal (2-1), Nick Leddy (1-1), Ryan Pulock (1-3), Scott Mayfield (2-0), Devon Toews (0-1).

Face-offs
Isles 42, Tampa Bay 34 (55%)  

Brock Nelson won 11 of 18 for the Isles; Anthony Cirelli won 14 of 23 for Tampa Bay.  

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 26 (52%)
Game 2: Isles 30, Tampa Bay 24 (56%)
Game 3: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 38 (42%)  
Game 4: Isles 21, Tampa Bay 34 (38%)  
Game 5: Isles 42, Tampa Bay 34 (55%)
Series: Isles 148, Tampa Bay 156 (49%)
Vs. Florida:  Isles 106, Florida 127 (45%)
Vs. Washington: Isles 156, Washington 122 (56%)
Vs. Tampa Bay: Isles 198, Philadelphia 216 (48%)
Playoffs: Isles 608, Opponents 621 (49%)

Hit Count
Isles 75 (Cal Clutterbuck -10)
Tampa Bay 70 (Blake Coleman -9)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 34
Game 2: Isles 53, Tampa Bay 44
Game 3: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 62
Game 4: Isles 48, Tampa Bay 48
Game 5: Isles 75, Tampa Bay 70
Series: Isles 264, Tampa Bay 258
Vs. Florida:  Isles 128, Florida 124
Vs. Washington: Isles 194, Washington 177
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 310, Philadelphia 290
Playoffs: Isles 896, Opponents 849

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -4  (Lee -1, Pageau -1, Martin 2)

Blocked Shots
Isles 32 (Johnny Boychuk -6)
Tampa Bay 30 (Erik Cernak -6)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 64, Tampa Bay 84 
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 55, Tampa Bay 71

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Cal Clutterbuck +7
Tampa Bay: Nikita Kucherov +21

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 43, Tampa Bay 47;  (5-on-5) Isles 24, Tampa Bay 28
Game 2 (All) Isles 59, Tampa Bay 49;  (5-on-5) Isles 33, Tampa Bay 38
Game 3 (All) Isles 58, Tampa Bay 77;  (5-on-5) Isles 48, Tampa Bay 69
Game 4 (All) Isles 58, Tampa Bay 61;  (5-on-5) Isles 47, Tampa Bay 42
Game 5 (All) Isles 64, Tampa Bay 84;  (5-on-5) Isles 55, Tampa Bay 71
Series: (All) Isles 282, Tampa Bay 318;  (5-on-5) Isles 207, Tampa Bay 248
Vs Florida (All) Isles 226, Florida 224;  (5-on-5) Isles 174, Florida 168
Vs Washington: (All) Isles 260, Washington 294; (5-on-5) Isles 190, Washington 212
Series: (All) Isles 453, Philadelphia 454;  (5-on-5) Isles 382, Philadelphia 412
Playoffs (All)  Isles 1221, Opponent 1288; (5-on-5) Isles 953, Opponent 1040

Scratches
(Casey Cizikas-left bubble, Tom Kuhnhackl – left bubble), Andrew Ladd, Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula, Thomas Hickey, Sebastian Aho, Christopher Gibson
Playoff games lost: 10. 

Post-Season Late Heroes (Final Two Minutes of Regulation, or Overtime)
Mathew Barzal – Game 3 vs. Washington (8/18/20) – 4:28 of OT
Jordan Eberle – Game 5 vs. Tampa Bay (9/15/20) – 32:30 of OT

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
Philippe Myers – Game 2 vs. Philadelphia (8/26/20) – 2:41 of OT
Scott Laughton – Game 5 vs. Philadelphia (9/1/20) – 12:20 of OT
Ivan Provorov – Game 6 vs. Philadelphia (9/3/20) – 35:03 of OT
Nikita Kucherov – Game 2 vs Tampa Bay (9/9/20) – 19:51 of 3rd

Playoff Challenges
Tampa Bay was offside when a goal was scored in the 2nd period of Game 5

Active Islander Playoff Leaders: (As NYI)
Games:
Matt Martin 53
Josh Bailey 51
Casey Cizikas 50
Nick Leddy 47
Brock Nelson 47

Consecutive Games
Matt Martin 53
Nick Leddy 47
Brock Nelson 42

Goals:
Brock Nelson 16
Josh Bailey 10
Anthony Beauvillier 10
Jordan Eberle 9
Anders Lee 8
JG Pageau 8
Mathew Barzal 7
Matt Martin 6
Cal Clutterbuck 6
Nick Leddy 5

Assists:
Josh Bailey 27
Mathew Barzal 16
Jordan Eberle 14
Brock Nelson 13
Devon Toews 12
Nick Leddy 12
Ryan Pulock 11

Points:
Josh Bailey 37
Brock Nelson 27
Jordan Eberle 23
Mathew Barzal 23
Nick Leddy 17
Anthony Beauvillier 16
Anders Lee 15

Penalty Minutes:
Matt Martin 66
Cal Clutterbuck 58
Casey Cizikas 42

PP Goals
Mathew Barzal 3
Anders Lee 3
Ryan Pulock 3
Josh Bailey 2
Anthony Beauvillier 2
Jordan Eberle 2
Brock Nelson 2 
Devon Toews 1
Nick Leddy 1

SH Goals
Josh Bailey 1
 
GW Goals
Brock Nelson 5
Anthony Beauvillier 3
Jordan Eberle 3
Josh Bailey 2
Thomas Hickey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Leo Komarov 1
Andy Greene 1
Scott Mayfield 1

OT Goals 
Josh Bailey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Thomas Hickey 1
Jordan Eberle 1

Goaltending
Thomas Greiss  7-8  2.41 GAA, .921 save percentage
Semyon Varlamov 11-6  2.17 GAA, .918 save percentage

Up Next
CONFERENCE FINALS - GAME 6 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th – 8:00pm 
ISLANDERS VS. TAMPA BAY (AT EDMONTON)  
[NBCSN, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-Radio; 30-minute pre-game and expanded post-game on MSG+]

The Islanders will look to even the series as they play game 6 in Edmonton.

The Isles are 28-21 all-time when facing elimination, including 2-0 this year (Game 7 vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 vs. Tampa Bay), while Tampa Bay has lost five straight games when they have had a chance to clinch a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning are 4-2 all-time when leading a series 3-2; the Isles are 3-8 all-time when trailing 3-2 in a series.  The three Islander series wins when trailing 2-3 were in 1975 vs. Pittsburgh, 1987 vs. Washington and 1993 vs. Pittsburgh (0-3 since beating Pittsburgh in 1993, losing to Toronto (7 games) in 2002, Pittsburgh (6 games) in 2013, and Washington (7 games) in 2015.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick


Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Skinny on: Time to Stave

According to Webster, "stave off" has been around for nearly four centuries. Funny, I didn't realize that there were playoffs then.

It seems like the only time I ever hear the word "stave" is when a sports team is one game away from elimination - the situation the Isles will find themselves tonight in Edmonton against Tampa Bay.

The Islanders have successfully staved off elimination 27 times in 48 tries. Of course the other 21 times they've ended up on the wrong side of a handshake.

Four times in their history, the "Never-Say-Dielanders" have managed to stave off elimination at least three times in a single playoff year.

In 1975, the Isles beat the Rangers in the decisive Game 3, and then found themselves down 3-0 to both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Isles won eight of the nine elimination games they played, setting an NHL-record for avoiding elimination.

In 1985, their first playoff after losing the Cup, the Isles lost first two playoff games, and looked like they were headed to an early spring, before rallying to beat the Caps three times, to stave off elimination each time. The Isles trailed the Flyers 3-0 in the second round and won game four before losing the series in five. Four successful staves.

Two years later the Caps and Flyers again became Islander victims. The Isles trailed both series 3-1; yet beat the Capitals on Easter morning, before losing to Philadelphia in seven. Five more successful staves.

Finally in 1993, the Isles trailed Pittsburgh 3-2 before winning in 7 on David Volek's overtime goal. After Montreal used eight guys on the ice to score in OT in Game 3 of the Conference Finals to grab a 3-0 lead in the series, the Isles staved off elimination with a home-ice win in game four, only to fall to the eventual champs in Game five. Three more staves.

Six other seasons featured one successful stave. In 1976 and 1977, the Isles forced the eventual champion Canadiens an extra game each year with their backs against the wall. In 1982 and 1984, with their dynasty on the line, the Isles used overtime goals to beat Pittsburgh and the Rangers to stave off elimination and increase the legacy that guides this franchise today. In 2002, the Isles overcame the loss of Michael Peca and Kenny Jonsson in game 5 in Toronto to win an emotional game six at home.  And of course, in 2015, the Isles won the final game in the first era of the Coliseum over Washington, only to drop game 7 in DC,

The most recent successful stave occurred just 10 days ago, as the Isles beat Philadelphia in Game 7.  A win tonight would give the Islanders multiple staves in the same season for the first time since (there's that year again) 1993.

In games facing potential elimination, the Isles are 16-5 at home and 11-16 on the road (including 1-0 this year in Toronto against Philadelphia).

The Isles were eliminated at home in 1977 by Montreal, in 1978 by Toronto, in 1986 by Washington, in 1994 by the Rangers and in 2013 by Pittsburgh.   

The Isles have been eliminated in the playoffs only 21 times. In seven of those seasons, the team that beat the Isles won the Stanley Cup [75-76-77-84-93-94-04] and in three other years, the team that beat the Isles lost in the Finals [79-85-87].

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference Final Game 4
Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series, 3-1
Blake Coleman and Ondrej Palat scored goals 12 second apart, just after Brock Nelson gave the Isles the lead as the Tampa Bay Lightning grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-1 win over the Islanders in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton.  

Josh Bailey earned an assist on Nelson's goal to temporarily give him the NHL lead with 18 assists; however, Nikita Kucherov earned assists on goals from Palat and from Brayden Point to pass Bailey.

Game 5 is scheduled for 8:00 Eastern Time Tuesday on NBCSN.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Brock Nelson (9) Josh Bailey (18) 11:27 TBL 0,NYI 1
Blake Coleman (4) Yanni Gourde (6), Andrei Vasilevskiy (1) 11:42 TBL 1,NYI 1
Ondrej Palat (8) Nikita Kucherov (18), Brayden Point (16) 11:54 TBL 2,NYI 1

3rd Period
Brayden Point (9) Ondrej Palat (5), Nikita Kucherov (19) 03:33 TBL 3,NYI 1
Pat Maroon (1)EN Yanni Gourde (7), Cedric Paquette (2) 17:36 TBL 4,NYI 1

The Series (Tampa Bay leads, 3-1)
Game 1: Tampa Bay 8, Isles 2
Game 2: Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1
Game 3: Isles 5, Tampa Bay 3
Game 4: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Game 5: Tuesday, 8pm (NBCSN)
Game 6: (if needed) Thursday, 8pm (NBCSN)
Game 7: (if needed) Saturday, 7:30pm (NBC)

The Skinny 
The Isles have been outscored 8-3 by Tampa Bay in the third period; the Isles still lead the NHL with 25 third period goals. …Nick Leddy played his 46th playoff game as an Islander without being penalized, extending his own club record … Matt Martin had six hits; he leads the playoffs with 96 hits (9 more than Ryan Reaves and 10 more than Jamie Oleksiak).  Only eight NHLers have recorded 100 hits in a post-season…Nikita Kucherov recorded his 25th multi-point game, breaking Martin St. Louis' club record; Kucherov and Brayden Point are now tied for the scoring lead in this year's playoffs (25) with Nathan McKinnon... Nine of Kucherov's points (2-7-9) have come in this series…Josh Bailey joined Ray Ferraro as the only Islanders outside of the Dynasty era to record 20 points in a playoff year.. Pat Maroon's empty-net goal was the first against the Isles this summer; the Isles have scored an NHL-leading seven empty-net goals.

The Injury
Brayden Point did not play in the final 9 minutes after a collision with Adam Pelech. Point also left game 2 and  missed game 3 with an injury

That Was Fast
Brock Nelson had the game's first goal, but the Isles' lead lasted only 15 seconds.  Twelve seconds later the Isles were behind. 
The three goals by both team in 27 seconds tied the 3rd-fastest three goals in Stanley Cup history:
o 21 seconds- Chicago vs. Edmonton in 1985
o 23 seconds – Toronto vs. Atlanta in 1978
o 27 seconds – Phoenix vs. Detroit in 1998
o 27 seconds -  Isles vs Tampa Bay in 2020.
Tampa's two in 12 seconds are the fastest two for the Lightning in a playoff game, breaking a record of fifteen seconds that was sent 18 days ago vs. Boston.
They were the 2nd-fastest two goals allowed by the Isles; Montreal scored two in nine seconds on 5/24/1993.

A Special Summer
The Isles have won 12 games this summer. It is their most wins in a single post-season since the Dynasty Era:
1980 -15
1981 -15
1982 -15
1983 -15
1984 -12
2020 -12

This was the 20th game the Isles have played this summer; they will tie the club record of 21 with game 5 on Tuesday:
1980 – 21
1984 – 21
2020 – 20
1983 – 20
1982 – 19
1981 – 19
1993 - 18 
1975 – 17 

Matt Joins the Club
Matt Martin is only the 7th Islander in the last 27 years to score 5 goals in a playoff year.
Anthony Beauvillier 9 (2020) 
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau 8 (2020)
Anders Lee 7 (2020)
John Tavares 6 (2016)
Mathew Barzal 5 (2020)
Matt Martin 5 (2020)

The Isles are the first team in this year's playoffs to have six players with at least five goals.

Pageau, Pageau, JG Pageau
JG Pageau has 20 goals in 55 career Stanley Cup games. Among active players who have played 55 or fewer games, only Jake Guentzel has scored more goals:
Jake Guentzel 25 goals in 45 games
JG Pageau 20 goals in 55 games
Nathan MacKinnon 20 goals in 40 games
David Pastrnak 20 goals in 52 games
Bobby Ryan 19 goals in 50 games
Mark Stone 17 goals in 52 games
Jamie Benn 17 goals in 51 games

Pageau's 8 playoff goals this summer are tied-4th highest in a player's first playoff with the Isles:
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
Patrick Flatley 9 (1984)
JG Pageau 8 (2020)
JP Parise 8 (1975)

All eight of JG's goals have come at even-strength, tying him for 5th in even-strength goals in a single post-season:

Mike Bossy 11 (1982)
Mike Bossy 11 (1983)
Bob Nystrom 9 (1980)
Clark Gillies 9  (1984)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau  8 (2020) 
Ray Ferraro 8 (1993
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Patrick Flatley 8 (1984)
Mike Bossy 8 (1981)

Lucky 13
Scott Mayfield was EVEN and remains +13.

No Isle has finished a playoff year higher than +6 (Benoit Hogue in 1993) in the Post-Cup era. Denis Potvin (team-leading +20) was one of five Isles +16 or better in 1983.

Mayfield is one of only six players in NHL +13 or better (Victor Hedman +16, Nikita Kucherov +14, Nathan McKinnon +13, Ondrej Palat +13, Brayden Point +13)

Now's the Time, Nine and Nine
Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson each have nine goals this summer, leaving him tied-second in goals by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Anthony Beauvillier 9 (2020) 
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
JG Pageau 8 (2020)
Bryan Trottier 8 (1987)
Anders Lee 7 (2020)

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey now has eighteen this summer, the most assists by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era (and the most since Bob Bourne had 20 in 1983).
Josh Bailey 18 (2020) 
Derek King 11 (1993)
Mathew Barzal 10 (2020)
Jordan Eberle 9 (2020)
Brock Nelson 9 (2020)
Ryan Pulock 8 (2020)
Devon Toews 8 (2020)
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Pat LaFontaine 8 (1987)
John Tonelli 8 (1985)

Islander Royalty
Bailey has six multi-assist games this year, joining this list of Islander Royalty:
Bryan Trottier 7 (1982)
Denis Potvin 6 (1981)
Josh Bailey 6 (2020)

Bailey also is the first non-Dynasty Islander with 17 assists in a playoff year:
Bryan Trottier 23(1982)
Bob Bourne 20 (1983)
Josh Bailey 18 (2020)
Mike Bossy 18 (1981)
Bryan Trottier 18 (1981)

Hey, Josh Bailey II
Bailey now has 20 points this summer, tying Ray Ferraro for the highest total by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 20 (1993)
Josh Bailey 20 (2020) 
Brock Nelson 18 (2020) 
Steve Thomas 17 (1993)
Mathew Barzal 15 (2020)
Derek King 14 (1993)

Thanks for the Help
Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews each have eight assists this summer, the most by an Islander defenseman in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ryan Pulock 8 (2020) 
Devon Toews 8 (2020)
Roman Hamrlik 6 (2002)
Dennis Vaske 6 (1993)
Vladimir Malakhov 6 (1993)

Brock Best
Brock Nelson now has 15 playoff goals for the Islanders, more than any Isles in the 2000s:
Brock Nelson 16
John Tavares 11
Josh Bailey 10
Anthony Beauvillier 10

Final Four!
The Isles have advanced to the conference final for the first time since 1993.  This ends the longest gap between conference final appearances in NHL history.

Longest Playoff Shutout Streaks by a Goalie:
Semyon Varlamov 138:17 (8/20-8/26/2020)
Billy Smith  136:59 (4/11-4/16/1980)
Robin Lehner 123:29 (4/16-4/26/2019)
The Isles' team shutout record in post-season play is 182:50, set in April 1979 (all vs. Chicago).

Facing Tampa
This is the 3rd meeting of the Isles and Tampa Bay in the playoffs; the Lightning have won the two previous series (2004 Conference Quarter-Final and 2016 Round 2), each in five games.  

Barry and Al
2019 NHL Coach of the Year Barry Trotz is only the 2nd coach to lead the Isles to multiple series wins, joining Al Arbour.  Terry Simpson and Jack Capuano are the only other coaches to lead the Isles to a playoff series victory.

Lou and Bill
2020 Jim Gregory Award winner Lou Lamoriello has won 29 playoff series as a General Manager, passing Bill Torrey for second place on the all-time list. Glen Sather has 41 wins.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 35-20 (.636) all-time in overtime, including 19-11 (.633) at home. Both percentages are 2nd-best (to Tampa Bay) in NHL history. The Isles are 1-3 in overtime this season; they have gone 6-7 in thirteen overtime games since 2015.

Overtime vs. Tampa Bay
The Isles are 0-3 all-time in playoff overtime games vs. Tampa Bay:

04/16/04 @ Martin St. Louis L TB 00:04:07
05/03/16 Vs Brian Boyle L TB 00:02:48 (Brooklyn)
05/06/16 Vs Jason Garrison L TB 00:01:34 (Brooklyn)

Lead/Tie/Trailed
Game 1: Led: 0:00, Tied: 4:53, Trailed: 55:07 
Game 2: Led: 17:01, Tied:42:50, Trailed: 0:09
Game 3: Led 27:12, Tied: 32:48, Trailed: 0:00
Game 4: Led 0:15, Tied 31:39, Trailed: 28:06
Series:    Led: 44:28, Tied:112:10, Trailed: 83:22

Vs Florida:  Led: 120:01, Tied: 58:56,  Trailed 61:03
Vs. Washington  Led  130:12, Tied 120:32, Trailed: 53:44
Vs. Philadelphia:   Led: 180:45, Tied: 190:22,  Trailed: 98:57 

Playoffs All-Time
The Isles fall to 160-132 in 292 all-time playoff games.  They are 90-49 at home (including 2-5 at Barclays, 5-2 in Toronto and 1-1 in Edmonton) and 70-83 on the road. In this year's playoffs, the Isles are 6-2 when they are the home team (5-2 in Toronto and 1-0 in Edmonton) and 6-5 when they are the road team (6-3 in Toronto and 0-2 in Edmonton).

A Winning Summer
With a record of 12-8 in the playoffs, the Isles are guaranteed to win more games than they lost for the first time in the post-Cup era.  It is the most games the Isles have won in the playoffs since 1984, when they also won 12.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-151 in 1,674 games and will begin next season just five wins shy of supplanting Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  925
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,705
3. Barry Trotz        1,674
4. Al Arbour 1,607 

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 141 playoff games (71-70).  His 141 games are 13th (2 behind Peter Laviolette) while his 71 wins are 15th all time (4 behind Laviolette).  Trotz won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 119
Barry Trotz 16
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 198
Barry Trotz 28
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5

Most overtime wins/overtime record:
Al Arbour 26 (26-9)
Jack Capuano 4 (4-5)
Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)
Barry Trotz 2 (2-4)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)
Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)

Most game 7 wins/game seven record)
Al Arbour 4 (2-2)
Terry Simpson 2 (1-1)
Barry Trotz 1 (1-0)
Jack Capuano 1 (0-1)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)

Most playoff series wins:
Al Arbour 29
Barry Trotz 4
Jack Capuano 1
Terry Simpson 1

First Things First
The Isles are 8-4 when scoring first and are 4-4 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles          5-12-10=27
Tampa Bay   11-14-11=36

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 25, Tampa Bay 34
Game 2: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 21
Game 3: Isles 36, Tampa Bay 37
Game 4: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 36
Series:  Isles 116, Tampa Bay 128
Vs. Florida: Isles 122, Florida 103
Vs. Washington: Isles 136, Washington 124
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 236, Philadelphia 204
Playoffs: Isles 610, Opponents 559

The Isles are 7-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 2-2 when the shots are even and 3-3 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves but falls to 10-6 in this year's playoffs and 23-19 in his career. 
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves to improve to 13-4 in this year's playoffs and 28-19 in his career.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 5:43 of PP time; Tampa Bay was also  0-3 on the power play in 5:43 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-5 (9:44, 10 shots), Tampa Bay 3-6 (7:07,12 shots)
Game 2: Isles 0-4 (10:22, 13 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (6:00, 4 shots)
Game 3: Isles 0-2 (4:00, 2 shots), Tampa Bay 1-1 (0:39, 1 shot)
Game 4: Isles 0-3 (5:43,4 shots), Tampa Bay 0-3 (5:43, 8 shots)
Series: Isles 1-14 (29:49, 29 shots), Tampa Bay 4-13 (19:29, 25 shots)
 
Vs. Florida: Isles 4-16 (23:55; 15 shots), Florida 4-14 (16:51, 21 shots)
Vs. Washington: Isles 2-22 (34:26, 29 shots), Washington 4-18 (24:57, 20 shots)
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 4-21 (37:06, 33 shots), Philadelphia 0-13 (24:09, 11 shots)
Playoffs:  Power Play: 11-73 (127:16, 106 shots), Penalty Kill 12-59 (85:26, 77 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-3 in the playoffs (10-0 in regulation and 0-3 in overtime) when they score at least three goals and 2-5 when they do not. 

Shutting the Door
The Isles are 11-1 when allowing two or fewer goals in this year's playoffs.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-6 in the playoffs in one-goal games (2-3 in regulation and 1-3 in overtime). The Isles are 1-0 in playoff games where an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:14);  Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (29:11)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 22:40 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (6-2), Mathew Barzal (2-1), Nick Leddy (1-1), Ryan Pulock (1-3), Scott Mayfield (2-0), Devon Toews (0-1).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Tampa Bay 34 (38%)  

Derick Brassard won 3 of 5 for the Isles; Tyler Johnson won 6 of 8 for Tampa Bay.  

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 26 (52%)
Game 2: Isles 30, Tampa Bay 24 (56%)
Game 3: Isles 27, Tampa Bay 38 (42%)  
Game 4: Isles 21, Tampa Bay 34 (38%)  
Series: Isles 106, Tampa Bay 122 (46%)
Vs. Florida:  Isles 106, Florida 127 (45%)
Vs. Washington: Isles 156, Washington 122 (56%)
Vs. Tampa Bay: Isles 198, Philadelphia 216 (48%)
Playoffs: Isles 564, Opponents 587 (49%)

Hit Count
Isles 48 (Adam Pelech and Matt Martin -6)
Tampa Bay 48 (Cedric Paquette -7)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 34
Game 2: Isles 53, Tampa Bay 44
Game 3: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 62
Game 4: Isles 48, Tampa Bay 48
Series: Isles 189, Tampa Bay 188
Vs. Florida:  Isles 128, Florida 124
Vs. Washington: Isles 194, Washington 177
Vs. Philadelphia: Isles 310, Philadelphia 290
Playoffs: Isles 821, Opponents 779

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -4  (Lee -1, Pageau -1, Martin 2)

Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Andy Greene -3)
Tampa Bay 17 (Ryan McDonagh-4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 58, Tampa Bay 61 
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 47, Tampa Bay 42

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anders Lee +10
Tampa Bay: Ondrej Palat +8

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 43, Tampa Bay 47;  (5-on-5) Isles 24, Tampa Bay 28
Game 2 (All) Isles 59, Tampa Bay 49;  (5-on-5) Isles 33, Tampa Bay 38
Game 3 (All) Isles 58, Tampa Bay 77;  (5-on-5) Isles 48, Tampa Bay 69
Game 4 (All) Isles 58, Tampa Bay 61;  (5-on-5) Isles 47, Tampa Bay 42
Series: (All) Isles 218, Tampa Bay 234;  (5-on-5) Isles 152, Tampa Bay 177
Vs Florida (All) Isles 226, Florida 224;  (5-on-5) Isles 174, Florida 168
Vs Washington: (All) Isles 260, Washington 294; (5-on-5) Isles 190, Washington 212
Series: (All) Isles 453, Philadelphia 454;  (5-on-5) Isles 382, Philadelphia 412
Playoffs (All)  Isles 1157, Opponent 1204; (5-on-5) Isles 898, Opponent 969

Scratches
(Casey Cizikas -left bubble, Tom Kuhnhackl -left bubble), Andrew Ladd, Michael Dal Colle, Johnny Boychuk, Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula, Thomas Hickey, Sebastian Aho, Christopher Gibson
Playoff games lost: 8. 

Post-Season Late Heroes (Final Two Minutes of Regulation, or Overtime)
Mathew Barzal – Game 3 vs. Washington (8/18/20) – 4:28 of OT

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
Philippe Myers – Game 2 vs. Philadelphia (8/26/20) – 2:41 of OT
Scott Laughton – Game 5 vs. Philadelphia (9/1/20) – 12:20 of OT
Ivan Provorov – Game 6 vs. Philadelphia (9/3/20) – 35:03 of OT
Nikita Kucherov – Game 2 vs Tampa Bay (9/9/20) – 19:51 of 3rd

Playoff Challenges
None

Active Islander Playoff Leaders: (As NYI)
Games:
Matt Martin 52
Josh Bailey 50
Casey Cizikas 50
Nick Leddy 46
Brock Nelson 46

Consecutive Games
Matt Martin 52
Nick Leddy 46
Brock Nelson 41

Goals:
Brock Nelson 16
Josh Bailey 10
Anthony Beauvillier 10
Anders Lee 8
Jordan Eberle 8
JG Pageau 8
Mathew Barzal 7
Matt Martin 6
Cal Clutterbuck 6
Nick Leddy 5

Assists:
Josh Bailey 27
Mathew Barzal 15
Jordan Eberle 14
Brock Nelson 13
Devon Toews 12
Nick Leddy 11
Ryan Pulock 11

Points:
Josh Bailey 37
Brock Nelson 27
Jordan Eberle 22
Mathew Barzal 22
Nick Leddy 16
Anthony Beauvillier 16
Anders Lee 14

Penalty Minutes:
Matt Martin 66
Cal Clutterbuck 56
Casey Cizikas 42

PP Goals
Mathew Barzal 3
Anders Lee 3
Josh Bailey 2
Anthony Beauvillier 2
Jordan Eberle 2
Brock Nelson 2 
Ryan Pulock 2
Devon Toews 1
Nick Leddy 1

SH Goals
Josh Bailey 1
 
GW Goals
Brock Nelson 5
Anthony Beauvillier 3
Jordan Eberle 2
Josh Bailey 2
Thomas Hickey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Leo Komarov 1
Andy Greene 1
Scott Mayfield 1

OT Goals 
Josh Bailey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Thomas Hickey 1

Goaltending
Thomas Greiss  7-8  2.41 GAA, .921 save percentage
Semyon Varlamov 10-6 2.26 GAA, .914 save percentage

Up Next
CONFERENCE FINALS - GAME 5 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th – 8:00pm 
ISLANDERS VS. TAMPA BAY (AT EDMONTON)  
[NBCSN, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-Radio; 30-minute pre-game and expanded post-game on MSG+]

The Islanders will look to stave off elimination as they play game 5 in Edmonton.

The Isles are 27-21 all-time when facing elimination, including 1-0 this year (Game 7 vs. Philadelphia).

The Lightning are 8-0 all-time when leading a series 3-1; the Isles are 2-12 all-time when dropping two of the first 3 inf a best-of-7.  The two Islander series wins when trailing 1-3 were in 1975 vs. Pittsburgh and 1987 vs. Washington (0-7 since beating the Caps, including 0-2 vs. Tampa Bay).  

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.



Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick