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36 Years Ago Tonight.... It was January 21, 1982 .  It feels like yesterday. That Thursday night the Isles swamped Pittsburgh 6-...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

It was 36 years ago tonight...

36 Years Ago Tonight....

It was January 21, 1982.  It feels like yesterday.


That Thursday night the Isles swamped Pittsburgh 6-1 at the Coliseum, to begin their record-setting 15-game winning streak.

The game was scoreless into the 2nd period, before Brent Sutter and Bryan Trottier sandwiched goals around a Rick MacLeish tally.  It was Trottier’s 250th NHL goal and began his club record 25-game point streak.

The Isles blew the game open early in the 3rd on goals by Bobby Bourne and Clark Gillies.  Bourne and Billy Carroll would score late in the game and the Isles had their 6-1 victory.

The Isles actually scored 3 goals on the same 4 on 4.  Pat Boutette and Denis Potvin, playing his 600th NHL game, were both given double minors at 18:08 of the 2nd period.  Trottier scored 20 seconds later and then Bourne and Gillies (whose children would later marry) completed a 3 goal in 3:27 outburst.

Gillies, Trottier, and Bossy all extended point stretches to 15 of 16 games.  

Roland Melanson stopped 23 of 24 shots. 

January 21, 1982 Box Score

It was the start of one of the most dominating stretches by any team in any sport.

Try these numbers:

  • The Isles won 15 straight, outscoring their opponents by a combined 97-35--an average of 6.53-2.33.
  • They won by at least 3 goals in all but three games in the streak.
  • 9-0 at home, 6-0 on the road.

John Tonelli scored the winning goal of the 15th game at 19:13 of the third period --remember, there was no OT in those days.  That win established the NHL record.  It was one of only two one-goal wins during the streak.  The other was a 7-6 win over Washington in which all of the goals were scored in the first two periods. The Isles have not won a 7-6 game in regulation time since. [They've won 4, all in overtime --most recently in February 2011 in Buffalo]

They beat the Penguins 4 times in the streak, before Pittsburgh would break the spell on February 21, 1982 [4-3]

After losing to Pittsburgh, the Isles went 7-0-1 in their next 8 [7-0-2 in their next 9].  Their 24 [and 25] game stretches were 22-1-1 [and 22-1-2].

THE STREAK:

21-Jan-82    Vs    Pittsburgh    6    1    W
23-Jan-82    Vs    New York    6    1    W
26-Jan-82    Vs    Pittsburgh    9    2    W
27-Jan-82    @    Pittsburgh    6    3    W
30-Jan-82    Vs    Minnesota    4    2    W
02-Feb-82    Vs    Washington  7    6    W
04-Feb-82    @    Washington  5    2    W
06-Feb-82    Vs    Detroit         6    2    W
07-Feb-82    @    Buffalo         7    3    W
11-Feb-82    @    Chicago         8    2    W
13-Feb-82    Vs    Philadelphia 8    2    W
14-Feb-82    @    Hartford        9    1    W
16-Feb-82    Vs    Pittsburgh     6    2    W
18-Feb-82    @    Philadelphia  7    4    W
20-Feb-82    Vs    Colorado      3    2    W
21-Feb-82    @    Pittsburgh     3    4    L

Here's a look at the winning goal for game #15:


With Howie and Butch right after the Isles eliminated Florida in 2016


And oh yes, one other streak began that night. 

A high school student made his debut as the statistician on home telecasts.  I've never left.

With Jiggs and Brendan in 2017


Over those 36 years, only three men have been the play-by-play voice of Islander television: Jiggs McDonald, Howie Rose, and Brendan Burke.  

I went to high school with Jiggs' daughter, my kids followed Howie's kids through the same schools, and now I work with a man who wasn't even born when I began this wonderful ride.

Before anyone knew of a blog or of twitter, there was The Skinny
(here from our post-game show following game 6 in 1993)
Over the years, I've had only one simple goal -- to make our broadcasts just a little bit better.  I hope I've been able to do that over the last three dozen years.   

The Skinny: Isles 7, Chicago 3

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 48
Isles 7, Chicago 3
Stop me if you have heard this before.  An Islander rookie rewrote the team's record book. Only this time it was defenseman Ryan Pulock doing the honors.  Pulock scored a goal and added four assists as the Islanders earned their first win in Chicago since 2009, defeating the Blackhawks 7-3 before a sellout crowd of 21,882 at United Center.

Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, giving him six goals in the last six games (and a career high ten goals) while Brock Nelson recorded his first goal in 17 games as part of a three-point game as the Isles extended their road winning streak to three games.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
01:01 Chicago Patrick Kane (19) ASST: Erik Gustafsson (1), Nick Schmaltz (21) 0-1
04:35 New York PPG - Anthony Beauvillier (9) ASST: Brock Nelson (6), Ryan Pulock (7) 1-1
10:31 New York Jordan Eberle (16) ASST: Ryan Pulock (8), Mathew Barzal (33) 2-1
19:04 New York Ryan Pulock (4) ASST: Alan Quine (3), Brock Nelson (7) 3-1

2ND PERIOD
01:25 New York PPG - Anthony Beauvillier (10) ASST: Josh Bailey (40), Ryan Pulock (9) 4-1
18:27 Chicago Erik Gustafsson (1) ASST: Patrick Kane (28), Brent Seabrook (11) 4-2

3RD PERIOD
01:52 New York Brock Nelson (10) ASST: Ross Johnston (1), Ryan Pulock (10) 5-2
04:58 Chicago Patrick Kane (20) 5-3
07:10 New York Anders Lee (27) ASST: John Tavares (31), Nick Leddy (23) 6-3
10:30 New York John Tavares (26) ASST: Josh Bailey (41) 7-3

The Skinny 
The Isles allowed the opening goal for the first time in six games …The Isles are 9-13-2 in their last 24 games … Mathew Barzal assisted on Jordan Eberle's goal; Barzal has assisted on 11 of the 16 goals Eberle has scored this season and 9 of the 11 assists have been primary assists …. Eberle matched a career high with eight shots on goal (2-11-16 vs. Toronto) …Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 168 goals in the first 48 games (first time since 1992-93 when they had 194) and allowed 176 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 183); the Isles now lead the NHL in both goals scored and goals allowed … Josh Bailey recorded his team-leading 40th and 41st assists (21 of which are primary, tops on the team) …The Isles had a season-high 46 shots. It's the most shots on goal for the Isles since March 24, 2017 in Pittsburgh when they also had 46…Patrick Kane had three points to reach 800 points on his career; Kane also reached 20 goals for the 11th consecutive season…Erik Gustafsson had his first two career points… Ross Johnston recorded his first NHL assist and his first NHL fight.  Johnston, who made his NHL debut on April 10, 2016 vs. Philadelphia, now has 19 penalty minutes in 2 NHL games…Brock Nelson recorded his 5th career game with at least three points and matched a career-high with six shots on goal… John Tavares had a goal and an assist, both in the third period.  Tavares leads all NHL players in 3rd period goals (14) and 3rd period points (26).

Pulock's Big Night
The Islander rookie defenseman rewrote the Isles record book.

Pulock is the first Islander rookie defenseman to record five points in a game (1-4-5), breaking a record shared by Denis Potvin (twice) and Jeff Norton, who each had four points as a rookie.

Pulock's 4 assists also ties Norton for the most by an Islander rookie defenseman while his 5 points ties the club record for points by any Islander rookie.

Pulock also tied the Islander rookie defenseman record with 3 points in a period; he is the first to do so since Bryan Berard did so on December 10, 1996 vs Phoenix.

Pulock tied the club record for points by a defenseman (5), done five times by Denis Potvin, and once each by Stefan Persson and Uwe Krupp.

Pulock also made his entry in the NHL record book, becoming only the 10th rookie defenseman with at least five points in a game (only one of the ten, Gary Suter, had a sixth point).

Pulock is the sixth rookie to have five points in a game in the last 11 seasons (John Tavares, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Mathew Barzal-twice).  The last rookie defenseman with five points was Alexandre Picard on 2/1/2007 for Philadelphia.

Turn The Power On
Both of Anthony Beauvillier's goals came on the power play. He is the second Islander this season (Nick Leddy vs. Colorado on November 5) to score two power play goals in a game.  Beauvillier joins John Tavares as the only Islanders in the last 30 years to score 2 power play goals in a game played before their 21st birthday; Tavares did it four times.

49 in 50 (or 49 in 48)
Mathew Barzal played in his 50th NHL game and recorded his 49th point. It is the most points an NHL player has had in his first 50 career games since Evgeni Malkin had 59 points in his first 50 games in 2006-07.  Alex Ovechkin (65 points) and Sidney Crosby (58 points) are the only other players in the last 22 years to have 49 points in their first 50 career games.

Barzal has 49 points in 48 games this season; Since 1996-97, Malkin, Ovechkin and Crosby are the only rookies to have reached the 50-point mark in the first 53 games of the season

Barzal is the 14th Islander rookie to have 49 points in a season; however only four have had more than 54 points (Bryan Trottier 95, Mike Bossy 91, David Volek 59, Stefan Persson 56).  Barzal needs only 11 points to become the third highest-scoring rookie in Islander history.

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 MATHEW BARZAL 33 2017-18 

First Time in a (Ridiculously) Long Time
The Isles have scored 19 goals in their last three road games and 23 goals in the last four road games.  It is the most goals that they have scored in a span of three road games since January 1990 when they scored 20 and matches the most that they have scored in a span of four road games (single season) in the post-Cup era.

Saturday Isles 
The Isles are now 11-1-0 this season on Saturday with six games to play.  They are 4-0-0 at home and 7-1-0 on the road.  The Isles are 13-19-4 on other days of the week.
NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 28
2. Anders Lee 27
        Nikita Kucherov 27
4. John Tavares 26
        Sean Couturier 26

Closing in on Career Highs
Josh Bailey had two assists, giving him three in two games since returning from injury. Bailey is now 12-41-53 on the season, leaving him two assists and three points shy of his career highs.  Only Jakub Voracek (45) has more assists this season than Josh.

Bailey is also two assists shy of another mark.  No Islander winger has had multiple seasons with at least 43 assists since Mike Bossy!

One and Done
The Isles are 15-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 19 straight games and are 22-0-1 in their last 23 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and sixteen times overall (15-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Chili
The Isles have scored at least six goals seven times this season.  The Isles have won 44 straight games, dating back to 2005, when they score at least six times. 

Seventh Heaven
The Isles have scored seven goals twice this season. The Isles have won 43 straight games, dating back to a 1991 tie in St. Louis, when they score at least seven times. 

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals six times at home (0-5-1) and thirteen times overall (0-12-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in five of their seven regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 19 times this season (16-3-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-3-0 when they score first and are 8-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 24-20-4 (52 points) this season; they were 22-17-9 (53 points) through 48 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak recorded his 226th career win, passing Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.  He is one win behind former Isles Dwayne Roloson for 66th place.

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 48-32-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles     19-14-13=46
Chicago 13-8-18=39

The Isles are 7-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-13-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

The opponents have not yet challenged an Islander goal due to an offside this season.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-20-4 overall; 13-7-3 at home and 11-13-1 on the road.  
Chicago is 22-18-6 overall; 12-9-2 at home and 10-9-4 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 17-13-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-13-1 against the East and 11-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-7-3 at home; they are 6-6-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves to improve to 14-14-2 on the season and 8-1-3 in his career against Chicago. 

Anton Forsberg made 30 saves before being replaced after Brock Nelson's goal. Forsberg falls to 3-7-3 on the season and 0-3-0 in his career against the Isles. Jeff Glass made nine saves in relief.

Power Plays
The Isles were 2-4 on the power play in 7:23 of PP time; Chicago was 0-1 in 2:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 14-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-15-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-14-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-6-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-1-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-3-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 15-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:03); Chicago: Duncan Keith (24:40).

Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards in ice-time (19:30). 

Face-offs
Isles 32, Chicago 42 (43%) 

Anthony Beauvillier was the only Islander to win more than 50%, as he won 3 of 4; Jonathan Toews won 15 of 24 for Chicago.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 11/26; 2nd period 10/19; 3rd period 11/29.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/65, Power play 4/7, Penalty kill 1/2.

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Nick Leddy 4, Tanner Fritz 4)
Chicago 26 (Patrick Sharp 4)

Fights
Ross Johnson fought Ryan Hartman in the third period; it was Johnston's first NHL fight. Season total – 9: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1, Nelson 1, Johnston 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Nick Leddy-6).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 70, Chicago 69.
5-on-5 Isles 59, Chicago 63.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson +5
Chicago: Brandon Saad +16

Night and Day 
The Isles are 20-20-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 236 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 199 (including 151 for the Oilers). 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 130, Nick Leddy 125.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 consecutive regular season games:
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. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 125
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
13. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – IR), (Shane Prince- Injured), Dennis Seidenberg, Michael dalColle
Total games lost: 141

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won in overtime
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen three times this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ, 1/16 vs. NJ) and are 2-1-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-1-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 683 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 635

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 261
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 110

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 333
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 241

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 594
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 359

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 154 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 82 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to zero).  

This was the first Islander win over the Hawks since a 3-2 victory on December 13, 2014 at Nassau Coliseum (ending a 5-game losing streak); the Isles had gone 0-4-2 in six trips to Chicago since Peter Mannino beat the Hawks 4-2 on March 15, 2009 for his only NHL win.

The Isles will look to sweep the season series when they host Chicago on March 24th.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 19-15-4-2 on the season following a 3-2 loss over Providence on Saturday. Josh Ho-Sang had a goal and an assist and was named the game's first star. Christopher Gibson made 25 saves for the win.

Tanner Fritz (on recall to the Isles) leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 14. Christopher Gibson is 15-8-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers host Toronto on Sunday at 5pm. 

Up Next
MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd – ISLANDERS AT ARIZONA 9:030PM 
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 8:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles look to sweep the season series as they head to Gila River Arena to face the Coyotes. 

The Isles defeated Arizona 5-3 back at Barclays Center on October 24th; it was the Isles fifth straight home win against the Desert Dogs and extended an Islander point streak to eight games (7-0-1) against the Coyotes at home.

It's been a different story in the desert, however.  The Isles are 2-5-1 in their last eight trips to Arizona, with a Jaroslav Halak 1-0 shutout win in 2014 being their only regulation win in that stretch.

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Skinny: Boston 5, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 47
Boston 5, Isles 2
Patrice Bergeron scored three goals for his second hat trick this month as the Boston Bruins overcame an early Jordan Eberle goal to defeat the Isles 5-2 before a crowd of 11,803 at Barclays Center.

The win stretches the Bruins' point streak to fifteen games (11-0-4); the B's also improve to 5-0-0 all-time in Brooklyn as they sweep the season series from the Islanders.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
07:35 New York Jordan Eberle (15) ASST: Mathew Barzal (32) 1-0
13:41 Boston Patrice Bergeron (17) ASST: Brad Marchand (25), David Pastrnak (23) 1-1

2ND PERIOD
09:47 Boston Ryan Spooner (7) ASST: David Krejci (14) 1-2
13:49 Boston PPG - Patrice Bergeron (18) ASST: Torey Krug (18), Ryan Spooner (10) 1-3

3RD PERIOD
03:45 Boston Patrice Bergeron (19) ASST: Brad Marchand (26), Charlie McAvoy (20) 1-4
14:24 New York John Tavares (25) ASST: Josh Bailey (39) 2-4
18:59 Boston EN - Brad Marchand (20) ASST: David Krejci (15), Riley Nash (15) 2-5

The Skinny 
The Isles scored the opening goal for the fifth straight game …The Isles are 8-13-2 in their last 23 games … It was only the third time in 19 games (16-3-0) this season that the Isles have lost when scoring first…Mathew Barzal assisted on Jordan Eberle's opening goal; Barzal has assisted on 10 of the 15 goals Eberle has scored this season and 9 of the 10 assists have been primary assists; Eberle has now scored at least 15 goals in all eight of his NHL seasons…. Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 161 goals in the first 47 games (first time since 1992-93 when they had 186) and allowed 173 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 179) … The Isles have allowed a power play goal in four straight games…Patrice Bergeron's hat trick was the first by a Bruin against the Isles since Phil Kessel had a hat trick in the 2008-09 season finale…With their defeat, the Isles fell one point behind last season's pace through 47 games (51 last year, 50 this year) … Torey Krug's assist on Patrice Bergeron's second goal was his 200th NHL point…All-Star Josh Bailey returned to the lineup as assisted on John Tavares' goal.  It was Bailey's team-leading 39th assist (19 of which are primary, tops on the team).
 
NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 28
2. Nikita Kucherov 27
3. Anders Lee 26
4. Sean Couturier 26
5. John Tavares 25

A Very Helping Hand
Mathew Barzal continues to lead all rookies with 32 assists.  

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
Rk Player A Season
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 MATHEW BARZAL 32 2017-18 

Most Seasons With 30+ Assists (Isles)
1. Denis Potvin 15
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 10
4. JOHN TAVARES 8
       John Tonelli 8

Most Seasons with 25+ Goals (Isles)
Bryan Trottier 12 
Mike Bossy 10 (consecutive)
John Tavares 7
Clark Gillies 7

One and Done
The Isles are 14-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 18 straight games and are 21-0-1 in their last 22 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and fifteen times overall (14-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals six times at home (0-5-1) and thirteen times overall (0-12-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in five of their seven regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 19 times this season (16-3-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-3-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 23-20-4 (50 points) this season; they were 21-17-9 (51 points) through 47 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 225 career wins, tying Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 47-32-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles     10-9-5=24
Boston 7-11-16=34

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-13-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

The opponents have not yet challenged an Islander goal due to an offside this season.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 23-20-4 overall; 13-7-3 at home and 10-13-1 on the road.  
Boston is 26-10-8 overall; 15-5-4 at home and 11-5-4 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 16-13-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-13-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-7-3 at home; they are 6-6-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves but falls to 13-14-2 on the season and 8-9-0 in his career against Boston. 

Anton Khudobin made 23 saves to improve to 10-2-4 on the season. He is 3-4-0 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Boston was 1-1 in 0:15 of PP time.
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-15-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-14-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-6-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-1-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-3-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 14-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:27); Boston: Zdeno Chara (25:32)

Josh Bailey led the forwards in ice-time (21:46). 

Face-offs
Isles 29, Boston 28 (51%) 

Brock Nelson won 6 of 10 for the Islanders; Patrice Bergeron won 12 of 18 for Boston.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/19; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 11/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/52, Power play 2/4, Penalty kill 0/1.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Cal Clutterbuck 4, Scott Mayfield 4)
Boston 26 (Four players with 3)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 8: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1, Nelson 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 11 shots (Adam Pelech -3).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 44, Boston 58.
5-on-5 Isles 36, Boston 53.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +3
Boston: Jake DeBrusk +11

Night and Day 
The Isles are 19-20-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 235 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 198 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 129, Nick Leddy 124.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 consecutive regular season games:
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. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 124
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
13. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – Injured), Dennis Seidenberg, Alan Quine
Total games lost: 135

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won in overtime
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen three times this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ, 1/16 vs. NJ) and are 2-1-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-1-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 682 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 634

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 260
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 332
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 239

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 592
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 357

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 153 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 81 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
Boston sweeps the season series three games to none (and six points to zero).  

The Bruins improve to 5-0-0 all-time at Barclays Center.  They remain the only Eastern Conference team the Isles have not beaten in Brooklyn.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-15-4-2 on the season following a 4-3 loss in Charlotte on Wednesday. The Sound Tigers allowed three third period goals after building a 3-1 lead in a game that was closed to the public due to poor road conditions.

Tanner Fritz (on recall to the Isles) leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 14. Christopher Gibson is 14-8-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers return home to host Providence on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.  

Up Next
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20th – ISLANDERS AT CHICAGO 8:30PM 
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 8:00PM), WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The Isles begin a three-game road trip that will take them in to the All-Star break as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, who will meet in Brooklyn on March 24th. The Blackhawks have swept the season series each of the last two seasons (with the Isles earning one point in each season) and have won five straight over the Islanders overall.

The last Islander win over the Hawks was a 3-2 victory on December 13, 2014 at Nassau Coliseum; the Isles are 0-4-2 in six trips to Chicago since Peter Mannino beat the Hawks 4-2 on March 15, 2009 for his only NHL win.

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, January 17, 2018

The Skinny: New Jersey 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 46
New Jersey 4, Isles 1
Damon Severson scored two goals in a 1:26 span of the second period to break a 1-1 tie as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 12,695 at Barclays Center.

The loss, which was the Isles' first-ever in Brooklyn to the Devils, dropped the Isles out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
01:39 New York Anders Lee (26) 1-0
15:20 New Jersey PPG - Kyle Palmieri (8) ASST: Sami Vatanen (9), Marcus Johansson (7) 1-1

2ND PERIOD
12:58 New Jersey Damon Severson (5) ASST: Brian Gibbons (11), Stefan Noesen (8) 1-2
14:24 New Jersey Damon Severson (6) ASST: Ben Lovejoy (4), Jesper Bratt (17) 1-3
18:20 New Jersey Taylor Hall (16) ASST: Jesper Bratt (18) 1-4

3RD PERIOD
No Scoring

The Skinny 
The Isles scored the opening goal for the fourth straight game …The Isles are 8-12-2 in their last 22 games … It was only the second time in 18 games (16-2-0) this season that the Isles have lost when scoring first…Long Island native Keith Kinkaid recorded his first-ever victory against the Islanders despite allowing a goal in the opening two minutes for the fourth time in 10 starts… Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 159 goals in the first 46 games (first time since 1993-94 when they also had 159) and allowed 168 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 173) … The Isles held the Devils scoreless in the third period, ending a 21-game streak in which they had allowed at least one third period goals…The win was the Devils' first in the last seven games (1-3-3)…Damon Severson recorded his 2nd career 2-goal game…Taylor Hall scored for the sixth time in 13 games against the Isles; Hall scored for the 4th time in 5 games overall as he extended his point streak to five games.…Kyle Palmieri scored a power play goal for the second straight game…The Isles have allowed a power play goal in three straight games.
 
The (Latest) Injury
Shane Prince left the game in the second period with an upper body injury.  He did not return.

NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 28
2. Nikita Kucherov 27
3. Anders Lee 26
4. Sean Couturier 25
5. John Tavares 24

A Very Helping Hand
Mathew Barzal continues to lead all rookies with 31 assists.  

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
Rk Player A Season
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 Pat Flatley 31 1984-85
  MATHEW BARZAL 31 2017-18 

Most Seasons With 30+ Assists (Isles)
1. Denis Potvin 15
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 10
4. JOHN TAVARES 8
       John Tonelli 8

Most Seasons with 24+ Goals (Isles)
Bryan Trottier 12 (11 consecutive)
Mike Bossy 10 (consecutive)
John Tavares 9 (consecutive)

One and Done
The Isles are 14-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 18 straight games and are 21-0-1 in their last 22 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and fifteen times overall (14-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 18 times this season (16-2-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-2-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 23-19-4 this season; they were 20-17-9 through 46 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 225 career wins, tying Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 47-31-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles        9-8-9=26
New Jersey 13-17-12=42

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-12-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

The opponents have not yet challenged an Islander goal due to an offside this season.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 23-19-4 overall; 13-6-3 at home and 10-13-1 on the road.  
New Jersey is 23-12-8 overall; 12-6-3 at home and 11-7-5 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-7-1 in Division games and 16-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-12-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-6-3 at home; they are 6-5-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves but falls to 13-13-2 on the season and 12-5-2 in his career against New Jersey. 

Keith Kinkaid made 25 saves to improve to 6-3-2 on the season. He is 1-3-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; New Jersey was 1-3 in 5:02 of PP time, including :08 of 5-on-3 time.
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-11-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-14-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-13-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-6-0 on the back-end. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-3-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 14-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:42); New Jersey: Sami Vatanen (21:11)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (14-16-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (21:50). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (20-12-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 27, New Jersey 28 (49%) 

No Islander who took multiple draws won more than he lost; Brian Boyle won 8 of 12 for New Jersey.
 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/15; 2nd period 14/20; 3rd period 6/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 21/45, Power play 2/3, Penalty kill 4/7.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Four players with 3)
New Jersey 12 (Miles Wood -3)

Fights
Brock Nelson fought Andy Greene at the end of the first period.  It was the first career fight for both players. Season total – 8: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1, Nelson 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 10 shots (Three players with 2).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, New Jersey 69.
5-on-5 Isles 45, New Jersey 62.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Michael Dal Colle +3
New Jersey: Miles Wood +21

Night and Day 
The Isles are 19-19-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 234 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 197 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 128, Nick Leddy 123.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 consecutive regular season games:
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. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 123
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
13. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Josh Bailey – Injured), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – Injured), Tanner Fritz
Total games lost: 130

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won in overtime
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ, 1/16 vs. NJ) and are 2-1-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-1-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 633

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 259
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 109

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 332
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 591
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 152 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 81 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
The season series is tied one game to one (New Jersey has earned three points to the Isles' two).  The remaining two meetings are in Newark (February 24th and March 31st.

This was only the second regulation loss to New Jersey in the last 16 meetings (13-2-1) and was the Isles' first home loss after eight straight wins.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-14-4-2 on the season following a 3-0 loss in Charlotte on Tuesday.  It was the first time that the Sound Tigers have been shutout this season.  The teams will meet again on Wednesday night.

Tanner Fritz leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 14-8-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers will return home to host Providence on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.  

Up Next
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18th –BOSTON AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+2 (Islander pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles conclude the home stand as they play their fourth game in six days as they face the Boston Bruins in the final meeting of the teams this season.

Boston has won each of the first two meetings (3-1 in Boston on December 9th; 5-1 in Brooklyn on January 2nd).

The Bruins are the only Eastern Conference team to have won each of their games at Barclays Center (4-0-0).

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Skinny: Isles 5, Montreal 4 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 45
Isles 5, Montreal 4 (OT)

John Tavares scored his second goal of the game 1:51 into overtime and Thomas Greiss made a career-high 52 saves as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 before a sellout crowd of 21,302 at Bell Centre.
It was Tavares' franchise-record 10th career overtime goal. He is the 30th player in NHL history to record 10 overtime goals.  Since Tavares entered the NHL in 2009, only Alex Ovechkin has more overtime goals (15).  Max Pacioretty is the only other player with 10 overtime goals in that span.

The Isles have won two straight on the road and have moved back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Scoring: 
1ST PERIOD
01:24 New York Anthony Beauvillier (8) ASST: Mathew Barzal (30) 1-0
06:29 New York Mathew Barzal (16) ASST: Jordan Eberle (21) 2-0
08:01 Montreal Nicolas Deslauriers (6) ASST: Jakub Jerabek (1) 2-1
12:10 Montreal Paul Byron (12) ASST: David Schlemko (2) 2-2

2ND PERIOD
02:37 New York Adam Pelech (1) ASST: Mathew Barzal (31), Jordan Eberle (22) 3-2
05:36 New York SHG - John Tavares (23) 4-2
19:16 Montreal Jonathan Drouin (6) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (14), Jakub Jerabek (2) 4-3

3RD PERIOD
13:01 Montreal PPG - Max Pacioretty (12) ASST: Jeff Petry (14), Alex Galchenyuk (15) 4-4

OT PERIOD
01:51 New York John Tavares (24) ASST: Thomas Hickey (8) 5-4

The Skinny 
The Isles scored the opening goal for the third straight game (matching a season high) and grabbed a 2-0 lead for the first time since December 23rd vs Winnipeg … Anthony Beauvillier who was playing in his 100th NHL game, scored in his hometown (again) and has four goals in the last three games.… The Isles improved to 8-11-2 in their last 21 games … Isles improved to 16-1-0 when they score first, 14-0-0 when they lead after one period and 16-0-0 when they lead after two periods…Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists (30/31) as he extended his rookie lead over Will Butcher (24). Barzal also extended his lead in rookie points over Brock Boeser (47-40) with was his 5th multi-assist game and 10th multi-point game…. Barzal's 31 assists are the most by an Islander rookie since Bryan Berard had 40 assists in 1996-97; Barzal also passed Tavares for second on the team (30) …Adam Pelech's goal was his first since April 8, 2017 in New Jersey; Pelech also finished with a +4 rating…The Isles allowed at least 35 shots for the 10th time in 11 games (5-5-1)...  Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 158 goals in the first 45 games (first time since 1993-94 when they had 159) and allowed 164 goals (highest since 1995-96, when they allowed 169) … The Isles have allowed at least one third period goal in 21 straight games; it's the longest such streak since they also allowed a goal in 21 third periods over parts of two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13)..Tavares' shorthanded goal was his 2nd this season and third of his career…Jakub Jerabek assisted on the first Montreal goal for his first NHL point; he later added a second assist…Max Pacioretty extended his point streak to five games with the tying goal…Mathew Barzal now has 10 points in the last three goals (3-7-10).  He had points on five straight goals before Tavares' shorty ended the streak…Karl Alzner played in his 584th consecutive game.  With Andrew Cogliano's streak ending due to his suspension, Alzner now has the 4th longest active streak…The Canadiens are 2-0-2 in their last four games.
The (Latest) Injury
Scott Mayfield left the game in the second period with an upper body injury.  He did not return.

What a Line!
Over the last three games:
Mathew Barzal  3-7-10 
Jordan Eberle  0-7-7
Anthony Beauvillier 4-1-5

NHL Leading Goal Scorers
1. Alex Ovechkin 28
2. Nikita Kucherov 27
3. Anders Lee 25
4. Sean Couturier 25
5. John Tavares 24

Most Shots Allowed by Isles
61 - 11/23/2009 @ TOR
60 - 11/22/1972 @ PHI
57-  4/07/2009 @ CAR
57-  3/05/2007 @ NYR
57-  4/12/1999 @ NJD
57 - 11/11/1973 @ NYR
56 - 1/15/2018 @ MTL

Most Saves by an Islander Goalie
58 – Dwayne Roloson 11/23/2009 @ TOR (OT Win)
56 – Billy Smith 11/22/1972 @ PHI (Loss)
55-  Rick DiPietro 3/05/2007 @ NYR (SO Loss)
55-  Felix Potvin 4/12/1999 @ NJD (Win)
52 – Thomas Greiss 1/15/2018 @ MTL (OT Win)

Islanders with a Shorthanded Goal and an Overtime Goal in the Same Game
Brent Sutter 11/15/90 @ CGY
Chris Campoli 11/3/08 Vs CBJ
Michael Peca 2/12/02 @ PHL (scored SH goal in OT)
John Tavares 1/15/2018 @ MTL

Barzal's Latest History Lesson
Barzal is the first Islander in 40 years to record at least three points five times in his rookie season.

Most 3-Point Games by an Islander Rookie
1. Bryan Trottier 9 (1975-76)
2. Mike Bossy 6 (1977-78)
3. MATHEW BARZAL 5 (2017-18)
4. Stefan Persson 5 (1977-78)
5. Trent Hunter 4 (2003-04)

A Very Helping Hand
Mathew Barzal now has seven assists in the last three games, and leads all rookies with 31 assists.  

Most Assists by an Islander Rookie, Post-Cup Era 
Rk Player A Season
1 Bryan Berard 40 1996-97
2 Vladimir Malakhov 38 1992-93
3 Pat LaFontaine 35 1984-85
4 David Volek 34 1988-89
5 Pat Flatley 31 1984-85
  MATHEW BARZAL 31 2017-18 

Most Seasons With 30+ Assists
1. Denis Potvin 15
2. Bryan Trottier 13
3. Mike Bossy 10
4. JOHN TAVARES 8
       John Tonelli 8

Most Seasons with 24+ Goals (Isles)
Bryan Trottier 12 (11 consecutive)
Mike Bossy 10 (consecutive)
John Tavares 9 (consecutive)

One and Done
The Isles are 14-0-0 this season when leading after one period.  Dating back to last season the Isles have won 18 straight games and are 21-0-1 in their last 22 games when leading after twenty minutes.

Five's Alive
The Isles have scored at least five goals nine times at home (8-1-0) and fifteen times overall (14-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.

Five's Trouble
The Isles have allowed at least five goals five times at home (0-4-1) and twelve times overall (0-11-1).  They have allowed at least five goals in four of their five regulation losses at home.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first 17 times this season (16-1-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.

First Goal 
The Isles are 16-1-0 when they score first and are 7-17-4 when they allow the opening goal. 

This Year vs. Last Year
The Isles are 23-18-4 this season; they were 19-17-9 through 45 games last season.

Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 225 career wins, tying Ken Wregget for 67th place on the all-time NHL win list.   

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 10-6-2 on the season, including 7-4-0 in his last 11 decisions.

Fastest to 45
Doug Weight is now 47-30-8 as an NHL coach. On January 7th vs. the Devils, he reached 45 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 45 Wins by an Islander Coach:
83 – Doug Weight (45-30-8)
89– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 & 2002-03(45-31-9-4)
91 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 & 2007-08 (45-34-12)
95- Terry Simpson 1986-87 & 1987-88 (45-37-13)
97—Steve Stirling 2003-04 & 2005-06 (45-37-11-4)

The Shots
Isles       7-6-7-4=24
Montreal 13-22-19-2=56

The Isles are 6-6-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 17-11-2 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged three times and been successful twice.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful 

The opponents have not yet challenged an Islander goal due to an offside this season.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 22-18-4 overall; 13-5-3 at home and 10-13-1 on the road.  
Montreal is 18-20-6 overall; 11-8-5 at home and 7-12-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-6-1 in Division games and 16-12-3 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 13-11-1 against the East and 10-7-3 against the West.  

Our House
The Isles are 13-5-3 at home; they are 6-4-0 against the East and 7-1-3 against the West.  All-time the Isles are 28-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made a career-high 52 saves and improves to 10-6-2 on the season and 3-3-0 in his career against Montreal. 

Carey Price made 19 saves. He is 13-14-4 on the season and 11-5-4 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Montreal was 1-4 in 6:34 of PP time.
The Isles are 13-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-10-3 when they do not.  The Isles are 13-13-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-5-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 22-6-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 5-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-4-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-5-0 on the back-end. The Isles will host New Jersey on Tuesday to conclude this back-to-back set. The next back-to-back set is January 30th vs Florida and January 31st in Toronto.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-2-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 14-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:57); Montreal: Jeff Petry (25:46)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (14-15-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (22:37). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (20-11-4), Josh Bailey (2-1-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-3-0), Andrew Ladd (1-1-0), Anders Lee (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 33, Montreal 39 (46%) 

John Tavares won 15 of 28 for the Isles; Tomas Plekanec won 11 of 20 for Montreal.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 13/23; 2nd period 5/18; 3rd period 14/27; Overtime 1/4.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 27/58, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 5/11.

Hit Count
Isles 23 (Anders Lee -5)
Montreal 25 (Nicolas Deslauriers -6)

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 16 shots (Scott Mayfield, Thomas Hickey and John Tavares -3).

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Montreal 85.
5-on-5 Isles 42, Montreal 67.

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Mathew Barzal +4
Montreal: Tomas Plekanec +19

Night and Day 
The Isles are 19-18-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season have only one matinee remaining this season: February 19th vs Minnesota (1pm).

Ironmen
Overall: Jason Chimera 233 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 196 (including 151 for the Oilers: 
As Isles: Jason Chimera 127, Nick Leddy 122.

Century Club
Nick Leddy is only the 8th defenseman in Islander history to have played at least 120 consecutive regular season games:
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. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.  Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 122
9. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
10. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
11.Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
12. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
13. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Johnny Boychuk -IR), (Josh Bailey – Injured), (Andrew Ladd-IR), (Casey Cizikas – Injured), Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 123

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won in overtime
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime

7-11
The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 681 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. John Tavares 632

Goals
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 259
20. Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 22. Josh Bailey, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 27. Anders Lee 108

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. John Tavares 332
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 238

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 591
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 356

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 151 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 112

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 81 *** 6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Thomas Greiss 59

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one games to none (and two points to one).  The teams will play a home-and-home series February 28th (in Montreal) – March 2nd (in Brooklyn) to complete the season series.

The Isles are 3-0-0 in their last three games against Montreal; that matches their longest winning streak against the Canadiens since 1993-94.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-13-4-2 on the season as they head to Charlotte for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The games with the Checkers will be very important as the teams are currently neck-and-neck for the final playoff spot.

Tanner Fritz leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 13. Christopher Gibson is 14-7-2 in the nets with 2 shutouts.

The Sound Tigers will return home to host Providence on Saturday and Toronto on Sunday.  

Up Next
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th –NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 6:30PM), WMCA 570, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]

The Isles conclude the back-to-back set as they return home to face the Devils.

The Isles have done very well against New Jersey in recent years.  The Isles have won their last 8 home games vs New Jersey (including all five in Brooklyn) and are 13-1-1 in their last 15 overall against the Devs.

The remaining games of the season series will be played in New Jersey on February 24th and March 31st.

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