Featured Post

The Skinny: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1. Isles SWEEP series, 4-0.

"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Eastern Conference First Round Game 4 Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1  It's on to Round 2.  For the second...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1. Isles SWEEP series, 4-0.

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference First Round Game 4
Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1 
It's on to Round 2. 

For the second straight game, Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored first period goals to erase an early Penguin lead as the Isles eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,609 at PPG Paints Arena. 

Josh Bailey's empty-netter from his own zone clinched the series for their first sweep since the 1983 Final. It's the seventh best-of-7 sweep in franchise history, but the other six all occurred between 1977-1983. 

Robin Lehner made 32 saves; he stopped 130 of 136 Pittsburgh shots in the series as he became the first NHL goalie since Michael Leighton (2010 with Philadelphia) to win his first four career playoff starts. Only 12 other goalies in NHL history have done so.

The Isles will now await the winner of the Washington-Carolina series.  The second round series will open in either DC if the Caps advance or in Brooklyn if the Canes win the series.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jake Guentzel (1) Sidney Crosby, Jared McCann 00:35 NYI 0,PIT 1
Jordan Eberle (4) Mathew Barzal, Scott Mayfield 02:09 NYI 1,PIT 1
Brock Nelson (3) Josh Bailey, Tom Kuhnhackl 18:06 NYI 2,PIT 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Josh Bailey (3)EN Valtteri Filppula 19:22 NYI 3,PIT 1

The Series (Isles win 4-0)
Game 1: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Game 2: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1
Game 3: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 1
Game 4: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1


The Skinny   
Jordan Eberle went 4-2-6 in the series; he is the first Islander to open a playoff run by scoring in four straight games since Ray Ferraro (1993 vs. Washington) and also joins Ferraro as the only players in Isles history to score in their first four playoff games with the team…Eberle is the first Islander since Kip Miller (games 4-7 vs. Toronto in 2002) to score in four consecutive playoff games; he last scored in four consecutive regular season games in January/February 2012…Mathew Barzal had five assists in the series; he is the first Islander in at least the last 31 years to have five assists in the first four games of a playoff year.. Both Eberle and Barzal went +6 in the series; that also hasn't been done by an Islander in the last 31 years… Valtteri Filppula appeared in his 30th career playoff game against Pittsburgh (most of any active player).  Only Dominic Moore (31 games) has played more playoff games against the Pens.  Filppula is 25-60-85 in 162 playoff games. He has played 61 more playoff games than Johnny Boychuk, who is 2nd in career games among current Isles with 101…The Isles have won all ten series when winning the first three games.… It's the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference Final (vs. Boston) that the Penguins have been swept… No Isles goalie or coach had ever won their first two playoff games; both Robin Lehner and Barry Trotz have now won their first four… The Isles outscored the Penguins 14-6 in the series; the Penguins scored first in each of the last three games. The Isles are 7-8 all-time in playoff games in Pittsburgh and have won four of the last six dating back to game 7 of the 1993 Patrick Division Finals…Matt Martin tied the club record (which he previously shared with Steve Webb) for hits in a playoff game: 11. Since real-time scoring began in 1998-99, no player has averaged more hits/playoff game than Martin (6.9)…Jake Guentzel's goal was the third earliest for the Penguins in a playoff game and was the earliest allowed by the Isles in exactly 16 years (Mike Fisher for Ottawa on 4/16/03)..The Isles held Pittsburgh to one goal in each of the last three games.  It's the third time in Islander history that they have allowed one goal or fewer in three straight games: (3: April 18-22, 1979 vs. Chicago, 5: May 1-12, 1984 vs. Montreal/Edmonton)…The last time the Isles clinched a playoff series on the road was also in Pittsburgh, in 1993… A team that has swept its first round series has played for the Stanley Cup in each of the last two years (Nashville, Vegas); the Isles and Columbus are the only teams to sweep a first round series this year...Brock Nelson is the first Islander to score consecutive game winning goals in the same series since Ray Ferraro (games 3 and 4) in 1993; John Tavares had the series-winner vs. Florida and the game 1 winner vs. Tampa Bay in 2016.

The Injuries
Both Johnny Boychuk and Cal Clutterbuck left the game with injuries in the 2nd period and did not return.

Vs. Pittsburgh
This is the fifth all-time playoff meeting between the teams:
1975- Quarter-Finals.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
1982- Preliminary Series. Isles won series 3 games to 2.
1993- Division Final.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
2013- Conference Quarter-Finals.  Pittsburgh won series 4 games to 2.
2019- Conference First Round.  Isles won series 4 games to 0.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 34-16 (.680) all-time in overtime, including 18-9 (.667) at home.  The .680 overall percentage and .667 home percentages are both the best in NHL history. The Isles are 1-0 in overtime this season; eight of the 20 playoff games the Isles have played since 2014 have gone to overtime with the Isles holding a 5-3 record.  

Pittsburgh is 30-31 in overtime, including 12-12 on the road.

There have been six overtime games between the teams; each team has won three.  John Tonelli (1982) and David Volek (1993) have the other winners for the Isles while Rick Kehoe (1982), Chris Kunitz (2013) and Brooks Orpik (2013) have winners for Pittsburgh. Each of the six games was decided in the first nine minutes of overtime.

Lead/Tie/Trail
In game 1, the Isles led for 27:43 and the game was tied for 36:56.  
In game 2, the Isles led for 12:06, the game was tied for 45:05 and Pittsburgh led for 2:49.  
In game 3, the Isles led for 45:36, the game was tied for 13:56 and Pittsburgh led for :28.
In game 4, the Isles led for 42:09, the game was tied for 16:17 and Pittsburgh led for 1:34
Totals:   Isles 127:34, Tied 112:14, Pittsburgh 4:51

Other than the final 8:22 of game two, the final 9:33 of game three and the final :38 of game four,  the score has been tied or within one goal for the entire series.

Playoffs All-time
The Isles improve to 148-120 in 267 all-time playoff games.  They are 84-44 at home (including 2-3 at Barclays) and 64-76 on the road.  

What a Season!
The Isles finished 2nd in the Metro Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. The Isles have not finished that high since the conference was created. They last finished that high in a conference in 87-88, when they were 3rd in the Wales Conference.  It's the first time since 1985-86 that the Isles have finished in the top five overall.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 23 Wins in a Regular Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (25) & Thomas Greiss (23)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Regular Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.13
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.28
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Regular Season 
1. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .930
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .927
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
In the regular season, the Isles were 35-16-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  They are 4-0 when all three play in the playoffs.

In this series, the trio has combined for 19 shots on goal and 64 hits.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles went 12-7-2 on Coliseum ice; they averaged 97.1% of capacity on Long Island (including 14 sellouts).  They are 2-0 in playoff games at the Coliseum (2 sellouts).

Most Points (Post-Cup Era)
103: 2018-19 
101: 2014-15

Most Road Points (Post Cup Era)
51: 2018-19
49: 2014-15

Fewest Goals Allowed (Includes SO)
190 1975-76 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
193 1976-77 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
196 2018-19 (189 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.30 goals in regulation and 2.39 goals including OT/SO this season.

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season and the fewest goals in the NHL this season.  Only once before in NHL history had a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.  

Coach Trotz
In regular season play, Barry Trotz is 2nd among active coaches in games and third in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 810-595-60-141 in 1,606 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    810
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,606
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,598

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season.  

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 117 playoff games (59-58).  He is tied-16th all-time in games coached with  Billy Reay (117) and Jacques Lemaire (117).  His 59 wins are 19th all time, two behind Jacques Lemaire and four behind Fred Shero and Claude Julien.  Trotz won the Stanley Cup last season; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 123
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Barry Trotz 4
Peter Laviolette 4
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 209
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5
Barry Trotz 4

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

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

What a Difference a Year Makes
This Season: 48-27-7 (103 points), with 228 goals scored and 196 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles allowed 100 fewer goals, a decrease of 33.7% as compared to last season.

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0 when scoring first and are 3-0 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles          7-10-9=26
Pittsburgh 10-14-9=33

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 44
Game 2: Isles 34, Pittsburgh 33
Game 3: Isles 36, Pittsburgh 26
Game 4: Isles 26, Pittsburgh 33
Series: Isles 129, Pittsburgh 136

The Isles are 1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0 when the shots are even and 3-0 when they are outshot. [The Isles won a franchise-record 31 games when outshot this season.]

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 32 saves to improve to 4-0 in the playoffs and in his career against Pittsburgh.   
Matt Murray made 23 saves but falls to 0-4 in the playoffs and in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time; Pittsburgh was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-2 (2:25; 5 shots), Pittsburgh 1-3 (5:11, 2 shots)
Game 2: Isles 1-6 (9:59, 8 shots), Pittsburgh 0-2 (3:05, 3 shots)
Game 3: Isles 0-2 (2:23, 5 shots), Pittsburgh 0-4 (5:16, 4 shots)
Game 4: Isles 0-3 (6:00, 7 shots), Pittsburgh 0-3 (6:00, 2 shots)
Series: Isles 2-13 (20:47, 25 shots), Pittsburgh 1-12 (19:32, 11 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-0 in the playoffs when they score at least three goals.  In the regular season the Isles went 38-2-2 when they scored at least three goals (including shootout winners) and 10-25-5 when they did not.  The 10 wins when being held to two goals or fewer are a franchise record.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-0 in the playoffs in one-goal games; they were 19-6-7 in games decided by a single goal in the regular season. 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 (24:05);  Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (25:41)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 18:01 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (1-0), Ryan Pulock (3-0) 

Face-offs
Isles 26, Pittsburgh 30 (46%).

Brock Nelson won 8 of 15 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 17 of 25 for Pittsburgh.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/17; 2nd period 6/16; 3rd period 10/23.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/46, Power play 2/5, Penalty kill 2/5.

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 35, Pittsburgh 29 (55%).  
Game 2: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 24 (58%).
Game 3: Isles 26, Pittsburgh 29 (47%)
Game 4: Isles 26, Pittsburgh 30 (46%)
Series: Isles 120, Pittsburgh 112 (52%)

Hit Count
Isles 50 (Matt Martin -11)
Pittsburgh 34 (Garrett Wilson-4)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 42, Pittsburgh 43
Game 2: Isles 41, Pittsburgh 36 
Game 3: Isles 47, Pittsburgh 58
Game 4: Isles 50, Pittsburgh 34
Series: Isles 180, Pittsburgh 171

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -0.  The Isles were involved in 16 fights in the regular season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Adam Pelech-6).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Pittsburgh 74
5-on-5 Isles 41, Pittsburgh 61

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy +8
Pittsburgh: Jake Guentzel +20

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 62, Pittsburgh 83;  (5-on-5) Isles 49, Pittsburgh 70
Game 2 (All) Isles 59, Pittsburgh 62; (5-on-5) Isles 39, Pittsburgh 47 
Game 3 (All) Isles 61, Pittsburgh 58; (5-on-5) Isles 48, Pittsburgh 45
Game 4 (All) Isles 54, Pittsburgh 74; (5-on-5) Isles 41, Pittsburgh 61
Series (All) Isles 236, Pittsburgh 277; (5-on-5) Isles 177, Pittsburgh 223

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Tanner Fritz- INJ),Thomas Hickey, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle
Playoff games lost: 8.  The Isles lost 153 man-games in the regular season

Post-Season Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in overtime:
4/10 – PIT Penguins-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (4:39 of OT) 

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Justin Schultz tied the game (18:31), but the Isles won in overtime. 

Playoff Offside Challenges
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Isles goal overturned after successful Penguin challenge. 

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers will begin the best-of-5 first round series on Friday against Hershey.

Playoff Schedule:
    1           Friday, Apr. 19          at Bridgeport 
    2           Saturday, Apr. 20      at Bridgeport
    3           Tuesday, Apr. 23      at Hershey
    4*         Thursday, Apr. 25      at Hershey
    5*         Saturday, Apr. 27      at Bridgeport

The Sound Tigers went 12-1-1-1 in their final 15 games at home.

Overall, Bridgeport finished the regular season with a record of 43-24-6-3; the 97 points is their most ever in a 76-game schedule and their highest total since Jack Capuano led them to a 106-point campaign in 2008-09 (80 games).  

Leaders: Goals: Steve Bernier 24; Assists: Chris Bourque 39; Points: Chris Bourque 54; +/-: Jeff Kubiak/Otto Koivula +14. Goalies: Christopher Gibson 22-11-5 (2.84 GAA); Jeremy Smith 21-13-4 (2.92 GAA)

Up Next
ROUND 2 VS WASHINGTON OR CAROLINA
HOME GAMES AT BARCLAYS CENTER
All games on NBCSN or NBC, with extensive post game coverage on MSG/MSG+/MSGGo,
Radio coverage on  88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 FM WRCN and Radio.com

And Finally…
Tonight's game was the final of 85 Islander telecasts this season on MSG Networks.  Thanks to my MSG colleagues for an amazing season – the ones you know:  Brendan Burke, Butch Goring, Shannon Hogan, AJ Mleczko and Jenn Botterill and the ones you should: Jim Gallagher, Joel Mandelbaum, Sarah Servetnick, Charlie Cucchiara and JT Townsend.

See you with the 589th consecutive edition of The Skinny next week!

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, April 16, 2019

Former Islander Dmitry Nabokov passes away

Russian media reporting that Dmitri Nabokov has passed away at the age of 42.

Nabokov went 4-9-13 in 30 games for the Isles over the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 (playing most of his Islander games for Coach Butch Goring).

A former 1st round pick of the Blackhawks (1995), he was acquired by the Isles in a trade for JP Dumont and a 5th round pick.  (Dumont would eventually score over 200 NHL goals, mainly for Buffalo and Nashville.)   

Nabokov returned to Russia following the 1999-2000 season.

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, April 14, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 1. Isles lead series, 3-0.

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference First Round Game 3
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 1 
Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored goals 1:02 apart in the first period to erase an early Penguin lead as the Isles took a 3-games-to-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,610 at PPG Paints Arena.

Those two goals were the fastest by the Isles in a playoff game since 2002 (Kip Miller and Mariusz Czerkawski scored 38 seconds apart vs. Toronto in game 6)

It's the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final that the Isles lead a series 3-0; game 4 is scheduled for Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Garrett Wilson (1) Marcus Pettersson, Justin Schultz 12:54 NYI 0,PIT 1
Jordan Eberle (3) Ryan Pulock, Mathew Barzal 13:22 NYI 1,PIT 1
Brock Nelson (2) Tom Kuhnhackl 14:24 NYI 2,PIT 1

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Leo Komarov (1) Anthony Beauvillier, Valtteri Filppula 10:27 NYI 3,PIT 1
Anders Lee (1) Valtteri Filppula, Adam Pelech 18:32 EN NYI 4, PIT 1

The Series (Isles lead 3-0)
Game 1: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Game 2: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1
Game 3: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 1
Game 4: Tuesday in Pittsburgh (7:30)
Game 5 (if needed): Thursday April 18 on Long Island
Game 6 (if needed): Saturday April 20 in Pittsburgh
Game 7 (if needed): Monday April 22 on Long Island

The Skinny   
Jordan Eberle is 3-2-5 in the series; he is the first Islander to open a playoff run by scoring in three straight games since Ray Ferraro (1993 vs. Washington) and also joins Ferraro as the only players in Isles history to score in their first three playoff games with the team…Eberle is the first Islander since Kyle Okposo (games 2-4 vs. Pittsburgh in 2013) to score in three consecutive playoff games…Mathew Barzal has four assists in the series. Both Eberle and Barzal are +5 in the series… Valtteri Filppula appeared in his 29th career playoff game against Pittsburgh (most of any active player).  Only Dominic Moore (31 games) has played more playoff games against the Pens.  Filppula is 25-60-85 in 161 playoff games. He has played 61 more playoff games than Johnny Boychuk, who is 2nd in career games among current Isles with 100…Boychuk is the 360th player in NHL history to appear in 100 playoff games...The Isles lead a series 3-0 for the first time since the 1983 Final; they have won all nine previous series when winning the first three games.… It's the first time since 2013 that the Penguins have lost the first three games of a series; they were swept by Boston in the Eastern Conference Final…Both Leo Komarov (18th game) and Anders Lee (6th game) scored their first career playoff goals.  It was Leo's first goal in 37 games, including regular season (1/20/19 vs. Anaheim)…No Isles goalie or coach had ever won their first two playoff games; both Robin Lehner and Barry Trotz have now won their first three…The Isles have held Sidney Crosby without a point in the first three games of the series; they have NEVER held him pointless in three consecutive regular season games.…The Isles have outscored the Penguins 11-5 in the series; it's the first time that the Isles have outscored the opposition by six goals in the a series since the 1983 Final.

Vs. Pittsburgh
This is the fifth all-time playoff meeting between the teams:
1975- Quarter-Finals.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
1982- Preliminary Series. Isles won series 3 games to 2.
1993- Division Final.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
2013- Conference Quarter-Finals.  Pittsburgh won series 4 games to 2.
2019- Conference First Round.  Isles lead series 3 games to 0.

An overtime goal has ended the last three series: John Tonelli (1982), David Volek (1993) and Brooks Orpik (2013) scored the series-ending goals.

This is only the second time that the Isles have had home-ice in a series vs. Pittsburgh (1982).

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 34-16 (.680) all-time in overtime, including 18-9 (.667) at home.  The .680 overall percentage and .667 home percentages are both the best in NHL history. The Isles are 1-0 in overtime this season; eight of the 20 playoff games the Isles have played since 2014 have gone to overtime with the Isles holding a 5-3 record.  

Pittsburgh is 30-31 in overtime, including 12-12 on the road.

There have been six overtime games between the teams; each team has won three.  John Tonelli (1982) and David Volek (1993) have the other winners for the Isles while Rick Kehoe (1982), Chris Kunitz (2013) and Brooks Orpik (2013) have winners for Pittsburgh. Each of the six games was decided in the first nine minutes of overtime.

Lead/Tie/Trail
In game 1, the Isles led for 27:43 and the game was tied for 36:56.  
In game 2, the Isles led for 12:06, the game was tied for 45:05 and Pittsburgh led for 2:49.  
In game 3, the Isles led for 45:36, the game was tied for 13:54 and Pittsburgh led for :28.
Totals:   Isles 85:25, Tied 95:55, Pittsburgh 3:17

Other than the final 8:22 of game two and the final 9:33 of game three, the score has been tied or within one goal for the entire series.

Playoffs All-time
The Isles improve to 147-120 in 267 all-time playoff games.  They are 84-44 at home (including 2-3 at Barclays) and 63-76 on the road.  

What a Season!
The Isles finished 2nd in the Metro Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. The Isles have not finished that high since the conference was created. They last finished that high in a conference in 87-88, when they were 3rd in the Wales Conference.  It's the first time since 1985-86 that the Isles have finished in the top five overall.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 23 Wins in a Regular Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (25) & Thomas Greiss (23)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Regular Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.13
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.28
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Regular Season 
1. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .930
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .927
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
In the regular season, the Isles were 35-16-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  They are 3-0 when all three play in the playoffs.

In this series, the trio has combined for 17 shots on goal and 46 hits.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles went 12-7-2 on Coliseum ice; they averaged 97.1% of capacity on Long Island (including 14 sellouts).  They are 2-0 in playoff games at the Coliseum (2 sellouts).

Most Points (Post-Cup Era)
103: 2018-19 
101: 2014-15

Most Road Points (Post-Cup Era)
51: 2018-19
49: 2014-15

Fewest Goals Allowed (Includes SO)
190 1975-76 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
193 1976-77 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
196 2018-19 (189 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.30 goals in regulation and 2.39 goals including OT/SO this season.

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season and the fewest goals in the NHL this season.  Only once before in NHL history had a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.  

Coach Trotz
In regular season play, Barry Trotz is 2nd among active coaches in games and third in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 810-595-60-141 in 1,606 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    810
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,606
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,598

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season.  

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 116 playoff games (58-58).  He is 18th all-time in games coached and will pass Billy Reay (117) and Jacques Lemaire (117) this month.  His 58th win breaks a tie with Billy Reay for 19th all time.  Trotz won the Stanley Cup last season; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 123
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Barry Trotz 3
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 209
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5
Barry Trotz 3

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

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

What a Difference a Year Makes
This Season: 48-27-7 (103 points), with 228 goals scored and 196 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles allowed 100 fewer goals, a decrease of 33.7% as compared to last season.

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0 when scoring first and are 2-0 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles          8-16-12=36
Pittsburgh 7-9-9=26

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 44
Game 2: Isles 34, Pittsburgh 33
Game 3: Isles 36, Pittsburgh 26
Series: Isles 103, Pittsburgh 103

The Isles are 1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0 when the shots are even and 2-0 when they are outshot. [The Isles won a franchise-record 31 games when outshot this season.]

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 25 saves to improve to 3-0 in the playoffs and in his career against Pittsburgh.   
Matt Murray made 32 saves but falls to 0-3 in the playoffs and in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 2:23 of PP time (including 0:53 of 5-on-3); Pittsburgh was 0-3 on the power play in 5:16 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-2 (2:25; 5 shots), Pittsburgh 1-3 (5:11, 2 shots)
Game 2: Isles 1-6 (9:59, 8 shots), Pittsburgh 0-2 (3:05, 3 shots)
Game 3: Isles 0-2 (2:23, 5 shots), Pittsburgh 0-4 (5:16, 4 shots)
Series: Isles 2-8 (14:47, 18 shots), Pittsburgh 1-5 (13:32, 9 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-0 in the playoffs when they score at least three goals.  In the regular season the Isles went 38-2-2 when they scored at least three goals (including shootout winners) and 10-25-5 when they did not.  The 10 wins when being held to two goals or fewer are a franchise record.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-0 in the playoffs in one-goal games; they were 19-6-7 in games decided by a single goal in regulation. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:17);  Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (24:53)
Cal Clutterbuck led Isles forwards with 19:10 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (1-0), Ryan Pulock (2-0) 

Face-offs
Isles 26, Pittsburgh 29 (47%).

Casey Cizikas won 13 of 22 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 12 of 19 for Pittsburgh.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 10/20; 2nd period 4/13; 3rd period 12/22.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 25/50, Power play 0/2, Penalty kill 1/3.

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 35, Pittsburgh 29 (55%).  
Game 2: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 24 (58%).
Game 3: Isles 26, Pittsburgh 29 (47%)
Series: Isles 94, Pittsburgh 82 (53%)

Hit Count
Isles 47 (Matt Martin -10)
Pittsburgh 58 (Bryan Rust-7)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 42, Pittsburgh 43
Game 2: Isles 41, Pittsburgh 36 
Game 3: Isles 47, Pittsburgh 58
Series: Isles 130, Pittsburgh 137

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -0.  The Isles were involved in 16 fights in the regular season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Nick Leddy-4).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 61, Pittsburgh 58
5-on-5 Isles 48, Pittsburgh 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Devon Toews +13 
Pittsburgh: Three with +7

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 62, Pittsburgh 83;  (5-on-5) Isles 49, Pittsburgh 70
Game 2 (All) Isles 59, Pittsburgh 62; (5-on-5) Isles 39, Pittsburgh 47 
Game 3 (All) Isles 61, Pittsburgh 58; (5-on-5) Isles 48, Pittsburgh 45
Series (All) Isles 182, Pittsburgh 203; (5-on-5) Isles 136, Pittsburgh 162

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Tanner Fritz- INJ),Thomas Hickey, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle
Playoff games lost: 6.  The Isles lost 153 man-games in the regular season

Post-Season Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in overtime:
4/10 – PIT Penguins-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (4:39 of OT) 

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Justin Schultz tied the game (18:31), but the Isles won in overtime. 

Playoff Offside Challenges
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Isles goal overturned after successful Penguin challenge. 

On the Farm  
The playoff-bound Sound Tigers clinched home-ice with a 5-2 win over Wilkes Barre-Scranton in their season finale. Mitch Vande Sompel scored twice while Sebastian Aho added three assists.

Bridgeport will begin the best-of-5 first round series on Friday against Hershey.

Playoff Schedule:
    1           Friday, Apr. 19          at Bridgeport 
    2           Saturday, Apr. 20      at Bridgeport
    3           Tuesday, Apr. 23      at Hershey
    4*         Thursday, Apr. 25      at Hershey
    5*         Saturday, Apr. 27      at Bridgeport

The Sound Tigers went 12-1-1-1 in their final 15 games at home.

Overall, Bridgeport finished the season 15-6-1-1 in their last 23 games and 19-7-2-1 in their last 29 games. Their final record is 43-24-6-3; the 97 points is their most ever in a 76-game schedule and their highest total since Jack Capuano led them to a 106-point campaign in 2008-09 (80 games).  

Leaders: Goals: Steve Bernier 24; Assists: Chris Bourque 39; Points: Chris Bourque 54; +/-: Jeff Kubiak/Otto Koivula +14. Goalies: Christopher Gibson 22-11-5 (2.84 GAA); Jeremy Smith 21-13-4 (2.92 GAA)

Up Next
ISLANDERS VS PENGUINS

GAME 4: TUESDAY, APRIL 16th – AT PITTSBURGH 7:30PM
[MSG/MSG+/MSGGo, NBCSN, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 FM WRCN and Radio.com]

The Isles will look to complete a 3-0 series sweep for the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final when they visit Pittsburgh for game 4.

The Isles have led nine best-of-seven series 3-0 and have won them all.  In NHL history, teams that lead 3-0 are 186-4; the 1975 Islanders are one of the "4", erasing a 3-0 lead against Pittsburgh.

The Isles are 6-8 all-time in playoff games in Pittsburgh and have won three of the last five dating back to game 7 of the 1993 Patrick Division Finals. 

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Skinny: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1; Isles lead series 2-0.

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference First Round Game 2
Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1 
Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored goals 3:44 apart in the third period as the Isles broke a 1-1 tie and earned a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.   

Bailey's goal came on the Isles' 6th power play of the game (most in a playoff game since 2003). 

It's the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final that the Isles lead a series 2-0; games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Erik Gudbranson (1) Evgeni Malkin 10:36 PIT 1,NYI 0
Anthony Beauvillier (1) Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle 13:25 PIT 1,NYI 1

3rd Period
Jordan Eberle (2) Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk 07:54 PIT 1,NYI 2
Josh Bailey (2) Anders Lee, Devon Toews 11:38 PIT 1,NYI 3 PPG

The Series (Isles lead 1-0)
Game 1: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Game 2: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1
Game 3: Sunday in Pittsburgh (12:00)
Game 4: Tuesday in Pittsburgh (7:30)
Game 5 (if needed): Thursday April 18 on Long Island
Game 6 (if needed): Saturday April 20 in Pittsburgh
Game 7 (if needed): Monday April 22 on Long Island

The Skinny   
Jordan Eberle is 2-2-4 in the series after tallying only two points in 13 playoff games for Edmonton; Eberle has been on the ice for six of the Isles' seven goals in the series… Evgeni Malkin now has 13 points in eight career playoff games against the Isles…Every Isles played at least 10:43…Valtteri Filppula appeared in his 28th career playoff game against Pittsburgh (most of any active player).  Only Dominic Moore (31 games) has played more playoff games against the Pens.  Filppula is 25-58-83 in 160 playoff games. He has played 61 more playoff games than Johnny Boychuk, who is 2nd in career games among current Isles with 99….The Isles had failed on their last six attempts to take a 2-0 lead when the Isles win games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series, they have gone on to win the series 11 out of 12 times (losing only to Toronto in 1978)…The Isles won a home game on April 12th for the first time in their history, having 0-1-1 in the regular season and 0-5 in the playoffs in their previous seven games…It's the first since 2013 that the Penguins have lost the first two games of the season…The Isles have scored power play goals in four consecutive home playoff games (dating back to 2016); they scored power play goals in consecutive regular season games only once after the All-Star Break (2/8-2/9).

Vs. Pittsburgh
This is the fifth all-time playoff meeting between the teams:
1975- Quarter-Finals.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
1982- Preliminary Series. Isles won series 3 games to 2.
1993- Division Final.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
2013- Conference Quarter-Finals.  Pittsburgh won series 4 games to 2.
2019- Conference First Round.  Isles lead series 2 games to 0.

An overtime goal has ended the last three series: John Tonelli (1982), David Volek (1993) and Brooks Orpik (2013) scored the series-ending goals.

This is only the second time that the Isles have had home-ice in a series vs. Pittsburgh (1982).

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 34-16 (.680) all-time in overtime, including 18-9 (.667) at home.  The .680 overall percentage and .667 home percentages are both the best in NHL history. The Isles are 1-0 in overtime this season; eight of the 20 playoff games the Isles have played since 2014 have gone to overtime with the Isles holding a 5-3 record.  

Pittsburgh is 30-31 in overtime, including 12-12 on the road.

There have been six overtime games between the teams; each team has won three.  John Tonelli (1982) and David Volek (1993) have the other winners for the Isles while Rick Kehoe (1982), Chris Kunitz (2013) and Brooks Orpik (2013) have winners for Pittsburgh. Each of the six games was decided in the first nine minutes of overtime.

Lead/Tie/Trail
In game 1, the Isles led for 27:43 and the game was tied for 36:56.  
In game 2, the Isles led for 12:06, the game was tied for 45:05 and Pittsburgh led for 2:49.  
Totals:   Isles 39:49, Tied 82:01, Pittsburgh 2:49

Other than the final 8:22 of game two, the score has been tied or within one goal for the entire series.

Playoffs All-time
The Isles improve to 146-120 in 266 all-time playoff games.  They are 84-44 at home (including 2-3 at Barclays) and 62-76 on the road.  

What a Season!
The Isles finished 2nd in the Metro Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. The Isles have not finished that high since the conference was created. They last finished that high in a conference in 87-88, when they were 3rd in the Wales Conference.  It's the first time since 1985-86 that the Isles have finished in the top five overall.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 23 Wins in a Regular Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (25) & Thomas Greiss (23)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Regular Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.13
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.28
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Regular Season 
1. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .930
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .927
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
In the regular season, the Isles were 35-16-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  They are 2-0 when all three play in the playoffs.

In this series, the trio has combined for 13 shots on goal and 30 hits.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles went 12-7-2 on Coliseum ice; they averaged 97.1% of capacity on Long Island (including 14 sellouts).  They are 2-0 in playoff games at the Coliseum (2 sellouts).

Most Points (Post-Cup Era)
103: 2018-19 
101: 2014-15

Most Road Points (Post Cup Era)
51: 2018-19
49: 2014-15

Fewest Goals Allowed (Includes SO)
190 1975-76 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
193 1976-77 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
196 2018-19 (189 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.30 goals in regulation and 2.39 goals including OT/SO this season.

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season and the fewest goals in the NHL this season.  Only once before in NHL history had a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.  

Coach Trotz
In regular season play, Barry Trotz is 2nd among active coaches in games and third in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 810-595-60-141 in 1,606 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    810
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,606
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,598

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season.  

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 115 playoff games (57-58).  He is tied-18th all-time in games with Claude Julien (115) and will pass Billy Reay (117) and Jacques Lemaire (117) this month.  His 57 wins are tied with Billy Reay for 19th all time.  Trotz won the Stanley Cup last season; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 123
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Barry Trotz 2
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 209
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5
Barry Trotz 2

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

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

What a Difference a Year Makes
This Season: 48-27-7 (103 points), with 228 goals scored and 195 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles allowed 101 fewer goals, a decrease of 34.1% as compared to last season.

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0 when scoring first and are 1-0 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles        11-12-11=34
Pittsburgh 7-11-15=33

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 44
Game 2: Isles 34, Pittsburgh 33
Series: Isles 67, Pittsburgh 77

The Isles are 1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0 when the shots are even and 1-0 when they are outshot. [The Isles won a franchise-record 31 games when outshot this season.]

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 32 saves to improve to 2-0 in the playoffs and in his career against Pittsburgh.   
Matt Murray made 31 saves but falls to 0-2 in the playoffs and in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-6 on the power play in 9:59 of PP time; Pittsburgh was 0-2 on the power play in 3:05 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-2 (2:25; 5 shots), Pittsburgh 1-3 (5:11, 2 shots)
Game 2: Isles 1-6 (9:59, 8 shots), Pittsburgh 0-2 (3:05, 3 shots)
Series: Isles 2-8 (12:24, 13 shots), Pittsburgh 1-5 (8:16, 5 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0 in the playoffs when they score at least three goals.  In the regular season the Isles went 38-2-2 when they scored at least three goals (including shootout winners) and 10-25-5 when they did not.  The 10 wins when being held to two goals or fewer are a franchise record.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-0 in the playoffs in one-goal games; they were 19-6-7 in games decided by a single goal in regulation. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:51); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (29:01)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:29 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (1-0), Ryan Pulock (1-0) 

Face-offs
Isles 33, Pittsburgh 24 (58%).

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Matt Cullen won 8 of 14 for Pittsburgh.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 19/25; 2nd period 4/14; 3rd period 10/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 25/44, Power play 6/10, Penalty kill 2/3.

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 35, Pittsburgh 29 (55%).  
Game 2: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 24 (58%).
Series: Isles 68, Pittsburgh 53 (56%)

Hit Count
Isles 41 (Cal Clutterbuck-8)
Pittsburgh 36 (Brian Dumoulin -6)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 42, Pittsburgh 43
Game 2: Isles 41, Pittsburgh 36
Series: Isles 83, Pittsburgh 79

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -0.  The Isles were involved in 16 fights in the regular season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 15 shots (Nick Leddy-3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 59, Pittsburgh 62
5-on-5 Isles 39, Pittsburgh 47

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock +6 
Pittsburgh: Patric Hornqvist +18

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 62, Pittsburgh 83;  (5-on-5) Isles 49, Pittsburgh 70
Game 2 (All) Isles 59, Pittsburgh 62; (5-on-5) Isles 39, Pittsburgh 47
Series (All) Isles 121, Pittsburgh 145; (5-on-5) Isles 88, Pittsburgh 117

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Tanner Fritz- INJ),Thomas Hickey, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle
Playoff games lost: 4.  The Isles lost 153 man-games in the regular season

Post-Season Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in overtime:
4/10 – PIT Penguins-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (4:39 of OT) 

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Justin Schultz tied the game (18:31), but the Isles won in overtime. 

Playoff Offside Challenges
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Isles goal overturned after successful Penguin challenge. 

On the Farm  
The playoff-bound Sound Tigers lost 7-2 to Springfield in the penultimate game of the regular season. Bridgeport will close out the regular season in Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday. The Sound Tigers now know that their first-round playoff opponent will be the Hershey Bears. Bridgeport's magic number to clinch home-ice remains 1.

The Sound Tigers went 12-1-1-1 in their final 15 games at home.

Overall, Bridgeport is 14-6-1-1 in their last 22 games, 18-7-2-1 in their last 28 games and 42-24-6-3 on the season.  

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 23; Assists: Chris Bourque 39; Points: Chris Bourque 54; +/-: Three with +13.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 21-13-4 (2.92 GAA); Christopher Gibson 21-11-5 (2.86 GAA)

Up Next
ISLANDERS VS PENGUINS

GAME 3: SUNDAY, APRIL 14th – AT PITTSBURGH 12:00PM
[NBC-Channel 4, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 FM WRCN and Radio.Com]
[MSG Network will provide extensive post-game coverage immediately after the game.]

The Isles will look to take a 3-0 lead in a series for the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final when they host the Penguins in game 2.

The Isles have led nine best-of-seven series 3-0 and have won them all.

The Isles are 5-8 all-time in playoff games in Pittsburgh; the Penguins won two out of three between the teams in Pittsburgh in the 2013 playoffs.

Kenny Albert, AJ Mleczko and Pierre Maguire will have the call on NBC, ending a streak of 180 consecutive Islander games (178 regular season and 2 playoffs) called by Brendan Burke.

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Skinny errata

Quick correction:

I wrote:
This was the fourth time game 1 of a series has been decided in overtime and the Isles are now 4-0  (1980 QF, 1980 Final, 1982 Final).

It's actually the sixth time  (Isles beat NJ in OT in game 1 in 1988 and lost in Washington in game 1 in 1985)

So the correct reference is:
This was the sixth time game 1 of a series has been decided in overtime and the Isles are now 5-1  (Winning in 1980 QF, 1980 Final, 1982 Final, and 1988 DSF, while losing in 1985 DSF).


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

The Skinny: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT). Isles lead series 1-0

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference First Round Game 1
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT) 

This time, Josh Bailey didn't give Pittsburgh a chance to answer.  Bailey scored at 4:39 of overtime to give the Isles a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

Three times the Isles took leads in regulation, only to have Pittsburgh even the score.  Finally, Bailey's first Stanley Cup overtime goal gave the Isles a 1-0 lead in the series.

Four Islanders played in their first Stanley Cup playoff game:  Adam Pelech, Devon Toews and Mathew Barzal all earned assists while Anthony Beauvillier's screen helped set up Nick Leddy's goal.

Game 2 will be at the Coliseum on Friday.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jordan Eberle (1) Anders Lee, Adam Pelech 01:40 PIT 0,NYI 1
Phil Kessel (1) Dominik Simon, Brian Dumoulin 05:42 PIT 1,NYI 1
Brock Nelson (1) Jordan Eberle, Devon Toews 15:46 PIT 1,NYI 2 PPG

2nd Period
Evgeni Malkin (1) Justin Schultz, Phil Kessel 13:41 PIT 2,NYI 2 PPG

3rd Period
Nick Leddy (1) Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov 12:35 PIT 2,NYI 3
Justin Schultz (1) Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin 18:31 PIT 3,NYI 3

OT
Josh Bailey (1) Mathew Barzal 04:39 PIT 3,NYI 4

The Series (Isles lead 1-0)
Game 1: Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Game 2: Friday on Long Island
Game 3: Sunday in Pittsburgh 
Game 4: Tuesday in Pittsburgh 
Game 5 (if needed): Thursday April 18 on Long Island
Game 6 (if needed): Saturday April 20 in Pittsburgh
Game 7 (if needed): Monday April 22 on Long Island

The Skinny   
Josh Bailey recorded his first career overtime goal; he is the first player to score a playoff overtime goal on Coliseum ice since John Tavares (4/19/2015 vs. Washington)…After not scoring in 13 playoff games for Edmonton, Jordan Eberle scored his first career playoff goal just 100 seconds into play…Tom Kuhnhackl had goals disallowed after video review in both the first period and the overtime…The Isles power play went 0-14 in 2015 against Barry Trotz, but scored 25 seconds into their first power play tonight…Evgeni Malkin now has 12 points in seven career playoff games against the Isles…The Isles got points from ten different players; every Isles played at least 11 minutes…Valtteri Filppula appeared in his 27th career playoff game against Pittsburgh (most of any active player).  Only Dominic Moore (31 games) has played more playoff games against the Pens.  Filppula, who recorded an assist, is 25-58-83 in 159 playoff games. He has played 61 more playoff games than Johnny Boychuk, who is 2nd in career games among current Isles….20 of the Isles 50 all-time playoff game have ended within the first five minutes; all six overtime games between these teams have been decided in the first nine minutes of overtime…The Isles have won four straight games 1's; when the Isles win game 1 of a best-of-seven series, they have gone on to win the series 22 out of 41 times.

Vs. Pittsburgh
This is the fifth all-time playoff meeting between the teams:
1975- Quarter-Finals.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
1982- Preliminary Series. Isles won series 3 games to 2.
1993- Division Final.  Isles won series 4 games to 3.
2013- Conference Quarter-Finals.  Pittsburgh won series 4 games to 2.
2019- Conference First Round.  Isles lead series 1 game to 0.

An overtime goal has ended the last three series: John Tonelli (1982), David Volek (1993) and Brooks Orpik (2013) scored the series-ending goals.

This is only the second time that the Isles have had home-ice in a series vs. Pittsburgh (1982).

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 34-16 (.680) all-time in overtime, including 18-9 (.667) at home.  The .680 overall percentage and .667 home percentages are both the best in NHL history. The Isles are 1-0 in overtime this season; eight of the 19 playoff games the Isles have played since 2014 have gone to overtime with the Isles holding a 5-3 record.  The Isles have gone to overtime in five of their last six home playoff games.

This was the fourth time game 1 of a series has been decided in overtime and the Isles are now 4-0  (1980 QF, 1980 Final, 1982 Final).

Pittsburgh is 30-31 in overtime, including 12-12 on the road.

This was the sixth overtime between the teams; each team has won three.  John Tonelli (1982) and David Volek (1993) have the other winners for the Isles while Rick Kehoe (1982), Chris Kunitz (2013) and Brooks Orpik (2013) have winners for Pittsburgh. 

Lead/Tie/Trail
In game 1, the Isles led for 27:43 and the game was tied for 36:56.  There has not been a multi-goal lead in the series.

Playoffs All-time
The Isles improve to 145-120 in 265 all-time playoff games.  They are 83-44 at home (including 2-3 at Barclays) and 62-76 on the road.  

What a Season!
The Isles finished 2nd in the Metro Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. The Isles have not finished that high since the conference was created. They last finished that high in a conference in 87-88, when they were 3rd in the Wales Conference.  It's the first time since 1985-86 that the Isles have finished in the top five overall.

Two Isles Goalies with at least 23 Wins in a Regular Season
1978-79: Chico Resch (26) & Billy Smith (25)
2018-19: Robin Lehner (25) & Thomas Greiss (23)

Best Goals Against Average by An Islander in a Regular Season
1. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.08
2. Robin Lehner 2018-19 2.13
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 2.28
4. Chico Resch 1975-76 2.28
5. Jaroslav Halak 2015-16 2.30

Best Save Percentage by an Islander in a Regular Season 
1. Robin Lehner 2018-19 .930
2. Chico Resch 1975-76 .928
3. Thomas Greiss 2018-19 .927
4. Thomas Greiss 2015-16 .925

The Best (Fourth) Line in Hockey
In the regular season, the Isles were 35-16-6 when Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck all play and are 13-11-1 when one or more miss a game.  They are 1-0 when all three play in the playoffs.

It's Good to be Home
The Isles went 12-7-2 on Coliseum ice; they averaged 97.1% of capacity on Long Island (including 14 sellouts).   They are 1-0 in playoff games at the Coliseum (1 sellout).

Most Points (Post-Cup Era)
103: 2018-19 
101: 2014-15

Most Road Points (Post Cup Era)
51: 2018-19
49: 2014-15

Fewest Goals Allowed (Includes SO)
190 1975-76 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
193 1976-77 (no overtime games; 80-game schedule)
196 2018-19 (189 in regulation, two in overtime, and five in shootouts)
The Isles allowed 190 goals in the 80-game 1975-76 season (2.38/game). The Isles have allowed 2.30 goals in regulation and 2.39 goals including OT/SO this season.

Worst to First
The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season and the fewest goals in the NHL this season.  Only once before in NHL history had a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19.  

Coach Trotz
In regular season play, Barry Trotz is 2nd among active coaches in games and third in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 810-595-60-141 in 1,606 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  890
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    810
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,636
3. Al Arbour   1,607
4. Barry Trotz   1,606
5. Ken Hitchcock   1,598

Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season.  

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 114 playoff games (56-58).  He is 19th all-time in games and will pass Claude Julien (115), Billy Reay (117) and Jacques Lemaire (117) this month.  His 56 wins breaks a tie with Jacques Demers for 20th on the all-time list.  Trotz won the Stanley Cup last season; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 123
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Barry Trotz 1
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 209
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5
Barry Trotz 1

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

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

What a Difference a Year Makes
This Season: 48-27-7 (103 points), with 228 goals scored and 195 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 35-37-10 (80 points), with 264 goals scored and 296 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
The Isles allowed 101 fewer goals, a decrease of 34.1% as compared to last season.

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0 when scoring first in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles          12-10-9-2=33
Pittsburgh 17-13-11-3=44

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 33, Pittsburgh 44

The Isles are 0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0- when the shots are even and 1-0 when they are outshot. [The Isles won a franchise-record 31 games when outshot this season.]

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 41 saves to improve to 1-0 in the playoffs and in his career against Pittsburgh.   
Matt Murray made 29 saves but falls to 0-1 in the playoffs and in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play in 2:25 of PP time; Pittsburgh was 1-3 on the power play in 5:11 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-2 (2:25), Pittsburgh 1-3 (5:11)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-0 in the playoffs when they score at least three goals.  In the regular season the Isles went 38-2-2 when they scored at least three goals (including shootout winners) and 10-25-5 when they did not.  The 10 wins when being held to two goals or fewer are a franchise record.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-0 in the playoffs in one-goal games; they were 19-6-7 in games decided by a single goal in regulation. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:05); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (28:38)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:13 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 35, Pittsburgh 29 (55%).  

Valeri Filppula won 9 of 12 for the Isles (Filppula had won 11 of 13 for Tampa Bay in the Isles' last game of the 2016 playoffs); Evgeni Malkin won 9 of 14 for Pittsburgh.  
Face-offs by period: 1st period 11/19; 2nd period 11/22; 3rd period 11/19; overtime 2/4.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 28/54, Power play 2/4, Penalty kill 5/6.

Hit Count
Isles 42 (Matt Martin -7, Cal Clutterbuck-6)
Pittsburgh 43 (Nick Bjugstad -8)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 42, Pittsburgh 43

Fights
There were no fights. Playoff total -0.  The Isles were involved in 16 fights in the regular season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 17 shots (Scott Mayfield -4).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 62, Pittsburgh 83
5-on-5 Isles 49, Pittsburgh 70

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Ryan Pulock +6 
Pittsburgh: Patric Hornqvist +18

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 62, Pittsburgh 83;  (5-on-5) Isles 49, Pittsburgh 70

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Tanner Fritz- INJ),Thomas Hickey, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle
Playoff game lost: 2.  The Isles lost 153 man-games in the regular season

Post-Season Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in overtime:
4/10 – PIT Penguins-Josh Bailey scored the winning goal (4:39 of OT) 

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal four times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Nick Schultz tied the game (18:31), but the Isles won in overtime. 

Playoff Offside Challenges
4/10 – PIT Penguins – Isles goal overturned after successful Penguin challenge. 

On the Farm  
The playoff-bound Sound Tigers closed out their home series with a 2-1 win over Laval on Wednesday.  Kieffer Bellows and Stephen Gionta scored for Bridgeport, who will close out the regular season with games in Springfield on Friday and Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday. 

The Sound Tigers went 12-1-1-1 in their final 15 games at home.

Overall, Bridgeport is 14-5-1-1 in their last 21 games, 18-6-2-1 in their last 27 games and 42-23-6-3 on the season.  

Leaders:  Goals: Steve Bernier 23; Assists: Chris Bourque 39; Points: Chris Bourque 54; +/-: Kyle Burroughs +14.  Goalies: Jeremy Smith 21-12-4 (2.81 GAA); Christopher Gibson 21-11-5 (2.86 GAA)

Up Next
ISLANDERS VS PENGUINS

GAME 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 12th – AT ISLES 7:30PM
[MSG Networks (Coverage begins at 6:30PM), NBCSN, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 FM WRCN and Radio.Com]

The Isles will look to take a 2-0 lead in a series for the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final when they host the Penguins in game 2.

The Isles have won the opening game of seven series in the interim, yet lost game two all seven times.

The last time the Isles won the first two games of a series at home was in the 1983 Divisional Final against the Rangers.

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, April 10, 2019

It Happened at the Coliseum... on April 10th

If you had the distinct pleasure (or torture if you followed the other team in town) of being at the Coliseum 35 years ago tonight you had the pleasure of seeing one of the best games the building ever hosted:

Don Maloney.  High Stick. Ken Morrow.  

You know the rest... 

http://www.nyiskinny.com/2015/04/it-happened-at-coliseum-on-april-10th.html

Take a trip down memory lane.... before the Isles look for the first of 16 victories this spring -- take a look at series victory #17...in a row and remember as always, It Happened at the Coliseum!