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The Skinny: Boston 5, Isles 3

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
Game 7
Boston 5, Isles 3
Joonas Kemppainen scored his first NHL goal late in the second period and David Pastrnak scored 2:03 later as the Boston Bruins erased a 2-1 deficit and rallied for a 5-3 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 13,113 at Barclays Center.  The loss breaks the Islanders 4-game win streak and is their first in their new home.

The Scoring:
09:51    BOS     Brett Connolly (2) ASST: Brad Marchand (2), Patrice Bergeron (4)            1 - 0 BOS         
14:08    NYI       PPG - Josh Bailey (3) ASST: John Tavares (6), Ryan Strome (4)  1 - 1 Tie           
15:27    NYI       Casey Cizikas (1) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (3), Matt Martin (2)      2 - 1 NYI          
16:13    BOS     Joonas Kemppainen (1) ASST: Ryan Spooner (3)           2 - 2 Tie           
18:16    BOS     David Pastrnak (2) ASST: Loui Eriksson (4)        3 - 2 BOS         
08:09    BOS     Ryan Spooner (2) ASST: Joonas Kemppainen (1)           4 - 2 BOS         
17:35    BOS     EN - David Krejci (5) ASST: Loui Eriksson (5), Adam McQuaid (2)            5 - 2 BOS         
18:07    NYI       Thomas Hickey (2) ASST: NONE            5 - 3 BOS
The Skinny
Brett Connolly's goal ended a 100:31 Islander shutout streak…John Tavares extended his point streak to five games...David Krejci's empty net goal gives him a point in all seven Bruin games… Thomas Hickey's late goal gives him a tally in consecutive games; the Isles have scored at least one third period goal in every game this season…Travis Hamonic, who was +3 on Tuesday, was -4 in this game…The Bruins improve to 147-9-12 since the start of the 2010-11 season when leading after 2…The Isles' penalty killers are 13-13 over the last four games…Josh Bailey's PP goal leaves him 2nd on the team in goals, behind Tavares' 4.  Bailey now has a power play goal, an even strength goal, and an empty net goal this season.

Milestone Men:
Johnny Boychuk played in his 400th NHL game. He made his NHL debut on January 5, 2008 for Colorado (in Denver), against the Islanders.
Former Islander Zdeno Chara played his 1,200th NHL game. He made his NHL debut on 11/19/1997 for the Isles at Detroit. Chara played the first  231 NHL games of his career for the Isles (6-23-29).
The Shots:
Isles      18-5-3=26
Boston  8-11-7=26
The Isles have been held to 26 shots or fewer in consecutive games; this did not happen at any time last season.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 4-2-1 overall; 3-1-1 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.  
Boston is 3-3-1 overall; 0-3-1 at home and 3-0-0 on the road. 

By Division
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and are 3-2-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 2-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 1-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division. 
The Isles finished last season 21-6-3 against the Met and 26-22-4 against other Divisions. 

In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves to fall to 2-1-0.  He is 8-5-0 in his career against Boston.
Jonas Gustavsson made 24 saves to improve to 2-0-0.  He is 3-1-2 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-2 on the power play, while Boston was 0-3. 
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not. 

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-1 when they do not.  The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least goals (including SO winners) last season.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-0-1 in games decided by a single goal including 1-0-0 in regulation. They are 0-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score first and are 2-2-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 169-150-47 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York teams, only the Giants' Tom Coughlin and the Yankees' Joe Girardi have led their respective teams longer than Capuano.

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.     Al Arbour 1,500
2.     Jack Capuano 366
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 169
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@BrettCyrgalis Capuano: "Parts of the second period, we were playing pond hockey. We didn't manage the puck, we didn't do anything." #Isles
@SLilly2321 Tough loss tonight #isles get back at it tomorrow and get that win streak started back up
@DumpandChase80 Bad game. Last time they played this bad they rattled off 4 in a row. Shake this off come out strong tomorrow #Isles

The Isles are 0-1-1 in the front-end and 0-1-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  This back-to-back set concludes in St. Louis tomorrow.

Tired vs. Rested
·         The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·         The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·         The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (24:19); Boston: Zdeno Chara (24:15).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (3-1-1), Johnny Boychuk (1-1-0).
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 19:39 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-1-1), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Tied (0-1-0). 

Isles 27, Boston 25 (52%)
John Tavares won 9 of 14 for the Isles; Patrice Bergeron won 15 of 24 for Boston.
The Isles won 20 of 33 in the first and third periods but only 7 of 19 in the second period. The Isles won 3 of 3 on the power play and 3 of 5 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 36, Boston 46.  Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas led the Isles with 4 hits.

Matt Martin fought Adam McQuaid right after Martin assisted on Cizikas' goal; it was the second time that they have fought in their careers.  Season total – 2 (Boychuk, Martin).   13 of the Isles' fights last season were in divisional matchups; 1 of 2 this season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 24 blocked shots; Johnny Boychuk led the team with six.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 49, Boston 62 (including 49-21 Boston after the first period).
Even-Strength: Isles 41, Boston 53. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Four Islanders led the team a +3 even-strength Corsi rating; Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas had a team-leading 57% of Corsi For events. Loui Eriksson led Boston with a +14 rating.

·         Nikolay Kulemin -157 (68 for Toronto and 89 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -142 (all for Isles)
·         Marek Zidlicky -142 (114 for New Jersey, 21 for Detroit and 7 for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton is on injured reserve; Thomas Greiss, Brian Strait and Steve Bernier were scratched.
The Isles have lost 11 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         179 goals (12th all-time, 5 behind Billy Harris and 27 behind John Tonelli)
·         232 assists (15th all-time, 17 behind Tomas Jonsson and 27 behind Billy Harris)
·         411 points (13th all-time and 32 behind Billy Harris)
·         439 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 11 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         119 goals (tied-19th all-time with Alexei Yashin and 2 behind Duane Sutter)
·         192 assists (18th all-time, 1 behind Pierre Turgeon and 8 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         311 points (18th all-time, 20 behind Ziggy Palffy and 22 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         456 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time, 3 behind Trent Hunter and 12 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         100 goals (28th all-time, 1 behind Anders Kallur and 5 behind Ed Westfall)
·         200 assists (16th all-time and 32 behind John Tavares)
·         300 points (19th all-time and 11 behind Kyle Okposo)
·         530 games played (20th among Islander skaters all-time, 1 behind Tomas Jonsson and 4 behind Claude Lapointe)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         138 assists (tied-31st all-time with Greg Gilbert, 1 behind Mark Streit, 2 behind Steve Thomas and 7 behind Travis Green)
·         222 points (34th all-time, 1 behind Matt Moulson and 7 behind Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
·         483 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 10 behind Ed Westfall and 26 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)

Season Series Stats
The Bruins lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0.  The teams will also meet on November 8th in Brooklyn and on March 12th in Boston.
The Isles are 1-3-0 in their last four games against Boston.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are an AHL-best 5-1-0-0 heading into a pair of games this weekend (Saturday 6pm ET, Sunday 2:30pm ET) in St. John's against the Ice Caps.
Joe Whitney and Alan Quine share the scoring lead with seven points each while Taylor Beck is a team-leading +9.  Stephon Williams is 3-1-0-0 to lead the Sound Tigers between the pipes.

Up Next
[MSG+2 (Pre-game at 7:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles have a quick turn-around as they play in St. Louis on Saturday night.  The Blues have defeated the Islanders five straight times (Isles 0-4-1) including a pair of wins less than a week apart in December.
The Isles have lost four straight games in St. Louis since defeating the Blues, 6-3, behind Rick DiPietro on December 6, 2005.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources.  Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & 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

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