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The Skinny: Isles 6, San Jose 3

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 5
Isles 6, San Jose 3
Frans Nielsen assisted on a Josh Bailey 2nd period goal for his 200th career assist and later scored his 100th goal (and 300th point) into an empty net as the Isles rallied from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits for a come-from-behind 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks before a crowd of 11,577 at Barclays Center.  The Isles, who moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division, have won three straight games and have earned points in all four games (3-0-1) in their new home.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
13:04    SJS      Joe Pavelski (2) ASST: Justin Braun (1), Joe Thornton (2)            1 - 0 SJS         
 
2ND PERIOD
00:21    NYI       Johnny Boychuk (1) ASST: Ryan Strome (2), John Tavares (4)     1 - 1 Tie           
00:41    SJS      Nikolay Goldobin (1) ASST: Joe Thornton (3), Justin Braun (2)     2 - 1 SJS         
02:27    NYI       PPG - Anders Lee (2) ASST: Ryan Strome (3), John Tavares (5)   2 - 2 Tie           
09:20    SJS      Joel Ward (1) ASST: Matt Nieto (2), Alex Stalock (1)       3 - 2 SJS         
13:58    NYI       Josh Bailey (2) ASST: Frans Nielsen (2), Kyle Okposo (3)            3 - 3 Tie           
 
3RD PERIOD
04:18    NYI       Kyle Okposo (2) ASST: Josh Bailey (1)  4 - 3 NYI          
11:10    NYI       Brock Nelson (2) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (3), Nikolay Kulemin (2)          5 - 3 NYI          
17:02    NYI       EN - Frans Nielsen (1) ASST: Kyle Okposo (4), Calvin de Haan (1)           6 - 3 NYI
           
The Skinny
John Tavares now has three straight multi-point games… Kyle Okposo moved into 20th place on the all-time Isles goal list (passing Steve Thomas, Matt Moulson and Mark Parrish) with his 119th career goal…The Isles have now outscored their opponents 8-3 in the third period this season…Johnny Boychuk's goal was the first allowed by San Jose in the second period this season (80:21)…Cal Clutterbuck played in his 500th NHL game.

The Penalty Shot
Mikhail Grabovski was awarded a penalty shot with 2:13 to play in the first period after he was hooked by Brenden Dillon but he was stopped by Alex Stalock.  It was the Isles' 2nd penalty shot of the season (Tavares on Monday vs. Winnipeg) and the sixth in the NHL.  All 6 have been stopped.
It was the 59th penalty shot in Isles history; only 15 have been converted successfully.

Put It in the Books
Frans Nielsen is the 28th Islander to score 100 goals, the 16th Islander to have 200 assists and the 19th Islander to record 300 points.

The Shots:
Isles           10-12-12=34
San Jose     10-8-7=25
 
First Times in a Long Time
The Isles scored six goal for the first time since February 14th vs Columbus (6-3 win) as they extended a winning streak to three games for the first time since a 4-game streak in February.
 
The Isles had goals from six different players for the first time since January 19th vs. Philadelphia (in a 7-4 win).
 
First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
Isles are 3-0-1 on Barclays Center ice.  It's their best start at home since 1984-85 (4-0-0).
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-1-1 overall; 3-0-1 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.  
San Jose is 4-1-0 overall; 1-0-0 at home and 3-1-0 on the road.  The Sharks had opened 4-0-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.

By Division
The Isles are 0-0-0 in Division games and are 3-1-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-0-0 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 22 saves in his season debut.  He is 6-5-0 in his career against San Jose.
Alex Stalock made 28 saves in his season debut.  He is 0-1-1 in his career against the Isles.

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-0-0 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 is scored.

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

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 168-149-47 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 364
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 168
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@GreenLanternJet Winnipeg, Nashville and San Jose are a combined 12-3. 0-3 vs. #Isles
@kupkrazy The New York Islanders, Destroyer of Perfect Records.  #Isles
@CJGib13 Everything coming up roses for the New York orange and blue teams tonight #Isles #LGM

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-0-1 in the front-end and 0-1-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  Their next back-to-back will be on October 23rd (home vs. Boston) and 24th (at St. Louis).

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: Travis Hamonic (22:47); San Jose: Brenden Dillon (26:46).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (2-1-1), Johnny Boychuk (1-0-0).
Ryan Strome led Isles forwards with 18:45 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-0-1), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 37, San Jose 28 (57%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 13; Joe Pavelski won 10 of 16.  
The Isles won at least 56% of the draws in each period. The Isles won 2 of 5 on the power play and 3 of 3 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 39, San Jose 17.  Matt Martin led the Isles with five hits.

Fights
None.  Season total - 0

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 12 blocked shots; Johnny Boychuk and Thomas Hickey each had 2.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 58, San Jose 49
Even-Strength: Isles 48, San Jose 45. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Marek Zidlicky led the Isles with a +9 even-strength Corsi rating and a team-leading 68% of Corsi For events. Joe Pavelski led San Jose with a +10 rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -155 (68 for Toronto and 87 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -140 (all for Isles)
·         Marek ZIdlicky -140 (114 for New Jersey, 21 for Detroit and 5 for Isles)

Missing Men
Thomas Hickey was activated from injured reserve and Jaroslav Halak also returned from injury.  Eric Boulton is on injured reserve; Thomas Greiss, Brian Strait and Steve Bernier were scratched.
The Isles have lost 9 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         177 goals (12th all-time,7 behind Billy Harris and 29 behind John Tonelli)
·         232 assists (15th all-time, 17 behind Tomas Jonsson and 27 behind Billy Harris)
·         409 points (13th all-time and 34 behind Billy Harris)
·         437 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 14 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)
·         455 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time, 4 behind Trent Hunter and 13 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 (tied-20th among Islander skaters all-time with Pat LaFontaine, 2 behind Tomas Jonsson and 5 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)
·         221 points (34th all-time and 2 behind Matt Moulson and 8 behind Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
·         481 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 12 behind Ed Westfall and 28 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0.  The series will conclude on November 10th in San Jose.
The Isles are 3-2-2 in their last seven games vs. San Jose.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are an AHL-best 5-0-0-0 after wins over Springfield on Friday and Providence on Saturday.  Defensemen Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech both scored goals in Saturday's win.
Bracken Kearns and Joe Whitney are each 3-3-6, while Pelech and Taylor Beck are both +9.  Bridgeport host Wilkes-Barre - Scranton at 5pm on Sunday.

Up Next
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th –ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
After opening the season with five games against the Western Conference, the Isles will play their first of 30 divisional games as they visit Columbus.
The Isles went 2-0-2 vs. Columbus last season, dropping a pair of shootouts in April, including the final regular season game at Nassau Coliseum. 
This is the first of three trips to Columbus for the Isles, one of two teams that the Isles will face five times this season. (The Isles will host Philadelphia three times)
The Blue Jackets are 0-6-0 and are the only pointless team in the NHL.

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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