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Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Skinny: Montreal 5, Isles 3
By Eric Hornick
Montreal 5, Isles 3
Jeff Petry recorded his first career multi-goal game as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Isles 5-3 before a crowd of 15,171 at Barclays Center. The loss is the Isles second in as many games to Montreal this season and snaps an Islander two-game winning streak.
02:52 MTL Jeff Petry (2) ASST: Brian Flynn (3), Alexander Semin (3) 1 - 0 MTL
11:57 NYI Brock Nelson (7) ASST: John Tavares (9), Kyle Okposo (13) 1 - 1 Tie
12:32 MTL Tomas Fleischmann (6) ASST: David Desharnais (10) 2 - 1 MTL
19:41 MTL EN - Brendan Gallagher (9) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (12) 5 - 3 MTL
The Isles had scored only 7 first period goals this season before scoring six over the last five games… The Isles allowed three goals in a period for the first time ever at Barclays Center and for only the second time this season (3rd period in Montreal on November 5th) … Brock Nelson extended his point streak to five games (5-3-8), and scored a goal for a career-high fourth straight game; Nelson also matched his career high with 2 goals (previously done on October 10, 2014 in Carolina). The Isles have now outscored their opponents 26-18 in the third period...This was the second largest crowd to see the Islanders at Barclays Center (15,795 on Opening Night)…Kyle Okposo's assist on Nelson's first goal was his team-leading 13th; he now has assists in four straight games(0-6-6)…Brendan Gallagher extended his point streak to seven games with the EN goal, but the Isles ended Max Pacioretty's streak at six…Travis Hamonic's goal was his first since March 21st and the 8th by an Islander defenseman this season… Nelson's second goal was scored 4-on-4; the Isles have scored 3 goals and allowed 0 in 4-on-4 play this season…Six of Nelson's 14 points have been recorded in the last 5 games…The Isles are 0-2-1 on Friday's at home; the final Friday home game is on December 4th vs. St. Louis…Thomas Greiss was charged with the loss in relief; he has allowed three goals in five periods in his two regulation losses this season.
Put It on the Sundial!
Congratulations to our colleague Howie Rose, whose call of Bartolo's Colon double for the Mets was recognized as the MLB Radio Call of the Year tonight.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 10-7-3 overall; 6-4-2 at home and 4-3-1 on the road.
Montreal is 15-4-2 overall; 8-2-1 at home and 7-2-1 on the road.
The Isles are 2-0-2 in Division games and are 8-7-1 in games against other divisions. They are 0-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 3-1-1 vs. Central Division, and 5-1-0 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 8 saves in one period of play before being lifted in the shortest start of his Isles career. Thomas Greiss allowed only one goal on 16 shots but suffers has 2nd loss of the season (5-2-2).
Carey Price made 33 saves in his first appearance since October 29th. Price is now 8-2-0 on the season and 10-3-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play, while Montreal was 0-1. However, Jeff Petry's winning goal was scored exactly 2:00 after an Islander penalty.
The Isles power play is 1-17 (5.9%) over the last five games after opening the season 9-36 (25%).
The Isles are 5-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-5-1 when they do not. The Isles are 4-4-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-2 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-5-3 when they do not. The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-3-3 in games decided by a single goal including 2-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 in shootouts. The Isles are 2-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 8-2-1 when they score first and are 2-5-2 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 175-155-49 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, who celebrated his 5th anniversary as the Islander coach on Sunday.
Most games coached (Islanders):
1.Al Arbour 1,500
2.Jack Capuano 379
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 175
3.Terry Simpson 81
4.Peter Laviolette 77
5.Ted Nolan 74
They Tweeted It
@defiantlydutch Tonight is the earliest Halak has been pulled since 12/28/13. Pulled after 1st for St. L vs. CHI (3 GA in 13 shots). CC: @ehornick
@Rarleo The Beast Incarnate Brock Nelson gets #isles within 1. Very much a game here
@BrettCyrgalis Hamonic: "Woke up this morning, came down, ate, took a pregame nap, played. Scored, that was nice. But, no, felt like a normal day for me."
The Isles are 0-2-2 on the front-end and 2-2-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set will be on November 27th in Florida and November 28th in Tampa Bay.
Tired vs. Rested
·The Isles are 0-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·The Isles are 2-2-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·The Isles are 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:44); Montreal: Jeff Petry (24:15).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-2-1), Johnny Boychuk (4-2-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (1-2-1), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 23:33 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (6-5-2), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Tied (0-1-0).
Isles 34, Montreal 28 (55%).
John Tavares won 18 of 25 for the Isles but his teammates won only 16 of 37; No Canadien won more draws than he lost.
The Isles won 15 of 22 draws in the third period after winning only 19 of 40 in the first two periods.
The Isles won 30 of 56 draws at even strength, 3 of 5 on the power play and 1 of 1 on the penalty kill.
Isles 42, Montreal 18. Matt Martin led the Isles with 7 hits.
There were no fights. Season total – 2 (Boychuk, Martin).
The Isles were credited with 10 blocked shots; Nick Leddy, Marek Zidlicky and Brian Strait led the team with two each.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 62, Montreal 50 (including 25-9 in the third period)
Even-Strength: Isles 48, Montreal 47 The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with a +14 even-strength Corsi rating; Hamonic also had a team-leading 67% of Corsi For events. Alex Semin led Montreal with a +5 rating.
·Nikolay Kulemin -170 (68 for Toronto and 102 for the Isles)
·Brock Nelson -155(all for Isles)
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey are on injured reserve; Taylor Beck, Adam Pelech and Jean-Francois Berube were scratched.
The Isles have lost 41 games this season due to injury/illness.
All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·183 goals (12th all-time, 1 behind Billy Harris and 22 behind John Tonelli)
·236 assists (15th all-time, 13 behind Tomas Jonsson and 23 behind Billy Harris)
·419 points (13th all-time and 24 behind Billy Harris)
·449 games played (33rd among Islander skaters all-time, and 2 behind Scott Lachance)
Kyle Okposo has:
·121 goals (19th all-time and 1 behind Duane Sutter)
·201 assists (17th all-time and 4 behind Frans Nielsen)
·322 points (18th all-time, 9 behind Ziggy Palffy and 11 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·470 games played (tied-29th among Islander skaters all-time with Mariusz Czerkawski, 6 behind Gerry Hart and 9 behind Radek Martinek)
Frans Nielsen has:
·107 goals (25th all-time, and 9 behind Ray Ferraro)
·205 assists (16th all-time and 31 behind John Tavares)
·312 points (19th all-time and 10 behind Kyle Okposo)
·545 games played (17th among Islander skaters all-time, 3 behind Duane Sutter and 5 behind Ken Morrow.)
Josh Bailey has:
·143 assists (29th all-time and 2 behind Travis Green)
·227 points (33rd all-time and 2 behind Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
·495 games played (26th among Islander skaters and 14 behind Mick Vukota and Rich Pilon)
Season Series Stats
Montreal leads the season series 2 games to 0 and 4 points to 0. The series will conclude on Sunday in Montreal.
The Habs have scored three goals in a period in each game; the only two times this season that the Isles have allowed three goals in a period.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 12-4-1-0 after a 3-2 overtime loss in Rochester on Friday. Bridgeport is 4-0-1-0 in their last five games. Ryan Strome's goal late in the third period, his first since his recent demotion allowed Bridgeport to earn a point.
Bridgeport heads East to play Saturday at Utica (coached by former Islander Travis Green) before returning home on Sunday at 5pm to play Springfield.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd –ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles and Canadiens conclude their home-and-home series, and their season series, in Montreal on Sunday.
The Islanders will be looking to avoid being swept by the Habs for the 2nd straight season; the Isles have lost five straight to Montreal and are 1-7-1 in their last nine games against Les Habitants.
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