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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The Skinny: Isles 5, Anaheim 2
By Eric Hornick
Isles 5, Anaheim 2
The Isles scored three goals in a 4:49 span late in the first period to erase a 1-0 Anaheim lead as they broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks before a crowd of 13,578 at Barclays Center. The Isles completed a sweep of the season series from Anaheim for the first time since 2003-04 and regained second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the New York Rangers. The Isles also moved into a tie with Montreal for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, 9 points behind streaking Washington.
06:52 ANA Carl Hagelin (3) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (7) 1 - 0 ANA
14:54 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (7) ASST: Thomas Hickey (3), Casey Cizikas (6) 1 - 1 Tie
19:00 NYI Travis Hamonic (2) ASST: John Tavares (11), Ryan Strome (8) 2 - 1 NYI
19:43 NYI Brock Nelson (12) ASST: John Tavares (12), Johnny Boychuk (10) 3 - 1 NYI
07:32 ANA Josh Manson (2) ASST: Sami Vatanen (12), Ryan Getzlaf (18) 3 - 2 NYI
09:35 NYI Josh Bailey (7) ASST: Anders Lee (11) 4 - 2 NYI
17:27 NYI EN - Matt Martin (4) ASST: Casey Cizikas (7) 5 - 2 NYI
The Isles killed the only Ducks power play, as they broke the club record by not allowing a PP goal for the 13th straight game… Cal Clutterbuck's goal was the Isles' first in 109:59…John Tavares had two assists in less than a minute after having gone 12 games without an assist; it was the second-longest streak of his career (13 games, 12-14-09 to 1-8-10)…Travis Hamonic's goal was his first since November 20th… Brock Nelson's goal was his first game-winning goal of the season…The goals by Hamonic and Nelson were the fastest two goals by the Isles this season…Josh Bailey's third period goal was the Isles' first goal in the third period in the last 7 games (one game shy of the franchise record, set in 1972-73)…The Isles scored three goals in the first period for the first time since March 29th vs. Detroit…11 Islanders recorded points, while 12 Isles finished with "+" ratings… Excluding empty nets, the Isles have outscored their opponents 6-2 in the final minute of periods (2-0 tonight)...With 43 points, the Isles have equaled their 2nd-highest total through 35 games in the post-Cup era (they had 47 points last season in the first 35 games)…The Isles are 6-1-0 in their last 7 home games…Andrew Cogliano played his 654th consecutive game (2nd longest streak to begin a career and 7th longest at any time)…The Ducks have scored 2 goals or fewer in 7 straight games, and have scored an NHL-low 59 goals this season.
Longest Isles Streaks without Allowing a PP goal:
·13 games: CURRENT
·12 games: 3/3-3/28/2015
·10 games: 2/18-3/7/1978
This was the final game of a stretch in which the Isles played 6 games in 10 days leading to the Christmas break. The Isles went 3-3-0 in this stretch.
12-Dec-15 @ Blue Jackets (Win 3-2 OT)
13-Dec-15 Vs Devils (Win 4-0)
15-Dec-15 Vs Panthers (Loss 5-1)
17-Dec-15 @ Avalanche (Loss 2-1)
19-Dec-15 @ Coyotes (Loss 1-0)
21-Dec-15 Vs Ducks (Win 5-2)
Monday Night Mayhem
The Isles improve to 5-0-0 at home on Mondays, outscoring their opponents 23-9; all 5 wins are against Western Conference teams. The Isles have 5 Monday home games remaining and all are against Eastern Conference teams.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 19-11-5 overall; 12-5-2 at home and 7-6-3 on the road.
Anaheim is 12-15-5 overall; 8-5-4 at home and 4-10-1 on the road.
The Isles are 7-0-2 in Division games and are 12-11-3 in games against other divisions. They are 1-7-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 5-2-1 vs. Central Division, and 6-2-0 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 27 saves as he improves to 10-6-3; he is 7-5-0 in his career against Anaheim.
Frederik Anderson made 8 saves in the first period, allowing three goals as he falls to 5-8-4 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles. John Gibson made 18 saves over the final 40 minutes.
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play while Anaheim was 0-1.
The Isles have killed all 29 opponent power plays in their franchise-record 13 game streak of not allowing power play goals; it's the second time this season (October 15- November 1) that the Isles killed all opposing power plays in at least nine consecutive games.
The Isles' power play has scored only once in 19 attempts over the last five games.
The Isles are 10-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-8-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-6-4 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-9-5 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 8-5-5 in games decided by a single goal including 3-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 12-3-2 when they score first and are 7-8-3 when they allow the opening goal. The Isles have allowed the first goal in the last four games.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 184-159-51 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area 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 394
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 184
3.Terry Simpson 81
4.Peter Laviolette 77
5.Ted Nolan 74
They Tweeted It
@capatenaude Great game tonight, including a Clutterbuck goal, for the @NYIslanders to win 5-2 right before their holiday break #isles #yesyesyes
@knightvine everybodys in a good mood after the win tonite. sitting at a red light after leaving the train station & cars are honking the #isles honks.
@FlatbushFiles Huge confidence booster for the #isles tonight heading into the Holidays
The Isles are 2-2-3 on the front-end and 4-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set will be January 2nd in Pittsburgh and January 3rd vs. Dallas.
Tired vs. Rested
·The Isles are 1-1-0 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 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:40); Anaheim: Sami Vatanen (23:43)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (11-2-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (4-4-1), John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)
Frans Nielsen led the Isles forwards with 20:26 of ice-time; it's his highest ice-time since November 29, 2014 (20:47). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (12-9-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (2-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (0-1-0).
Isles 23, Anaheim 30 (43%).
Frans Nielsen won 6 of 10 for the Isles, but his teammates won only 17 of 43; Rickard Rakell won 8 of 10 for Anaheim.
The Isles won 17 of 33 draws in the first and third periods but only 6 of 20 in the middle period.
The Isles won 22 of 48 draws at even strength, 1 of 4 on the power play and 0 of 1 on the penalty kill.
Isles 16, Anaheim 29. No Islander had more than two hits.
Matt Martin fought Josh Manson in the first period; both players scored goals in the third period. Season total – 9 (Martin-5, Boychuk, Bernier, Leddy, Okposo).
The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots; six Isles each had two.
The Isles begin a stretch of five games in eight days as they begin a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Isles have won two games out of three from Toronto in each of the last three seasons; two of the Islander wins and one of the Leafs' wins have come in overtime.
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