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The Skinny: Ottawa 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
Game 28
Ottawa 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Erik Karlsson converted a pass from Bobby Ryan for the winning goal in overtime as the Ottawa Senators rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit for a 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders before a crowd of 17,281 at Canadian Tire Center. The overtime loss snaps the Isles 4 game winning streak but the Isles do extend their point streak to 7 games (5-0-2) as they remain a season-high seven games over NHL .500.

The Scoring:

01:49    NYI       Matt Martin (2) ASST: NONE      1 - 0 NYI          
07:02    NYI       PPG - Josh Bailey (6) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (8), Anders Lee (9)          2 - 0 NYI          
08:58    OTT      Mark Stone (7) ASST: Erik Karlsson (25) 2 - 1 NYI          
19:23    OTT      Mike Hoffman (14) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (13), Erik Karlsson (26)            2 - 2 Tie           
03:34    OTT      Erik Karlsson (6) ASST: Bobby Ryan (17)           3 - 2 OTT
The Skinny:
Matt Martin's goal was his first in 18 games and was his first point in 15 games; 3 of Martin's 34 goals have come in 18 career games against Ottawa…The Isles fall to 9-1-2 when leading after two periods while Ottawa improves to 1-5-1 when trailing after two periods…The Isles' 35 points through 28 games is their third-highest point total at this stage of the season in the last 27 years (38 points in 2014-15 and 37 points in 2001-02); they are one of five NHL teams with at least 35 points… The Isles have scored in 10 of the last 11 3rd periods, outscoring their opponents 17-8 in that span, and 36-23 this season… The Isles have earned points in 7 straight games for the first time in a single season since a 7-game stretch late in the 2013-14 season (3-23-14 to 4-5-14, also 5-0-2)…The Isles are 1-6-1 record against Atlantic Division opponents; the Isles are 14-2-3 against the other three divisions…The Sens began the night as the only team in the NHL with 5 players with at least 20 points (Ryan, Turris, Stone, Karlsson & Hoffman); all but Turris, who left with an injury in the third period, had at least 1 point tonight…Karlsson had three points, becoming the first defensemen to do so in a game against the Isles this season; he now leads all NHL defensemen in scoring and leads the entire NHL in assists…Hoffman extended his goal streak to four games and his point streak to 7 games…It's the first time this season that the Isles had a two goal lead at any point and did not win the game (11-0-1)…The Isles have been outscored 3-1 in overtime (4 other games have gone to shootouts) this season; the Isles have been outshot 31-18 in those eight overtimes.

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles have played three consecutive overtime/shootout games for the first time (in a single season) since February 3 - 7, 2012.  It is the 15th time that the Isles have played three consecutive OT/SO games (14 if you don't count a streak over two seasons in 2013).  The Isles have game beyond regulation in four consecutive games only once in their history: Oct 18-28, 2001 (3 OT wins and a tie).

The Shots:
Isles      7-14-9-1=31
Ottawa  9-9-7-4=29
The Isles have played three consecutive OT/SO games, and have been outshot 15-7 in the three extra sessions.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 15-8-5 overall; 10-4-2 at home and 5-4-3 on the road. 
Ottawa is 14-7-5 overall; 7-4-4 at home and 7-3-1 on the road.  

By Division
The Isles are 4-0-2 in Division games and are 11-8-2 in games against other divisions. They are 1-6-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 5-1-1 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 26 saves but falls to 7-4-3.  Halak is 5-6-3 in his career against Ottawa.
Craig Anderson made 29 saves to improve to 12-6-3 on the season and 7-6-3 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-1 on the power play, while Ottawa was 0-3.
The Isles have killed all 16 opponent power plays in their last 6 games; it's the first time since October 15- November 1 (9 games) that the Isles killed all opposing power plays in consecutive games.
The Isles are 8-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-7-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-3-4 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 12-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-6-5 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 6-3-5 in games decided by a single goal including 3-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 2-2 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.

First Goal
The Isles are 9-3-2 when they score first and are 6-5-3 when they allow the opening goal.   This was only the second time in the last seven games that the Isles scored first (5-0-2).

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 180-156-51 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 387
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 180
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@Isles24Seven #isles continue to grab points. Call it a loser point if you want. But it's a point.
@Scojers Tough one tonight, could have made some serious ground on the division. Decent point though, on to the next one. #Isles
@SeanCroftOnAir 4-0-1 in the last 5? I'll take it.

Including tonight, the Isles are 1-2-3 on the front-end and 3-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be next Saturday in Columbus and next Sunday vs. New Jersey.

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 2-1-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (27:43); Ottawa: Erik Karlsson (32:41).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (8-2-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (2-2-1), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 18:36 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (9-6-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Tied (0-1-0). 

Isles 24, Ottawa 38 (39%).
No Islander won more than he lost; Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 15 for Ottawa.
The Isles won less than half of the draws in each regulation period before winning 2 of 3 in overtime.
The Isles won 21 of 55 draws at even strength, 1 of 2 on the power play and 2 of 5 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 23, Ottawa 28.  Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 5 hits.

There were no fights. Season total – 7 (Martin-4, Boychuk, Leddy, Okposo).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic and Marek Zidlicky led the team with three each.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 66, Ottawa 65.  Even-Strength: Isles 59, Ottawa 45.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
Anders Lee led the Isles with a +9 even-strength Corsi rating; they also had a team-leading 65% of Corsi For events. Erik Karlsson led Ottawa with a +7 rating.

·         Nikolay Kulemin -178 (68 for Toronto and 110 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -163 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Jean-Francois Berube are on injured reserve; Brian Strait and Steve Bernier were scratched.
The Isles have lost 57 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         186 goals (11th all-time, 20 behind John Tonelli and 25 behind Derek King)
·         237 assists (15th all-time, 12 behind Tomas Jonsson and 22 behind Billy Harris)
·         423 points (13th all-time and 20 behind Billy Harris)
·         457 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time, 2 behind Trent Hunter and 13 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)

Kyle Okposo has:
·         123 goals (18th all-time and 4 behind Jason Blake)
·         203 assists (17th all-time and 5 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         326 points (18th all-time, 5 behind Ziggy Palffy and 7 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         478 games played (28th among Islander skaters all-time, 1 behind Radek Martinek and 15 behind Ed Westfall)

Frans Nielsen has:
·         108 goals (25th all-time, and 8 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         208 assists (16th all-time and 29 behind John Tavares)
·         316 points (19th all-time, 10 behind Kyle Okposo and 15 behind Ziggy Palffy)
·         553 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 41 behind John Tonelli)

 Josh Bailey has:
·         144 assists (28th all-time, 1 behind Travis Green and 6 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
·         231 points (tied-29th all-time with Greg Gilbert, 1 behind Kenny Jonsson, 6 behind Travis Green and 7 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         503 games played (25th among Islander skaters, 6 behind Rich Pilon, 7 behind Mick Vukota and 11 behind Dave Lewis)

Season Series Stats
Ottawa leads the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 1. 
The loss snaps the Isles 3-game winning streak in Ottawa – their longest winning streak ever on the road against the Sens. However the Isles are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Ottawa and are 5-2-1 in the last eight visits.
This was the fourth straight game between the teams to be decided by one goal. Each team has a regulation win and an overtime win in that span.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 14-9-1-0 on the season after dropping a 2-1 decision to Portland on Saturday. It's Bridgeport's 5th loss in the last 6 games (1-5-0-0).  Portland scored at both the 19:00 mark and 19:10 mark of the third period to earn the win.
The Sound Tigers' busy weekend concludes on Sunday (5pm) when they host Hartford.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The road trip continues in Philadelphia as the Isles meet the Flyers for the second time this season.  The Isles began their current 7-game point streak with a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving Eve.
The Isles have won of their last six against Philly (5-1-0) but a last second loss in their last visit to Philadelphia last season helped cost the Isles home-ice in the opening round of the playoffs.

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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