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The Skinny: Isles 3, Tampa Bay 2

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 24
Isles 3, Tampa Bay 2
John Tavares scored the winning goal with 3:36 to play as the Isles completed a rally from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory over the defending Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning before a crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The Isles are 2-0-1 in their last 3 games as they once again are four games over NHL .500, matching a season high.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
16:20    TBL      Alex Killorn (4) ASST: Steven Stamkos (7), Anton Stralman (7)    1 - 0 TBL          
 
2ND PERIOD
01:39    TBL      Anton Stralman (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (8), Valtteri Filppula (8)          2 - 0 TBL          
03:51    NYI       PPG - Josh Bailey (5) ASST: Brock Nelson (7), Ryan Strome (5)  2 - 1 TBL          
16:51    NYI       Cal Clutterbuck (5) ASST: NONE            2 - 2 Tie           
 
3RD PERIOD
16:24    NYI       PPG - John Tavares (11) ASST: Frans Nielsen (9), Nick Leddy (6)            3 - 2 NYI

The Skinny:
The Isles have scored at least one third period goal in seven straight games, outscoring their opponents 12-5… The Isles' 28 points through 24 games is their third-highest point total at this stage of the season in the last 27 years (34 points in 2001-02 and 2014-15)…Josh Bailey scored in a goal for the second straight game for the first time since April 1-April 2, 2014… Mikhail Grabovski played in his 500th NHL game; Josh Bailey played in his 499th NHL/Islander game…John Tavares' winning goal was his 185th goal as an Islander, passing Billy Harris for 11th place on the team's all-time goal list…The Lightning led after the first period for only the third time all season…The Isles led for just 3:36 in two games in Florida but earned three of a possible four points…The Isles finally won a game against the Atlantic Division (1-6-1)…The Isles improved to 6-6-1 in November and can finish with a winning November with a victory over Colorado at home on Monday…With 2 assists tonight, Steven Stamkos now has 517 points in 517 career games…The Isles PP had been 0-19 on the road in November prior to scoring twice tonight.
 
The Penalty Shot
Thomas Greiss stopped Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos on a penalty shot at 10:26 of the 2nd period; Stamkos was also stopped by Roberto Luongo on a penalty shot earlier this month.  It was the 21st penalty shot in the NHL this season and only four goals have been scored.  John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski were stopped earlier this season.  This was the first penalty shot against the Isles this season.
All-time Islander goalies have stopped 36 of 50 opponent penalty shots, including eight straight. The last opponent to score vs. the Islanders was Los Angeles' Dustin Brown, in the final game Scott Gordon served as head coach.
 
The Shots:
Isles             6-7-9=22
Tampa Bay  9-17-5=31
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 12-8-4 overall; 7-4-2 at home and 5-4-2 on the road. 
Tampa Bay is 11-11-3 overall; 6-5-1 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.  

By Division
The Isles are 3-0-2 in Division games and are 9-8-2 in games against other divisions. They are 1-6-1 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
Thomas Greiss made 29 saves in his 100th NHL games and improves to 6-3-2.  Greiss is 2-0-0 against Tampa Bay.
Ben Bishop made 19 saves but falls to 9-8-2 on the season and 4-3-1-in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Islanders were 2-3 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was 0-4.
It's the first time that the Isles have scored two power play goals in a game since October 12th vs Winnipeg and the first time that they have done so on the road since January 4th in Edmonton.

The Isles power play had converted only once in the prior 8 games [1-25 (4.0%)] after opening the season 9-36 (25%).  The Isles killed all 5 opponent power plays in their two-game Florida trip; 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 6-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-7-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-3-3 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-6-4 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 4-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 8-3-1 when they score first and are 4-5-3 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 177-156-50 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 383
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 177
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It
@IslesFan_Ben I love how Cal Clutterbuck celebrates when he scores. #Isles
@IngaBambina I had so much fun at the #Isles game in Tampa because the #Isles won!#YesYesYes @91Tavares you are the best and Greiss you were great too!
@JoeyIce82 Like the resiliency of team past 2 nights  #Isles

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 0-2-3 on the front-end and 3-2-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be on Friday vs. St. Louis and Saturday in Ottawa.

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 2-1-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:03); Tampa Bay: Valtteri Filippula (23:14).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (6-2-2), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (1-2-1), Tied (0-1-0)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:02 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (7-6-3), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 22, Tampa Bay 31 (42%).
Casey Cizikas won 8 of 14 for the Isles but his teammates won only 14 of 39; Steven Stamkos won 8 of 9 for Tampa Bay.
The Isles won only 12 of 34 over the first two periods but won 10 of 19 in the third period.
The Isles won 16 of 42 draws at even strength, 4 of 5 on the power play and 2 of 6 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 31, Tampa Bay 24.  Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 5 hits.

Fights
Kyle Okposo was involved in his 3rd career fight (2nd in the regular season), fighting Ryan Callahan in the 1st period.  Matt Martin fought Brayden Coburn in the second period. Season total – 7 (Martin-4, Boychuk, Leddy, Okposo).  
These were Tampa Bay's first two fights of the season, leaving Toronto as the only team without a fight this season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 15 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic led the team with three.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 36, Tampa Bay 59.  Even-Strength: Isles 25, Tampa Bay 42.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
 
Johnny Boychuk and Matt Martin were the only Isles with a positive even-strength Corsi rating (both were +1); Martin had a team-leading 56% of Corsi For events. Victor Hedman led Tampa Bay with a +18 rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -174 (68 for Toronto and 106 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -159 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Jean-Francois Berube are on injured reserve; Thomas Hickey played 16:40 in his first game off of injured reserve as he replaced Brian Strait in the lineup. Steve Bernier and Adam Pelech were also scratched.
The Isles have lost 49 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:
John Tavares has:
·         185 goals (11th all-time, 21 behind John Tonelli and 26 behind Derek King)
·         237 assists (15th all-time, 12 behind Tomas Jonsson and 22 behind Billy Harris)
·         422 points (13th all-time and 21 behind Billy Harris)
·         453 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time, 6 behind Trent Hunter and 17 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
Kyle Okposo has:
·         122 goals (18th all-time and 5 behind Jason Blake)
·         202 assists (17th all-time and 5 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         324 points (18th all-time, 7 behind Ziggy Palffy and 9 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         474 games played (29th among Islander skaters all-time, 2 behind Gerry Hart, 5 behind Radek Martinek and 19 behind Ed Westfall)
Frans Nielsen has:
·         108 goals (25th all-time, and 8 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         207 assists (16th all-time and 30 behind John Tavares)
·         315 points (19th all-time, 9 behind Kyle Okposo and 16 behind Ziggy Palffy)
·         549 games played (16th among Islander skaters all-time, 1 behind Ken Morrow and 45 behind John Tonelli)
 Josh Bailey has:
·         144 assists (28th all-time, 1 behind Travis Green and 6 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
·         230 points (30th all-time, 1 behind Greg Gilbert, 2 behind Kenny Jonsson, 7 behind Travis Green and 8 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         499 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 10 behind Rich Pilon, 11 behind Mick Vukota and 15 behind Dave Lewis)

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 0.  The teams won't meet again until March 24th in Tampa; the Bolts only visit to Brooklyn is on Monday, April 4th.
The home team won all three games last season, including a 5-2 Lightning win in Tampa last November 14th.  The Isles are 5-3-1 in their last 9 games in Tampa and 7-1-2 in their last 10 vs. the Lightning overall. 

On The Farm
Joe Whitney recorded a hat trick as the Sound Tigers defeated Hartford 5-2; Whitney is now tied for the AHL lead in scoring with 23 points. Chris Gibson made 24 saves for Bridgeport, who improved to 14-6-1-0 on the season.
The Sound Tigers host Syracuse on Sunday.

Up Next
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th–COLORADO AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles begin a three-game homestand as they entertain Colorado.
It's the first of two meetings on the season between the teams, who will meet in Denver on December 17th
Last season, the teams traded one-sided shutouts as the home team won 5-0 in Denver and 6-0 on Long Island.  The Isles are 9-2-3 in their last 14 games overall vs. Colorado and are 7-1-0 in their last eight home games vs the Avs.

And Finally…
Happy Birthday, Jiggs McDonald!

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

The Skinny; Florida 3, Isles 2 (shootout)

"The Skinny"  

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 23
Florida 3, Isles 2 (shootout)
Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey scored 3:03 apart in the third period to tie the game but the Florida Panthers scored on all five of their shootout attempts as they defeated the Islanders before a crowd of 14,598 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.  The Isles are 0-2 in shootouts this season and have lost a franchise-record 7 straight shootouts, dating back to last season.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
08:38    FLA      Brandon Pirri (4) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (10), Erik Gudbranson (3)    1 - 0 FLA          
 
2ND PERIOD
04:42    FLA      Jussi Jokinen (6) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (7)     2 - 0 FLA          
 
3RD PERIOD
05:36    NYI       Ryan Strome (2) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (7), Marek Zidlicky (5) 2 - 1 FLA          
08:39    NYI       Josh Bailey (4) ASST: Frans Nielsen (8), Marek Zidlicky (6)          2 - 2 Tie           
 
OT PERIOD
NONE

The Shootout
ROUND FLORIDA PANTHERS   NEW YORK ISLANDERS
1          Brandon Pirri     (G)        Frans Nielsen (G)
2          Vincent Trocheck (G)     Kyle Okposo(G)           
3          Nick Bjugstad   (G)        John Tavares(G)           
4          Jonathan Huberdeau (G) Josh Bailey (G)           
5          Aleksander Barkov (G)   Brock Nelson (NG)

History Made, History Tied
It's the first time in NHL shootout history that there have been 9 consecutive goals…It's the first time a shootout has started with 9 consecutive goals…It's also the first time only one shooter has not scored in a shootout of at least 5 rounds…Frans Nielsen's goal was his 40th career shootout goal, tying Jonathan Toews for the all-time NHL record.…The Isles tied the club record with 4 goals in a shootout, set on April 15, 2006 in Pittsburgh and tied on January 16, 2010 vs. Buffalo (both 4-3 wins) and again on March 27, 2014 in Tampa (5-4 in 13 rounds) .  The 5 shootout goals allowed tie that 2014 game for the most the Isles have ever allowed.
 
The Skinny:
 
The Isles did not score in the first period for the first time in eight games. Kyle Okposo's point streak ended at six games (1-7-8) while John Tavares' point streak ended at 4…The Isles have scored at least one third period goal in six straight games, outscoring their opponents 11-5… The Isles' 26 points through 23 games is their second-highest point total at this stage of the season in the last 8 years (32 points last season)… Jaroslav Halak (44-21-6) remained tied with Garth Snow (44-52-13) for 11th place on the Isles' all-time goalie win list… Ryan Strome scored in his return from Bridgeport; his only other NHL goal was vs. Winnipeg on October 12th…Josh Bailey's tying goal was his first since October 23rd… Isles are 0-11-2 in last 13 games (dating back to last March 9th) when trailing after two periods… Roberto Luongo played his 882nd NHL game, passing John Vanbiesbrouck for 8th place on the all-time goaltender list.  He recorded his 408th win, passing Glenn Hall 8th place on that list…Marek Zidlicky, the oldest defenseman in Islander history, recorded two assists for his first points since November 3rd and his first multi-point game as an Islander…Jaromir Jagr's assist was his 93rd assist and 154th point against the Isles (61-93-154).  He is the all-time leader against the Isles in all three categories.
 
First Time in a Long Time

Four Islander defensemen played at least 24:14.  It's the first time since January 19, 2013 that four Isles have played at least that much. 
The Isles had not used four defensemen for at least 24:14 since December 27, 2011.

The Shots:
Isles       9-6-9-1=25
Florida  11-7-5-4=27
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-8-4 overall; 7-4-2 at home and 4-4-2 on the road. 
 
Florida is 9-9-4 overall; 6-5-2 at home and 3-4-2 on the road.  

By Division
The Isles are 3-0-2 in Division games and are 8-8-2 in games against other divisions. They are 0-6-1 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 25 saves; his record is 6-4-2. Halak falls to 24-25 all-time in shootouts. Halak is 9-2-1 against Florida.
Roberto Luongo made 23 saves to improve 7-8-3 on the season and 9-10-4 in his career against the Isles.  Luongo is 43-50 all-time in shootouts.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-1 on the power play, while Florida was 0-1.
The Isles power play is 1-25 (4.0%) over the last eight games after opening the season 9-36 (25%) while the penalty killers have allowed 10 goals in 33 times short over the last ten games (69.7%).
The Isles are 5-2-2 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-7-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-3 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-6-4 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 3-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 2-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 3-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 8-3-1 when they score first and are 3-5-3 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 176-156-50 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 382
3.     Mike Milbury 191
4.     Terry Simpson 187
5.     Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.     Al Arbour 740
2.     Jack Capuano 176
3.     Terry Simpson 81
4.     Peter Laviolette 77
5.     Ted Nolan 74


They Tweeted It
@BrentRicM One thing I will say is #Isles came back from 2-0 down and got a point. The one point is well-earned. Did they lose the 2nd? Yeah, sure
@YoCamron  JOSH BAILEY!!! THE COMEBACK IS COMPLETE! NOW LETS WIN
@Hinchy_A7X117  WELCOME BACK RYAN STROME!!!

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 0-2-3 on the front-end and 2-2-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  This back-to-back set will conclude Saturday 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.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (26:13); Florida: Aaron Ekblad (24:03).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (6-2-2), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (1-2-1), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led Isles forwards with 21:51 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (7-6-3), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Frans Nielsen (1-0-0), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 26, Florida 24 (52%).
Frans Nielsen won 8 of 12 for the Isles but his teammates won only 18 of 38; Vincent Trocheck won 7 of 12 for Florida.
The Isles won 20 of 34 over the first two periods but only 6 of 16 in the third period and overtime.
The Isles won 23 of 45 draws at even strength, 2 of 3 on the power play and 1 of 2 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 34, Florida 24.  Casey Cizikas led the Isles with 5 hits.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 5 (Martin-3, Boychuk, Leddy).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 8 blocked shots; Frans Nielsen led the team with three.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 59, Florida 52.  (Florida had 8 of the 11 attempts in the overtime)
Even-Strength: Isles 50, Florida 33. The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
The Isles allowed Florida only 6 even-strength attempts in the entire 2nd period.
Johnny Boychuk, Cal Clutterbuck, and Matt Martin led the Isles with a +7 even-strength Corsi rating; Clutterbuck and Martin had a team-leading 73% of Corsi For events. Reilly Smith led Florida with a +5 rating.

Ironmen
·         Nikolay Kulemin -173 (68 for Toronto and 105 for the Isles)
·         Brock Nelson  -158 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Eric Boulton and Thomas Hickey are on injured reserve; Ryan Strome replaced Steve Bernier in the lineup. Adam Pelech was also scratched.
The Isles have lost 47 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:

John Tavares has:
·         184 goals (tied-11th all-time with Billy Harris, 22 behind John Tonelli and 27 behind Derek King)
·         237 assists (15th all-time, 12 behind Tomas Jonsson and 22 behind Billy Harris)
·         421 points (13th all-time and 22 behind Billy Harris)
·         452 games played (31st among Islander skaters all-time, 7 behind Trent Hunter and 18 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)

Kyle Okposo has:
·         122 goals (18th all-time and 5 behind Jason Blake)
·         202 assists (17th all-time and 4 behind Frans Nielsen)
·         324 points (18th all-time, 7 behind Ziggy Palffy and 9 behind Tomas Jonsson)
·         473 games played (29th among Islander skaters all-time, 3 behind Gerry Hart, 6 behind Radek Martinek and 20 behind Ed Westfall)

Frans Nielsen has:
·         108 goals (25th all-time, and 8 behind Ray Ferraro)
·         206 assists (16th all-time and 31 behind John Tavares)
·         314 points (19th all-time, 10 behind Kyle Okposo and 17 behind Ziggy Palffy)
·         548 games played (16th among Islander skaters all-time with Duane Sutter, 2 behind Ken Morrow and 46 behind John Tonelli.)

 Josh Bailey has:
·         144 assists (28th all-time, 1 behind Travis Green and 6 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)
·         229 points (tied-31st all-time with Trent Hunter and Benoit Hogue)
·         498 games played (26th among Islander skaters, 11 behind Rich Pilon, 12 behind Mick Vukota and 16 behind Dave Lewis)

Season Series Stats
The Panthers lead the season series 1 game to 0 and 2 points to 1.  The teams will next meet on December 15th in Brooklyn.
This was the third straight game played between the teams in Sunrise to end in a shootout.
The Isles are 6-3-2 in their last 11 games against Florida, including 3-1-2 in their last six games on the road against the Cats.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers have been off since dropping a 3-1 decision in Albany on Wednesday.
The Sound Tigers host Hartford on Saturday and Syracuse on Sunday.

Up Next
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th–ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles will play their third game in four days on Saturday night in Tampa Bay against the Lightning.
The home team won all three games last season, including a 5-2 Lightning win in Tampa last November 14th.  The Isles are 4-3-1 in their last 8 games in Tampa. 

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