By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Florida 2
In the biggest comeback of its kind for the Isles in 25 years, Cal Clutterbuck scored the winning goal with 99 seconds to play as the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panther before a sellout crowd of 14,106 at Barclays Center.
The Isles trailed by a pair when Kyle Okposo got the Islanders on the board with 7:10 to play. It marked the first time that the Isles had won a game in regulation that they trailed by 2 goals that late in the game since January 13, 1991 in Quebec, when the Isles rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring three times in the final 5:40, for a 4-3 victory.
The Isles improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and 12-3-2 in their last 17 games as they snap a two-game winless streak (0-1-1). The Isles close within one point of the Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division and move four points ahead of the 4th place Penguins. The Isles hold one game-in-hand on the Penguins and two on the Rangers.
15:11 FLA Aleksander Barkov (22) ASST: Alex Petrovic (11), Jonathan Huberdeau (33) 1 - 0 FLA
08:03 FLA PPG - Nick Bjugstad (11) ASST: Aleksander Barkov (23), Jon. Huberdeau (34) 2 - 0 FLA
12:50 NYI Kyle Okposo (18) ASST: Frans Nielsen (26), Travis Hamonic (14) 2 - 1 FLA
14:11 NYI Josh Bailey (12) ASST: John Tavares (29), Casey Cizikas (19) 2 - 2 Tie
18:21 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (13) ASST: NONE 3 - 2 NYI
Kyle Okposo's goal gave him a temporary tie for the team point lead; John Tavares broke the deadlock with an assist on Josh Bailey's goal 81 seconds later; Tavares extended his point streak to five games…The Isles improve to 6-11-3 in games against the Atlantic Division… Isles have allowed seven power play goals in their last 19 times short (63.2%)… The Isles have allowed at least one goal in seven straight first periods (outscored 9-7) and had allowed a goal in eight straight regulation periods before blanking Florida in the third…It was Bailey's first goal in 8 games…The Isles have won 11 straight games in which Cal Clutterbuck has scored a goal; it was the second time in the last five games that Clutterbuck had scored the game winning goal in the final 100 seconds of regulation…Jussi Jokinen's point streak, the longest by a Panther in a decade, ended at 10 games…Florida falls to 26-3-5 in games that they led after two periods…Clutterbuck now has 4 game-winning goals this season; only Tavares (5) and Okposo (4) have as many.
The Isles improve to 5-17-4 in games that they trailed after 2 periods.
The 5 wins:
4-Dec-15 Vs St. Louis (Trailed 1-0, won 2-1 in a shootout)
14-Jan-16 Vs New York (Trailed 1-0, won 3-1)
9-Feb-16 @ Columbus (Trailed 2-1, won 3-2 in a shootout)
25-Feb-16 @ Calgary (Trailed 1-0, won 2-1 in overtime)
14-Mar-16 Vs Florida (Trailed 2-0, won 3-2)
The Isles won 10 games in 2013-14 when trailing after two periods; it's the only time since 1987-88 that they have won more than five games when trailing after 40 minutes.
For the third consecutive year, the Isles overcame a deficit of at least 2 goals after two periods to win a game in March:
· 3/10/14 @ Vancouver (Trailed 3-0, won 7-4)
· 3/9/15 @ Toronto (Trailed 2-0, won 4-3)
Most Points in The Post-Cup Era through 66 games
· 87 in 2014-15
· 84 in 2015-16
· 76 in 2006-07
Home Sweet Home
The Isles are 21-8-4 on home-ice (46 points), matching their most points through 33 games in the Post-Cup era (46 last season and 46 in 1984-85). The Isles are 13 games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season; it's only the 2nd season since 2003-04 that the Isles have been +13 at home at any point.
The Isles are 6-0-1 in their last seven games at home; it's their longest single season point streak at home since November/December 2014.
The Isles have clinched an above NHL-.500 finish at home. It is the first time since 2005-06 and 2006-07 that the Isles have recorded successive home seasons above NHL-.500.
The Isles are 17-13-4 on the road this season. In the Post-Cup era, the Isles have earned more than 38 points in the first 34 road games only once (41 in first 34 on road last season).
This was the 11th game of a stretch in which the Isles are playing 12 out of 14 games on the road for only the 2nd time in their history. From November 11 – December 9, 2009 (John Tavares' rookie season), the Isles went 5-7-2 in a stretch in which they played 12 of 14 on the road.
19-Feb-16 @ Devils (Won 1-0)
23-Feb-16 @ Wild (Won 4-1)
25-Feb-16 @ Flames (Won 2-1 OT)
28-Feb-16 @ Oilers (Lost 3-1)
1-Mar-16 @ Canucks (Won 3-2)
3-Mar-16 @ Jets (Won 4-3 OT)
6-Mar-16 @ Rangers (Won 6-4)
8-Mar-16 Vs Penguins (Won 2-1)
9-Mar-16 @ Maple Leafs (Lost/SO 4-3)
12-Mar-16 @ Bruins (Lost 3-1)
14-Mar-16 Vs Panthers (Won 3-2)
15-Mar-16 @ Penguins
17-Mar-16 @ Predators
19-Mar-16 @ Stars
Home and Road
The Islanders are 38-21-8 overall; 21-8-4 at home and 17-13-4 on the road.
Florida is 38-22-9 overall; 22-9-5 at home and 16-13-4 on the road.
The Isles are 13-5-3 in Division games and are 25-16-5 in games against other divisions. They are 6-11-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 9-2-1 vs. the Central Division, and 10-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles are 34-11-3 since the start of last season against the Metropolitan Division.
How The West is Won
The Isles are 19-5-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home. The Isles have the most wins of any Eastern Conference team against the Western Conference (Tampa Bay is 15-9-2 and the Rangers are 15-8-2).
The Isles are guaranteed to finish with at least the 2nd-best record of an Eastern team vs. the West. (Washington is 14-5-3 and still has 6 games left against the West)
The Isles' only remaining games against the West are on March 17 in Nashville and March 19 in Dallas.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 23 saves to improve to 19-7-4 on the season and 1-1-1 in his career against Florida. Greiss in 8-1-2 in his last 11 decisions.
Roberto Luongo made 25 saves but falls to 29-17-6; Luongo is 10-11-3 in his career against the Isles. Luongo came within 7:10 of his first career shutout against the Isles.
The Islanders were 0-2 on the power play, while Florida was 1-2
It is the first time since December 31st - January 3rd that the Isles have allowed four power play goals in a 3-game period.
The Isles are 23-5-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 15-16-5 when they do not. The Isles are 12-10-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 26-11-5 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 31-3-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 7-18-7 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 17-6-8 in games decided by a single goal including 9-6-0 in regulation. They are 4-4 in games decided in overtime and are 4-4 in shootouts. The Isles are 6-4 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 25-5-4 when they score first and are 13-16-4 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 203-169-54 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Yankees' Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.
Most games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 1,500
2. Jack Capuano 426
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 203
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is the 86th coach in NHL history to coach at least 400 games. His 203 wins is now 71st all-time. (Tied/69 – Gerry Cheevers and Todd Richards 204)
They Tweeted It
@RobbieAaron It's 2 points like tonight that make or break home ice & seeding. Wasn't pretty but HUGE win! #Isles #NYI #YesYesYes
@Vision_FA Coming from the UK to experience my 1st @NHL game 2nite. My Team @NYIslanders didn't disappoint 3-2 win #YesYesYes (And you even made The Skinny!)
@jkreiser7713 25 games have had tie-breaking GWG scored in last 100 seconds. #Isles Cal Clutterbuck (2) is only player with more than one.
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-4-4 on the front-end and 7-2-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. This back-to-back set will conclude on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 3-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
· The Isles are 5-3-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
· The Isles are 4-1-2 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Travis Hamonic (26:18); Florida: Brian Campbell (24:22)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (23-4-5), Johnny Boychuk (5-3-0), Calvin deHaan (2-3-1), Nick Leddy (6-8-2), John Tavares (0-2-0), Tied (0-1-0)
John Tavares led the forwards with 19:50 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (26-17-7), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (2-2-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (4-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-1-0).
Isles 25, Florida 28 (47%)
Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson each won 3 of 4 for the Isles; Aleksander Barkov won 9 of 13 for Florida.
The Isles won 8 of 14 in the first period but only 17 of 39 in the final two periods.
The Isles won 19 of 44 draws at even strength, 2 of 4 on the power play and 4 of 5 on the penalty kill.
Isles 24, Florida 19. Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin led the Isles with 5 hits each, as Martin extended his NHL-leading total to 320. It's the 4th time in his career that he has recorded 300 hits and the 13th time in NHL history a player has had at least 300 hits, tying Cal Clutterbuck's NHL-record for 300-hit seasons (Hits first recorded in 2005-06).
Anders Lee fought Reilly Smith in the second period; it was Smith's first NHL fight. Season total – 19 (Martin-10, Lee-2, Bernier, Boychuk, Cizikas, Hamonic, Leddy, Okposo, Strait).
The Isles were credited with 18 blocked shots, including five from Calvin deHaan.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 59, Florida 55. 5-on-5: Isles 54, Florida 48.
The Isles had 31 attempts in the third period to Florida's 16.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Anders Lee led the Isles with a +12 5-on-5 Corsi rating; Lee also had a club-leading 80% Corsi For percentage. Brian Campbell and Jakub Kindl led Florida with a +4 5-on-5 Corsi rating.
· Nikolay Kulemin -217 (68 for Maple Leafs and 149 for the Isles)
· Brock Nelson -202 (all for Isles)
· Anders Lee -143 (all for Isles)
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era
· Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013 284
· John Tavares 10/16/10 – 12/23/2013 246
· Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221
· Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220
· Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219
· Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215
· Brock Nelson 12/7/2013 – CURRENT 202
Adam Pelech is on injured reserve. Calvin deHaan replaced Brian Strait in the lineup. Mikhail Grabovski (injured), Jaroslav Halak (injured), Marek Zidlicky (injured). Eric Boulton, and Steve Bernier were scratched.
The Isles have lost 168 games this season due to injury/illness.
Missing a Piece (or two)
The Isles are 13-15-2 over the last two seasons in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 5-5-1 this season. They are 5-4-1, including 2-1-1 this season, when two of the three miss a game.
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
12. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 13. Garry Howatt 596 *** 14. John Tonelli 594 *** 15. Frans Nielsen 592*** 16. Ken Morrow 550 *** 17. Duane Sutter 547 *** 18. Lorne Henning 543 *** 19. Josh Bailey 542 *** 20. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 21. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 515 *** 24. Dave Lewis 514 *** 25. Mick Vukota 510 *** 26. Rich Pilon 509 *** 27. John Tavares 496
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
9. Derek King 211 *** 10. John Tonelli 206*** 11. John Tavares 200
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 135 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Duane Sutter 121 *** 20. Alexei Yashin 119 *** 21. Frans Nielsen, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson, and Steve Thomas 118
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. Billy Harris 259 *** 14. John Tavares 256*** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249***16. Frans Nielsen 224 *** `17. Kyle Okposo 223
25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. David Volek 154 *** 27. Josh Bailey 153
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 456***13. Billy Harris 443 ***
14. Stefan Persson 369 *** 15. Kyle Okposo 358 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 342
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. David Volek 249 *** 27. Josh Bailey 246
Season Series Stats
Florida wins the season series 2 games to 1 and 4 points to 3.
The win snapped an 0-2-2 Isles stretch against Florida as they avoid losing three straight home games to the Cats for the first time since 1994.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 33-23-3-3 on the season after sweeping a pair of games this weekend from Lehigh Valley.
The Sound Tigers, who find themselves in 4th place in the Atlantic Division, visit Springfield on Wednesday. (The top 4 Atlantic Division teams are guaranteed a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15th–ISLANDERS AT PITTBURGH 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles begin their final three-game road trip as they meet the Penguins for the second time in a week. This past Tuesday at Barclays Center the Isles survived the loss of Jaroslav Halak late in the game to defeat the Penguins 2-1.
That win evened the season series at 1 game each; the teams will also meet on April 2nd in Brooklyn.
The Isles are 5-1-0 in the last 6 against Pittsburgh.
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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