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Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Skinny: Tampa Bay 7, Isles 4

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 73
Tampa Bay 7, Isles 4
Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison scored 23 seconds apart midway through the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning broke a 4-4 tie and went on to defeat the Islanders 7-4 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.

The winning goals by the Lightning were the fourth of four pairs of goals scored in this game in 23 seconds or less (9, 23, 19, 23 seconds).
With the loss, the Isles remain one point behind third place Penguins and remain two points ahead of the fifth place Flyers. All three teams have nine games to play.

The Isles magic number for clinching a playoff spot remains 14.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
08:54    NYI      Brock Nelson (25) ASST: Ryan Strome (17), Josh Bailey (18)      1 - 0 NYI           
13:42    TBL      Nikita Kucherov (29) ASST: Alex Killorn (25), Andrej Sustr (16)    1 - 1 Tie           
13:51    TBL      Vladislav Namestnikov (14) ASST: NONE           2 - 1 TBL         
 
2ND PERIOD
05:02    TBL      Steven Stamkos (35) ASST: Jason Garrison (4), Nikita Kucherov (33)      3 - 1 TBL     
05:25    NYI      Shane Prince (5) ASST: NONE  3 - 2 TBL         
16:18    NYI      Johnny Boychuk (8) ASST: John Tavares (31), Josh Bailey (19)  3 - 3 Tie           
 
3RD PERIOD
06:03    TBL      Andrej Sustr (3) ASST: Jason Garrison (5)         4 - 3 TBL         
06:22    NYI      Nikolay Kulemin (7) ASST: Frans Nielsen (28), Travis Hamonic (16)        4 - 4 Tie      
10:09    TBL      Tyler Johnson (13) ASST: Ondrej Palat (17), Jonathan Marchessault (9)  5 - 4 TBL     
10:32    TBL      Jason Garrison (5) ASST: Ondrej Palat (18), Jonathan Marchessault (10) 6 - 4 TBL     
18:35    TBL      EN - Victor Hedman (7) ASST: Matthew Carle (2), Ondrej Palat (19)        7 - 4 TBL     
 
The Skinny
The Isles scored first for the second straight game and managed their first goal in the first period in 140:46 of first period play…The Isles have gone 10 games without leading after the first period and have led after one period only once (3/6 at Rangers, 4-3) of the last 15 games… The Isles improved to 26-2-2 when leading after two periods…The Isles allowed 42 shots; it's the most they have allowed since JF Berube faced 43 shots against Minnesota on February 2nd…The Lightning tied Florida for first place in the Atlantic Division; each team has 91 points and eight games to play with the Lightning holding the tie-breaker…Nikolay Kulemin scored his first goal since Super Bowl Sunday, ending a 21-game drought…Brock Nelson scored for the 2nd straight game to reach 25 goals for the first time in his career…Steven Stamkos recorded his 311th career goal, breaking a tie with Denis Potvin on the all-time NHL goal list; Jason Garrison's assist on that goal was the 100th of his NHL career…Ondrej Palat assisted on the final three Tampa goals for the fifth 3-assist game of his career; he also tied the Tampa record for assists in a period…The two Lightning goals in the first period were scored only nine seconds apart; it tied the Lightning record for fastest two goals and was their fastest pair ever at home.
 
First Times in a Long Time
The Isles allowed 4 third period goals for the first time since December 11, 2014...The Isles allowed seven goals in a game for the first time since February 18, 2013 vs. Philadelphia and allowed 7 goals in a road game for the first time since April 7, 2012 in Columbus.
 
Movin' On Up
Frans Nielsen played his 598th game as an Islander, passing Kenny Jonsson for 12th place among skaters on the all-time Islander list.
Josh Bailey played in his 548th game, passing Duane Sutter for 17th place on the Isles' all-time list. His assist on Nelson's goal was his 155th as an Islander, passing David Volek for 26th place on the Isles all-time list and his assist on Boychuk's goal was his 249th point, tying Volek for 26th place on that list.

Most Points in The Post-Cup Era through 73 games
·        92 in 2014-15
·        87 in 2015-16
·        83 in 1985-86 and 2001-02
 
Home Sweet Home
The Isles are 22-9-4 on home-ice (48 points), matching their most points through 34 games in the last 30 years (48 in 1987-88; 50 in 1984-85). They are once again 13 games over-.500 at home, matching a season high.
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.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 17-16-5 on the road this season.  In the Post-Cup era, the Isles have earned more than 39 points in the first 38 road games only three times (46 in first 38 on road last season, 41 in first 38 in 2001-02 and 40 in first 38 in 2002-03).
 
The Shots
Isles               12-7-12=31
Tampa Bay   14-17-11=42
 
It's the first time in the last 10 games that the Isles had more than 28 shots, ending their longest stretch of that sort in 18 years.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 39-25-9 overall; 22-9-4 at home and 17-16-5 on the road. 
Tampa Bay is 43-26-5 overall; 23-11-3 at home and 20-15-2 on the road.
 
By Division
The Isles are 13-6-4 in Division games and are 26-19-5 in games against other divisions. They are 7-12-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 9-4-1 vs. the Central Division, and 10-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division. 

How The West Was Won
The Isles went 19-7-2 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 and are guaranteed to finish with at least the 2nd-best record of an Eastern team vs. the West.  (Washington is 15-5-3 and still has five games left against the West)

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 35 saves but allows 6 goals for the first time as an Islander and second time in his career (2-11-13 vs Columbus).  Greiss is 19-11-4 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.
Ben Bishop made 27 saves to improve to 32-19-4; Bishop is 5-3-1 in his career against the Isles,

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was 0-3.
The Isles power play is 1-16 over their last nine games (2-5-2).
The Isles are 23-5-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 16-20-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-11-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 27-14-6 when they do not. 

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 32-4-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 7-21-8 when they do not.  The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.
It's the first time since last season's finale that the Isles scored four goals and lost; including one game in which the shootout winner was the 4th goal, the Isles had been 23-0-0 when scoring four times.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 17-6-9 in games decided by a single goal including 9-6-0 in regulation. They are 4-4 in games decided in overtime and are 4-5 in shootouts.  The Isles are 6-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 26-6-4 when they score first and are 13-19-5 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 204-173-55 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 432
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 204
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 204 wins is now tied-69th all-time with Gerry Cheevers and Todd Richards.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-5-4 on the front-end and 7-2-3 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  This back-to-back set will conclude Saturday in Carolina.
 
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 3-1-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 6-3-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·        The Isles are 4-1-3 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:22); Tampa Bay: Viktor Hedman (25:36)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (23-6-6), Johnny Boychuk (5-3-0), Calvin deHaan (2-3-1), Nick Leddy (7-10-2), John Tavares (0-2-0), Tied (0-1-0)
Frans Nielsen led the forwards with 21:03 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (27-18-8), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (2-3-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (4-1-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (1-2-0). 

Face-offs
Isles 34, Tampa Bay 40 (46%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 18 for the Isles; Brian Boyle won 10 of 14 for Tampa Bay. 
The Isles won 11 of 22 in the third period after winning only 23 of 52 in the first two periods.
The Isles won 26 of 60 draws at even strength, 6 of 10 on the power play and 2 of 4 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters
Isles 26, Tampa Bay 20. Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with six hits. Matt Martin added four hits, extending his NHL-leading total to 346.  Martin now has four of the five highest single-season hit totals since the statistic was recorded in 2005-06.

Most Hits in a Season (since 2005-06):
1          Matt Martin       2014-2015        NYI      382
2          Matt Martin       2011-2012        NYI      374
3          Matt Martin       2013-2014        NYI      359
4          Cal Clutterbuck 2008-2009        MIN      356
5          Matt Martin      2015-2016        NYI      346
6          Cal Clutterbuck 2014-2015        NYI      343
7          Cal Clutterbuck 2010-2011        MIN      336
8          Cal Clutterbuck 2009-2010        MIN      318
Martin needs 11 hits in the final nine games to hold the top four spots and needs 37 hits in the final nine games to break his own NHL record

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 19 (Martin-10, Lee-2, Bernier, Boychuk, Cizikas, Hamonic, Leddy, Okposo, Strait).

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots, including three from Nick Leddy.  

Most Blocked Shots by an Islander (since 2005-2006)
1              Brendan Witt                    2006-2007    207
2              Sean Hill                          2006-2007    202
3              Andrew Mac Donald          2013-2014    198
4              Andrew Mac Donald          2011-2012    185
5              Calvin de Haan                2015-2016    173
6              Tom Poti                          2006-2007    170
 
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations:  Isles 49, Tampa Bay 67.  5-on-5: Isles 35, Tampa Bay 57.
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 
 
Shane Prince led the Isles with a +2 5-on-5 Corsi rating and a club-leading 55% Corsi For percentage. Jason Garrison led Tampa Bay with a +14 5-on-5 Corsi rating.

Ironmen
Five Islanders have played every game this season:
·        Nikolay Kulemin - 223 consecutive games (68 for Maple Leafs and 155 for the Isles)
·        Anders Lee – 149 (all for Isles)
·        Nick Leddy – 83 (all for Isles)
·        Matt Martin – 73 (all for Isles)
·        Frans Nielsen – 73 (all for Isles)

Missing Men
Adam Pelech is on injured reserve. Other injured players: Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski and Marek Zidlicky. Brian Strait, Steve Bernier and Eric Boulton were scratched.

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
….
11. Stefan Persson 622 *** 12. Frans Nielsen 598 *** 13. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 14. Garry Howatt 596 *** 15. John Tonelli 594*** 16. Ken Morrow 550 *** 17. Josh Bailey 548 *** 18. Duane Sutter 547 *** 19. Lorne Henning 543 ***20. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 21. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 520*** 24. Dave Lewis 514 *** 25. Mick Vukota 510 *** 26. Rich Pilon 509 *** 27. John Tavares 502

Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
….
9. Derek King 211 *** 10. John Tonelli 206*** 11. John Tavares 201
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 137 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Duane Sutter 121 *** 20. Alexei Yashin 119 *** 21. Frans Nielsen, Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson, and Steve Thomas 118

Assists
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 258*** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249***16. Frans Nielsen 226 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 223
25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. Josh Bailey 156

Points
1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 459***13. Billy Harris 443 ***
14. Stefan Persson 369 *** 15. Kyle Okposo 360 *** 16. Frans Nielsen 343
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. David Volek and Josh Bailey 249

Season Series Stats
The season series is even one game to one and two points to two.
The teams will meet for the final time in the regular season on April 4th at Barclays Center.
 
Tampa's win stopped the Isles' three game winning streak against the Bolts.
 
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers' winless streak extended to two games with a 2-1 overtime loss in Hartford; Scott Mayfield had the only goal for Bridgeport, who are now 36-24-4-3 on the season trail Providence by just one point in the battle for 3rd place in the Atlantic Division.  Bridgeport hosts Portland Tuesday in their only game in the next seven days.

Up Next
SATURDAY, MARCH 26th–ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles begin a stretch against three teams that are out of playoff position with the first of consecutive games against the Carolina Hurricanes.
 
The teams have met twice this season, with Carolina earning an overtime win in Brooklyn on October 29th and then scoring five second period goals enroute to a 6-3 win over the Isles in Raleigh on February 13th.
 
This has been a streaky series since 2010, with the Isles going through stretches of 0-5-1, 4-0-0, 0-5-1, and 4-0-0 prior to the current 0-2-1 stretch.
 
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 http://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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