By Eric Hornick
Eastern Conference Second Round Game 4
Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov scored the tying goal with 12:11 to play and Jason Garrison then scored the winning goal 1:34 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 3 game to 1 lead in their Eastern Conference 2nd round series with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.
It was the second straight game that a goal by Kucherov had tied the game in the third period.
Game 5 will be in Tampa Bay at 3pm on Sunday, and will be nationally televised by NBC.
04:20 NYI PPG - Kyle Okposo (2) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (3), Frans Nielsen (3) 1 - 0 NYI
07:49 TBL Nikita Kucherov (8) ASST: Tyler Johnson (8) 1 - 1 Tie
1ST OT PERIOD
01:34 TBL Jason Garrison (1) ASST: Andrej Sustr (1), Ondrej Palat (2) 2 - 1 TBL
The Series (Tampa Bay leads, 3-1)
Game 1: Isles 4, Tampa Bay 3
Game 2: Tampa Bay 4, Isles 1
Game 3: Tampa Bay 5, Isles 4 (OT)
Game 4: Tampa Bay 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Game 5: Sunday at Tampa Bay 3pm (NBC)
*Game 6: May 10 at Islanders 7:30pm (TBD)
*Game 7: May 12 at Tampa Bay (TBD)
The Isles are 15-13 all-time in game 4's played at home and 29-18 in game 4's overall… All four game 4's in the 2nd round of the playoffs were decided in overtime … The Isles have scored 6 first period goals in the series; Tampa Bay did not allow a first period goal to Detroit (5 games) …The Isles scored first for the second consecutive game, after only scoring first once in the first eight games…The Isles fall to 0-4 in games played on May 6th…The Isles are 47-28 all-time in May playoff games (0-2 this season)….According to Elias Sports Bureau it's the second time Tampa Bay has overcome a deficit in win consecutive road games (also Games 3 and 4 vs Montreal in 2004)…Nikita Kucherov now leads the playoff with eight goals…For the second straight game, the Isles allowed the earliest home overtime goal in their history; Garrison's winner is actually the earliest overtime goal the Isles have ever allowed in Stanley Cup play…The Isles have scored PP goals in four consecutive games for first time since Games 3-7 vs Toronto in 2002 and Game 1 vs Ottawa in 2003; they have scored 8 PP goals in their last 8 playoff games and 9 PP goals in this year's playoffs. Only St. Louis (10) has more playoff goals this season…John Tavares has been held pointless in three straight games…The Isles have not used two goalies in a playoff win since rallying from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh in the 5th and final game in 1982...JF Berube is the 18th Islander goalie to appear in a playoff game; he and Michal Neuvirth are the only ones not have allowed a goal.
Overtime is (Usually) Our Time
The Isles are 33-16 (.677) all-time in overtime, including 17-9 at home. The .677 overtime percentage is the best in NHL history. The Isles are 3-2 in overtime this season and are 4-3 in overtime over the last two years. The Isles have gone to overtime in four of their five home playoff games.
Tampa Bay is 13-7 all-time in overtime. The Lightning have won 5 straight overtime and are 10-3 all-time in overtime road games. Their .769 winning percentage in road games is the best in NHL history.
The Isles are 0-3 vs. Tampa Bay all-time in playoff overtimes, also losing in game 5 in 2004 on a Martin St. Louis goal.
In game 4, the Isles led for 43:29 and the game was tied for 18:05.
For the series, the Isles have led for 106:69, the Lightning led for 63:16 and the game was tied for 74:17.
The Isles fall to 144-119 in 263 all-time playoff games. They are 82-44 at home (including 2-3 at Barclays) and 62-75 on the road. The Isles were 77-32 in home playoff games from 1975 to 2002, but won only three of their last 12 home games at Nassau Coliseum.
Home Sweet Home
The Isles went 25-11-5 on home-ice (55 points). It's the first time since 1983-84 and 1984-85 that the Isles have earned at least 52 points at home in consecutive seasons.
The Isles finished their road schedule with a record of 20-16-5. It's the 10th time in franchise history that the Isles have won 20 road games in a season.
Tampa Bay 6-11-5-2=24
The 24 shots were the fewest allowed by the Isles in a playoff game since May 11, 2013 vs Pittsburgh (game 6).
Shots by Game
· Game 1: Isles 22, Tampa Bay 35
· Game 2: Isles 20, Tampa Bay 31
· Game 3: Isles 39, Tampa Bay 41
· Game 4: Isles 28, Tampa Bay 24
· Total: Isles 109, Tampa Bay 131
By Division (Regular Season)
The Isles are 18-8-4 in Division games and are 27-19-6 in games against other divisions. They are 8-12-4 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 finished with the best record of any Eastern team vs. the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 20 saves but falls to 1-3 in the series and 5-5 in the playoffs. He is 3-2 in his career in overtime.
Greiss missed 4:47 of the second period with a skate issue; JF Berube stopped the only two shots he faced in his first game action since April 2nd.
Ben Bishop made 27 saves and improves to 3-1 in the series and 7-2 in the playoffs. He is 5-0 in his career in overtime.
In the game, the Islanders were 1-3 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-3.
For the series, the Isles are 4-16 on the power play, while Tampa Bay is 2-14.
For the playoffs, the Isles are 9-37 on the power play and have killed 25 of 29 opponents' power plays.
Power Plays by Game
· Game 1: Isles 1-4, Tampa Bay 0-2
· Game 2: Isles 1-5, Tampa Bay 1-5
· Game 3: Isles 1-4, Tampa Bay 1-4
· Game 4: Isles 1-3, Tampa Bay 0-3
· Series: Isles 4-16, Tampa Bay 2-14
The Isles are 4-4 in the playoffs when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1 when they do not. The Isles are 1-3 when they allow at least one power play goal in the playoff and are 4-2 when they do not.
In the regular season, the Isles were 27-5-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-22-6 when they do not. The Isles are 13-13-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 32-14-7 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1 in the playoffs when scoring at least 3 goals and are 2-4 when they do not.
In the regular season, the Isles were 37-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 8-23-8 when they did not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-3 in playoff games decided by a single goal, including 3-2 in overtime. The Isles are 1-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 2-1 in playoff games when they score first and are 5-2 when they allow the opening goal.
The Isles were 29-7-5 in the regular season when they scored first and were 16-20-5 when they allowed the opening goal.
Jack Capuano is now 10-13 in playoff games behind the Islander bench. Among the nine New York area teams, only the Yankees' Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.
Capuano is only the 2nd coach to lead three Islander teams to the playoffs, joining Al Arbour.
Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
· Al Arbour 123
· Jack Capuano 10
· Terry Simpson 9
· Peter Laviolette 4
· Ted Nolan 1
· Steve Stirling 1
Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
· Al Arbour 209
· Jack Capuano 23
· Terry Simpson 20
· Peter Laviolette 12
· Steve Stirling 5
· Ted Nolan 5
Most playoff series wins:
· Al Arbour 29
· Jack Capuano 1
· Terry Simpson 1
Most overtime wins/overtime record:
· Al Arbour 26 (26-9)
· Jack Capuano 4 (4-5)
· Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)
· Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)
· Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)
Isles: Travis Hamonic (23:07); Florida: Victor Hedman (27:46). Hedman has led the Lightning in ice-time in every game in this year's playoffs.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (4-2), Travis Hamonic (1-3)
Frans Nielsen led the forwards with 20:16 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: Frans Nielsen (1-2), John Tavares (4-2), Tie (0-1)
Isles 29, Tampa Bay 22 (57%). The Isles have won the majority of face-offs in all four games in this series.
Frans Nielsen won 10 of 14for the Isles; Brian Boyle won 8 of 15 for Tampa Bay.
For the second straight game, the Isles won at least half of the draws in all three regulation periods, but failed to win an overtime draw.
The Isles won 24 of 41 draws at even strength, 2 of 3 on the power play and 4 of 7 on the penalty kill.
Face-offs Game by Game:
· Game 1: Isles 32, Tampa Bay 21
· Game 2: Isles 26, Tampa Bay 30
· Game 3: Isles 38, Tampa Bay 27
· Game 4: Isles 29, Tampa Bay 22
· Series: Isles 125, Tampa Bay 100
Isles 45, Tampa Bay 29. Matt Martin led the Isles with 10 hits; it was the second consecutive game an Islander had 10 hits (Okposo in game 3).
Hits Game by Game:
· Game 1: Isles 29, Tampa Bay 33
· Game 2: Isles 33, Tampa Bay 31
· Game 3: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 34
· Game 4: Isles 45, Tampa Bay 29
· Series: Isles 151, Tampa Bay 127
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 2015-2016 NYI 365
4 Matt Martin 2013-2014 NYI 359
5 Cal Clutterbuck 2008-2009 MIN 356
6 Cal Clutterbuck 2014-2015 NYI 343
7 Cal Clutterbuck 2010-2011 MIN 336
8 Cal Clutterbuck 2009-2010 MIN 318
There were no fights in the game and there have been no fights in the series. Playoff total – 0.
Regular season total – 23 (Martin-11, Lee-3, Bernier, Boychuk, Cizikas, Hamonic, Leddy, Mayfield, Okposo, Pulock, Strait).
The Isles were credited with 10 blocked shots; four Islanders each had two blocks.
Most Blocked Shots by an Islander (since 2005-2006)
1 Brendan Witt 2006-2007 207
2 Sean Hill 2006-2007 202
3 Calvin de Haan 2015-2016 198
3 Andrew Mac Donald 2013-2014 198
5 Andrew Mac Donald 2011-2012 185
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 67, Tampa Bay 45 (Including 35-10 in the Isles' favor in the first period.)
5-on-5: Isles 53, Tampa Bay 37
The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).
Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with a +15 5-on-5 Corsi rating; Ryan Pulock had a team-leading 73% Corsi For percentage. Alex Killorn led Tampa Bay with a +4 5-on-5 Corsi rating.
Corsi (All Situations) Game by Game:
· Game 1: Isles 44, Tampa Bay 65
· Game 2: Isles 39, Tampa Bay 59
· Game 3: Isles 59, Tampa Bay 73
· Game 4: Isles 67, Tampa Bay 45
· Series: Isles 209, Tampa Bay 242
Corsi (5-on-5) Game by Game:
· Game 1: Isles 31, Tampa Bay 54
· Game 2: Isles 29, Tampa Bay 39
· Game 3: Isles 46, Tampa Bay 55
· Game 4: Isles 53, Tampa Bay 37
· Series: Isles 159, Tampa Bay 185
ISLANDERS VS LIGHTNING
GAME 5: SUNDAY, MAY 8th – AT TAMPA BAY 3:00PM
[NBCSN, WFAN 660, 88.7 WRHU-FM]
GAME 6: IF NECESSARY: TUESDAY, MAY 10th – AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
GAME 7: IF NECESSARY: THURSDAY, MAY 12th– AT TAMPA BAY Time TBD
A 1-hour Islander playoff post-game will follow each game on MSG Networks.
The Isles will play a Mother's Day game for only the second time in their history (1975 games 6 vs Philadelphia) as they look to stave off elimination in Tampa Bay.
Historically, NHL teams that lead 3 games to 1 go on to win the series 90% of the time. However, the Isles have rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to win a series twice in 15 tries: 1975 vs Philadelphia (trailed 3-0), 1987 vs. Washington.
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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