By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Arizona 2
Johnny Boychuk scored the first shorthanded goal of his career at 4:24 of the 3rd period and it turned out to be the deciding tally in a 3-2 Islander win before a crowd of 13,076 at Barclays Center.
The game featured the first match-up of the Strome brothers and older brother Ryan came out on top of Dylan, scoring his 2nd goal of the season in the process.
04:45 New York Dennis Seidenberg (1) ASST: Casey Cizikas (3), Cal Clutterbuck (3)
13:31 New York Ryan Strome (2) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (2), Anthony Beauvillier (2)
14:09 Arizona Brad Richardson (2) ASST: Laurent Dauphin (1), Shane Doan (2)
14:22 Arizona Radim Vrbata (1) ASST: Jakob Chychrun (2), Tobias Rieder (1)
04:24 New York SHG - Johnny Boychuk (1) ASST: Brock Nelson (3)
Dennis Seidenberg scored his first goal for the Islanders; he's the 356th player in club history to do so. …Brock Nelson extended his point streak to five games; Nelson now has 11 goals and 14 assists in 33 October games. He joins Brent Burns (SJ) and Jordan Eberle (EDM) as players with point in five straight games this season…The Isles improve to 14-1-2 at Barclays Center against Western Conference opponents …John Tavares played in 515th Isles game, passing Dave Lewis for 24th on the club's all-time list… The Isles killed all four Arizona power plays and have killed 18 of 19 this season; it's only the 2nd time in the last 29 seasons that the Isles have allowed only 1 PP goal in the first five games.…Johnny Boychuk recorded his 100th career assist on Ryan Strome's goal…Travis Hamonic played in his 400th Isles/NHL game…Brad Richardson has a point in all four Coyote games; it's the first time in his career that he has assembled a 4-game point streak… Shane Doan recorded his 551st assist, breaking a tie with dale Hawerchuk for 2nd play on the Coyote franchise list; he's now just two assists behind Thomas Steen for the club lead…Ryan Pulock was recalled from Bridgeport to replace the injured Nick Leddy, but left the game in the first period with an injury of his own and did not return; the remaining five defenseman each played at least 20:00 (something that did not happen at any time last season)…Rookie Anthony Beauvillier has 3 points (1-2-3) in four NHL games…Radim Vrbata has 15 points (4-11-15) in 18 career games against the Isles…Casey Cizikas matched a career high with 4 shots on goal… The three goals late in the first period were scored in a 51 second span, including two Coyote goals just 13 seconds apart…An Islander defenseman had a point on all three Islander goals; the Isles' defense has combined for 3-6-9 this season.
Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the first three games of an 11-game stretch in which the Isles will play 10-out of-11 at home for the first time in their history. This includes two separate five game homestands, separated by a road game in Pittsburgh.
Strome (Not) Alone
Ryan Strome is one of at least 33 Islander families to have a sibling in the NHL. However, to find the last time that an Islander faced his brother in a game, you have to go back to Y2K, almost exactly. On January 2, 2000 the Isles faced Philadelphia with Mikael Anderssson a Flyer and Niklas Andersson an Islander. The Flyers won 4-1, and neither brother figured in the scoring. Ted Drury was also in the Islander lineup that day; he had faced his brother Chris earlier that season (11/19/99). While Kenny and Jorgen Jonsson appeared in numerous games together that season, only Jorgen played in that game.
The 31 shots were a season high for the Isles.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-3-0 overall; 2-1-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
Arizona is 1-3-0 overall; 1-0-0 at home and 0-3-0 on the road.
The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 2-1-0 in games versus other divisions (0-0-0 vs. Atlantic, 0-0-0 vs. Central and 2-1-0 vs. Pacific).
Last season the Isles went 18-8-4 in Division games and 27-19-6 in games against other divisions. The Isles went 19-7-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home.
In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves as he improves to 2-2-0 on the season and 7-3-1 in his career against Arizona.
Louis Domingue made 28 saves but falls to 0-3-0 on the season and 1-1-0 against the Isles in his career.
The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play, while Arizona was 0-4.
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-0 when they do not. The Isles were 37-4-2 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 2-2-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1-0 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score first and are 0-3-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 212-178-56 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 446
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 212
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 212 wins places him 67th all-time, 3 behind Brent Sutter and 7 behind Herb Brooks.
The Isles are 0-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-0-0 on the back-end. Last season, the Isles went 5-5-5 on the front-end and 9-3-3 on the back end of back-to-backs.
The next set of back-to-backs will be on October 26 vs Montreal and October 27 in Pittsburgh.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
· The Isles are 1-1-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
· The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Travis Hamonic (25:42); Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (26:56)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (1-3-0).
John Tavares led the forwards with 20:20 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-2-0), Josh Bailey (1-1-0).
Isles 22, Arizona 41 (35%)
No Isle who took more than two draws won at least half of them. Martin Hanzal won 19 of 27 for Arizona.
The Isles won 9 of 18 draws in the second period, but won only 9 of 23 in the first period and 4 of 22 draws in the third. Ironically, the winning goal came off of one of those four face-off wins.
The Isles won 15 of 48 draws at even strength, 3 of 7 on the power play and 4 of 8 on the penalty kill.
Isles 19, Arizona 26. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with four hits.
There were no fights. Season total – 0.
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.
The Isles were credited with 15 blocked shots, including four by Dennis Seidenberg.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Arizona 52
5-on-5 Isles 43, Arizona 42
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Calvin deHaan +7; Calvin deHaan 61%
Arizona: Anthony Duclair +9
Jason Chimera – 110 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 73.
JF Berube, Matt Barzal, Nick Leddy (injured)
Injured Reserve: Eric Boulton & Shane Prince
Total games lost: 9
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 17-17-3 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 1-0-0 this season.
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
13. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 14. Garry Howatt 596 *** 15. John Tonelli 594*** 16. Josh Bailey 562
22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 515
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
9. Derek King 211 *** 10. John Tavares 208 *** 11. John Tonelli 206
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 265
25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. Josh Bailey 159
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 473
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 253
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none). The teams will meet again on January 7th in the desert.
The Isles have won four straight games at home against Arizona (2 in Uniondale, 2 in Brooklyn) for the first time in Jets/Coyotes history and are 6-0-1 in their last 7 home games vs. the Coyotes.
On The Farm
Bridgeport improved to 2-1-0 on Friday with a 5-2 win in Lehigh Valley. Joshua Ho-Sang set up Michael Dal Colle for his 1st goal of the season; Adam Pelech went +4. Christopher Gibson made 18 saves and is now 2-0-0 for the season.
The Sound Tigers visit Hershey on Saturday.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd – MINNESOTA AT ISLANDERS 6:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 5:30), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The homestand continues as the Isles host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. For the third straight game, the Isles will be catching an opponent on the back-end of a back-to-back as Minnesota visits New Jersey on Saturday night.
The Isles swept a pair of games three weeks apart from Minnesota last season, winning 5-3 on home-ice for JF Berube's first win and then winning 5-2 in St. Paul.
Overall, the Isles are 6-2-1 in their last nine games against the Wild.
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 NYISkinny: Eric Hornick's Blog
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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