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Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Skinny: Montreal 3, Isles 2
By Eric Hornick
Montreal 3, Isles 2
Shea Weber's power play goal with 2:57 remaining broke a 2-2 tie as the Montreal Canadiens remained unbeaten in regulation time with a 3-2 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 12,194 at Barclays Center.
Dennis Seidenberg had tied the game with his second goal of the season just 2:47 earlier, but Weber's winner prevented the Islanders from matching their best home record through five games in the post-Cup era.
03:10 Montreal Paul Byron (2) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (3), Alexei Emelin (2) 0-1
15:17 New York PPG - John Tavares (4) 1-1
11:21 Montreal Phillip Danault (2) ASST: Brian Flynn (1), Shea Weber (6) 1-2
14:16 New York Dennis Seidenberg (2) ASST: Calvin de Haan (1), Ryan Strome (3) 2-2
17:03 Montreal PPG - Shea Weber (3) ASST: Jeff Petry (3), Max Pacioretty (5) 2-3
John Tavares' goal was his 211th, tying Derek King for 9th place on the all-time Isles list… The Isles scored and allowed a power play goal in this game after scoring only one and allowing only one in the first six games … The Islander defense has scored six goals in the last three games and has combined for 7-7-14 this season; it's the first time the Isles defense has scored in three straight games since March 1-6, 2016, matching their longest such streak since scoring in 4 straight games in October 2014…Nikolay Kulemin missed his first game with an injury since joining the Isles…Shea Weber had 2 points and improved his league-leading +/- to +12. He is 3-4-7 and +9 in the last 4 games…Ryan Strome extended his point streak to three games...Brian Flynn's assist was his first point since New Year's Day in Boston.
Youth Be Served
Matt Barzal replaced Nikolay Kulemin in the lineup as the Isles played two teenagers for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Tim Connolly appeared in every game that season while fellow teens Taylor Pyatt and Rick DiPietro played in 78 games and 20 games respectively.
Barzal, who is 13 days older than Anthony Beauvillier, was 19 years, 153 days on Wednesday. The Isles have used two players younger than that in the same game only once in their history. On October 6, 2000, the Isles opened their season in Tampa Bay with Taylor Pyatt (19-048) and Tim Connolly (19-152) in the lineup.
First Time in a Long Time
Both Calvin deHaan and Dennis Seidenberg blocked 7 shots, becoming the first Isles teammates to block that many in the same game since February 10, 2009, when Brendan Witt and Bruno Gervais did so against Los Angeles.
The Isles blocked 28 shots in all, which is the most that they have matched since also blocking 28 last October 20th in Columbus. The 28 blocks are the most in a home game for the Isles since they blocked 30 vs. Toronto on January 24, 2012.
Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are 3-2-0 in the first five 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 tomorrow's game in Pittsburgh.
The Isles are 3-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, but are 0-4-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-4-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
Montreal is 6-0-1 overall; 3-0-0 at home and 3-0-1 on the road. The Canadiens are the last team in the NHL without a regulation loss for the second straight season.
The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 3-2-0 in games versus other divisions (0-1-0 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 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
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves but falls to 1-2-0 on the season and 0-3-0 in his career against Montreal.
Al Montoya made 26 saves and improves to 3-0-1 on the season and 4-0-0 against the Isles in his career.
The Islanders were 1-2 on the power play, while Montreal was 1-1. There was only 1:48 of power play time for both teams in the entire game.
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 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 2-3-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 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 1-4-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 213-179-56 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 448
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 213
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 213 wins places him 67th all-time, 2 behind Brent Sutter and 6 behind Herb Brooks.
Including tonight, the Isles are 0-2-0 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.
This set of back-to-backs will conclude Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Tired vs. Rested
·The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·The Isles are 2-1-0 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: Nick Leddy (22:54); Montreal: Shea Weber (24:30).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-4-0).
John Tavares led the forwards with 19:56 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-3-0), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).
Isles 28, Montreal 23 (55%)
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 19 for the Isles; Andrew Shaw won 4 of 5 for Montreal.
After the Isles won 16 of 34 draws in the first two periods, they won 12 of 17 in the third period.
The Isles won 27 of 49 draws at even strength, 0 of 1 on the power play and 1 of 1 on the penalty kill. (Official stats credited Isles with an even-strength win on the game's final faceoff.)
Isles 20, Montreal 19. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas 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 28 blocked shots, including seven by Calvin deHaan and by Dennis Seidenberg.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 54, Montreal 74 (including 34-12 in Montreal's favor in the 2nd period)
5-on-5 Isles 49, Montreal 71
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +8; Anthony Beauvillier 60%
Montreal: Nathan Beaulieu +16
Jason Chimera – 112 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 75.
Jaroslav Halak, Nikolay Kulemin (injured)
Injured Reserve: Shane Prince, Ryan Pulock
Total games lost: 15
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.
The Islanders will look for their first road victory of the season as they visit the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Isles went 1-2-1 against the Penguins last season, with their only win coming in the game that Jaroslav Halak suffered his season-ending injury. Thomas Greiss "saved" the game for Halak's 200th NHL win.
The Isles are 5-5-1 in their last 11 visits to 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