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Friday, October 28, 2016
The Skinny: Pittsburgh 4, Isles 2
By Eric Hornick
Pittsburgh 4, Isles 2
Sidney Crosby broke a 2-2 tie with a goal with 2:25 remaining and Phil Kessel added a power play goal 32 seconds later as the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins improved to 5-0-1 at home with a 4-2 win over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 18,422 at the newly-renamed PPG Paints Arena.
Shane Prince had tied the game just 1:57 before Crosby's winning tally; Prince had points on both Islander goals.
The Isles will end October winless on the road (0-3-0); it's only the 2nd time in club history that they have opened 0-3-0 on the road (2006-07).
The Isles allowed a goal in the first minute of the game for the first time since March 29, 2015 vs. Detroit…There have been five power play goals (2 for and 3 against) in the last two games after only 2 (1 and 1) in the first six games this season. … The Islander defense has scored seven goals in the last four games and has combined for 8-8-16 this season; it's the first time the Isles defense has scored in 4 straight games in since October 2014…Brock Nelson had two assists, giving him 27 points in 36 career October games (11-16-27)… Nick Leddy played a season-high 28:05; it was his second highest total as an Islander (29:26)…John Tavares played 23:53, highest for any forward this season…The Isles went a stretch of 9:47 in the third period without attempting a shot on goal…Sidney Crosby has points in 7 straight games against the Isles (5-6-11)…This was the 437th consecutive sellout for the Penguins at home…The Penguins scored a 4th goal for the first time this season….Pittsburgh has scored at least one power play goal in every home game this season…The Isles allowed four goals for the first time since Opening Night vs. the Rangers (5).
The Isles have been tied in the third period in four of their five regulation losses. In each of the last three games, the Isles have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation:
·10/18 – San Jose - Joe Pavelski (17:49)
·10/26 - Montreal - Shea Weber (17:03)
·10/27 – Pittsburgh - Sidney Crosby (17:35)
Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are 3-3-0 in the first six games of an 11-game stretch in which they play 10-out of-11 at home for the first time in their history. This includes two separate five game homestands, separated by this game in Pittsburgh.
The 37 shots are a season high for the Isles.
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, but are 0-4-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-5-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home and 0-3-0 on the road. It's the first time since they were 13-16-0 through 29 games in the 2013-14 season that the Isles are 3 games under .500 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 overall; 5-0-1 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
The Isles are 0-3-0 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
Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves but falls to 2-3-0 on the season and 7-5-0 in his career against Pittsburgh.
Marc Andre-Fleury made 35 saves and improves to 5-2-1 on the season and 23-10-4 against the Isles in his career. Only Henrik Lundqvist has beaten the Isles more often (30 times) than Fleury.
The Islanders were 1-6 on the power play, while Pittsburgh was 2-5.
The Isles are 0-3-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-3-0 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 0-4-0 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 1-5-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 213-180-56 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 449
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 1-1-0 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 Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season, but the next one is not until November 22 in Anaheim and November 23 in Los Angeles.
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 0-1-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
Isles: Nick Leddy (28:05); Pittsburgh: Brian Dumoulin (22:55).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-5-0).
John Tavares led the forwards with 23:53 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-4-0), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).
Isles 36, Pittsburgh 32 (53%)
Ryan Strome won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Matt Cullen won 10 of 16 for Pittsburgh.
The Isles won at least 50% of the draws in each period.
The Isles won 28 of 54 draws at even strength, 6 of 10 on the power play and 2 of 4 on the penalty kill.
Isles 41, Pittsburgh 29. Sixteen Islanders were credited with a hit, including Johnny Boychuk, who led the Isles with six hits.
There were no fights. Season total – 0.
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.
The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots, including five by Travis Hamonic.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Pittsburgh 76 (including 31-14 in Pittsburgh's favor in the 3rd period)
5-on-5 Isles 36, Pittsburgh 61
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Dennis Seidenberg even; 50%
Pittsburgh: Brian Dumoulin +17
Jason Chimera – 113 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 76.
Thomas Greiss, Matthew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin (injured)
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock
Total games lost: 16
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.
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 477
24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 255
Season Series Stats
The Penguins lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none). The teams will meet twice in November in Brooklyn (11/18 and 11/30) before playing in Pittsburgh on March 24.
The Isles are 5-6-1 in their last 12 games in Pittsburgh and are 1-3-1 in their last five games overall vs. the Pens.
On The Farm
Bridgeport is 2-2-0 heading into their busy weekend. Bridgeport visits Springfield on Friday and then hosts Lehigh Valley at 7pm Saturday and Springfield at 3pm Sunday.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th –TORONTO AT ISLANDERS 6:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 5:30), AM970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders begin their second five-game homestand of the season as they welcome Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs to Brooklyn.
The Isles went 1-1-1 against Toronto last season; splitting a home-and-home series right after Christmas (with the road team winning both games) before the Leafs won a shootout in March.
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