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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Skinny: Isles 3, Anaheim 2 (shootout)

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
Game 18
Isles 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)
Nick Leddy scored in the 14th round to end the longest shootout in Islander history as the Isles completed a season series sweep off the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory before a crowd of 15,161 at Honda Center.
Rickard Rakell had scored midway through the third period and the Isles needed to match Duck shootout tallies in the 4th, 6th, 8th, and 12th round of the shootout before Leddy scored his first career shootout goal and became the first defenseman in Isles history to score the game deciding goal in a shootout.
It's the Isles' first road win of the season (1-4-1). 
The Scoring:
01:04    Anaheim           PPG - Cam Fowler (6) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (15) 0-1
11:51    New York         Adam Pelech (1) ASST: Calvin de Haan (6), Josh Bailey (7)        1-1
16:42    New York         PPG - Josh Bailey (3) ASST: John Tavares (9), Nick Leddy (5)    2-1
No Scoring
09:08    Anaheim           Rickard Rakell (7) ASST: Corey Perry (12), Cam Fowler (7)        2-2
No Scoring

The Shootout
Anaheim           Missed - Jakob Silfverberg         New York         Missed - Andrew Ladd
Anaheim           Missed - Corey Perry                 New York         Missed - Brock Nelson
Anaheim           Missed - Ryan Getzlaf                New York         Missed - Josh Bailey
Anaheim           Goal - Rickard Rakell                 New York         Goal - John Tavares
Anaheim           Missed - Ryan Kesler                New York         Missed - Alan Quine
Anaheim           Goal - Cam Fowler                    New York         Goal - Ryan Strome
Anaheim           Missed - Antoine Vermette         New York         Missed - Casey Cizikas
Anaheim           Goal - Ondrej Kase                   New York         Goal - Nikolay Kulemin
Anaheim           Missed - Hampus Lindholm        New York         Missed - Jason Chimera
Anaheim           Missed - Nick Ritchie                 New York         Missed - Anders Lee
Anaheim           Missed - Andrew Cogliano         New York         Missed - Anthony Beauvillier
Anaheim           Goal - Shea Theodore               New York         Goal - Thomas Hickey
Anaheim           Missed - Ryan Garbutt               New York         Missed - Johnny Boychuk
Anaheim           Missed - Kevin Bieksa               New York          Goal – Nick Leddy (GDG)
(Isles win shootout, 5-4)
It's the Isles' 70th all-time shootout win, matching Pittsburgh's NHL record. This was the longest shootout in Isles history (14 rounds, beating the 13 rounds vs. Tampa Bay on March 28, 2014) and matched the highest scoring (5-4 loss to Florida last November 28th).  It's the first time the Isles have ever scored 5 shootout goals in a game.

The Skinny
The Isles have points in 4 of last five games (1-1-3)… The Isles defense contributed another three points, giving them 14 goals and 26 assists this season…The Isles are 2-4 in OT/SO this season; in all six games the opponent scored the last goal in regulation to force overtime (although both the Oilers and Ducks (Oct 16) did so in the 2nd period)… Nikolay Kulemin played in his 600th NHL game; he was the only Islander without a shot on goal… Josh Bailey recorded a season-high six shots on goal (his career high is 7); two of Bailey's three goals this season have come against Anaheim…The Isles scored on their first power play opportunity for the second straight game…Adam Pelech's goal, awarded after a scoring change, makes him the 359th Islander to score a goal…The road team won all five NHL games tonight…The Isles are 3-0-1 when leading after 1 period and 4-0-1 when leading after 2 periods…The Isles matched a season high with two goals in the first period.
Movin' on Up
Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist; his 164 assists are one more than Ziggy Palffy had for the Isles placing Josh 25th all-time, while he now has 260 career points (24th on all-time Isles list) which are two more than Steve Thomas and Jason Blake each had for the Isles.
The Injuries
Sami Vatanen (ill) left the game in the first period and did not return. Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) left the game in the second period and did not return.

Road Stretch
The Isles are in the midst of their first significant road stretch of the season, as five out of seven games are on the road:
11/10 @ Lightning -  Lost 4-1
11/12 @ Panthers -  Lost 3-2 (OT)
11/14 Vs Lightning – Lost 4-0
11/18 Vs Penguins – Lost 3-2 (OT)
11/22 @ Ducks –      Won 3-2 (SO)
11/23 @ Kings
11/25 @ Sharks

Following this stretch the Isles will not play consecutive road games until after Christmas.

California Dreaming
The Isles are 1-0-0 on this California trip with two games to play.  The Isles went 2-1-0 in California in each of the last two seasons and both trips led to a prolonged hot streak for the team.

The Shots
Isles          10-12-12-1=35
Anaheim   12-13-9-7-=41
The Isles are 4-3-1 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-0-0 when the shots are even but are 1-5-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-8-4 overall; 5-4-3 at home and 1-4-1 on the road. 
Anaheim is 9-7-4 overall; 6-3-1 at home and 3-4-3 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-3-2 in Division games and 6-5-2 in games versus other divisions (1-4-1 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 4-1-1 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 1-7-3 against the East and 5-1-1 against the West.
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 39 saves in the game and 10 in the shootout to improve to 3-3-0 on the season and 3-3-2 in his career against Anaheim.  Greiss is 8-5 all-time in shootouts.
Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves; he is 3-1-1 on the season and 3-3-3 against the Isles in his career.  He is 10-14 all-time in shootouts.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-5 on the power play, while Anaheim was 1-2. 
The Isles are 1-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-5-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-5-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-3-0 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-7-3 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 3-3-3 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-2 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.

First Goal
The Isles are 3-0-2 when they score first and are 3-8-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 216-183-60 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 459
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 216
3.      Terry Simpson 81
4.      Peter Laviolette 77
5.      Ted Nolan 74

Capuano is the 75th coach in NHL history to coach at least 450 games. His 216 wins places him 66th all-time, 3 behind Herb Brooks and 5 behind Bob McCammon.

Including tonight, the Isles are 1-2-0 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; the next set is November 30 vs. Pittsburgh and December 1 in Washington.

Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 3-1-1 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.
·        The Isles are 2-6-3 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:53); Anaheim: Hampus Lindholm (28:39).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (3-6-2), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (2-0-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the forwards with 23:27 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (4-6-3), Josh Bailey (1-1-1), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0)

Isles 33, Anaheim 38 (45%)
Alan Quine won 7 of 12 for the Isles; Antoine Vermette won 13 of 20 for Anaheim.
The Isles won 25 of 46 face-offs over the first two periods but only 8 of 25 in the third period and overtime. The Isles won 23 of 54 draws at even strength, 7 of 12 on the power play and 3 of 5 on the penalty kill.

Hit Count
Isles 28, Anaheim 21.  Jason Chimera led the Isles with 5 hits; Josh Manson had five to lead Anaheim.

There were no fights. Season total – 3: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 14 blocked shots, including four by Calvin deHaan.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 58, Anaheim 71 (Including 12-2 in Anaheim's favor in overtime)
5-on-5 Isles 35, Anaheim 50
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Johnny Boychuk +2; Johnny Boychuk 54%
Anaheim: Cam Fowler +10

Jason Chimera – 123 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 86
Jaroslav Halak, Shane Prince, Scott Mayfield  
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 32
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 18-18-4 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 2-1-1 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 575
22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 528

1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 212

1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 273
23. Jean Potvin 167 *** 24. Jeff Norton 166 *** 25. Josh Bailey 164

1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 485
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey 260

Season Series Stats
The Isles win the season series two games to none (and four points to two), winning once in overtime and once in a shootout.
It's the second straight season that the Isles have swept Anaheim, giving them four straight wins over the Ducks for the first time ever.  The Isles have also won three straight games in Anaheim for the first time in club history.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 10-5-0 after sweeping a pair of home games on Saturday and Sunday.  Eamon McAdam made 26 saves in a 5-2 win over Lehigh Valley while and then made 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Binghamton on Sunday.  Kane Lafranchise had the overtime winner on Sunday while Josh Ho-Sang had two points in each game.
The Sound Tigers are in Hartford on Wednesday.

Up Next
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 10:00), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders continue their California road trip with their first meeting of the season with the Los Angeles Kings.
The teams have split a pair of games each of the last two seasons, with the home team winning both games last season after the road team won each game (the Isles' win coming in a shootout) the previous year.
That shootout win is the only one the Isles have at Staples Center since 2003, having gone 1-5-0 in their last six games since Garth Snow beat the Kings by a 3-2 score.
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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