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The Skinny: Isles 4, Vancouver 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
 
Game 13
Isles 4, Vancouver 2
Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd scored 99 seconds apart midway through the third period to break  a 2-2 tie as the Isles completed a comeback from an early 1-0 deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks before a crowd of 12,514 at Barclays Center.
 
Both Ladd and Jason Chimera scored their first goals in an Islander uniform as the Isles extended their point streak to three straight games (1-0-2).
 
While the Isles got points from 12 players, their defense did not score a goal, ending the Isles' club-record eight game streak.
 
The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
04:22    Vancouver        Daniel Sedin (4)                                                                         0-1
09:42    New York         Jason Chimera (1) ASST: Anders Lee (1), Brock Nelson (7)        1-1
 
2ND PERIOD
07:38    New York         Nikolay Kulemin (1) ASST: John Tavares (6), Thomas Hickey (3) 2-1
16:30    Vancouver        PPG - Markus Granlund (3) ASST: Bo Horvat (1), Ben Hutton (1) 2-2
 
3RD PERIOD
09:11    New York         Cal Clutterbuck (2) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (3), Alan Quine (1)    3-2
10:50    New York         Andrew Ladd (1) ASST: Nick Leddy (4), Adam Pelech (1)            4-2

The Skinny
The Islander defense had four more points and has combined for 12-31-43 this season on the 37 goals the team has scored this season…  John Tavares extended his point streak to five games (1-4-5) … The Isles recorded their first regulation win on home ice against the Canucks since 2002; Vancouver had gone 5-0-2 in their previous seven visits… The Isles are 16-1-3 all-time at Barclays Center against Western Conference teams…Alan Quine, who had four assists in last year's playoffs, had his first regular season assist…Vancouver falls to 0-8-1 in their last 9, including eight consecutive regulation losses… Jason Chimera is the oldest Islander forward to score a goal since Eric Boulton (4-11-2015 vs. Columbus in the Coliseum finale); Chimera and Ladd are the 357th and 358th Islanders to score a goal…It's the first time since March 6th at MSG that at least 12 Islanders recorded points…Anders Lee recorded his first assist since March 23rd… John Tavares had six attempts on goal, an assist and was +2, but did not record a shot on goal for the first time this season.  The Isles are 14-14-2 all-time when Tavares does not have a shot on goal.
 
Clutch Cal
Cal Clutterbuck's goal was his 98th career goal, including 36 as an Islander.  When Clutterbuck scores at least one goal, the Isles are 28-4-2.
 
Nineteen of those 98 goals have been game-winners, including 11 as an Islander.  Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Cluttebuck has recorded 10 game-winning goals, placing him in the top-45 in the entire NHL over that span. 
 
Better at Full Strength
The Isles have been outscored 38-37 this season; however, in 5-on-5 play, the Isles have outscored their opponents 30-24.  The Isles have been outscored 14-7 in all other situations.
 
Offense From Defense
The Isles defense had scored at least once in eight straight games, establishing a new franchise record:
 
·        8 – October 23- November 5, 2016
·        7 – March 5-17, 1985
·        7- November 11-27, 1974
·        6- March 11-22, 1979
·        6 – December 12-23, 1978

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles concluded a 11-game stretch in which they played 10-out of-11 at home for the first time in their history.  The Isles went 5-4-2 in that stretch, including 5-3-2 at Barclays Center.
 
Dynasty Connection
Brandon Sutter went -2 in 19:49 of ice-time for Vancouver.  Brandon's father Brent won two Stanley Cups for the Isles and then went on to win 215 games as an NHL head coach – the same total reached by Jack Capuano tonight.
 
The Shots
Isles            13-8-11=32
Vancouver   13-13-6=32
 
The Isles are 4-1-1 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-0-0 when the shots are even but are 0-5-1 when they are outshot.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-6-2 overall; 5-3-2 at home and 0-3-0 on the road. 
Vancouver is 4-8-1 overall; 4-3-0 at home and 0-5-1 on the road.
 
By Division
The Isles are 0-3-1 in Division games and 5-3-1 in games versus other divisions (1-2-0 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 3-1-1 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 30 saves to improve to 3-3-2 on the season and 6-52 in his career against Vancouver. 
Ryan Miller made 28 saves but falls to 1-6-0 on the season and 18-10-2 against the Isles in his career.  

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-2 on the power play, while Vancouver was 1-2. 
The Isles are 0-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-3-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-4-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. 

The Isles have allowed 10 power play goals in the last six games (10-26, 61.5% penalty kill). It's the first time since January 16- February 3, 2015 (7 games) that the Isles have allowed a power play goal in at least seven straight games, and matches the longest single-season streak for the team since they allowed PP goals in nine straight games from January 19 – February 8, 2008.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-1when 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 2-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 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 3-0-1 when they score first and are 2-6-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 215-181-58 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 454
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 215
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 215 wins places him tied-66th all-time with Brent Sutter, 4 behind Herb Brooks and 6 behind Bob McCammon.

Back-to-Backs
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 3-1-1when 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 1-4-1 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Johnny Boychuk (21:26); Vancouver: Alexander Edler (23:41).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-5-1), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (2-0-0), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the forwards with 20:19 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-5-2), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 25, Vancouver 38 (40%)
John Tavares won 9 of 18 for the Isles but his teammates won only 16 of 45; Brendan Gaunce won 6 of 6 for Vancouver.
The Isles won less than 50% of the face-offs in each period.
The Isles won 22 of 55 draws at even strength, 2 of 5 on the power play and 1 of 3 on the penalty kill.

Hit Count
Isles 24, Vancouver 21. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with 6 hits; Jack Skille had four to lead Vancouver.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 2: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 23 blocked shots, including five by Johnny Boychuk.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Vancouver 65 (Including 14 to 2 Vancouver following Ladd's goal)
5-on-5 Isles 51, Vancouver 54

5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck & Nick Leddy +6; Clutterbuck 63%
Vancouver: Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin +13 (It's almost like they are twins!)
 
Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 118 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 81
 
Scratches
JF Berube, Matthew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier  
 
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 22.
 
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 18-17-3 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 2-0-0 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 570
22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 523

Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 211

Assists
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 270
23. Jean Potvin 167 *** 24. Jeff Norton 166 *** 25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. Josh Bailey 162

Points
1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 482
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 257

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one).  The teams will meet again on March 9th in Vancouver.
The Isles had lost four straight home games to Vancouver (0-1-3) dating back to a 2-1 shootout win on November 17, 2008.  This was the first Isles regulation win at home over Vancouver since December 3, 2002.

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 6-4-0 on the season, and are off until Friday when they travel to Syracuse.
 
Christopher Gibson has all six wins for the Sound Tigers (6-0-0, 2.52 GAA) while Bracken Kearns leads the team in scoring (5-6-11) and is tied with Michael dal Colle for the goal scoring lead (5).

Up Next
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th–ISLANDERS AT TAMPA BAY 7:30PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 7:00), WFAN 660/101.9, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Islanders begin a two game road trip to the state of Florida, beginning the trip on the West Coast of the state as they visit Tampa.
 
The Isles will be looking to even the season series after the Lightning opened November with a 6-1 win over the Islanders at Barclays Center.
 
The Isles will need victories on Thursday and then again at home on Monday to take two-out-of-three from the Lightning for the third straight regular season.
 
This is the first game of a stretch in which the Islanders will play 5-out of-7 on the road, including the club's last two multi-game road trips until Christmas.
 
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

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