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The Skinny: Pittsburgh 3, Isles 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 17
Pittsburgh 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Kris Letang scored 84 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Islanders 3-2 before a crowd of 13,365 at Barclays Center.
The Isles had taken a 2-1 lead early in the second period when Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored just 43 seconds apart but Trevor Daley tied the game before the period was over. 
The Scoring:
15:19    Pittsburgh         PPG - Sidney Crosby (11) ASST: Kris Letang (9), Chris Kunitz (7)            0-1
01:51    New York         PPG - Brock Nelson (5) ASST: Ryan Strome (4), John Tavares (8)            1-1
02:34    New York         Anthony Beauvillier (2)  2-1
13:55    Pittsburgh         Trevor Daley (2) ASST: Phil Kessel (11), Chris Kunitz (8) 2-2
No Scoring
01:24    Pittsburgh         Kris Letang (2) ASST: Sidney Crosby (4)            2-3

The Skinny
The Isles are winless in 4 games (0-1-3) and have only one win in their last six home games (1-2-3).… The Isles have 14 points in the first 17 games; it's the first time since 2011-12 (13 points) that the Isles have had only 14 points or fewer in the first 17 games…Anthony Beauvillier's goal was his first in 10 games…Sidney Crosby had two points, giving him 98 points vs. the Isles in just 56 games (30-68-98); Wayne Gretzky also had 98 career points against the Isles…The Isles are 1-4 in OT/SO this season; in all five games the opponent scored the last goal in regulation to force overtime (although both Edmonton and Pittsburgh did so in the 2nd period)…The Penguins are 4-0-0 this season following a regulation loss and haven't lost consecutive games in regulation since losing the first four games of Mike Sullivan's tenure last December…Kris Letang's overtime goal was his 4th in regular season play, establishing a new Penguin record for defensemen – Sergei Gonchar had three…Nikolay Kulemin played in his 599th NHL game… Cal Clutterbuck celebrated his 29th birthday; Clutterbuck, who scored vs. Tampa Bay exactly two years ago, is the last Islander to score on his birthday…Brock Nelson's goal ended a 116:41 scoreless streak for the Isles; Nelson has three points on four Isles goals vs. Pittsburgh this season.
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 (SO)
11/14 Vs Lightning – Lost 4-0
11/18 Vs Penguins – Lost 3-2 (SO)
11/22 @ Ducks
11/23 @ Kings
11/25 @ Sharks
Following this stretch the Isles will not play consecutive road games until after Christmas.
The Shots
Isles            5-11-5-1=22
Pittsburgh   16-4-14-1=35
The Isles are 4-3-1 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-0-0 when the shots are even but are 0-5-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-8-4 overall; 5-4-3 at home and 0-4-1 on the road. 
Pittsburgh is 11-4-2 overall; 7-1-1 at home and 4-3-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-3-2 in Division games and 5-5-2 in games versus other divisions (1-4-1 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 3-1-1 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 1-7-3 against the East and 4-1-1 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
Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves; he is 3-5-4 on the season and 7-5-1 in his career against Pittsburgh. 
Matt Murray made 20 saves and improves to 5-1-0 on the season and 2-0-0 against the Isles in his career.  Murray has allowed just two goals in two career appearances vs. the Isles.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-2 on the power play, while Pittsburgh was 1-5.  It's the fourth straight game that the Isles have been shorthanded at least five times – the first time that has happened since April 2014.
The Isles are 0-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-5-1 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-5-3 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 5-1-1 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 2-3-3 in games decided by a single goal including 1-3-0 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 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 3-0-2 when they score first and are 2-8-1 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 215-183-60 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 458
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.

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; the next set is 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 3-1-1 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 1-6-3 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (27:24); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (26:41).
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-6-2), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (2-0-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Josh Bailey led the forwards with 20:02 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (3-6-3), Josh Bailey (1-1-1), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0)

Isles 23, Pittsburgh 28 (45%)
Anthony Beauvillier won 4 of 7 for the Isles; Nick Bonino won 8 of 13 for Pittsburgh.
The Isles won only 15 of 36 face-offs over the first two periods before winning 8 of 15 in the third period and overtime. The Isles won 19 of 39 draws at even strength, 2 of 4 on the power play and 2 of 8 on the penalty kill.

Hit Count
Isles 38, Pittsburgh 22.  Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey and Shane Prince led the Isles with 4 hits; Bryan Rust and Scott Wilson each had three to lead Pittsburgh.

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 24 blocked shots, including five by Nick Leddy and Travis Hamonic.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 47, Pittsburgh 74 (Including 37-12in Pittsburgh's favor after Daley's tying goal)
5-on-5 Isles 37, Pittsburgh 59
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +6; Anders Lee 67%
Pittsburgh: Bryan Rust +14
Jason Chimera – 122 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 85
JF Berube, Alan Quine, Scott Mayfield  
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 30
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 574
22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 527

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 272
23. Jean Potvin 167 *** 24. Jeff Norton 166 *** 25. Josh Bailey and Ziggy Palffy 163

1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 484
23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey, Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258

Season Series Stats
Pittsburgh leads the season series two games to none (and four points to one), outscoring the Isles by a margin of 7-4. 
The Isles are 0-2-2 in the last four games against Pittsburgh; they have lost the last 10 regular season games with the Penguins decided by an overtime goal.  The last Isles regular season win vs. Pittsburgh decided by an overtime goal came on December 23, 1990 in Pittsburgh when a Pat Flatley overtime goal made Jeff Hackett the winner netminder.  (David Volek's playoff OT winner came after that)

On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 8-5-0 after a 4-3 loss in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.  Bracken Kearns, Andrew Rowe and Joshua Winquist scored for Bridgeport, who return home to host Lehigh Valley on Saturday night and Binghamton at 5pm on Sunday.
Christopher Gibson has all six regulation time wins for the Sound Tigers (6-0-0, 2.52 GAA) while Kearns leads the team in scoring (6-7-13).
Up Next
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 9:30), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders begin their California road trip as they look to sweep the season series from the Anaheim Ducks.
The Islanders defeated the Ducks 3-2 in the home opener on a Josh Bailey overtime goal and have won each of the last three games against Anaheim.  The Isles have also won their last two games in Anaheim and will be looking to win four straight games overall and three straight games in Anaheim for the first time in club history.
This is the fourth straight season that the Isles are playing three consecutive games in California; the Isles are 5-4-0 in those nine games, having taken two of three in each of the last two seasons.
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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