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Friday, November 25, 2016
The Skinny: San Jose 3, Isles 2
By Eric Hornick
San Jose 3, Isles 2
Patrick Marleau scored the winning goal with 23 seconds to play, just 35 seconds after Nick Leddy had tied the game as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,562 at SAP Center at San Jose.
The Islanders finish their California swing with a 1-2-0 record, allowing the winning goal in the final minutes of each of the two losses.
03:59 New York PPG - Anders Lee (4) ASST: Josh Bailey (8), Nick Leddy (6) 1-0
05:09 San Jose Joe Pavelski (7) ASST: Chris Tierney (6), Matthew Nieto (2) 1-1
05:43 San Jose Brent Burns (8) ASST: Kevin Labanc (1), Paul Martin (6) 1-2
19:02 New York Nick Leddy (4) ASST: John Tavares (10), Brock Nelson (8) 2-2
19:37 San Jose Patrick Marleau (6) ASST: Brent Burns (12), Paul Martin (7) 2-3
Nick Leddy had points on both goals, giving the Isles defense 15 goals and 29 assists this season… The Isles scored the first goal for the first time in five games...Anders Lee, playing his 200th NHL game, scored on his first shot, giving him three goals on consecutive shots dating back to the third period on Wednesday. Lee's "hat trick" came in 19:32 of playing time…Lee has three goals in two games for the since time since April 11-13, 2014…The Isles are 2-5-4 in November… The Sharks scored a pair of goals 34 seconds apart in the second period…It was the first time since March 3, 2016 (in Winnipeg) that the Isles scored a 6th attacker goal; the Isles won that game on a Kyle Okposo OT goal…The Isles have been held to two goals or less (not including shootout winners) in 7 straight games – the longest streak since a 9-game streak in November/December 2013…Kevin Labanc's assist was his 1st in the NHL…John Tavares' assist on the 6th attacker goal was his 3rd in the last four games, but he has gone 9 games without a goal.
The Penalty Shot
Thomas Greiss stopped Joe Thornton on a penalty shot at 13:04 of the 1st period. It was the 11th penalty shot in the NHL this season; 5 of the 11 have been successful. This was the first penalty shot in an Islander game this season.
All-time Islander goalies have stopped 37 of 51 opponent penalty shots, including nine straight. The last opponent to score vs. the Islanders was Los Angeles' Dustin Brown, who scored against Dwayne Roloson on November 13, 2010 -- the final game Scott Gordon served as head coach.
California King (and Shark)
All 4 of Anders Lee's goals this season have come against California teams (2 vs. Kings and 2 vs. Sharks). Lee has 7 goals in 11 career games against the Kings and Sharks.
Movin' on Up
John Tavares played in his 530th Islander game, tying Pat LaFontaine for 22nd on the all-time club list.
The Isles have been tied in the third period in six of their 10 regulation losses (and 10 of their 14 overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation five times:
·10/18 – SJ Sharks - Joe Pavelski (17:49)
·10/26 – Mtl Canadiens - Shea Weber (17:03)
·10/27 – Pit Penguins - Sidney Crosby (17:35)
·11/23 – LA Kings – Dwight King (17:07)
·11/25 – SJ Sharks – Patrick Marleau (19:37)
The Isles have also allowed the tying goal in the final minute on three occasions:
·10/16 – Ana Ducks – Ryan Getzlaf (19:00); Isles won in OT
·11/3 – Phi Flyers – Jakob Voracek (19:02/PP); Flyers won in SO
·11/12 – Fla Panthers – Jonathan Marchessault (19:46); Panthers won in OT
The Isles completed their first significant road stretch of the season, as five out of seven games were 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-- Lost 4-2
11/25 @ Sharks- Lost 3-2
The Isles went 0-1-1 at home and 1-3-1 on the road during this stretch. The Isles will now play 10 out of their next 14 at home and will not play consecutive road games again until after Christmas.
San Jose 11-7-10=28
The Isles are 4-3-1 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-1-0 when the shots are even but are 1-6-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-10-4 overall; 5-4-3 at home and 1-6-1 on the road. It's the first time since 1991-92 that the Isles have earned only three points (also 1-6-1) in the first eight road games.
San Jose is 12-8-1 overall; 7-2-0 at home and 5-6-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-3-2 in Division games and 6-7-2 in games versus other divisions (1-4-1 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 4-3-1 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 1-7-3 against the East and 5-3-1 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 25 saves but falls to 3-4-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against San Jose.
Aaron Dell made 26 saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the season and 2-0-0 against the Isles in his career. Both of his career wins are against the Isles. Martin Jones had started 15 of the previous 16 games for San Jose.
The Islanders were 1-1 on the power play, while San Jose was 1-1.
The Isles are 1-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-6-1 when they do not. The Isles are 3-5-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-5-0 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 0-9-3 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 3-4-3 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4-0 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.
The Isles are 3-1-2 when they score first and are 3-9-1 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 216-185-60 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 461
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.
The Isles are 1-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-2-0 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 0-2-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·The Isles are 2-7-3 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:05); San Jose: Brent Burns (21:40)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (3-7-2), John Tavares (1-0-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the forwards with 17:27 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (4-8-3), Josh Bailey (1-1-1), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0)
Isles 25, San Jose 23 (52%)
Casey Cizikas won 11 of 17 for the Isles; Joe Pavelski won 6 of 10 for San Jose.
The Isles won 17 of 30 face-offs in the first two periods but only 8 of 18 in the third period. The Isles won 23 of 45 draws at even strength, 1 of 1 on the power play and 1 of 2 on the penalty kill.
Isles 24, San Jose 15. Casey Cizikas led the Isles with 5 hits; Micheal Haley had five to lead San Jose.
There were no fights. Season total – 3: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 1, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.
The Isles were credited with 5blocked shots, including three by Nick Leddy and Jason Chimera.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 55, San Jose 63
5-on-5 Isles 52, San Jose 59
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey & John Tavares +6; Josh Bailey 64%
San Jose: Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton +12
Jason Chimera – 125 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 88
Thomas Greiss, Scott Mayfield, Ryan Strome
Injured Reserve: Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 37
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.
The Sharks win the season series two games to none (and four points to zero), scoring the winning goal in the final three minutes of each game.
The Isles defeated the Sharks 4-2 in San Jose last November but have not win in regulation time in The Tank since 2003.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers host Wilkes Barre-Scranton in the front-end of a home-and-home on Friday night. Bridgeport has won three straight and are 11-5-0 on the season.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28th–CALGARY AT ISLANDERS - 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Pre-game at 6:30), WNYM 970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Islanders return home to face the Calgary Flames in the first of a 2-game homestand.
The Isles have swept the Flames in each of the last two seasons (4-0-0); Jaroslav Halak has been in goal for all four victories, allowing just three goals.
The teams will conclude their season series on March 5th in Calgary.
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