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The Skinny: Chicago 5, Isles 4

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
 
Game 29
Chicago 5, Isles 4
Richard Panik broke a 4-4 tie with 6:13 to play as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Isles 5-4 before a crowd of 12,504 at Barclays Center.
 
The Isles had taken a 2-0 lead just 3:48 into play; it was the earliest 2 goals the Isles had ever scored at Barclays; by period's end the six goals (three for each team) had produced the highest scoring first period in the venue.
 
The Isles have lost three straight, all in regulation, for the first time this season.  All three games were tied after two periods, but the Isles have been outscored 7-0 in the third period.
 
The Scoring:                                                                           
1ST PERIOD
02:14    New York         Andrew Ladd (4) ASST: Alan Quine (3), Jason Chimera (6)         1-0
03:48    New York         Casey Cizikas (4) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (4)     2-0
09:47    Chicago            PPG - Artemi Panarin (12) ASST: Brent Seabrook (15), Duncan Keith (19) 2-1
13:03    Chicago            PPG - Artem Anisimov (14) ASST: Patrick Kane (21), Artemi Panarin (16) 2-2
14:08    Chicago            Marian Hossa (16) ASST: Ryan Hartman (4), Jonathan Toews (9)            2-3
15:20    New York         Ryan Strome (3) ASST: Brock Nelson (12), Johnny Boychuk (6)  3-3
 
2ND PERIOD
00:22    New York         Anders Lee (9) ASST: Travis Hamonic (7), John Tavares (14)     4-3
19:41    Chicago            PPG - Artemi Panarin (13) ASST: Brent Seabrook (16), Duncan Keith (20) 4-4
 
3RD PERIOD
13:47    Chicago            Richard Panik (8) ASST: Dennis Rasmussen (3), Marcus Kruger (6)            4-5
 
The Skinny:
The Isles scored the first goal for the 9th time in the last 10 games … The Isles defense contributed two assists, raising the season total to 19-42-61… Ryan Strome broke a 20-game goalless streak; Anders Lee scored for 8th time in 12 games to tie John Tavares for the team lead with 9 goals …The Isles have won only 4 of 13 games tied after two periods (4-6-3)…The Isles allowed three power play goals for the first time this season; it was also the first time that Chicago had scored three power play goals in a game this season; Chicago had entered the game with only 5 power play goals on the road this season…This was only the 2nd regulation loss for the Isles in Barclays Center history (18-2-3)… The Isles have allowed five power play goals over the last two games (and have allowed six goals in their last 10 times short) … Marian Hossa scored his 515th career goal, tying former Islander Pierre Turgeon for 37th place on the all-time list…Cal Clutterbuck played his 600th NHL game…John Tavares assisted on Lee's goal; he has points in six of the last seven games.  Each team had 11 players record at least one point... The Hawks lead the NHL in one-goal wins (13-4-4) while the Isles are 5-5-5.
 
Countdown to 500
John Tavares recorded his 494th' point and now needs just six points to become the 10th player in Islander history with 500 career points.
 
Milestone Man
John Tavares recorded his 278th Islander assist, tying Bobby Nystrom for 12th in club history.
 
Last Minute Heroes
The Isles have scored twice in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
·        11/25 – SJ Sharks -- Nick Leddy (19:02); tied game, but Isles lost in regulation
·        11/30 – Pit Penguins – Anders Lee (19:33); Game Winning goal
 
Fit to Be Tied
The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in seven of their eight games that have gone to overtime this season, including three in the final minute:
 
·        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
 
Late Losses
The Isles have been tied in the third period in nine of their 13 regulation losses (and 13 of their 17 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)
 
Home Til the Holidays
The Isles are in a stretch where they will play 10 out of 14 at home.  By the time the Isles host the Capitals on December 27th, the Isles will have played 22 of their first 34 games at home.
 
The Isles are 4-2-1 at home and 1-1-0 on the road during this stretch.  The Isles do not play consecutive road games again until after Christmas.
 
The Shots
Isles         11-14-7=32
Chicago   13-7-12=32
The Isles are 6-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-2-0 when the shots are even but are 4-8-3 when they are outshot.
 
Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-13-5 overall; 9-6-4 at home and 2-7-1 on the road. 
Chicago is 20-8-4 overall; 12-2-3 at home and 8-6-1 on the road.  
 
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-5-2 in Division games and 8-8-3 in games versus other divisions (1-4-2 vs. Atlantic, 2-1-0 vs. Central and 5-3-1 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 4-9-4 against the East and 7-4-1 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 27 saves but falls to 6-5-0 on the season and 0-1-1 in his career against Chicago.
Scott Darling made 28 saves to improve to 8-2-2 on the season and 2-1-0 against the Isles in his career.  

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-2 on the power play, while Chicago was 3-3. 
The Isles are 3-4-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-9-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-5-2 when they do not.    The Isles have allowed multiple power play goals in consecutive games for the first time since January 13th -15th, 2015 and the first time they have allowed five power play goals in a two-game period since March 1st-2nd, 2014.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-11-3 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 5-5-4 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal
The Isles are 7-4-3 when they score first and are 4-9-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 221-189-60 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 470
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
 
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 221
3.      Terry Simpson 81
4.      Peter Laviolette 77
5.      Ted Nolan 74

Capuano ranks 73rd in NHL history with 470 games coached, one behind Ted Nolan and two behind Bob Gainey. His 221 wins places him tied-64th all-time with behind Bob McCammon, and eight behind Robbie Ftorek.

Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-0 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.  
This back-to-back set concludes Friday in Buffalo. The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season.  This is the final back-to-back set in 2016; the Isles will open 2017 facing Colorado on January 6th and Arizona on January 7th.
 
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 4-2-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·        The Isles are 1-2-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·        The Isles are 5-9-3 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:13); Chicago: Duncan Keith (27:55)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (4-0-0), Nick Leddy (5-9-3), John Tavares (1-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Josh Bailey led the Isles forwards with 19:13 of ice-time.  Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (6-9-3), Josh Bailey (3-2-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 30, Chicago 23 (57%). 
John Tavares won 13 of 21 for the Isles; Marcus Kruger won 7 of 13 for Chicago.
The Isles won 23 of 37 face-offs in the first and third periods but only 7 of 16 in the middle twenty minutes
The Isles won 25 of 54 draws at even strength, 4 of 5 on the power play and 1 of 4 on the penalty kill.  

Hit Count
Isles 26, Chicago 10.  Cal Clutterbuck and Calvin deHaan led the Isles with four hits; Michal Kempny had three to lead Chicago.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 5: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season.

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 21 blocked shots, including four from Calvin deHaan.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 53, Chicago 65
5-on-5 Isles 47, Chicago 53
 
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Travis Hamonic +11; Travis Hamonic 63%
Chicago: Brian Campbell +16
 
Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 134 (including 105 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 97
 
Scratches
JF Berube, Anthony Beauvillier
 
Injured Reserve: Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 49
 
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 19-18-4 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 3-1-1 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 586*** 17. Ken Morrow 550 *** 18. Duane Sutter 547 *** 19. Lorne Henning 543 *** 20. John Tavares 539

Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 216

Assists
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
10. Derek King 288 *** 11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom and John Tavares 278
19. Ed Westfall 181 *** 20. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 21. Duane Sutter & Alexi Yashin 171 *** 23. Josh Bailey 169

Points
1.      Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
9. Bobby Nystrom 513 *** 10. Derek King 499 *** 11. John Tavares 494
21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey 267

Season Series Stats
Chicago leads the season series one game to none (and two points to zero).  The teams will play again on March 3rd in Chicago.
The Hawks are 2-0-0 all-time at Barclays Center, winning the building's opening game in overtime last season. Overall, the Isles are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games against Chicago, with the Hawks earning points in 9 out of 10 (8-1-1).
 
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 16-9-0-0, coming off an 8-6 defeat in Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Rookie Devon Toews had a goal and two assists as six different Sound Tigers scored in defeat. 
 
Bracken Kearns continues to lead Bridgeport in scoring (8-12-20), while Steve Bernier leads the team in goals with nine.  Toews leads the team with 14 assists and is second on the team in points (4-14-18); fellow rookie Eamon McAdam remains perfect in goal in 7 decisions (7-0-0) although McAdam allowed four first period goals on Wednesday.
 
Toews is tied for the AHL rookie lead with those 14 assists, and is tied for the AHL rookie defenseman lead with 18 points.
 
The Sound Tigers will visit Providence on Friday before returning home to face Syracuse on Saturday.
 
Up Next
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th–ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO-  7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
 
The Isles will face Kyle Okposo for the first time as they head to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Friday.  The Isles are 4-0-2 in their last six trips to Buffalo, although three of the six games have been decided in shootouts.
 
It's the first of three meetings this season with the Sabres, who will visit Barclays on December 23rd.
 
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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