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The Skinny: Isles 4, Boston 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick
Game 32
Isles 4, Boston 2
Anders Lee scored two goals and added an assist while Thomas Greiss made a career-high 48 saves as the Isles broke a 5-game winless streak with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins before a sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden.

Lee now has 11 goals in the last 14 games, giving him the most goals in the NHL since November 23rd (one ahead of Sidney Crosby).

The Scoring:                                                                           
1ST PERIOD
03:05    New York         Anders Lee (11) 1-0
05:40    New York         Thomas Hickey (3) ASST: Josh Bailey (14), Anders Lee (4)         2-0
2ND PERIOD
06:18    New York         Nikolay Kulemin (4) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (7)  3-0
3RD PERIOD
03:04    Boston  Anton Blidh (1) ASST: Brandon Carlo (6), Anton Khudobin (1)     3-1
07:12    Boston  Dominic Moore (8) ASST: Zdeno Chara (6), Jimmy Hayes (1)      3-2
13:02    New York         PPG - Anders Lee (12) ASST: Josh Bailey (15), Nick Leddy (10) 4-2

The Skinny:
The Isles scored the first goal for the 11th time in the last 13 games … Thomas Hickey's goal was the 20th by the Isles' defense this season; the Isles are one of several teams with 20 goals from their defense but only Philadelphia (22) has more…The Isles are 8-0-2 when leading after two periods… The Isles had allowed 13 straight third period goals before Lee's power play goal ended the streak. …Anton Blidh's goal was his first in the NHL while Anton Khudobin's assist was his first in a 107-game NHL career...The Bruins have allowed at least three goals in 7 of the last 9 games…It was the 311th consecutive sellout at TD Garden, where a seat has not gone unsold in over 7 years…The Bruins have the lowest shooting percentage of any team in the NHL; they have now outshot their opponents by a 1,148-925 margin but have been outscored 82-78…The Isles finished with 51 fewer shot attempts than Boston; their -51 Corsi rating was their lowest since Dwayne Roloson faced 61 shots in an overtime win in Toronto in 2009 (the Isles were -60 in that game)…Anders Lee recorded at least three points for only the second time in his career; he had four assists vs. Columbus on February 14, 2015.

The Greiss is Right (sorry, it's easy!)
Thomas Greiss faced a career-high 50 shots   He has faced at least 45 shots three times in his NHL career and has won all three:
12/20/16: Stopped 48 of 50 in Isles win vs. Bruins
10/15/15: Stopped 44 of 47 in Isles win vs. Predators
3/28/10: Stopped 42 of 45 in Sharks win vs. Colorado
Greiss is now 4-1-0 in his last five games and 5-2-0 in his last seven games.

Nifty 50 (updated)
The Isles allowed 50 shots for the first time since Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya combined to stop 51 of 54 in a 5-3 win in Pittsburgh on March 27, 2012.  The last time a single Islander goalie faced at least 50 in a game was on November 23, 2009, when Dwayne Roloson stopped 58 of 61 in a 4-3 overtime win.

Tavares on the PK
John Tavares saw a career high 2:24 of penalty kill time tonight after spending only 4:45 on the PK so far this season.  He had now spent 55:25 on the PK in his career, having played 10,834:48 in total. His previous high in penalty kill time was 1:26 on 2/20/2012 vs. Ottawa.

Better at 5-on-5
The Isles have outscored the opposition 66-64 when each team has five skaters, but have been outscored 35-18 in all other situations.
Milestone Man
Josh Bailey recorded two assists, giving him 172, passing both Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin (171 each) for 21st place in Isles history
Room 222
Jack Capuano recorded his 222nd NHL win, breaking a tie with Bob McCammon for 64th place on the all-time NHL list.
Countdown to 500
John Tavares was held scoreless for the third straight game. He still needs six points to become the 10th player in Islander history with 500 career points.
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 14 regulation losses (and 15 of their 20 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 4-3-1 at home and 2-1-1 on the road during this stretch.   
The Shots
Isles       9-11-9=29
Boston   14-13-23=50
The Isles are 6-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-2-0 when the shots are even but are 5-10-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 12-14-6 overall; 9-7-4 at home and 3-7-2 on the road. 
Boston is 17-14-3 overall; 8-9-0 at home and 9-5-3 on the road.  
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-5-2 in Division games and 9-9-4 in games versus other divisions (2-5-3 vs. Atlantic, 2-1-0 vs. Central and 5-3-1 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 5-10-5 against the East and 7-4-1 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made a career-high 48 saves and improves to 7-5-0 on the season and 1-2-0 in his career against Boston.
Tuukka Rask made 10 saves before leaving after the third Isles goal.  Rask falls to 16-6-3 this season and 10-4-0 vs. the Isles in his career.
Anton Khubodin made 15 saves in relief, allowing just the Lee power play goal.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 1-2 on the power play while Boston was 0-3. 
The Isles are 4-4-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-10-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-9-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-5-2 when they do not.    
The Isles have now gone 50 consecutive games without scoring at least 2 power play goals.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-4 when they do not. 

One Goal Games
The Isles are 5-5-6 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-4 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 8-4-4 when they score first and are 4-10-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 222-190-61 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 472
3.      Mike Milbury 191
4.      Terry Simpson 187
5.      Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.      Al Arbour 740
2.      Jack Capuano 222
3.      Terry Simpson 81
4.      Peter Laviolette 77
5.      Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is 71st in NHL in games coached, seven behind both Don Cherry and Bob Johnson. His 222 wins places him 64th all-time, and seven behind Robbie Ftorek.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 2-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-1 on the back-end. 
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set is on January 6th in Colorado and January 7th in Arizona.

Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
·        The Isles are 4-3-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
·        The Isles are 1-2-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·        The Isles are 6-9-3 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Travis Hamonic (22:59); Boston: Zdeno Chara (25:16)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (5-10-4), John Tavares (1-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Josh Bailey led the Isles forwards with 21:04 of ice-time.  Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (6-9-4), Josh Bailey (4-3-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-1-0)

Face-offs
Isles 18, Boston 35 (34%). 
No Isle who took multiple draws won more than he lost; Patrice Bergeron won 13 of 16 for Boston.
After splitting 14 draws in the first period, the Isles won only 4 of 20 in the second period, and 7 of 19 in the third period.
The Isles won 11 of 42 draws at even strength, 4 of 5 on the power play and 3 of 6 on the penalty kill.  

Hit Count
Isles 32, Boston 32.  Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with six shots; David Backes had six for Boston.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total – 5: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 25 blocked shots, including eight from Calvin deHaan (giving him an NHL-leading 95).

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 44, Boston 95 (Including 60-23 after the Isles took a 3-0 lead)
5-on-5 Isles 31, Boston 75
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck -3; Cal Clutterbuck 44%
Boston: Colin Miller and Torrey Krug +21
Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 138 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 99
Scratches
Jaroslav Halak, Casey Cizikas (injury)
Injured Reserve: Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 55

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 589 *** 17. Ken Morrow 550 *** 18. Duane Sutter 547 *** 19. Lorne Henning 543 *** 20. John Tavares 542

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. Josh Bailey 172

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 270

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none).  The teams will meet again in Boston on MLK Day, January 16th before facing each other in Brooklyn on March 25th.
The win breaks an Islander 5-game losing streak against Boston.

On The Farm
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have hit the Christmas break with a 16-11-0-0 record.
Bracken Kearns continues to lead the Sound Tigers in scoring (8-14-22), while Steve Bernier leads the team in goals with nine.  Toews leads the team with 16 assists and is second on the team in points (4-16-20); fellow rookie Eamon McAdam leads the team with 7 wins (7-1-0).
Toews leads all AHL rookie defensemen with those 16 assists, and is tied for the AHL rookie defenseman lead with 20 points.
The Sound Tigers are off until they face Hartford on Boxing Day (December 26).
Up Next
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23rd– BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS -  7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WCBS 880, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
It's home for the holidays as the Isles play their final game before Christmas as they entertain the Buffalo Sabres in Kyle Okposo's return to Barclays Center.
Rasmus Ristolainen's overtime goal gave Buffalo a 3-2 win last Friday in the first meeting of the teams this season.   The Isles are 6-1-5 in their last 12 games against Buffalo.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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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