By Eric Hornick
Ottawa 6, Isles 2
Mark Stone broke a 2-2 tie with a power play goal late in the second period and the Ottawa Senators added three third period goals (two into empty nets) and extended the Isles' winless streak to five games (0-4-1) with a 6-2 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 13,102 at Barclays Center.
Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier had scored earlier in the second period to tie the game for the Islanders; Lee now leads the team with 10 goals.
10:30 Ottawa Bobby Ryan (6) ASST: Kyle Turris (9), Ryan Dzingel (11) 0-1
17:20 Ottawa Zack Smith (6) ASST: Mark Stone (15), Erik Karlsson (22) 0-2
00:27 New York Anders Lee (10) ASST: Josh Bailey (13) 1-2
14:07 New York Anthony Beauvillier (3) ASST: Travis Hamonic (8) 2-2
15:03 Ottawa PPG - Mark Stone (10) ASST: Erik Karlsson (23), Dion Phaneuf (9) 2-3
05:45 Ottawa Derick Brassard (6) ASST: Mark Stone (16), Zack Smith (6) 2-4
16:33 Ottawa EN - SHG - Zack Smith (7) 2-5
19:34 Ottawa EN - Tom Pyatt (3) ASST: Chris Kelly (5) 2-6
The Isles allowed the first goal for only the 2nd time in the last 12 games … After allowing only 2 power play goals in a 12-game span, the Isles have allowed 8 power play goals in 15 times short over the past five games…Ottawa remains two points ahead of Boston for second place in the Atlantic; they are six points ahead of both Tampa Bay and Florida …The Isles are 0-8-1 when trailing after two periods…The Isles allowed two empty net goals for the first time since February 8, 2014; it's the 7th time since 1988 that has happened and a different goalie has been in nets each time…This was only the 5th time this season that the Isles were not at least tied at some point in the third period (Washington on 10/15, Tampa Bay 3x).. The Isles have been outscored 11-0 in the third period of the last five games; they were blanked in five straight third periods earlier this season, but allowed only 5 goals in that span…The Isles are winless in five games (0-4-1) for the first time since an 0-4-1 stretch January 23-31, 2014. The Isles last had a winless streak longer than five games when they went 0-8-2 November 19-December 9, 2013...Andrew Ladd played in his 800th NHL game.
Better at 5-on-5
The Isles have outscored the opposition 63-62 when each team has five skaters, but have been outscored 35-17 in all other situations, including 3-0 tonight.
Countdown to 500
John Tavares was held scoreless for the second 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
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 1-1-1 on the road during this stretch.
The Isles are 6-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-2-0 when the shots are even but are 4-10-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-14-6 overall; 9-7-4 at home and 2-7-2 on the road.
Ottawa is 18-11-3 overall; 10-5-3 at home and 8-6-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-5-2 in Division games and 8-9-4 in games versus other divisions (1-5-3 vs. Atlantic, 2-1-0 vs. Central and 5-3-1 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 4-10-5 against the East and 7-4-1 against the West.
In the Nets
JF Berube made 28 saves but falls to 0-1-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career against Ottawa.
Andrew Hammond stopped all 7 shots he faced in the first 16:45 before leaving with an injury. Mike Condon stopped 22 of 24 in relief and was credited with the win, improving his record to 6-3-2 on the season. He is 2-0-0 against the Isles in his career.
The Islanders were 0-4 on the power play and allowed a shorthanded empty-net goal, while Ottawa was 1-2.
The Isles are now 5-54 this season at home on the power play; the Sens became the 2nd opponent to score shorthanded at Barclays this season.
The Isles are 3-4-4 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 8-5-2 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-4 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 5-5-6 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.
The Isles are 7-4-4 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 221-190-61 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 221
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is tied-71st in NHL in games coached with Bob Gainey. His 221 wins places him tied-64th all-time with behind Bob McCammon, and eight behind Robbie Ftorek.
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-1 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 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 5-9-3 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:36); Ottawa: Cody Ceci (24:21)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (4-0-0), 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 22:35 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (6-9-4), Josh Bailey (3-3-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-1-0)
Isles 35, Ottawa 23 (60%).
John Tavares won 13 of 18 for the Isles; No Senator who took multiple draws won more than he lost.
The Isles won over 50% of the draws in each period, including 24 of 37 in the first two periods.
The Isles won 25 of 45 draws at even strength, 6 of 7 on the power play and 4 of 6 on the penalty kill.
Isles 25, Ottawa 25. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with six shots; Mark Borowiecki had six for Ottawa; he leads the NHL with 141 hits. (Clutterbuck has 106)
There were no fights. Season total – 5: (deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were credited with 8 blocked shots, including three from Travis Hamonic.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 70, Ottawa 56 (Including 19-6 Isles following the 4th Ottawa goal)
5-on-5 Isles 56, Ottawa 48
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: John Tavares +13; John Tavares 68%
Ottawa: Mark Borowiecki +3
Jason Chimera – 136 (including 105 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 99
Thomas Greiss, Casey Cizikas (injury)
Injured Reserve: Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 53
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 588*** 17. Ken Morrow 550 *** 18. Duane Sutter 547 *** 19. Lorne Henning 543 *** 20. John Tavares 541
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 216
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 170
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 268
Season Series Stats
Ottawa leads the season series one game to none (and two points to none). The teams will meet in Ottawa on February 11th before facing each other in the regular season finale, in Brooklyn, on April 9th.
Despite the loss, the Isles are 6-3-1 in their last ten games against Ottawa.
On The Farm
Bridgeport allowed three goals in a 62 second span of the first period, recovered to tie the game 3-3 but eventually fell 5-3 to Syracuse on Saturday. It was the Sound Tigers' (16-11-0-0) fourth straight loss. Stephen Gionta, Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield scored for Bridgeport.
Bracken Kearns continues to lead Bridgeport 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).
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20th–ISLANDERS AT BOSTON- 7:00PM
[MSG+2 (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles head to Boston for their first meeting of the season with the Bruins.
The Bruins have won five straight over the Isles, outscoring the Isles by a 17-8 score.
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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