By Eric Hornick
Arizona 2, Isles 1 (SO)
Brendan Perlini scored the tying goal with 5:55 to play and the Coyotes connected on both of their shootout attempts as Arizona defeated the Isle before a crowd of 12,380 at Gila River Arena.
Alan Quine scored the only Islander goal, his first in the last eight games.
Radim Vrbata's shootout goal was the 44th of his career, breaking a tie with Frans Nielsen for the NHL record. Vrbata has had an NHL-record 101 attempts.
15:35 New York Alan Quine (3) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (9) 1-0
14:05 Arizona Brendan Perlini (4) ASST: Connor Murphy (8), Peter Holland (5) 1-1
Arizona Goal - Anthony Duclair (game deciding goal)
New York Missed - Cal Clutterbuck
Arizona Goal - Radim Vrbata
New York Missed - Andrew Ladd
The Isles are 1-3 in shootouts this season, scoring on 5 of 22 attempts. The Isles have not scored a goal in any of their three losing shootouts (0-8).
The Isles scored the first goal for the 15th time in the last 19 games… Johnny Boychuk has a point in three straight games (1-2-3) …The Isles are 9-5-4 in the last 18 games… The Coyotes broke a 9-game winless streak (0-8-1) …The Isles are 11-0-3 when leading after two periods…Thomas Greiss is 3-0-2 in his last five and 6-1-2 in his last 9… The Isles held Arizona without a shot for the final 5:42 of the second period and the first 14:05 of the third…Shane Prince hit the post twice on one shift in overtime.…The Isles have earned points in three straight games (1-0-2).
One for the History Books
The Isles lost on back-to-back nights in either overtime or a shootout for the first time in club history.
Johnny Boychuk played in his 500th NHL game (4 with Colorado, 317 with Boston and 179 with the Isles)
Josh Bailey played in his 595th game, passing John Tonelli for 15th place on the all-time Isles list while John Tavares played his 548th game, passing Duane Sutter for 18th place.
Countdown to 500
John Tavares was held pointless. He still needs two 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 nine of their 11 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 ten of their 15 regulation losses (and 18 of their 23 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)
This was the fourth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play seven out of eight games on the road: The Isles are 1-1-2 in that stretch.
12/29 @ Wild - Lost 4-6
12/31 @ Jets – Won 6-2
1/6 @Avalanche – Lost/OT 1-2
1/7 @ Coyotes – Lost/SO 1-2
1/11 Vs Panthers
1/13 @ Panthers
1/14 @ Hurricanes
1/16 @ Bruins
Following this stretch, the Isles will play six straight at home – it will be the final homestand of at least three games this season.
The Isles are 7-4-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-2-0 when the shots are even but are 7-10-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 15-15-8 overall; 11-7-4 at home and 4-8-4 on the road.
Arizona is 12-22-6 overall; 7-10-2 at home and 5-12-4 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-5-2 in Division games and 11-10-6 in games versus other divisions (3-5-3 vs. Atlantic, 3-2-1 vs. Central and 5-3-2 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 7-10-5 against the East and 8-5-3 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves; he is 9-5-2 on the season and 3-3-1 in his career against Arizona.
Louie Domingue made 27 saves as he records his first win since November 8th. He improves to 5-10-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders were 0-4 on the power play while Arizona was 0-2.
The Isles are 6-5-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-10-3 when they do not. The Isles are 4-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-6-3 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 14-3-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-12-6 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-5-8 in games decided by a single goal including 3-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-5 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 11-4-5 when they score first and are 4-11-3 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 225-190-64 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 479
3. Mike Milbury 191
4. Terry Simpson 187
5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 740
2. Jack Capuano 225
3. Terry Simpson 81
4. Peter Laviolette 77
5. Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is 71st in NHL in games coached, one behind both Don Cherry and Bob Johnson, 11 behind Tom Watt and 12 behind Craig Hartsburg. His 225 wins places him 64th all-time, four behind Robbie Ftorek and nine behind Bob Johnson.
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-3-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-2 on the back-end.
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is January 13th in Florida and January 14th in Carolina.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 1-0-1 when both teams played the night before.
· The Isles are 5-3-2 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 8-10-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:25); Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larson (26:34)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (7-11-6), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 22:39 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (9-9-6), Josh Bailey (4-4-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-1-0)
Isles 32, Arizona 30 (52%).
Brock Nelson won 9 of 13 for the Isles; Josh Jooris won 9 of 15 for Arizona.
The Isles won 12 of 18 draws in the third period but only 20 of 44 draws in the other 45 minutes.
The Isles won 23 of 50 draws at even strength, 6 of 7 on the power play and 3 of 5 on the penalty kill.
Isles 37, Arizona 31. Casey Cizikas led the Isles with five hits; three Coyotes each had four.
There were no fights. Season total – 6: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were credited with 21 blocked shots, including five from Johnny Boychuk.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 61, Arizona 66 (including 10-2 in the Isles' favor in overtime)
5-on-5 Isles 46, Arizona 55
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Cal Clutterbuck +5; Cal Clutterbuck 60%
Arizona: Josh Jooris and Connor Murphy +9
Jason Chimera – 144 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 105
Anthony Beauvillier, Stephen Gionta, Adam Pelech
Total games lost: 61
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
12. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 13. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 14. Garry Howatt 596 *** 15. Josh Bailey 595
*** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. Ken Morrow 550 *** 18. John Tavares 548
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 218
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. Derek King 288 *** 11. John Tavares 280
18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Ed Westfall 181 *** 20. Josh Bailey 176
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9. Bobby Nystrom 513 *** 10. Derek King 499 *** 11. John Tavares 498
21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey 274
Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series one game to one (the Isles earned three points to the Coyotes' two).
This was the 7th overtime game between the teams since the Coyotes moved to the desert. There has not been a goal scored in any of the overtimes; the first four ended in ties and the Coyotes have won two of the three shootouts.
The Isles are 2-5-11 in their last eight trips to Arizona.
On The Farm
Bracken Kearns scored his team-leading 12th goal and it turned out to be the winning tally as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated Hartford 2-1 on Saturday. Jaroslav Halak earned his first AHL victory since February 24, 2008 but left the game late in the 2nd period with an injury. Michael dal Colle had the other goal for the Sound Tigers, who improve to 18-14-0-1 on the season.
Kearns continues to lead the Sound Tigers in goals and points (12-15-27). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 18 assists and is second on the team in points (4-18-22).
The Sound Tigers are now off until Friday, when they begin a "3 in 3" set in Binghamton.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11th – FLORIDA AT ISLANDERS - 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WFAN 660/101,9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles play their first home game of 2017 and their only home game in an eight game span as the Florida Panthers make their first visit to Barclays Center
It's the Panthers' first visit to Brooklyn since John Tavares ended the Isles' 23-year gap without a playoff series victory with a double-overtime goal in game six of their first round series.
The teams met on November 12th in Sunrise and the Panthers, who outshot the Isles 41-19, emerged with a 3-2 overtime victory on a Denis Malgin overtime goal.
The teams split a pair of games in Brooklyn last season, with Cal Clutterbuck's goal capping a3-2 come-from-behind win for the Isles last March.
Jiggs McDonald will have the call on MSG+ as the only broadcaster to call a game in every season since the 1967 expansion calls a game in his 50th season.
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 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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