13:53 Carolina Jordan Staal (9) ASST: Matt Tennyson (4), Brock McGinn (7) 4-7
Rookie Brock McGinn had four points (1-3-4) while three other Hurricanes (Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak) each had three. McGinn had a six point weekend for Carolina (3-3-6) …Tavares came close to becoming the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy (3/3/96 – 3/5/96) to record consecutive hat tricks…Tavares' 19 goals vs. Carolina are his highest total against any opponent…The Isles scored the first goal for the 17th time in the last 22 games… The Isles are 0-11-1 when trailing after two periods.…Jason Chimera scored for the 2nd straight game…There were no penalties called in the game – only the fifth time in Isles history that has happened…Anthony Beauvillier earned an assist for the second straight game; he previously did that on October 21-23 vs Arizona and Minnesota…Scott Mayfield assisted on Tavares' goal for his 4th point in four NHL games this season. Mayfield, who replaced an injured Johnny Boychuck, saw his first NHL action since December 6th vs. the Rangers…Josh Bailey had two assists for the second straight game; he now has 11 assists in the last 11 games (0-11-11); with 23 assists he now has three more than he had all last season and is just 7 assists shy of his career high (30 in 2013-14)… It is the second time this season (12/15 vs. Chicago) that the Isles have lost a game in regulation in which they had a two goal lead at some point…The Isles allowed 7 goals for the first time this season…The Isles fell back below NHL-.500 (16-17-8).
Dubie's Still in the Books
No Islander goalie has won road games on consecutive days since Wade Dubielewicz did so in Philadelphia and New Jersey on April 7 – 8, 2007. Dubielewicz' poke check sealed a shootout win in New Jersey that sent the Isles to the playoffs that season.
Movin' On Up
Josh Bailey played in his 598th game, passing Kenny Jonsson for 13th place on the all-time Isles list.
John Tavares played in his 551st game, passing Ken Morrow for 17th place in the all-time Isles list.
Thomas Greiss played in his 150th NHL game, but allowed seven goals for the first time in his NHL career.
John Tavares recorded his 33rd multi-goal game; it's the second time in his career (10/13 -10/15/2011) that he has scored five goals in a two-game stretch.
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 11 of their 17 regulation losses (and 19 of their 25 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 seventh game of a stretch in which the Isles will play seven out of eight games on the road: The Isles are 2-3-2 in that stretch, which concludes on Monday afternoon in Boston.
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 – Lost 1-2
1/13 @ Panthers – Won 5-2
1/14 @ Hurricanes- Lost 4-7
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 45 shots allowed are the second-highest total of the season (50 in Boston on 12/20/16)
The Isles are 8-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents and 1-2-0 when the shots are even but are 7-11-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 16-17-8 overall; 11-8-4 at home and 5-9-4 on the road.
Carolina is 21-15-7 overall; 15-4-1 at home and 6-11-6 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-6-2 in Division games and 12-11-6 in games versus other divisions (4-6-3 vs. Atlantic, 3-2-1 vs. Central and 5-3-2 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 8-12-5 against the East and 8-5-3 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 36 saves before being replaced after the 7th Carolina goal; Greiss is 10-7-2 on the season and 2-2-1 in his career against Carolina. JF Berube finished up, stopping the only two shots he faced.
Cam Ward, in his 19th consecutive start, made 28 saves as he improves to 18-12-6 on the season and 20-4-4 in his career against the Isles.
Neither team had a power play in the 2nd penalty-free game ever between these franchises (1/26/80- Isles/Hartford).
The Isles are 6-5-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-8-3 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-13-6 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-6-8 in games decided by a single goal including 3-6-0 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 12-4-6 when they score first and are 4-12-3 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 226-192-64 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 482
3.Mike Milbury 191
4.Terry Simpson 187
5.Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.Al Arbour 740
2.Jack Capuano 226
3.Terry Simpson 81
4.Peter Laviolette 77
5.Ted Nolan 74
Capuano is 69th in NHL games coached, 8 games behind Tom Watt and 9 behind Craig Hartsburg. His 226 wins places him 64th all-time, three behind Robbie Ftorek and eight behind Bob Johnson.
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-3-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-3-2 on the back-end.
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is January 21st vs Los Angeles and January 22nd vs. Philadelphia, both at home
Tired vs. Rested
·The Isles are 1-1-1 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 9-11-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:27); Carolina: Ron Hainsey (23:46)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (8-13-6), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
Brock Nelson led the Isles forwards with 17:42 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (10-9-6), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-2-0)
Isles 25, Carolina 35 (42%).
Brock Nelson won 9 of 16 for the Isles; Jay McClement won 10 of 12 for Carolina.
The Isles won 9 of 17 draws in the second period, but only 16 of 43 in the other two periods.
The Isles won 25 of 60 draws at even strength, 0 of 0 on the power play and 0 of 0 on the penalty kill.
Isles 27, Carolina 19. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas led the Isles with four hits; no Hurricane had more than two.
There were no fights. Season total – 7: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were credited with 17 blocked shots, including three from Andrew Ladd.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 62, Carolina 79 (including 16-0 in Carolina's favor in the final 8 minutes of the 2nd period)
5-on-5 Isles 62, Carolina 79
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +5; Anders Lee 56%
Carolina: Justin Faulk +11
Jason Chimera – 147 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 108
Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Johnny Boychuk (injured)
Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 65
Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 20-20-4 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 4-3-1 this season.
Carolina leads the season series one game to none (and two points to none). There are still four meetings left between the teams this season, with the next game scheduled for Barclays Center on February 4th.
This was just the second regulation loss for the Isles in their last six five trips to Raleigh (4-2-0) and just their second regulation loss (6-2-2) in their last ten games against the Canes.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 18-15-1-1 this season after a 3-1 loss to Utica on Saturday as the Comets scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat Jaroslav Halak. Ryan Pulock, in his first game in 13 days, had the only goal for Bridgeport.; Pulock now has points in each of his last six AHL games.
Bracken Kearns continues to lead the Sound Tigers in goals and points (13-15-28). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 20 assists and is second on the team in points (4-20-24).
The Sound Tigers visit Providence on Sunday afternoon.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16th –ISLANDERS AT BOSTON - 1:00PM
The road trip concludes as the Isles face the Bruins for the second time this season. The last time the Isles went to Boston, Thomas Greiss made 48 saves in a 4-2 Isles win.
David Krejci joined John Tavares in the 500 point club by reaching the milestone on Saturday against Philadelphia. Krejci is just the third member of the 2004 draft class to reach 500 points, joining Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin.
The Isles have won 4 of their last 6 games in Boston but have NEVER shutout the Bruins in Beantown. The Isles have three shutouts all-time against Boston, all at the Nassau Coliseum (including the final scoreless tie in franchise history (2/25/2004).
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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