By Eric Hornick
Colorado 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Nathan McKinnon scored a power play goal with 16.1 seconds remaining in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche broke a 5-game losing streak with a 2-1 overtime win over the Isles before a crowd of 14,788 at Pepsi Center.
Johnny Boychuk scored the only Islander goal, stopping a five-game streak in which the Isles scored four goals or more.
06:06 Colorado Gabriel Landeskog (7) ASST: Mikko Rantanen (12), Nathan MacKinnon (17) 0-1
17:34 New York PPG - Johnny Boychuk (5) ASST: Nick Leddy (11), Ryan Strome (8) 1-1
04:43 Colorado PPG - Nathan MacKinnon (10) ASST: Jarome Iginla (6), Tyson Barrie (18) 1-2
The Isles allowed the first goal for only the 4th time in the last 18 games; Gabriel Landeskog's goal was only the second first period goal allowed by the Isles in the last five games … Johnny Boychuk tied Nick Leddy for the club lead in goals among defensemen (5) with the Isles' first 5-on-3 goal of the season…The Isles are 9-5-3 in the last 17 games… The Avs are 2-10-0 in their last 12 games, with both of their wins coming in overtime. … The Isles connected on a 5-on-3 as their road power play improves to 10-44 (22.7%)… The Isles have not won this season when trailing after one period (0-8-2) …Ryan Strome, who had a second-high six shots, is 4-4-8 in the last 9…Thomas Greiss is 3-0-1 in his last four and 6-1-1 in his last 8…Colorado has outscored their opponents 5-0 in overtime…Former Islander Blake Comeau played in his 599th NHL game… The Isles had 36 shots on goal, one shy of the season high (37 in Pittsburgh October 27th)
The Penalty Shot:
Matt Nieto, making his Avalanche debut, failed on a first period penalty shot. It was Thomas Greiss' second save on a penalty shot this season; he stopped San Jose's Joe Thornton in November. It was the 24th penalty shot in the NHL this season; 9 of the 24 have been successful.
All-time Islander goalies have stopped 38 of 52 opponent penalty shots, including ten straight. The last opponent to score vs. the Islanders was Los Angeles' Dustin Brown, who scored against Dwayne Roloson on November 13, 2010 -- the final game Scott Gordon served as head coach.
Josh Bailey played in his 594th game, tying John Tonelli for 15th place on the all-time Isles list while John Tavares played his 547th game, tying Duane Sutter for 18th place.
Countdown to 500
John Tavares was held pointless. He needs only 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 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 ten of their 15 regulation losses (and 17 of their 22 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 third game of a stretch in which the Isles will play seven out of eight games on the road: The Isles are 1-1-1 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
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 7-3-2 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 15-15-7 overall; 11-7-4 at home and 4-8-3 on the road.
Colorado is 13-25-1 overall; 5-13-1 at home and 8-12-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-5-2 in Division games and 11-10-5 in games versus other divisions (3-5-3 vs. Atlantic, 3-2-1 vs. Central and 5-3-1 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 7-10-5 against the East and 8-5-2 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 37 saves; he is 9-5-1 on the season and 5-2-1 in his career against Colorado.
Calvin Pickard made 35 saves as he broke a 5-game losing streak and improves to 7--12-1 on the season and 1-0-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Islanders were 1-4 on the power play while Colorado was 1-4.
The Isles are 6-5-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-10-2 when they do not. The Isles are 4-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 11-6-2 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 1-12-5 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 3-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-5 in games decided in overtime and are 1-2 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 11-4-4 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 225-190-63 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 478
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, two behind both Don Cherry and Bob Johnson. 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 2-2-1 on the back-end.
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. This back-to-back set concludes on Saturday in Arizona.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 1-0-0 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 (25:18); Colorado: Tyson Barrie (29:12)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (7-11-5), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (0-0-1)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 23:51 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (9-9-5), Josh Bailey (4-4-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-1-0)
Isles 26, Colorado 48 (35%).
No Islander who took multiple face-offs won more than he lost; Matt Duchene won 14 of 17 for Colorado, who entered the game tied-3rd in face-off percentage (52.8%).
The Isles won less than 40% of the draws in each period, including just one of three in overtime.
The Isles won 21 of 58 draws at even strength, 2 of 6 on the power play and 3 of 10 on the penalty kill.
Isles 9, Colorado 17. Alan Quine led the Isles with three hits; Rene Bourque had four shots for Colorado.
There were no fights. Season total – 6: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1).
The Isles were credited with 20 blocked shots, including three from Travis Hamonic, Andrew Ladd and Johnny Boychuk.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 71, Colorado 66
5-on-5 Isles 49, Colorado 44
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Thomas Hickey +11; Cal Clutterbuck 63%
Colorado: Blake Comeau +10
Jason Chimera – 143 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 104
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 and John Tonelli 594 *** 17. Ken Morrow 550 *** 18. John Tavares and Duane Sutter 547
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 Avs lead the season series one game to none (and two points to one). The teams will conclude their season series on February 12th in Brooklyn.
The Isles are 0-2-1 in their last three trips to Colorado and 2-3-1 in their last six games against the Avs. The Isles have scored only four goals total in their last four trips to Denver.
On The Farm
In Jaroslav Halak's first minor league game since 2008, the Sound Tigers fell to Springfield 3-2 in a six-round shootout on Wednesday. The Sound Tigers, who are 17-14-0-1 on the season, got a pair of goals from Bracken Kearns, including a shorthanded tally with 22 seconds to play. Halak finished with 30 saves.
Bracken Kearns continues to lead the Sound Tigers in scoring (11-15-26) and has retaken the club lead in goals (11). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 18 assists and is second on the team in points (4-18-22); Toews has also been selected to the AHL All-Star Game.
The Sound Tigers visit Hartford on Saturday.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th - ISLANDERS AT ARIZONA - 8:00PM
[MSG+2 (Isles pre-game at 7:30), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles look to complete a sweep of the season series as they face the Coyotes in Glendale.
The Isles defeated Arizona 3-2 in Brooklyn in October and have not lost a home game in regulation to the Coyotes since 2002. However, on the road it has been a different story as the Isles have lost three of their last four games in the desert.
The Coyotes will also be playing the back-end of a back-to-back; Arizona lost to Anaheim in overtime on Friday night.
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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