By Eric Hornick
Philadelphia 3, Isles 2 (OT)
Claude Giroux scored his 9th career overtime goal with 100 seconds remaining in the extra session as the Philadelphia Flyers overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Islanders 3-2 before a crowd of 13,146 at Barclays Center. The overtime loss snapped the Isles 3-game winning streak but extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1).
The Isles remain unbeaten in regulation under Coach Doug Weight (2-0-1). It's the fourth time in club history that a coach has opened 2-0-1 or better.
Thomas Greiss extended his personal scoreless streak to 154:10 before Wayne Simmonds broke the streak with 5:50 remaining in the second period; Greiss has stopped 85 consecutive shots.
13:25 New York Nick Leddy (8) 0-1
04:47 New York Alan Quine (4) ASST: Shane Prince (9), Dennis Seidenberg (10) 0-2
14:10 Philadelphia Wayne Simmonds (19) ASST: Brayden Schenn (16), Radko Gudas (10) 1-2
01:47 Philadelphia Ivan Provorov (4) ASST: Brayden Schenn (17), Wayne Simmonds (17) 2-2
03:20 Philadelphia Claude Giroux (11) ASST: Shayne Gostisbehere (16), Jakub Voracek (29) 3-2
The Isles scored the first goal for the 21st time in the last 26 games while the Flyers allowed the first goal for the 32nd time this sesaon; the Isles have outscored their opponents 41-33 in the first period… The Isles are 15-0-4 when leading after two periods.… The Isles are 11-2-2 when scoring the first two goals of a game…The Isles remain two games over NHL-.500 (19-17-9) and remain five points out of the final playoff spot. The Isles allowed 47 shots, matching the most in Barclays history (10/15/2015 vs Nashville); it's the first time since February 22-27, 2015 that the Isles have had at least 36 shots on goal in three consecutive games…. John Tavares set a career high with 10 shots on goal …The Isles have lost five straight overtime/shootout games and are 3-9 in games that have gone past 60 minutes this season; it's their longest overtime/shootout losing streak since losing their first six extra time contests in 2011-12 …Shane Prince earned an assist in his 100th NHL game…The teams combined for 85 shots on goal, matching the most in Barclays Center history (1/3/2016 vs. Dallas)
Thomas Greiss extended his shutout streak to 154:10 before Wayne Simmonds ended the streak.
It's the sixth longest streak in club history:
· December 1975 Chico Resch 178:29
· February 1994 Ron Hextall 176:46
· April 1998 Wade Flaherty 169:38
· December 2006 Rick DiPietro 156:30
· November 2014 Jaroslav Halak 156:04
· January 2017 Thomas Greiss 154:10
Good Start for Coach Weight Continues
The Isles are 2-0-1 under Coach Weight, matching the team's best start following a mid-season coaching change:
· Bill Stewart 1/21/99 W 5-2 @ Pittsburgh, 1/26/99 W 4-1 vs. Boston, 1/29/99 T 4-4 vs Arizona (replaced Mike Milbury)
· Doug Weight 1/19/17 W 3-0 vs. Dallas, 1/21/17 W 4-2 vs. Los Angeles, 1/22/17 OTL 3-2 vs Philadelphia (replaced Jack Capuano)
The only Islander coaches to have earned points in their first three games as head coach are:
· Peter Laviolette (who won his first four and went 9-0-1-1 in his first 11 games in 2001)
· Lorne Henning (who opened win, tie, win in three games in 1995)
Countdown to 1,000
Jason Chimera played in his 996th NHL game. 306 skaters and two goalies have played 1000 NHL games; Chimera could reach that mark on February 3rd in Detroit.
#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)
Thomas Greiss has started nine of the last 10 games (4-2-3 with a 2.09 GAA and a 93.6 save percentage) and 11 of the last 15 games (6-2-3 with a 1.98 GAA and a 94.2 save percentage). In the last nine games that he started he allowed only 19 goals, and 7 of those came in one game. He has allowed two goals or less in 9 of his last 11 games.
Last Long Homestand
The Isles are ending January by playing six straight home games. The Isles are 2-0-1 in this stretch.
1/19 vs Stars (W 3-0)
1/21 vs. Kings (W 4-2)
1/22 vs. Flyers (L/OT 3-2)
1/24 vs. Blue Jackets
1/26 vs. Canadiens
1/31 vs. Capitals
Following this homestand, the Isles will play 22 of their final 34 on the road and will not have a homestand longer than two games.
The Isles are 9-4-3 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-2-0 when the shots are even but are 8-12-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 19-17-9 overall; 13-8-5 at home and 6-9-4 on the road.
Philadelphia is 23-19-6 overall; 14-7-3 at home and 9-12-3 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-7-2 in Division games and 15-11-6 in games versus other divisions (5-6-3 vs. Atlantic, 4-2-1 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 9-13-5 against the East and 10-5-3 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 44 saves; he is 12-7-3 on the season and 2-3-1 in his first career against Philadelphia.
Steve Mason made 36 saves to snap an 8-game winless streak (0-6-2); he improves to 15-15-163 on the season and 8-2-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles went 0-2 on the power play, while Philadelphia went 0-3.
The Isles are 7-5-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-12-4when they do not. The Isles are 6-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 13-8-4 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-13-7 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-6-9 in games decided by a single goal including 3-6-0 in regulation. They are 2-6 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 2-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 15-4-7 when they score first and are 4-12-3 when they allow the opening goal.
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-3-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-3-3 on the back-end.
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set will be on February 3rd in Detroit and February 4th at home against Carolina.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 1-1-2 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 12-11-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (22:32); Philadelphia: Shayne Gostisbehere (22:22)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (10-13-7), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (1-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-1)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 20:39 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (13-9-7), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-2-0)
Isles 32, Philadelphia 28 (53%).
Alan Quine won 5 of 8 for the Islanders; Sean Couturier won 9 of 13 for Philadelphia.
The Isles won 23 of 41 in the first two periods and both draws in overtime but won only 7 of 17 draws in the third period.
The Isles won 29 of 52 draws at even strength, 1 of 2 on the power play and 21 of 6 on the penalty kill.
Isles 23, Philadelphia 12. Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with six hits; Radko Gudas led Philadelphia with three.
There were no fights. Season total – 8: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1, Hickey 1, Strome 1).
The Isles were credited with 15 blocked shots, including three from Thomas Hickey and Calvin deHaan.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 66, Philadelphia 83 (including 27-14 Isles in the third period.
5-on-5 Isles 48, Philadelphia 65
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee & Nikolay Kulemin +2; Nikolay Kulemin 55%
Philadelphia: Brandon Manning +13
Jason Chimera – 151 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 112
Andrew Ladd (injured), Scott Mayfield, Stephen Gionta
Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 79
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. Josh Bailey 602 *** Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 15 Garry Howatt 596*** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 555
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 226
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. Derek King 288 *** 11. John Tavares 281
18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Ed Westfall and Josh Bailey 181
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9. Bobby Nystrom 513 *** 10. John Tavares 507
21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Ed Westfall 286 *** 24 Josh Bailey 280
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 10 of their 12 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 20 of their 265 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)
Season Series Stats
The Flyers lead the season series two games to one (and four points to one). Both of the remaining games between the teams are in Philadelphia (February 9 and March 30).
The Flyers have won all four of their visits to Barclays Center (Isles are 0-2-2); the Isles have scored only seven goals in five losses (0-3-2) to the Flyers since the start of 2016.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 22-15-1-1 this season after completing a 3-win in 3-day weekend with a 3-1 win over Rochester on Sunday. Joshua Ho-Sang, playing on his 21st birthday, scored twice (his 4th and 5th goals of the season) while Steve Bernier hit the empty net for his 15th goal. Stephon Williams made 29 saves for the win.
Bracken Kearns leads the Sound Tigers in both goals and points (16-17-33). Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 21 assists and is second on the team in points (4-21-25). Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 5 goals (5-9-14 in only 18 games).
The Sound Tigers host Providence Wednesday in the third game of an 8-game homestand,
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th –COLUMBUS AT ISLANDERS - 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles pre-game at 6:30), WMCA 570, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to Brooklyn in the second meeting of the season between the teams this season. Back on December 10th, the Jackets broke open a close game in the third period and defeated the Isles 6-2 for the sixth win of their franchise record 16 game winning streak.
The Isles have earned at least a point in each of their last 10 home games against Columbus (7-0-3), including two regulation wins last season at Barclays Center.
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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