By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Philadelphia 1
Jason Chimera broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period and Casey Cizikas added a goal early in the third as the Islanders defeated the Flyers 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 19,737 at Wells Fargo Center.
Wayne Simmonds and Anders Lee (after a post-game scoring change) had scored power play goals in the first period for the Islanders, who recorded a regulation victory in Philadelphia for the first time since January 19, 2012.
The Islanders improved to 7-1-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight. Philadelphia is 1-3-1 in their last five games and 7-12-4 since the end of their ten game winning streak.
The win moves the Isles within one point of Philadelphia, who drop behind Boston (who beat San Jose) in the standings. The Isles are two points behind Boston, who now hold the 2nd wild card spot. The Isles hold three games in hand on Philadelphia and four games in hand on Boston.
12:07 Philadelphia PPG - Wayne Simmonds (22) ASST: Gostisbehere (18), Voracek (32) 0-1
16:40 New York PPG – Anders Lee (19) ASST: John Tavares (24) Ryan Strome (13) 1-1
02:13 New York Jason Chimera (12) ASST: Andrew Ladd (6), Dennis Seidenberg (13) 2-1
01:21 New York Casey Cizikas (6) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (11) 3-1
The Isles are 17-0-4 when leading after two periods… Ryan Strome extended his point streak to five games (2-5-7) … A post-game scoring change extended Anders Lee's point streak to four games (2-5-7) while depriving Josh Bailey of a point in his fourth straight game… Casey Cizikas and Dennis Seidenberg each extended their point streak to three games…The Isles are 5-6-0 in their last 11 games in Philadelphia but their prior four wins had all been in shootouts; it's only their 5th win in their last 24 games at the Wells Fargo Center (5-17-2)…Jason Chimera's first game-winning goal of the season was his 175th career goal…Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 18-8-6 in their last 32 games…Dennis Seidenberg was credited with 5 hits and 5 blocks; he is the 3rd Islander this season to have at least five of each. Seidenberg finished +1 and is now +22 on the season…The Flyers have scored only one goal in their last three games; Simmonds' goal ended a 134:56 drought for Philly.
At +22, Seidenberg is reaching some lofty heights for an Islander.
1 Adrian Aucoin 2003-04 +29
2 Kenny Jonsson 2003-04 +25
3 Adrian Aucoin 2001-02 +23
3 Ryan Strome 2014-15 +23
3 Trent Hunter 2003-04 +23
6 Dennis Seidenberg 2016-17 +22
The Isles are now 13-4-4 in their last 21 games (since December 20th vs. Boston). In those games, the PP is 13-65 (20.0%) and the penalty kill is 6-46 (87.0%). The only NHL teams with better records in that span are Washington (19-3-3, including 0-2-0 vs. the Isles) and Minnesota (17-4-2).
Moving on Up
John Tavares' assist ties him with Derek King for 10th place on the Isles all-time assist list (288).
#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)
Thomas Greiss has started 15 of the last 17 games (9-3-3) and 17 of the last 22 games (11-3-3). In the last 15 games that he started he has allowed only 35 goals, with 17of those coming in just three games. He has allowed two goals or less in 13 of his last 17 games.
50-50 to Begin February
The Isles are beginning February with a 10 game stretch that features five home games and five road games, all in a span of 17 days. The Isles are 2-1-1 in this stretch (1-0-1 at home and 1-1-0 on the road).
2/3 at Red Wings (Lost 4-5)
2/4 vs. Hurricanes (Lost 4-5 OT)
2/6 vs. Maple Leafs (Won 6-5 OT)
2/9 at Flyers (Won 3-1)
2/11 at Senators
2/12 vs. Avalanche
2/14 at Maple Leafs
2/16 vs. Rangers
2/18 at Devils
2/19 vs. Devils
The Isles play 22 of their final 34 on the road and do not have a homestand longer than two games. Following this 10-game stretch the Isles will play nine straight road games for the first time in franchise history.
The Isles are 12-5-4 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-2-0 when the shots are even but are 10-12-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-18-10 overall; 17-8-6 at home and 7-10-4 on the road.
Philadelphia is 26-22-7 overall; 16-9-4 at home and 10-13-3 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 7-6-4 in Division games and 17-12-6 in games versus other divisions (7-7-3 vs. Atlantic, 4-2-1 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific). The Isles are 14-13-7 against the East and 10-5-3 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 34 saves as he improves to 17-8-3 on the season and 3-2-2 in his career against Philadelphia. It was his 40th victory as an Islander.
Steve Mason made 27 saves but falls to 16-17-6 on the season and 8-3-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles went 1-2 on the power play, while Philadelphia was 1-3.
The Isles are 10-6-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 14-12-4 when they do not. The Isles are 8-9-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 16-9-5 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-5-3 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 8-7-10 in games decided by a single goal including 4-7-0 in regulation. They are 3-7 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game that they allowed a goal after scoring an empty-netter).
The Isles are 18-6-6 when they score first and are 6-12-4 when they allow the opening goal.
The Isles are 4-4-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-3-4 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 11th in Ottawa and February 12th at home against Colorado.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 1-1-3 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 17-12-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Calvin deHaan (21:27); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (24:29)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (11-14-8), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-0-1), Calvin de Haan (1-0-0)
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 18:38 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (17-10-8), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-2-0), Shane Prince (1-0-0).
Isles 27, Philadelphia 19 (59%).
John Tavares won 15 of 18 for the Islanders; Claude Giroux won 13 of 22 for Philadelphia.
The Isles won 11 of 15 draws in the first period and 11 of 20 in the third period, but only 5 of 11 draws in the middle period.
The Isles won 21 of 37 draws at even strength, 3 of 4 on the power play and 3 of 5 on the penalty kill.
Isles 22, Philadelphia 31. Rob Seidenberg led the Isles with five hits; Michael Raffl had five for Philadelphia.
There were no fights. Season total – 9: (Boychuk 1, deHaan 1, Hamonic 3, Mayfield 1, Hickey 1, Strome 1, Chimera 1).
The Isles were credited with 32 blocked shots, including five from Dennis Seidenberg. The 32 blocks matches the club record (in real-time stats era) set on November 4. 2008 at MSG.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 57, Philadelphia 80 (including 25-6 in the Flyers' favor in the first 12:07)
5-on-5 Isles 48, Philadelphia 64
5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: Shane Prince +4; Shane Prince 58%
Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov +16
Jason Chimera – 158 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 119
Scott Mayfield, Stephen Gionta, Cal Clutterbuck (injured)
Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic
Total games lost: 94
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
10. Billy Harris 623 *** 11. Stefan Persson 622 *** 12. Josh Bailey 609
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 561
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 227
25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall and Benoit Hogue 105 *** 28. Josh Bailey 104
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. Derek King and John Tavares 288
16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Josh Bailey 183
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052
6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9. John Tavares 515
21. Duane Sutter 292 *** 22. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 23. Josh Bailey 287
The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes 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
· 2/6 – Tor Maple Leafs – Andrew Ladd (18:31); Isles won in overtime
Fit to Be Tied
The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 10 of their 14 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 12 of their 18 regulation losses (and 22 of their 28 overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation seven times (including one game they rallied to win):
· 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)
· 2/3 – Det Red Wings – Danny DeKeyser (19:32)
· 2/6 – Tor Maple Leafs – Michael Nylander (17:59) (Isles won game in OT)
Season Series Stats
Philadelphia leads the season series two games to one (each team has four points). The teams will meet in Philadelphia on March 30th to conclude the season series.
The Isles are 1-0-2 this season against against Philadelphia; this was only their 5th win in their last 24 games in Philly (5-17-2).
On The Farm
Ryan Pulock scored his second goal of the game in overtime as the Sound Tigers concluded an 8-game homestand with a 7-1-0-0 record with a 4-3 win over Springfield. Bridgeport is now 27-16-1-1 on the season.
Bracken Kearns leads the Sound Tigers in points (16-20-36) and is tied with Steve Bernier for the goal-scoring lead with 16. Rookie Devon Toews leads the team with 24 assists. Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 9 goals (9-9-18 in only 24 games). Jaroslav Halak now leads the team in wins (8-1-2).
The Sound Tigers begin a home-and-home in Providence on Friday, host the P-Bruins on Saturday and then host Hershey on Sunday afternoon.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th –ISLANDERS AT OTTAWA- 1:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Game Night begins at 12:30), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles conclude their road trip with the first of two games in four days in Ontario as they face the Ottawa Senators for the second time this season.
Ottawa defeated the Isles 6-2 back on December 18th, dropping the Isles to 11-14-6. Since then, the Isles are 13-4-4.
The Canadian capital has been a successful stop for the Isles in recent years, as they have gone 4-0-1 in their last five visits.
The final meeting of the teams will be in Brooklyn on April 9th in the regular season finale.
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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