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The Skinny: Chicago 2, Isles 1 (SO)

"The Skinny"

 By Eric Hornick
Game 63
Chicago 2, Isles 1 (SO)
Artemi Panarin scored the tying goal with Corey Crawford on the bench for an extra attacker and later added the final goal of the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 2-1 shootout win over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 21,883 at United Center.
Brock Nelson had given the Isles a 1-0 lead in the second period but Panarin tied it with 74 seconds to play. Goals by Jonathan Toews and Panarin in the shootout were enough to give the Hawks their 6th straight win.
With the overtime point, the Isles move one point ahead of Toronto, who lost in Anaheim. The Isles also hold a game-in-hand on the Leafs.

The Scoring:
1ST PERIOD
No Scoring
2ND PERIOD
13:27    New York         Brock Nelson (14) ASST: Travis Hamonic (11), Jason Chimera (11)            1-0
3RD PERIOD
18:46    Chicago            Artemi Panarin (20) ASST: Duncan Keith (39), Brent Seabrook (28)            1-1
OT PERIOD
No Scoring
The Shootout
Chicago            Goal - Jonathan Toews             
New York         Missed - Joshua Ho-Sang         
Chicago            Missed - Patrick Kane   
New York         Missed - Nikolay Kulemin          
Chicago            Goal - Artemi Panarin   
The Isles are 1-4 in the shootout this season, and have scored on only 5 of their 24 attempts.

The Skinny:
The Isles are 13-5-3 (.690) under Interim Coach Doug Weight …Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 24-12-7 in their last 43 games…The Isles are 4-1-1 in the last six...Brock Nelson's goal was his first in 12 games… The Isles have outscored the opposition in each regulation period: 53-52 in the first, 59-56 in the second, and 70-69 in the third…The Isles held Patrick Kane (7-1-8 in last 3) and Richard Panik (5-5-10 in last 7) off the scoreboard…The Hawks now have 4 players with 20 goals; San Jose is the only other team with four 20-goal scorers…Chicago improves to 6-12-2 when trailing after 2 periods; Isles are 22-0-5 when leading after 2 periods…Artemi Panarin went 3-1-4 vs the Isles this season...Jonathan Toews ended his 700th NHL game by scoring his 42nd shootout goal…It was Chicago's 407th consecutive home shutout.
Still Tied with the GM
Thomas Greiss has 44 wins as an Islander, tying Garth Snow for 12th place on the all-time Islander list.  Greiss is only the 3rd Islander goalie in the Post-Cup era to record consecutive seasons with at least 21 wins (DiPietro: 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and Hrudey 1986-87 and 1987-88).
Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back
Travis Hamonic returned to the Isles lineup after missing 24 games due to injury.  It was the first same that he played since Doug Weight took over behind the Isles bench.  Hamonic led the team in ice-time through two periods (13:35) and finished with 21:18.
  
Playoff Chase:

Metropolitan
GP
PTS
1.   Washington
63
93
2.   Columbus
62
86
3.   Pittsburgh
63
86
Atlantic
GP
PTS
1.      MontrĂ©al
65
80
2.      Ottawa
62
74
3.      Boston
64
72

Wild Card
GP
PTS
1.      NY Rangers
64
84
2.      ISLANDERS
63
71
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3.      Toronto
64
70
4.      Florida
63
69
5.      Philadelphia
63
67
6.      Tampa Bay
63
66
7.      Buffalo
64
65
8.      New Jersey
63
62
9.      Detroit
62
61
10.   Carolina
61
60
Last 32
The Isles are now 19-8-5 in their last 32 games (since December 20th vs. Boston).  In those games, the PP is 17-93(18.3%) and the penalty kill is 13-74 (82.49%).   
#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)
Thomas Greiss has started 24 of the last 28 games (13-7-4 with three shutouts) and 26 of the last 33 games (15-7-4 with three shutouts).
Weight Lifted
Isles leading scorers since Doug Weight became the Isles' interim coach:
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
+/-
1
John Tavares
21
7
14
21
+6
2
Anders Lee
20
8
9
17
+3
3
Josh Bailey
21
6
9
15
+7
4
Ryan Strome
21
6
8
14
+1
5
Nick Leddy
21
3
10
13
+4
6
Brock Nelson
21
5
7
12
0
7
Andrew Ladd
18
9
2
11
0
8
Jason Chimera
21
7
3
10
+3

Half-Way Home
The Isles are now more than halfway through their franchise-record nine consecutive road games. The Isles are 3-1-1 in this stretch, despite being outscored 13-12 (+1-0 in the shootout):
·        2/21 at Red Wings (Won 3-1)
·        2/23 at Canadiens (Won 3-0)
·        2/25 at Blue Jackets (Lost 0-7)
·        3/2 at Stars (Won 5-4)
·        3/3 at Blackhawks (Lost 1-2 SO)
·        3/5 at Flames
·        3/7 at Oilers
·        3/9 at Canucks
·        3/11 at Blues
When this stretch ends, the Isles will have 15 games left, including seven at home.
Home is Where the Heart Is
The Isles have earned points in their last 11 home games (9-0-2).  It's their longest point streak at home in the post-Cup era.  The last time the Isles had a longer streak was in 1982; the Isles ended the 1981-82 season with a 23-game unbeaten streak (21-0-2).  That streak began on January 2, 1982 and was extended to 30 games over two seasons (28-0-2).
The last time that the Isles had a point streak of at least ten home games in a single season was in 1989-90, when they also earned points in ten straight games (12/16/1989 – 1/28/1990). 
Longest Point Streaks in Post -Cup Era
11 – CURRENT (9-0-2)
10 -  12/16/89-01/28/90 (9-0-1)
10 – 3/24/13-10/17/13 (7-0-3 – Multi-season Streak)
The Shots
Isles       7-12-8-5=32
Chicago 6-7-15-3=31
The Isles are 15-7-5 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-2-0 when the shots are even but are 12-14-5 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 30-22-11 overall; 20-8-6 at home and 10-14-5 on the road. 
Chicago is 41-18-5 overall; 22-8-4 at home and 19-10-1 on the road.  
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 9-8-4 in Division games and 21-14-7 in games versus other divisions (9-9-3 vs. Atlantic, 6-2-2 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 18-17-7 against the East and 12-5-4 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 30 saves; he is 21-12-4 on the season and 0-1-2 in his career against Chicago.  
Corey Crawford made 31 saves to improve to 25-13-3 on the season and 5-0-1 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles went 0-3 on the power play, while Chicago was 0-2.
The Isles are 13-6-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 17-16-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 12-11-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-11-6 when they do not.    
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 29-5-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-17-8 when they do not. 
One Goal Games
The Isles are 9-8-11 in games decided by a single goal including 5-8-0 in regulation. They are 3-7 in games decided in overtime and are 1-4 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-1 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).
First Goal
The Isles are 20-6-7 when they score first and are 10-16-4 when they allow the opening goal.
Back-to-Backs
Including tonight, the Isles are 5-6-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 4-3-5 on the back-end. 
The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is a home-and-home series with Carolina on March 13th in Brooklyn and March 14th in Raleigh.
Tired vs. Rested
·        The Isles are 3-1-3 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 1-2-2 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
·        The Isles are 21-16-4 when both teams are rested.
Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Calvin de Haan (23:12); Chicago: Duncan Keith (29:13)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (13-16-8), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (7-4-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-1-1), Calvin de Haan (1-0-1), Tied (1-0-0).
John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 21:23 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (23-14-9), 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).
Face-offs
Isles 27, Chicago 24 (53%). 
Ryan Strome won 5 of 8 for the Isles; no Blackhawk who took more than two draws won more than he lost.
Face-offs by period: 1st period- 10/187; 2nd period 4/13; 3rd period 10/17; overtime 3/3

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/43; Power play 5/6; Penalty kill 0/2.
Hit Count
Isles 29, Chicago 21.  Cal Clutterbuck and Calvin deHaan led the Isles with five hits; Ryan Hartman had four for Chicago.
Fights
There were no fights.  Season total – 11: (Hamonic 3, Mayfield 2, Strome 2, Boychuk 1, Chimera 1, deHaan 1, Hickey 1).
Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 23 blocked shots; Travis Hamonic and Adam Pelech led the Isles with four blocks.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 55, Chicago 76 (including 30-17 in the final 20:01)
5-on-5 Isles 33, Chicago 58
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Andrew Ladd +1; Andrew Ladd 52%
Chicago: Michal Kempny, Michal Rozsival, Patrick Kane (all +15)
Ironmen
Jason Chimera – 169 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 130, Brock Nelson 77, Calvin deHaan 66, John Tavares 63

Scratches
Stephen Gionta, Thomas Hickey, Scott Mayfield, Alan Quine (injured)
Injured Reserve: Casey Cizikas
Total games lost: 126
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 620
15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 573
Goals
1.      Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 230
25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall, Benoit Hogue and Josh Bailey 105
Assists
1.      Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553
8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 294
16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Josh Bailey 189
Points
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 524
19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 21. Josh Bailey 294
Late Heroes
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 11 of their 15 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
Late Losses
The Isles have been tied in the third period in 12 of their 22 regulation losses (and 23 of their 33 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
Chicago wins the season series two games to none (and four points to one).
The Isles are 0-4-1 in the last five games against Chicago, and are 0-4-2 in their last six visits to the United Center.  The Isles last win in Chicago came on March 15, 2009; it was Peter Mannino's only NHL win.
On The Farm
The Sound Tigers are 35-18-1-1 on the season (and 17-3-0-0 in their last 20). Bridgeport is in 4th place in their division, even though they hold the 7th best record in the AHL.
Bracken Kearns leads Bridgeport in goals (19) and points (19-22-41). Rookie Devon Toews has regained the team lead in assists with 27.   Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 11 goals (11-17-28 in only 34 games) while Jaroslav Halak leads the team in wins (14-2-2).
Bridgeport visits Rochester Saturday and Utica Sunday before returning home to face Providence on Tuesday.
Up Next
SUNDAY, MARCH 5th –ISLANDERS AT CALGARY– 4:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Game Night begins at 3:30), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles look to sweep the season series against their expansion cousins as they visit the Flames in Calgary.  The Isles have won five straight games from Calgary, including the last two in overtime (both by 2-1 scores).  Josh Bailey scored the OT winner in Alberta last February, while Thomas Hickey had the deciding goal in Brooklyn in late November.  The win in November started to turn the Isles' season around following a 6-10-4 start; it's the only game this season that the Isles have won when they scored fewer than 3 goals (1-17-8)
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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