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The Skinny: Isles 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 22
Isles 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT)
Nick Leddy scored his 2nd career overtime goal (first as an Isle) as the Islanders completed a sweep of a home-and home series and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 before a crowd of 19,643 at Wells Fargo Center.  

Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd both scored third period goals as the Isles rallied from a multi-goal deficit after 40 minutes to win a road game for the first time since March 9, 2015 (0-22-1).

The Flyers had scored four second period goals to take a 4-2 lead; it's the first time since a 5-4 win in Dallas on December 3, 2011 that the Isles earned a point in a game that they allowed four goals in a period (0-20-0).

The Scoring:
19:43 New York Mathew Barzal (6) ASST: Andrew Ladd (6), Scott Mayfield (3) 1-0

03:49 Philadelphia Claude Giroux (10) ASST: Robert Hagg (3) 1-1
06:28 Philadelphia Wayne Simmonds (7) ASST: Shayne Gostisbehere (16), Nolan Patrick (3)1-2
07:56 New York Cal Clutterbuck (4) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (3), Scott Mayfield (4) 2-2
12:11 Philadelphia Shayne Gostisbehere (2) ASST: Jakub Voracek (21), Claude Giroux (15) 2-3
12:30 Philadelphia Sean Couturier (13) ASST: Jakub Voracek (22), Claude Giroux (16) 2-4

4:12 New York PPG - Jordan Eberle (8) ASST: Josh Bailey (22), Adam Pelech (8) 3-4
12:11 New York Andrew Ladd (5) ASST: Jordan Eberle (8), Mathew Barzal (16) 4-4

02:44 New York Nick Leddy (6) ASST: Joshua Ho-Sang (6), John Tavares (11) 5-4

The Skinny: 
The Isles scored the first goal for the 8th time in 22 games (8-0-0) …The four Flyer goals in the 2nd period were the most allowed by the Isles in any period this season… The Isles scored a power play goal for the fifth straight game for the first time since February 2016 (6 games) …Josh Bailey leads the team in assists and points (5-22-27) while John Tavares continues to lead in goals and is one point behind Bailey (15-11-26) …  Mathew Barzal's goal extended his point streak to five games and tied him with Vancouver's Brock Boeser for the NHL rookie point lead…An Islander defenseman had earned a point on 8 straight goals before Andrew Ladd's tally… Mathew Barzal extended his point streak to five games (3-5-8) while John Tavares extended his streak to four games (2-5-7)…The Isles improved to 3-3-2 in one-goal games; they are 10-4 in games decided by 2+ goals…The Isles last scored overtime goals in consecutive games on December 22/26, 2007…The Isles are lost their last five Black Friday games (0-4-1), scoring a combined total of six goals…Claude Giroux had 3 points in the second period, giving him 601 career points, including 46 (16-30-46) in 43 games against the Isles.

The Penalty Shot
Flyer rookie Nolan Patrick failed on a first period penalty shot.  It was the first penalty shot in an Islander game this season.  Thomas Greiss has faced the last five Islander penalty shots, stopping four of them.

It was the first Flyer penalty shot against the Islanders since November 18, 1984, when Kelly Hrudey stopped Ron Sutter.  Rick MacLeish scored against Billy Smith in 1978 in the only other regular season Flyer penalty shot against the Isles.

As a team, the Isles have stopped 11 of the last 12 penalty shots that they have faced.

First Things First
The Isles have scored first eight times this season (8-0-0).  It's the first time that the Isles have won eight straight games (single season) that they scored first since March 24-April 16,2013 (also 8-0-0).

The Isles also won the last 5 games that they scored first last season, giving them 13 straight wins when the Isles score first.  This is one game shy of the club record – the Isles won 14 straight games when scoring first between January 4 – February 25, 1982, including in 12 games of their 15 game winning streak.

A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 13-7-2 this season; they were 8-10-4 through 22 games last season and won only 13 of their first 33 games last season (13-14-6).

Catching Jonsson
Josh Bailey's assist was his 333rd point, tying Tomas Jonsson for 18th place on the all-time Isles list.  

Chasing Patty
John Tavares' assist on the overtime goal give him 563 points, leaving him just three points behind Pat LaFontaine for 6th place on the all-time Isles list.

Leddy(ing) the Way
Nick Leddy's winning goal was his 142nd point as an Islander, breaking a tie with Dave Lewis for 10th place on the all-time Islander defensemen scoring list.  Leddy also has 110 Islander assists, tied with Roman Hamrlik for 10th place on the all-time defense Iist.

With 19 points in 22 games this season, Leddy is averaging .86 points/game.  The last Islander defensemen to have that high of an average was Marc Andre-Bergeron (21 points/ 23 games =.91 in 2006-07).  No Islander defenseman has had an average as high as Leddy over a full season since Jeff Norton (53 points/ 60 games =.88) in 1989-90.

Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 8-2-2 on the season (8-1-2 in his last 11 games).  Greiss has won five straight and is 6-0-1 in his last 7 games.

Fastest to 35
Doug Weight is now 37-19-6 as an NHL coach. On November 18 in Tampa Bay, he reached 35 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:

Fewest Games to 35 Wins by an Islander Coach:
59 – Doug Weight
71 – Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (35-25-7-4)
73 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (35-27-11)
76—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (35-27-10-4)

The Shots
Isles             7-11-16-3=37
Philadelphia 10-7-12-1=30

The Isles are 4-2-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 9-4-0 when they are outshot.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have challenged twice and been successful once.
10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
10/12 @ Ana Ducks -- successful

The opponents have not challenged an Islander goal due to an offside so far this season.

Busy Stretch
This was the fifth game of a stretch in which the Isles will play 6 games in 10 days, changing cities between each game and playing two sets of three games in four days, with the four road games being played in two sets of back-to-backs.  The Isles are 4-1-0 in this stretch.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 13-7-2 overall; 7-0-2 at home and 6-7-0 on the road.  
Philadelphia is 8-9-6 overall; 4-4-4 at home and 4-5-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 4-3-0 in Division games and 9-4-2 in games versus other divisions.   The Isles are 6-3-0 against the East and 7-4-2 against the West.

Our House
The Isles are 7-0-2 at home, matching their best-ever record through 9 home games (7-0-2 in 1978-79 and 8-1-0 in 1984-85).

The Isles are 4-0-2 vs. the Western Conference at Barclays Center this season and are 25-4-5 all-time at Barclays against the West.

Most Points Through 9 Home Games:
16- 2017-18
16- 1978-79
16- 1984-85

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves as he improves to 8-2-2 on the season and 5-2-2 in his career against Philadelphia.

Brian Elliott also made 32 saves; he is 6-5-5 on the season and 5-1-6 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play; Philadelphia was 0-1.  
The Isles are 9-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 7-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-3-2 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 13-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-2 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-3-2 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal 
The Isles are 8-0-0 when they score first and are 5-7-2 when they allow the opening goal. 

Including today, the Isles are 3-2-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 2-2-0 on the back-end.  This back-to-back set concludes Saturday in Ottawa. The next back-to-back set is December 5th in Florida and December 6th in Tampa Bay.

Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-2-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 4-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 7-5-2 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (25:58); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (25:34)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (7-5-0), John Tavares (1-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).

John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (22:40). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (12-5-2), Josh Bailey (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-0).

Isles 21, Philadelphia 37 (36%). 

No Isle who took more than three draws won more than he lost; Valtteri Filippula won all nine draws he took for Philadelphia.

Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/19; 2nd period 4/15; 3rd period 8/21; Overtime 2/3.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 19/52; Power play 2/4; Penalty kill 0/2.

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Cal Clutterbuck -6) 
Philadelphia 35 (Samuel Morin and Ivan Provorov had 4)

There were no fights. Season total – 2: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1).

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 18 shots; three players each had three. 

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 67, Philadelphia 65
5-on-5 Isles 49, Philadelphia 53

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Jordan Eberle +9
Philadelphia: Samuel Morin +12

Night and Day 
The Isles are 12-7-1 in night games and 1-0-1 in matinees.  The Isles, who went 2-3-1 in matinees last season, will play six matinees this season; the next one is December 23rd vs. Winnipeg (1pm).

Jason Chimera – 210 (including 106 for the Capitals); Jordan Eberle 173 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 171, Calvin deHaan 107. 

(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Shane Prince-IR), Thomas Hickey, Alan Quine, Ryan Pulock

Total games lost: 49.

Late Hero
The Isles have scored once in the final minute of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout

The Isles have used 7 defensemen twice this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ) and are 2-0-0 in those games.  Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-0-0 when they dress seven natural defensemen.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
7.  Patrick Flatley 712 *** Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 661 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 *** 13. John Tavares 609

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 *** 4. Clark Gillies 304***
5. Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter 287 *** 7. John Tavares 250
22.  Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Josh Bailey 111
29. Anders Kallur 101*** 30. Trent Hunter 99 ***31. Mikko Makela, David Volek and Anders Lee 95

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tonelli 338 *** 6. Patrick Flatley 328 *** 7. Brent Sutter 323 *** 8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. John Tavares 313
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 ***18. Josh Bailey 222

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tavares 563
17. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 18. Tomas Jonsson and Josh Bailey 333

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Roland Melanson 136 *** 8. Jaroslav Halak 134 *** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 104

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson 77 *** 6. Jaroslav Halak 73 *** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Tommy Salo 62 *** 
9. Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Greiss 57

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to none (and four points to two).  The teams will meet again on January 4th in Philadelphia and April 3rd in Brooklyn.

This was the 20th home-and-home series between the team, and only the third to end in an Islander sweep.  The last time the Isles swept a home-and-home series from Philadelphia was on January 7 – 9, 1982; the 15-game win streak began two weeks later.

The Isles have won 4 of their last 7 games in Philadelphia (3 in OT/SO).  Overall, the Isles are 3-1-2 in their last six games against the Flyers and 9-5-2 in the last 16.
On the Farm
Bridgeport got goals from seven different players and improved to 10-7-0-0 on the season with a 7-3 win on Friday against Hartford; the Sound Tigers are 7-2-0-0 in their last nine games. 

Tanner Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 16 points (3-13-16); Scott Eansor scored his team-leading eighth goal.  Christopher Gibson made 18 saves to improve to 6-1-0 in his last seven games.

This was the first game of a "3-in-3" weekend; road games in Lehigh Valley and Hershey on Saturday and Sunday complete the weekend.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Isles head to the Canadian capital to take on the Ottawa Senators.  It's the first of two meetings this week with the Sens as the teams will also play on Friday in Brooklyn.

Last season Ottawa won the first two meetings between the teams before the Isles won 4-2 in the regular season finale. Jason Chimera scored an empty netter to reach 20 goals on the season.

The Isles are 6-3-1 in their last 10 visits to Ottawa, including a 3-1 record in overtime/shootouts.

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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