By Eric Hornick
Anaheim 5, Isles 4 (OT)
Rickard Rakell scored the tying goal with 75 seconds remaining in regulation and Hampus Lindholm completed his hat trick with an overtime goal as the Anaheim Duckc defeated the Islanders 5-4 before a crowd of 10,092 at Barclays Center.
The Isles had rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to take a 4-3 lead on an Andrew Ladd goals. Both John Tavares and Josh Bailey each had three points for New York as each player recorded multiple points for the fifth straight game.
The Isles have won just one of their last five games and are 3-6-2 in December.
08:09 Anaheim Hampus Lindholm (4) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (12), Ryan Getzlaf (10) 1-0
09:54 Anaheim Ondrej Kase (8) ASST: Josh Manson (14), Nick Ritchie (7) 2-0
05:39 New York PPG - Mathew Barzal (9) ASST: Josh Bailey (33), John Tavares (24) 2-1
12:36 Anaheim Hampus Lindholm (5) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (11) 3-1
16:59 New York PPG - John Tavares (20) ASST: Josh Bailey (34), Mathew Barzal (23) 3-2
05:44 New York John Tavares (21) ASST: Josh Bailey (35), Nick Leddy (19) 3-3
07:52 New York Andrew Ladd (9) ASST: Jordan Eberle (12), Scott Mayfield (7) 3-4
18:45 Anaheim Rickard Rakell (9) ASST: Brandon Montour (11), Ryan Getzlaf (12) 4-4
04:03 Anaheim Hampus Lindholm (6) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (13), Ondrej Kase (6) 5-4
Josh Bailey is the first player in the NHL to reach 35 assists this season and the first NHL player to do so within a team's first 35 games since Sidney Crosby and Martin St. Louis did so in 2012-13…The Isles allowed the first goal for the 23nd time in 35 games (7-12-4); the Isles have scored the first goal fewer times than any other team in the NHL … Josh Bailey (10-35-45) and John Tavares (21-24-45) remain tied for the team scoring lead); the linemates have combined for 27 points on the last 18 Islander goals... Bailey now has a seven-game point streak while John Tavares has a six-game streak… Anders Lee's streak ended at six games…Bailey now has 15 multi-point games (already a career-high) and Tavares has 14 …Tavares and Bailey are the first Islanders with five consecutive multi-point games since Pierre Turgeon (6 games) in 1993-94 ..Josh Bailey's 35 assists and 45 points are already the second-highest totals of his career…For the sixth time in the last seven games, the score was 2-0 at some point …The Isles improve to 22.5% on the power play; the Isles haven't finished a season with a 20% power play efficiency since the 1993-94 season; at home they are even better: 27.8%...Including shootout winners, the Isles have scored 125 goals in the first 35 games (most since 1993-94, when they had scored 127) and allowed 125 goals (tying the highest since 2005-06, when they allowed 125)…The Isles outscored the Ducks 2-1 in the third period; they have outscored opponents 44-35 in the final session… Mathew Barzal had two points and continues to lead all rookies in assists with 23; it's the most assists for an Islander rookie since John Tavares had 30 in 2009-10…Andrew Cogliano played in his 822nd consecutive game; he has never missed a game since joining the NHL…Ryan Miller recorded 362nd career win (4th among actives)..The Ducks had lost all four previous games decided in overtime…Hampus Lindholm had scored 32 goals in 324 prior NHL games. He is the first Duck defender to score a hat trick since Lubomir Visnovsky (3-4-11 vs Dallas). Lubo also completed his hat trick in overtime…Lindholm is only the 7th defensemen in NHL History (regular season/playoffs) to complete a hat trick in overtime; Doug Crossman, then with Tampa Bay, also did it against the Isles...Ryan Getzlaf had four assists for his 17th career 4-point game.
Leading goal scorers in NHL
1. Alex Ovechkin 23
Nikita Kucherov 23
3 Anders Lee 21
John Tavares 21
Anders Lee and John Tavares each have 21 goals; they are the first Islanders to score 21 goals in 25 years to score 21 goals before Christmas (Pierre Turgeon in 1992-93); the only previous time in club history that Islander teammates had 20 goals before Christmas was in 1977-78, when Mike Bossy (then a rookie) and Bryan Trottier did so.
Casey on the Draw
Casey Cizikas has won 58 of 84 draws over the last four games (68%), including 13 of 20 tonight.
Casey is a team-best 54.6% on draws.
Moving On Up
John Tavares recorded one assists leaving him just three assists behind Patrick Flatley for 6th place.
Josh Bailey had three assists, giving him 351 points. With his second point, he passed Frans Nielsen for 16th place on the all-time list.
The Isles have scored at least five goals eight times at home (7-1-0) and twelve times overall (11-1-0). The Isles have also scored one shootout winner for a five goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.
First Things First
The Isles have scored first twelve times this season (11-1-0). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season and had won a franchise-record 16 straight dating back to last season.
A Favorable Comparison
The Isles are 18-13-4 this season; they were 14-15-6 through 34 games last season and won only 18 of their first 43 games last season (18-17-8). Their 18th win came in Doug Weight's first game as Islander head coach.
Lots of Wins
Jaroslav Halak has 221 career wins; he is tied with Ilya Bryzgalov for 68th place on the all-time NHL win list.
Greiss, Greiss, Baby
Thomas Greiss is 9-5-2 on the season, including 6-3-0 in his last nine decisions.
Fastest to 40
Doug Weight is now 42-24-8 as an NHL coach. On December 4 in Florida, he reached 40 wins faster than any coach in Islander history:
Fewest Games to 40 Wins by an Islander Coach:
66 – Doug Weight (40-20-6)
80– Peter Laviolette 2001-02 (40-28-8-4)
82 – Ted Nolan 2006-07 (40-30-12)
86—Steve Stirling 2003-04 (40-31-11-4)
The Isles are 6-5-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 12-7-2 when they are outshot.
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.
Home for the Holidays
This was the second game of a five game homestand. The Isles are 1-1-1 in this stretch:
12/16- Vs. Kings W 4-3 (OT)
12/19 – Vs. Red Wings L 3-6
12/21 - Vs. Ducks L 5-4 (OT)
12/23 – Vs. Jets (1pm)
12/27 – Vs. Sabres
The Isles are playing 15 games this month, matching their record for most December games (done several other times).
Home and Road
The Islanders are 18-13-4 overall; 10-3-3 at home and 8-10-1 on the road.
Anaheim is 15-13-8 overall; 8-7-3 at home and 7-6-5 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-4-1 in Division games and 13-9-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 9-8-1 against the East and 9-5-3 against the West.
The Isles are 10-3-23 at home; they are 4-2-0 against the East and 6-1-3 against the West. All-time the Isles are 27-5-6 all-time at Barclays against the West.
In the Nets
Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves; he is 9-8-2 on the season and 8-6-1 in his career against Anaheim.
Ryan Miller made 22 saves to improve to 4-1-4 on the season and 19-10-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play in 2:28 of PP time; Anaheim was 0-2 in 3:33 of PP time.
The Isles are 11-7-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 7-6-3 when they do not. The Isles are 11-9-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-4-2 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-5-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-8-2 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 1-4 in regulation. They are 3-3 in games decided in overtime and are 2-1 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 11-1-0 when they score first and are 7-12-4 when they allow the opening goal.
The Isles are 4-3-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 3-4-0 on the back-end.
The next back-to-back set is January 4th in Philadelphia and January 5th vs. Pittsburgh.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 1-2-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 5-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 2-2-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 9-9-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (24:19); Anaheim: Cam Fowler (26:47)
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (3-1-1), Nick Leddy (11-11-2), John Tavares (2-1-0), Calvin deHaan (2-0-0).
John Tavares led the forwards in ice-time (19:40). Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (16-10-4), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Brock Nelson (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-2-0).
Isles 35, Anaheim 41 (46%).
Casey Cizikas won 13 of 20 for the Isles; Antoine Vermette won 10 of 16 for Anaheim.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 7/20; 2nd period 10/27; 3rd period 15/24; Overtime 3/5.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/68; Power play 3/5; Penalty kill 3/3.
Isles 38 (Cal Clutterbuck -8)
Anaheim 29 (Nick Ritchie-5)
There were no fights. Season total – 4: (Boychuk 1, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1).
The Isles blocked 17 shots; Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Pulock and Casey Cizikas led the way with three.
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 53, Anaheim 71
5-on-5 Isles 44, Anaheim 51
Isles: Jordan Eberle & Mathew Barzal +10
Anaheim: Brandon Montour +11
Night and Day
The Isles are 17-13-3 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 – 223 (including 106 for the Capitals), Jordan Eberle 186 (including 151 for the Oilers), Josh Bailey 184, Nick Leddy 112.
Calvin deHaan and Nick Leddy have joined a select group of defensemen in Islander history who have played at least 100 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6. Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7. Mark Streit 10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8. Calvin deHaan 4/7/2016- 12/16/2017 118
9. Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012-1/12/2014 117
10. Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010– 2/4/2012 113 (*)
11. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 112
12. Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
13. Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
14. Thomas Hickey 4/26/2013- 11/22/2014 103
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), Dennis Seidenberg, Anthony Beauvillier, Alan Quine
Total games lost: 87
The Isles have scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/9 – STL Blues – Anders Lee (19:00); tied game, but Isles lost in shootout
12/7 – PIT Penguins – Brock Nelson (18:50); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
12/16 – LA Kings – Anze Kopitar (19:47); tied game, but Isles won in overtime
12/21—Ana Ducks – Rickard Rakell (18:45); tied game and Ducks won in overtime
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 *** 8. Brent Sutter 694 *** 9. Josh Bailey 674 *** 10. Derek King 638 *** 11. Billy Harris 623 *** 12. Stefan Persson 622 and John Tavares 622
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 256
22. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 25. Ray Ferraro and Josh Bailey 116 *** 27. Benoit Hogue, Ed Westfall and Anders Lee 105
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. John Tavares 326
15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 235
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 582
14. Kyle Okposo & Stefan Persson 369 *** 16. Josh Bailey 351
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 143 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 109
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Rollie Melanson and Jaroslav Halak 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8. Tommy Salo 62 ***
9. Thomas Greiss 58
Season Series Stats
Anaheim wins the season series two games to none (and four points to one). This game marked the Ducks' first win in Brooklyn.
This was the fourth straight game between the teams to be decided in overtime, including games each of the last two seasons in Brooklyn.
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 13-12-1-1 heading into Friday night's game in Springfield.
Tanner Fritz continues to lead Bridgeport with 28 points (8-21-29); Rookie Scott Eansor leads the team in goals with 12. Christopher Gibson is 9-6-1 in the nets while Krister Gudlevskis is 4-5-2.
Bridgeport is in Hartford at 3pm on Saturday in their final game before the Christmas break.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23rd –WINNIPEG AT ISLANDERS 1:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30PM), WFAN 660/101.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM]
The Isles will play their second home matinee of the season on Saturday as they entertain the Winnipeg Jets.
This is the first meeting of the teams this season; they will meet six night later in Winnipeg to conclude the season series.
Overall the Islanders have won 4 of the last 5 games between the teams, although the Jets earned a 4-2 win in Brooklyn on March 16th in the most recent matchup between the teams.
Congratulations to Tage Thompson, the son of Sound Tiger coach Brent Thompson, on his first NHL goal.
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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