By Eric Hornick
Washington 7, Isles 3
TJ Oshie scored twice and thirteen Capitals earned at least a point as Washington beat the Isles 7-3 before a crowd of 10,740 at Barclays Center.
Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd and Ryan Pulock scored for the Isles. Tanner Fritz earned his first two NHL assists.
The Isles fall to 1-5-4 in their last 10 games and 1-5-0 in their last six games at home.
02:19 New York Brock Nelson (16) ASST: Tanner Fritz (1), Ryan Pulock (16) 0-1
10:32 Washington Lars Eller (16) ASST: Jakub Vrana (11), Brett Connolly (10) 1-1
11:29 Washington T.J. Oshie (13) ASST: Andre Burakovsky (10), Nicklas Backstrom (35) 2-1
12:29 New York Andrew Ladd (10) ASST: Mathew Barzal (52), Jordan Eberle (25) 2-2
17:17 Washington Dmitry Orlov (9) ASST: Evgeny Kuznetsov (46), Tom Wilson (20) 3-2
03:12 Washington Andre Burakovsky (9) ASST: Jakub Jerabek (4), Matt Niskanen (21) 4-2
10:22 Washington PPG - Nicklas Backstrom (18) ASST: Evgeny Kuznetsov (47), Dmitry Orlov (18) 5-2
15:41 Washington John Carlson (13) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (33), Evgeny Kuznetsov (48) 6-2
16:33 New York Ryan Pulock (7) ASST: Tanner Fritz (2) 6-3
18:06 Washington EN - T.J. Oshie (14) ASST: Dmitry Orlov (19), Nicklas Backstrom (36) 7-3
Isles are 15-23-8 since December 1st and fall back to NHL-.500 (30-30-10) …The Isles scored first for the fifth straight game and for the eighth time in the last nine games… The Isles have scored three goals or fewer in 13 of the last 14 games. The Isles allowed only 22 shots on goal; the team is 1-6-2 this season when they allow 26 shots or fewer…Ryan Putlock's 23 points rank second among Islander defensemen, behind Nick Leddy's 40; he is the 13th rookie defenseman in Islander history with at least 23 points…Three Capitals each had three points: Nicklas Backstrom, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov…The Caps improve to 23-0-1 when leading after one period…The Isles have been outscored 90-71 in the second period…The Caps scored seven goals for the first time this season, and for the first time against the Isles since 2010…Brock Nelson scored his 96th career goal.
Barzal Is Highest Scoring Isles Rookie in 40 Years
Mathew Barzal is the third highest-scoring rookie in Islander history; with a team-leading 52 assists in 70 games, he is on pace for 61 assists:
Most Assists by an Islander Rookie
1. Bryan Trottier 63 1975-76
2. MATHEW BARZAL 52 2017-18
Most Points by an Islander Rookie
1. Bryan Trottier 95 1975-76
2. Mike Bossy 91 1977-78
3. MATHEW BARZAL 70 2017-18
Denis Potvin is the only rookie to ever lead the Isles in assists; Billy Harris, Potvin, Trent Hunter (tied) and John Tavares are the only rookies to ever lead the Isles in points.
Mathew Barzal is one of only five rookies since 1995 with at least 52 assists in a season. You'll recognize the names!
1. Sidney Crosby PIT 2005-06 63
2. Nicklas Backstrom WSH 2007-08 55
3. Alex Ovechkin WSH 2005-06 54
4. Evgeni Malkin PIT 2006-07 52
MATHEW BARZAL NYI 2017-18 52
32 (and 33) Goals
Anders Lee has 33 goals and John Tavares has 31. With Tavares' next goal, they will be the first Islander teammates with at least 32 goals since Pierre Turgeon, Steve Thomas and Benoit Hogue all did so in 1993-94.
Mathew Barzal has 52 assists and Josh Bailey has 48. Barzal is the first Islander with over 50 assists since Pierre Turgeon had 56 assists in 1993-94.
When Bailey reaches 50, the Isles will have teammates with 50 assists for the first time since Mike Bossy (62) and Bryan Trottier (59) did so in 1985-86.
Mathew Barzal has eight games of at least three points this season (five games with three points and three games with five points). Since 1993-94, only Sidney Crosby (11 times), Artemi Panarin (10 times) and Alex Ovechkin (8 times) have done so as often in their rookie seasons.
One and Done
The Isles are 16-2-4 this season when leading after one period.
The Isles have scored at least five goals ten times at home (9-1-0) and eighteen times overall (17-1-0). The Isles have also scored two shootout winners for a fifth goal of the game (not included above). The Isles scored five goals (including shootout winners) in only 10 games all last season.
The Isles have allowed at least five goals eleven times at home (1-8-2) and nineteen times overall (1-16-2).
First Things First
The Isles have scored first 33 times this season (20-8-5). The Isles won the first eleven times they scored first this season but are only 9-8-5 in the last 22 games that they scored first.
The Isles are 20-8-5 when they score first and are 10-22-5 when they allow the opening goal.
Washington 9- 8- 5=22
The Isles are 7-12-5 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even, and 23-17-5 when they are outshot. (The club record for wins while being outshot in one season is 25, set by the 1983-84 team)
Home and Road
The Islanders are 30-30-10 overall; 16-13-4 at home and 14-17-6 on the road.
Washington is 40-23-7 overall; 24-9-2 at home and 16-14-5 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-10-2 in Division games and 20-20-8 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 17-21-3 against the East and 13-9-7 against the West.
The Isles are 16-13-4 at home; they are 9-9-0 against the East and 7-3-4 against the West. All-time the Isles are 28-7-7 all-time at Barclays against the West. However, after opening the season 9-0-2 on home ice, the Isles are 7-13-2 in their last 22 games in Brooklyn.
In the Nets
Christopher Gibson made 7 saves before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak. Gilbson is 1-1-2 on the season. Halak made 8 saves in relief.
Philippe Gruabauer made 35 saves to improve to 11-8-3 on the season and 1-2-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time; Washington was 1-1 on the power play in 1:47 time.
The Isles are 17-11-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-19-7 when they do not. The Isles are 16-20-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-10-7 when they do not.
Three is (Usually a Magic Number
The Isles are 28-10-5 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-20-5 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 12-7-10 in games decided by a single goal including 3-7 in regulation. They are 6-7 in games decided in overtime and are 3-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
Including tonight, the Isles are 6-8-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 5-7-1 on the back-end. This back-to-back set will conclude in DC on Friday.
Tired vs. Rested
· The Isles are 2-3-0 when both teams played the night before.
· The Isles are 6-1-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
· The Isles are 3-4-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
· The Isles are 18-22-9 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:52); Washington: Matt Niskanen (22:28)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:37 of ice-time.
Isles 32, Washington 30(52%).
Brock Nelson won 8 of 11 for the Isles; Nicklas Backstrom won 8 of 13 for Washington.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 11/21; 2nd period 10/20; 3rd period 11/21.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 28/52, Power play 4/8, Penalty kill 0/2.
Isles 16 (Johnny Boychuk and Anthony Beauvillier -3).
Washington 12 (Tom Wilson-3)
There were no fights. Season total – 13: (Johnston 3, Boychuk 2, Mayfield 1, Cizikas 1, Chimera 1, Prince 1, Bailey 1, Eberle 1, Nelson 1, Clutterbuck 1).
The Isles blocked 9 shots (Ryan Pulock and Johnny Boychuk -2)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 68, Washington 35 (including 28-7 in the third period)
5-on-5 Isles 54, Washington 32.
Isles: Thomas Hickey +16
Washington: Andre Burakovsky +7
Night and Day
The Isles are 26-29-9 in night games and 4-1-1 in matinees. All remaining games this season will be played at night.
Nick Leddy 147, Anders Lee 106, Brock Nelson 83, Mathew Barzal/John Tavares 70.
Top 5 Club
Nick Leddy now holds the fifth longest consecutive game streak in Islander history for a defenseman:
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. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – CURRENT 147
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Nikolay Kulemin -IR), (Calvin deHaan-IR), (Shane Prince- IR), (Scott Mayfield - IR), (Thomas Greiss-IR), (Alan Quine-IR), Sebastian Aho, Chris Wagner, Dennis Seidenberg
Total games lost: 253
The Isles have scored five times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
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
12/27- BUF Sabres – Josh Bailey (18:51); tied game, and Isles won in overtime
2/9 – DET Red Wings – Josh Bailey (18:11); took lead, Isles allowed tying goal but then won in overtime
3/5 – VAN Canucks – Jordan Eberle (18:56); tied game, but Isles lost in overtime
Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal six times 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
2/6 – NAS Predators – Ryan Johansen (19:17); tied game and Predators won in overtime
2/9 – DET Red Wings – Mike Green (19:31); tied game but Isles won in overtime
2/11- CLG Flames – Mathew Tkachuk (18:55); won game
3/9 – EDM Oilers – Connor McDavid (18:10); tied game and Oilers won in shootout
The Isles have challenged four times and been successful three times. The Isles are 2-1-0 in games they win the challenge and are 0-0-1 in games they lose the challenge.
· 10/10 vs STL Blues – unsuccessful; Isles killed ensuing power play.
· 10/12 @ Ana Ducks – successful
· 1/15 @ Mtl Canadiens – successful
· 2/16 @ Car Hurricanes - successful
The opponents have not yet challenged an Islander goal due to an offside this season.
The Isles have used 7 defensemen four times this season (10/19 @NYR, 10/21 vs SJ, 1/16 vs. NJ, 3/2 vs. MTL) and are 2-2-0 in those games. Under Doug Weight, the Isles are 6-2-0 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. Josh Bailey 705*** 9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. John Tavares 657
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 266
18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Josh Bailey 122 *** 20. Diane Sutter 120 *** 21 Frans Nielsen and Alexei Yashin 119 *** 23. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 26. Anders Lee 117
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553*** 4. Clark Gillies 359***
5. John Tavares 340
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 16. Josh Bailey 248
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052 *** 4. Clark Gillies 663 ***
5. Brent Sutter 610 *** 6. John Tavares 606
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 370
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282
6. Glenn Healy 176 *** 7. Jaroslav Halak 171 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136*** 9. Mark Fitzpatrick 129 ***
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11. Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 115
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130***4. Kelly Hrudey 106 ***
5. Jaroslav Halak 86 *** 6. Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8. Tommy Salo 62 ***
9. Thomas Greiss 60
Season Series Stats
Washington leads the season series two games to one (and four points to two).
The loss ends a 3-game Islander win streak against the Caps at home.
On the Farm
Bridgeport rallied from a 4-0 deficit for the second straight game to improve to 31-23-6-3 on the season as they pursue the final playoff spot in their division. The Sound Tigers scored the game's final six goals for a 6-4 win over Rochester.
Tanner Fritz (on recall to the Isles) leads Bridgeport with 37 points (10-27-37); Travis St. Denis had a natural hat trick and then added two assists as he holds the team lead in goals (20) and is now tied with Fritz for the club point lead. Christopher Gibson (also on recall to the Isles) is 18-11-3 in the nets with 4 shutouts.
The Sound Tigers are three points behind Charlotte. Bridgeport hosts Rochester on Thursday before visiting Hershey on Friday and Providence on Sunday afternoon.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16th –ISLANDERS AT WASHINGTON 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islander pre-game at 6:30PM), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM]
The teams head south for the rematch in DC.
The Isles are 3-4-1 in their last eight games in the Nation's Capital.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com.