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The Skinny: Anaheim 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 5
Anaheim 4, Isles 1
Ryan Kesler scored twice, and John Gibson made 34 saves as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 16,909 at Honda Center.  Casey Cizikas broke the shutout with just 34.8 seconds to play before Hampus Lindholm added an empty-net goal.

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Ryan Kesler (2) Sam Steel, Rickard Rakell 19:54  NYI 0,ANA 1 PPG

2nd Period
Ryan Kesler (3) Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler 08:20 NYI 0,ANA 2

3rd Period
Adam Henrique (3) Max Comtois 00:42 NYI 0,ANA 3
Casey Cizikas (2) Ross Johnston, Scott Mayfield 19:25 NYI 1,ANA 3
Hampus Lindholm (2) Ben Street 19:30 NYI 1,ANA 4  ENG

The Skinny  
The Isles have scored only one goal in the first period so far this season…Ryan Kesler recorded his first multi-goal game since a hat trick on January 1, 2017 vs Philadelphia …Brock Nelson played in his 100th consecutive game…Mat Barzal saw his season-opening point streak end at four while Anders Lee's streak ended at three…The Isles, who had only 42 shots on goal through the first two road games this season, finished with 35 shots…The Isles had 23 shots in the first two periods, more than they had in either of the first two road games…. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Anaheim leads the NHL in standings points (545 pts., 246-118-53) and co-leads in wins with Washington…Max Comtois recorded his 6th point in his first seven games…The Isles PP went 0-4 despite managing 13 shots on goal.

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season:  2-3-0 (4 points), with 12 goals scored and 14 goals allowed
Last Season: 2-2-1 (5 points), with 13 goals scored and 15 goals allowed

The Western World
This was the fourth of six straight games against the West.  The Isles are playing their entire season series against both the Predators and Sharks in these six games.  The Isles are 1-3-0 in this stretch:

10/6 Lost to NSH Predators 4-3
10/8 Beat SJ Sharks 4-0
10/13 Lost @ NSH Predators 5-2
10/17 Lost @ ANA Ducks 4-1
10/18 @ LA Kings
10/20 @ SJ Sharks

Thomas Greiss fails in his second attempt to record his 100th career win.

First Things First
The Isles are 2-0-0 when scoring first and 0-3-0 when allowing the first tally. 

The Shots
Isles         11-12-12=35
Anaheim   11-9-5=25
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 2-1-0 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-3-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 1-2-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Brooklyn and 20 games in Uniondale this season.
Anaheim is 5-1-1 overall; 2-0-1 at home and 3-1-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 1-3-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 1-3-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 21 saves but falls to 1-2-0 on the season and 3-4-2 in his career against Anaheim.  
John Gibson made 34 saves as he improves to 4-1-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play in 8:00 of PP time; Anaheim was 1-3 on the power play in 4:19 of PP time.
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 0-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-2-0 when they do not.  

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

This the first back-to-back of the season, and it will conclude Thursday in Los Angeles.  The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 0-0-0 in the back half.  The next back-to-back is in Philadelphia and Carolina on October 27-28.
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 2-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:32); Anaheim: Hampus Lindholm (24:53).  

Jordan Eberle led Isles forwards with 21:28 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (2-0-0), Leddy (0-3-0).

Isles 26, Anaheim 23 (53%).

Valtteri Filppula won 8 of 10 for the Isles; Ryan Kesler won 11 of 17 for Anaheim. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/13; 2nd period 9/16; 3rd period 12/20.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 20/39, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 3/4

Hit Count
Isles 13 (Leddy/Pulock -2)  
Anaheim 11 (Four with 2)

Scott Mayfield fought Maxime Comtois in the first period; it was Comtois' first NHL fight and the Isles' first fight of the season. Season total – 1 (Mayfield).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 11 shots (Thomas Hickey - 3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 69, Anaheim 48 
5-on-5 Isles 49, Anaheim 40

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier and Thomas Hickey +10
Anaheim: Kieffer Sherwood +6

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Anders Lee 123, Brock Nelson 100, Mathew Barzal 87. 

Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Martin, Adam Pelech 
Total games lost:4

Late Heroes
The Isles have not yet scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed a goal one time in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
10/4 – CAR Hurricanes – Jordan Staal tied game (18:25), but Isles won in overtime.

Offside Challenges
The Isles have not challenged a goal due to an offside this season. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 
6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 720

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Jason Blake 127 *** 19. Anders Lee 126 ***20. Josh Bailey 125 

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Billy Harris 259 *** 15. Josh Bailey 256

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 381

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Evgeni Nabokov 123 *** 12. Thomas Greiss 121

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
6.  Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Glenn Healy 66 *** 8.  Thomas Greiss 63

Season Series Stats
Anaheim leads the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet at the Coliseum on January 20th to conclude the season series.

The Ducks have won the last three meetings (once in overtime) after the Isles won the previous four games.
Overall, the Isles are 5-2-2 in their last nine regular season games against Anaheim.
On the Farm
Victor Olofsson scored the winning goal for the 2nd straight day as Rochester rallied for a 3-2 overtime win in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon. Mike Sislo and Travis St. Denis scored for Bridgeport; Kieffer Bellows added his first professional assist.  Jeremy Smith made 29 saves; he is 1-0-1- on the season.

Bridgeport is idle until Friday when they host Providence in the front end of a home-and-home.  The 3-in-3 weekend concludes at home against Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 10:00pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The road trip continues as the Isles head to Staples Center to meet the Los Angeles Kings.  

Staples has not been a friendly place for the Isles; their last regulation win in Los Angeles came with Garth Snow in the nets in 2003.  The Isles are 1-7-0 since then in LA, winning only on a Kyle Okposo shootout tally in 2014, and scoring only nine goals (plus that shootout winner in the eight games).

The Kings have had similar trouble vs. the Isles in New York, so the Isles are 6-6-0 over the last 12 games vs. Los Angeles.

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.

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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