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The Skinny: Isles 7, Los Angeles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Isles 7, Los Angeles 2
Valteri Filppula scored two goals, including a back-breaking shorthanded goal, and added an assist as the Islanders scored goals on four consecutive shots in the third period and defeated the Los Angeles Kings7-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,230 at Staples Center. 

The seven goals are the most the Islanders have scored in Los Angeles since 1989 and their most ever at Staples Center.  The Isles recorded their most one-sided win against the Kings since 1993.

It's their first regulation win in Los Angeles since February 15, 2003 and only their second in their last nine visits to Staples (2-7-0).

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Casey Cizikas (3) Scott Mayfield  04:55 NYI 1,LAK 0
Tyler Toffoli (2) Drew Doughty, Ilya Kovalchuk 14:56 NYI 1,LAK 1 PPG

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (2) Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal 03:43 NYI 2,LAK 1 PPG
Valtteri Filppula (3) Leo Komarov, Andrew Ladd 12:07 NYI 3,LAK 1

3rd Period
Jeff Carter (2) Alex Iafallo, Drew Doughty 02:54 NYI 3,LAK 2 PPG
Valtteri Filppula (4) Andrew Ladd 03:40 NYI 4,LAK 2 SHG
Matt Martin (2) Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck 04:40 NYI 5,LAK 2
Leo Komarov (1) Valtteri Filppula, Scott Mayfield 09:20 NYI 6,LAK 2
Andrew Ladd (2) Scott Mayfield, Mathew Barzal 11:34 NYI 7,LAK 2

The Skinny  
Casey Cizikas' first period goal, his 2nd in just over five minutes of playing time dating back to Wednesday was only the 2nd scored by the Isles in the first period this season.   Cizikas has as many career goals against Los Angeles (4) as any other opponent… Tyler Toffoli's first period power play goal was the Kings' first this season …Both of Josh Bailey's goals this season have come on the power play…Valtteri Filppula  recorded his 17th game with at least three points and his fifth career 2-point game; the shorthanded goal was the fourth of his career and the second by an Islander this season…Mat Barzal has assists in five of the first six games. …Jeff Carter scored on a 5-on-3 for LA; he now has 47 points in 48 career games against the Isles…Andrew Ladd recorded his first 3-point game as an Islander and went +4...Leo Komarov recorded his first goal as an Islander and added an assist. 

That Will Be 5 and 5
Both Thomas Hickey and Scott Mayfield finished +5, marking the first time a pair of Isles defensemen have done so since March 17, 1990 (Gerald Diduck and Joe Reekie vs. NYR)

Speaking of 5
Scott Mayfield became the first Islander defenseman in nearly 36 years to go +5 in a game he also had three assists.  It marked career highs in both categories for Mayfield.
Denis Potvin was the last to do so (10-30-82 vs. NJ); he also did it two other times. Bob Lorimer was the only other Islander defenseman to do so before tonight. 

This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 3-3-0 (6 points), with 19 goals scored and 16 goals allowed
Last Season: 2-3-1 (5 points), with 15 goals scored and 18 goals allowed

The Western World
This was the fifth 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 2-3-0 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 Won @ LA Kings 7-2
10/20 @ SJ Sharks

Following this stretch the Isles will play their next nine games against the East.

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

The Shots
Isles              10-14-8=32
Los Angeles   9-15-11=35
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-1-0 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-3-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 2-2-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Brooklyn and 20 games in Uniondale this season.
Los Angeles is 2-4-1 overall; 1-1-1 at home and 1-3-0 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 2-3-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 2-3-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 28 saves before being replaced with just over 7 minutes to play; Lehner improves to 2-1-0 on the season and 2-5-0 in his career against Los Angeles.  Thomas Greiss stopped all five shots he saw in relief.
Jonathan Quick made 23 saves before being pulled following the sixth Islander goal. Quick falls to 0-1-1 on the season and 5-2-2 in his career against the Isles.  Jack Campbell made two saves on three shots in relief.
Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 5:53 of PP time; Los Angeles was 2-4 on the power play in 4:42 of PP time.
The Isles are 3-1-0 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 2-1-0 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 concludes the first back-to-back of the season.  The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 1-0-0 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 1-0-0 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: Ryan Pulock (21:40); Los Angeles: Drew Doughty (23:54).  

Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:45 of ice-time.

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

Isles 29, Los Angeles 35 (45%).

Mat Barzal won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Jeff Carter won 16 of 22 for Los Angeles. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 12/25; 2nd period 7/16; 3rd period 10/23.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 24/51, Power play 2/4, Penalty kill 3/9

Hit Count
Isles 13 (Four with 2)  
Los Angeles 16 (Two with 3)

There were no fights. Season total – 1 (Mayfield).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 14 shots (Adam Pelech - 3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 52, Los Angeles 63 
5-on-5 Isles 41, Los Angeles 53

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: 3 with +5
Los Angeles: Adrian Kempe/Alex Aifallo +11

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 2-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Anders Lee 124, Brock Nelson 101, Mathew Barzal 88. 

Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
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 721

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

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 382

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
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet at the Coliseum on February 2nd to conclude the season series.

The Isles had scored only 9 goals (plus a shootout winner) in their last eight trips to LA prior to scoring seven goals tonight. 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-2-1-0 to open the season.  The Sound Tigers have a busy weekend upcoming as they will face Providence at Webster Bank Arena on Friday and have a rematch scheduled for Saturday in Providence.  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 Isles wrap up this California swing and look for a split of the four-game road trip as they head into The Tank to battle San Jose.  It's the final matchup of the season between the squads; the Isles will be looking for a sweep after defeating San Jose 4-0 at Barclays on Columbus Day.

The Isles will be looking for their fourth straight win against the Sharks, which would match their longest winning streak against San Jose (done in 1992-94).  The Isles have done well in San Jose in recent years, winning three out of the last five there, and having earned points in four of the last six (3-2-1).

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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