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The Skinny: San Jose 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 7
San Jose 4, Isles 1
Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist while Tomas Hertl added three helpers as the San Jose Sharks earned a split of the season series with a 4-1 win over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 17,414 at SAP Center at San Jose. 

The Isles finish their road trip with a 1-3-0 record, including 1-2-0 in California.

The Scoring: 

1st Period
Timo Meier (4) Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl 07:59 NYI 0,SJS 1
Brock Nelson (2) Josh Bailey, Anders Lee 19:27 NYI 1,SJS 1

2nd Period 
Joonas Donskoi (3) Antti Suomela 04:59 NYI 1,SJS 2
Brent Burns (1) Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi 13:50 NYI 1,SJS 3

3rd Period
Logan Couture (5) Tomas Hertl, Joakim Ryan 04:32 NYI 1,SJS 4

The Skinny  
Brock Nelson's 101st career goal ties him with Anders Kallur on the all-time Isles list; 19 of the 101 goals have come in the 56 games he has played in October…Nelson finished with seven shots, one shy of his career high…Logan Couture's 3rd period goal was his 4th in his last two games. .There were 82 penalty minutes assessed, including 52 against the Isles. It was the most penalty minutes assessed by the Isles since they had 66 penalty minutes vs. New Jersey on March 1, 2014 and their most on the road since February 2, 2011 in Pittsburgh…The Isles had taken only 43 penalty minutes in the first six games combined…Each of the last five games has been decided by 3+ goals; that's the first time that has happened since March 2001…Since the start of the 2003-04 season, the Sharks have 28 more wins and are 33 more points than any other NHL team.
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 3-4-0 (6 points), with 20 goals scored and 20 goals allowed
Last Season: 3-3-1 (7 points), with 19 goals scored and 21 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

The Western World
This was the last of six straight games against the West.  The Isles played their entire season series against both the Predators and Sharks in these six games and finished with a 2-4-0 record:

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 Lost @ SJ Sharks 4-1

Wednesday's game against the Panthers begins a nine-game stretch against Eastern opponents.  The Isles will not play another Western opponent on the road until the week before Christmas.

First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and 0-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles           7-7-11=25
San Jose   11-15-15=41
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-2-0 when they are outshot. 

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

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 1-0-0 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 37 saves but falls to 2-2-0 on the season and 1-5-0 in his career against San Jose.  
Martin Jones made 24 saves and improves to 3-3-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; San Jose was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 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 1-3-0 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.

The next back-to-back is in Philadelphia and Carolina on October 27-28.The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front half and 1-0-0 in the back half.  
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 2-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:29); San Jose: Erik Karlsson (23:11).  

Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 19:28 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Pulock (3-1-0), Leddy (0-3-0).

Isles 24, San Jose 30 (44%).

Casey Cizikas won 8 of 10 for the Isles but his teammates won only 16 of 44; Logan Couture won 10 of 11 for San Jose. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 5/15; 2nd period 9/21; 3rd period 10/18.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 22/49, Power play 1/2, Penalty kill 1/3

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Matt Martin-7)  
San Jose 16 (Rourke Chartier- 3)

Scott Mayfield fought Barclay Goodrow in the 2nd period; Anders Lee fought Evander Kane in the third. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 15 shots (Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield - 3).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 41, San Jose 76 
5-on-5 Isles 36, San Jose 66

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Casey Cizikas +1
San Jose: Marc-Edouard Vlasic +15

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 2-4-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is October 27th in Philadelphia.

Anders Lee 125, Brock Nelson 102, Mathew Barzal 89. 

(Anthony Beauvillier-ill), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 5

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 722

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 257

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 383

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

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 team split the season series one game to one (and 2 points to 2). 

The loss ended the Isles three-game win streak vs. San Jose. 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 2-3-1-0 following a split of a home-and-home series with Providence

On Friday, Parker Wotherspoon scored the tying goal with 41 seconds to play and Mike Sislo added the winner 32 seconds into overtime as the Sound Tigers rallied for a 4-3 OT win; it was their first win at Webster Bank Arena this season.  Providence won 5-2 on Saturday; Michael Dal Colle continued his hot start with a goal and Sislo added another one for Bridgeport. 

Leaders:  Goals: Dal Colle/Sislo 3; Assists: Dal Colle/Devon Toews 5; Points: Dal Colle 8

The 3-in-3 weekend concludes at home against Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles return home but for just a single game as they host the Florida Panthers.  

It's the first of three meetings this season and the only one on Islander ice.  The Panthers have won all three games they have played in Brooklyn since the Isles eliminated them in the 2016 playoffs.  However, the Isles have won their last two games in South Florida and are 3-3-1 in their last seven regular season games against the Cats.

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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