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The Skinny: Isles 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 12
Isles 3, Pittsburgh 2
Thomas Greiss made 29 saves, including an overtime poke check on Sidney Crosby, and Josh Bailey scored shorthanded during the game and added the winning goal in the shootout as the Isles defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 before a crowd of 10,910 at Barclays Center.

The Isles have won four straight games, all against divisional foes.  The Isles are 5-0-0 on the season against their Metro rivals.  It's their best start against Metro foes since the division was created in 2012-13 and the first time they have won their first four divisional games since they opened 6-0-0 in 1982-83.

The Isles have earned points in five straight games (4-0-1) and join the Penguins at the top of the Metro standings with 15 points (Pittsburgh has played one fewer game.)

The Scoring: 

1st Period 
Dominik Simon (3) Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta 06:20 PIT 1,NYI 0 PPG

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (3) Casey Cizikas 14:46 PIT 1,NYI 1 SHG

3rd Period
Anders Lee (5) Thomas Hickey, Brock Nelson 10:11 PIT 1,NYI 2
Evgeni Malkin (7) Kris Letang, Phil Kessel 12:02 PIT 2,NYI 2 PPG

No Goals

The Shootout
NYI Jordan Eberle- no goal
PIT Evgeni Malkin- no goal
NYI Brock Nelson- no goal
PIT Sidney Crosby- no goal
NYI Josh Bailey -goal/GDG
PIT Kris Letang- no goal

The Skinny  
Josh Bailey extended his point streak to seven games with his fifth career shorthanded goal; his assist streak ended at five.…Mathew Barzal was held without a point, leaving him with 97 points in 96 career NHL games.  Connor McDavid is the only NHL player in the last decade to record 100 points in his first 100 NHL games... Thru 12 games, the Isles have the same record as last season (7-4-1) but have allowed eight fewer goals…The Isles have won their last seven Metro games (going back to last season) … Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to nine games (6-11-17) with his third period goal but the Isles stopped Sidney Crosby's goal streak at four; it's only the 2nd time in the last 16 meetings that the Isles held Crosby without a point.…The Isles have outscored their opponents 15-7 in the second period… The Isles finished with 26 shots; it's the sixth straight game they finished with 26 or fewer (5-0-1)…This was the Isles first win after allowing the first goal (1-4-0) and their first win after trailing in the first intermission (1-3-0); it was also the first game this season to be tied after 40 minutes…Casey Cizikas has earned assists in consecutive games…The Isles have scored three shorthanded goals this season (Bailey, Cizikas, Filppula)…Bailey's shootout goal was his 7th in 19 attempts (36.8%); five of the seven have been game-deciding goals…Ryan Pulock played 26:51 to match his career high (4/8/18 @ Detroit); it was also the most ice-time for any Islander this season…The Isles lowered their team GAA to 2.50, which is 5th -best in the NHL…This was the third time since 2012 that the Isles and Pens have played a home-and-home series; the Isles have won all six games in the three series.

The NHL Record (Tied)
The Isles' shootout win was their 75th all-time, tying the Penguins for the most in NHL history.  The Isles are 75-59 while Pittsburgh is 75-52.   It was the 14th shootout between the teams, with the Isles winning nine of them.

It's Been a Long Time Coming
Josh Bailey's shorthanded goal was the 5th of his career but his first since March 29, 2012 (also vs. Pittsburgh).   It was Bailey's 127th career goal, matching Jason Blake's total in an Islander uniform (19th place).

Metro Men
The Isles are playing five straight games against Metro opponents.  The Isles are 4-0-0 in this stretch:

10/27 W 6-1 @ Phi Flyers
10/28 W 2-1 @ Car Hurricanes
10/30 W 6-3 @ Pitt Penguins
11/1  W 3-2 (SO) vs. Pitt Penguins 
11/3 Vs. NJ Devils

It's only the 2nd time that the Isles have ever played at least five consecutive games against Metro opponents.  The Isles went 5-1-0 in a six-game stretch of Metro opponents in November 2014.
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 7-4-1 (15 points), with 39 goals scored and 30 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 7-4-1 (15 points), with 45 goals scored and 38 goals allowed  (includes SO winners)

First Things First
The Isles are 6-0-1 when scoring first and 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles         10-8-6-2=26
Pittsburgh 9-13-6-3=31
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents and are 7-2-1 when they are outshot. 

Home and Road
The Islanders are 7-4-1 overall; 2-1-1 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 5-3-0 on the road.  The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Pittsburgh is 6-2-3 overall; 2-2-1 at home and 4-0-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 5-0-0 in Division games and 2-4-1 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 5-0-1 against the East and 2-4-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made  29 saves  (plus three more in the shootout) to improve to 3-2-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in his career against Pittsburgh.  He is now 9-8 all-time in shootouts.

Matt Murray allowed four goals on the first nine Islander shots; he falls to 4-2-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in his career against the Isles. He is 5-5 all-time in shootouts.
Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 2:14 of PP time; Pittsburgh was 2-4 on the power play in 4:51 of PP time but allowed a shorthanded goal.
The Isles are 6-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-3-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 1-2-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-2-0 when they do not.    

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-1 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 1-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-0 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 Isles are 1-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is on Thanksgiving weekend: Black Friday in New Jersey and at home vs. Pittsburgh on November 23-24. 
Tired vs. Rested
The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 0-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 5-4-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (26:51); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (26:01)

Anders Lee led Isles forwards with 20:14 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (5-1-1), Nick Leddy (2-3-0).

Isles 31, Pittsburgh 33 (48%).

Valtteri Filppula won 12 of 22 for the Isles ;Sidney Crosby won 17 of 32 for Pittsburgh. 
Face-offs by period: 1st period 11/23; 2nd period 8/18; 3rd period 12/21; Overtime 0/2.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 29/56, Power play 1/3, Penalty kill 1/5

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Matt Martin -4)  
Pittsburgh 27 (Jamie Oleksiak-4)

There were no fights. Season total – 3 (Mayfield -2, Lee).  

Blocked Shots
The Isles blocked 11 shots (Matt Martin and Scott Mayfield -2).  

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 51, Pittsburgh 53 
5-on-5 Isles 42, Pittsburgh 49

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Nick Leddy +7
Pittsburgh: Jamie Oleksiak +7

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 5-4-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee is November 18th vs. Dallas.  

Anders Lee 130, Brock Nelson 107, Mathew Barzal 94

(Robin Lehner -injured), Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston 
Total games lost: 8

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 727

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 129 ***19. Jason Blake and Josh Bailey 127 

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 263

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 390

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
10. Garth Snow 127 *** 11.  Thomas Greiss 126

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 65

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two games to none (and 4 points to 1).  The teams will meet twice in a 5-day period in early December to complete their season series. 

The Isles have earned points in eight of their last nine games vs. Pittsburgh (5-1-3) and are 6-1-1 in their last eight home games against the Pens.

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 4-4-1-0 heading into a 3-in-3 set this weekend that begins on Friday in Springfield.  Saturday's rematch begins a 5-game homestand that continues Sunday afternoon vs. Lehigh Valley.

Leaders:  Goals: Bernier 5; Assists: Aho 6; Points: Dal Colle 8

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com] 
The Isles look for their fifth straight win as they host the New Jersey Devils in the second game of a three game homestand.

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams; last season the Isles won the opening meeting in a shootout before the Devils won the final three matchups to take the season series.  

In the Devils' most recent trip to Brooklyn they defeated the Isles 4-1, ending an 8-game Islander home win streak against the Devs.

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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