By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)
Mathew Barzal scored his 3rd goal of the season 3:40 into overtime and Thomas Greiss made 39 saves as the Islanders overcame a Marcus Johansson tying goal at 19:49 of the third period and defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 16,514 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
With the win, the Isles break a two-game losing streak; they also improve to 8-1-0 in their first 9 games against the Metropolitan Division this season.
Jordan Eberle (6) Anthony Beauvillier 07:24 NYI 1,NJD 0
Taylor Hall (7) 11:48 NYI 1,NJD 1
Anders Lee (7) Valtteri Filppula, Scott Mayfield 14:14 NYI 2,NJD 1
Brian Boyle (7) Blake Coleman, Sami Vatanen 02:43 NYI 2,NJD 2
Nick Leddy (1) Valtteri Filppula 12:45 NYI 3,NJD 2
Marcus Johansson (3) Taylor Hall, Will Butcher 19:49 NYI 3,NJD 3
Mathew Barzal (3) Brock Nelson 03:40 NYI 4,NJD 3
Mathew Barzal's overtime goal was the second of his career (12-27-17 vs Buffalo); it was also his fifth career game-winning goal…Barzal was also credited with six takeaways (first Isle to do so since March 13, 2015), raising his club-leading total to 20 on the season…Jordan Eberle's goal ended an Islander scoreless streak of 86:59; Taylor Hall's goal was New Jersey's first of the season in 91:48 of play… Brian Boyle, who earlier this month had a hat trick on "Hockey Fights Cancer" night in Pittsburgh, scored on "Hockey Fights Cancer" Day in New Jersey for the second straight year; it was his 200th NHL point… Nick Leddy's goal was his first since March 11th in Calgary…Thomas Greiss improves to 15-3-3 in games that he faces at least 40 shots.. Valtteri Filppula had two assists, giving him six assists in five games; Anthony Beauvillier's assist gives him six point (4-2-6) in four games. Beauvillier was denied a second assist on a Devils' offside challenge…The Isles improved to 10-0-2 when leading after two periods.
Late Heroics Against
Marcus Johansson's tying goal at 19:49 marks only the 14th time in club history that the Isles have allowed a tying goal in the last 11 seconds of regulation. The last time it happened was on December 17, 2013 vs. Tampa Bay when Valtteri Filppula tied the game with a goal against Evgeni Nabokov.
Quicker (or at least As Quick) off the Draw
Each team won 30 faceoffs. The Isles have now won at least as many draws that they have lost in six consecutive games (187-162 in total or 53.6%).
Home for Thanksgiving
The Isles are in the midst of a streak of seven consecutive games in the New York area; they are 3-2-0 in this stretch:
• Nov 13 vs Van Canucks 5-2 Win
• Nov 15 vs NY Rangers 7-5 Win
• Nov 18 vs Dallas 2-6 Loss
• Nov 21 @ NY Rangers 0-5 Loss
• Nov 23 @ NJ Devils 4-3 SO Win
• Nov 24 vs Car Hurricanes
• Nov 26 vs Was Capitals
The only remaining game this month out of the metro area will be in Boston on November 29th. That will be the final game before the Isles return to the Coliseum for the first time (in a regular season game) since April 2015.
Until Ken Hitchcock came out of retirement earlier this week, Barry Trotz was both the winningest and most experienced active NHL coach. He is now second to Hitchcock in wins among active coaches. Trotz' NHL record is 773-576-60-136 in 1545 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1244
2. Joel Quenneville 890
3. Ken Hitchcock 824
4. Al Arbour 782
5. Barry Trotz 773
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour 1607
4. Barry Trotz 1545
5. Ken Hitchcock 1538
Trotz will catch Al Arbour in games coached on Opening Night next season. If Quenneville doesn't return to coaching Trotz would pass him sometime in December 2019.
This Season vs. Last Season
This Season: 11-8-2 (24 points), with 67 goals scored and 63 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 12-7-2 (26 points), with 77 goals scored and 69 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
First Things First
The Isles are 8-2-2 when scoring first and 3-6-0 when allowing the opening goal.
New Jersey 12-18-12-0=42
The Isles are 1-5-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-2-2 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-8-2 overall; 5-2-2 at home (all in Brooklyn) and 6-6-0 on the road. The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
New Jersey is 9-9-3 overall; 7-1-3 at home and 2-8-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-1-0 in Division games and 3-7-2 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 8-3-2 against the East and 3-5-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 39 saves and improves to 7-3-1 on the season and 4-4-0 in his career against New Jersey.
Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves; he is 9-5-3 on the season and 3-4-3 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time; New Jersey were 0-3 on the power play in 4:09 of PP time, including a 5-on-3 for 1:51.
The Isles are 9-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-7-1 when they do not. The Isles are 3-4-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 7-4-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-7-1 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 1-1 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
Including today, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the front half and 2-0-0 in the back half. This back-to-back concludes on Saturday vs. Carolina. The next back-to-back is December 17th in Colorado and December 18 in Arizona.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 1-0-1 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 8-8-1 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:13); New Jersey: Sami Vatanen 22:42
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with a season-high 22:26 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (8-3-2), Nick Leddy (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0).
Isles 30, New Jersey 30 (50%).
Mathew Barzal won 6 of 10 for the Isles; Taylor Hall won 8 of 12 for New Jersey.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 14/19; 2nd period 8/24; 3rd period 7/16; Overtime 1/1.
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 25/49, Power play 2/5, Penalty kill 3/6
Isles 28 (Five with 3)
New Jersey 23 (Brian Boyle -5)
There were no fights. Season total – 4 (Scott Mayfield -2, Ross Johnston, Anders Lee).
The Isles blocked 13 shots (Ryan Pulock -3).
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 55, New Jersey 69
5-on-5 Isles 45, New Jersey 53
Isles: Joshua Bailey +5
New Jersey: Sami Vatanen +9
The Isles are 8-7-2 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers.
Anders Lee 139, Brock Nelson 116, Mathew Barzal 103
(Matt Martin -IR, Andrew Ladd – IR, Casey Cizikas- IR), Michael Dal Colle, Luca Sbisa.
Total games lost: 25
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 three times 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.
11/8 – TB Lightning – Tyler Johnson scored the winning goal (18:34)
11/23 – NJ Devils – Marcus Johansson tied game (19:49), but Isles won in overtime.
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 …
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Mike Bossy 752 *** 7. Josh Bailey 736
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 131 *** 19. Joshua Bailey 130…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 108
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279***13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 266
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 396
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Roland Melanson 136 *** 9.Thomas Greiss 132
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6. Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 69
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series two game to none (and 4 points to 1). The teams will next meet at the Coliseum on January 17th.
The Isles improve to 9-3-1 in their last 13 trips to New Jersey; the Isles are also 8-1 in their last nine games against the Devils that have gone beyond regulation (3-0 in overtime, 5-1 in shootouts).
On the Farm
Vinny Lettieri scored two goals to tie the game and then scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Hartford Wolf Pack ended the Sound Tigers' 7-game home winning streak with a 3-2 decision in Bridgeport. Steve Bernier and Chris Bourque each had first period power play goals for the Sound Tigers, who have earned points in 9 straight games both at home and overall.
Bridgeport is 11-5-2-1. The Sound Tigers visit Hartford on Saturday and then host Springfield on Sunday to conclude their "3 in 3" weekend.
Leaders: Goals: Steve Bernier and Michael Dal Colle (on recall to Isles) 7; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 15; Points: Devon Toews 17. Goalies: Christopher Gibson 6-3-2 (3.51 GAA); Jeremy Smith 5-2-1 (2.80 GAA)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24th – CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com]
After defeating the Hurricanes twice in Carolina in October by 2-1 scores, the Isles look for their third victory over the Canes this season.
The Isles have won six of the last eight games from Carolina; however, the Isles are only 2-2-2 all-time at Barclays Center against the Canes.
This will be Carolina's first road game following a 4-1-1 homestand. Their win on Friday night over Florida keeps Carolina one point ahead of the Isles, although the Isles have played one fewer game.
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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