By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Arizona 1
Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored second period goals to break a 1-1 tie as the Isles extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes before a crowd of 11,640 at Gila River Arena.
Robin Lehner made 35 saves to record his first win since October 30th; Joshua Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal in over a year as the Isles improved to five games over .500 for the first time this season.
Mario Kempe (1) Alex Goligoski, Nick Cousins 09:14 NYI 0,ARI 1
Joshua Ho-Sang (1) Ryan Pulock, Valtteri Filppula 17:04 NYI 1,ARI 1
Brock Nelson (11) Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock 03:38 NYI 2,ARI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (11) Josh Bailey 08:29 NYI 3,ARI 1
The Isles have won three straight on the road for the second time this season…Anthony Beauvillier scored for the fourth time in five games and the tenth time in the last 16 games; he has 28 goals in 2018, matching Anders Lee's total for the calendar-year club lead…Joshua Ho-Sang's goal was his first in the NHL since last Thanksgiving Eve… The Isles killed the opponent's first power play goal for the first time in four games... The Isles are all along in third place, and move within one point of second place Columbus... The Isles won 3 of 6 face-offs on the power play and have won 27 of 38 on the power play over the last six games after winning only 20 of 43 over the prior nine games…Brock Nelson led the Isles with five shots…Luca Sbisa recorded a career-high seven hits…The Isles have now won an NHL-high 15 games when outshot, one more than Toronto for the most in the NHL…The Isles remain just one point off last season's pace; including shootout winners they have scored 22 fewer goals and allowed 21 fewer goals than last year's first 33 games…The Isles have earned 19 points in 17 road games this season; they had only 19 points through 23 road games last season. It's the first time that they have been two games over NHL .500 on the road this late in the season since they ended the 2016-17 season with a 19-17-5 record… Ryan Pulock had two assists for the second straight game; he became the 43rd defensemen in club history to record 50 career points…The Isles have now swept three sets of back-to-backs this season (@PHL-@CAR, @NJ – Vs. CAR, @COL-@ARI) and are 4-0-0 on the back-end of back-to-backs for the first time since 2008.
We'll Be Home for Christmas…After This Four-Game Road Trip
The Isles are 2-0-0 on this four-game road trip:
12/17- Beat COL Avalanche 4-1
12/18- Beat ARI Coyotes 3-1
12/19- @ VEG Golden Knights
12/22- @ DAL Stars
Last 30 Seasons: Most Goals by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 84
2. Anthony Beauvillier 41
Beauvillier's 22nd birthday is not until June.
Last 30 Seasons: Most Assists and Points by an Islander Before 22nd Birthday:
1. John Tavares 118 assists, 202 points
2. Mathew Barzal 86 assists, 112 points
Barzal's 22nd birthday is not until May.
Anders Lee has 136 career goals, leaving him three goals behind Kyle Okposo. Okposo is 2nd on the Islander goal-scoring list among American-born players, trailing only Pat LaFontaine.
Among active coaches, Barry Trotz has coached the most games and is 2nd to Ken Hitchcock in wins. Trotz' NHL record is 779-580-60-138 in 1557 games and is now just three wins behind Al Arbour on the all-time win list.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1244
2. Joel Quenneville 890
3. Ken Hitchcock 833
4. Al Arbour 782
5. Barry Trotz 779
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2141
2. Joel Quenneville 1636
3. Al Arbour 1607
4. Barry Trotz 1557
5. Ken Hitchcock 1550
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: 17-12-4 (38 points), with 96 goals scored and 93 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
Last Season: 18-12-3 (39 points), with 118 goals scored and 114 goals allowed (includes SO winners)
First Things First
The Isles are 10-4-4 when scoring first and 7-8-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 15-3-3 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 17-12-4 overall; 8-5-3 at home (2-0-1 on Long Island and 6-5-2 in Brooklyn) and 9-7-1 on the road. The Isles will play 21 games in Uniondale and 20 games in Brooklyn this season.
Arizona is 14-17-2 overall; 6-9-1 at home and 8-8-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 10-3-1 in Division games and 7-9-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 12-5-4 against the East and 5-7-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Robin Lehner made 35 saves and improves to 5-6-3 on the season and 4-0-0 in his career against Arizona.
Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves but falls to 4-8-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time; Arizona was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 12-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-11-3 when they do not. The Isles are 6-8-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-4-1 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 15-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-11-3 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-2-4 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 1-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.
Including tonight, the Isles are 3-1-0 in the front half and 4-0-0 in the back half. The next back-to-back is December 28th vs. Ottawa and December 29th in Toronto.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 2-0-1 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 3-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 11-12-3 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Scott Mayfield (20:58); Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (26:38)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:26 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (10-5-3), Nick Leddy (5-6-1), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0).
Isles 21, Arizona 36 (37%).
Josh Bailey won 4 of 7 for the Isles; Brad Richardson won 15 of 20 for Arizona.
Face-offs by period: 1st period 8/23; 2nd period 8/17; 3rd period 5/17
Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 16/46, Power play 3/6, Penalty kill 2/5.
Isles 30 (Luca Sbisa- 7(career high))
Arizona 28 (Josh Archibald & Lawson Crouse -6)
Scott Mayfield fought Lawson Crouse in the third period. Season total –8 (Scott Mayfield -3, Ross Johnston-2, Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee).
The Isles blocked 23 shots (Johnny Boychuk -5).
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 63, Arizona 75 (including 35-6 in Arizona's favor in the third period)
5-on-5 Isles 53, Arizona 57
Isles: Scott Mayfield +11
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun +10
The Isles are 14-11-4 in night games and 3-1-0 in matinees. The next matinee is on January 12th vs. the Rangers.
Anders Lee 151, Brock Nelson 128, Mathew Barzal 115
(Andrew Ladd – IR), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), (Thomas Hickey- INJ), Ross Johnston
Total games lost: 55
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 four 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.
12/15- DET Red Wings – Thomas Vanek tied game (18:57), but Isles won in a shootout.
The Isles are 3-3-0 when trailing in a game by a 2-0 score, defeating NYR (11/15), CBJ (12/1) and DET (12/8); all three wins have been in regulation.
The Isles are 6-0-1 when scoring the game's first two goals.
12/8 vs DET Red Wings – Red Wings goal overturned after successful Isles challenge.
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 748
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
16. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 17. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 18. Anders Lee 136 ***19. Josh Bailey 131…
24. Mark Parrish, Matt Moulson and Steve Thomas 118 *** 27. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 28. Brock Nelson 110
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
12. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 13. Bobby Nystrom 278 *** 14. Josh Bailey 273
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 404
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 140
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6. Rollie Melanson 77*** 7. Thomas Greiss 74
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and 2 points to 0). The season series will conclude at the Coliseum on March 24th.
The Isles are now 6-1-2 in the last ninr games vs. the Coyotes, however this was the Isles' first win in Arizona since a 1-0 shutout behind Jaroslav Halak on November 8, 2014; Frans Nielsen had the only goal in that game.
On the Farm
Bridgeport, and reigning AHL Player of the Week Michael Dal Colle get back to action on Wednesday as they begin a three-game road trip Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Bridgeport is 17-8-3-1 and has earned points in 16 of their last 19 games (13-3-2-1) overall and in 14 straight home games (11-0-2-1). The Sound Tigers will finish their pre-Christmas schedule with a pair of games in Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.
Leaders: Goals: Michael Dal Colle 14 (tied-5th in AHL) ; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang 20; Points: Dal Colle 23. Goalies: Jeremy Smith 8-5-1 (2.83 GAA); Christopher Gibson 9-3-3 (3.08 GAA)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20th – ISLANDERS AT VEGAS 10:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 9:30pm), WRCN 103.9FM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, Radio.com]
The Isles look to earn a split of the season series when they face the Golden Knights in Vegas on Thursday. Vegas defeated the Isles 3-2 in Brooklyn last week.
It will be the fourth all-time meeting between the teams with the Isles holding a 2-1-0 record.
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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