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The Skinny: Isles 3, Columbus 2 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 8
Isles 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
Brock Nelson scored his fourth career overtime goal and Thomas Greiss made 34 saves as the Isles  extended their winning streak to four straight games with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets before a crowd of 15,276 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Mathew Barzal extended his goal scoring streak to three games (four goals) as the Isles improved to 5-3-0.  It's the first time in four seasons that the Isles (5-3-0) have earned at least ten points in the first eight games.

The Scoring:  
1st Period
Mathew Barzal (4) 08:25 NYI 1,CBJ 0
Seth Jones (1) Sonny Milano, Jakob Lilja 12:07 NYI 1,CBJ 1
Michael Dal Colle (1) Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson 16:32 NYI 2,CBJ 1

2nd Period
Boone Jenner (1) 17:46 NYI 2,CBJ 2

3rd Period
No Goals

Brock Nelson (4) Nick Leddy, Anthony Beauvillier 00:33 NYI 3,CBJ 2

The Skinny   
Mathew Barzal's first period goal was his first ever against Columbus (9th game); he is 4-2-6 in the last four games (+6) and is now tied with Brock Nelson for the club scoring lead … Michael Dal Colle tallied his first goal of the season (and 4th in 40 career NHL games)..The Isles led after the first period for the first time; both of their first period goals came at even-strength (their first even-strength goals in the first period since Devon Toews on opening night) …The Isles did not have a power play.  It's the five time this season they have had one power play or fewer, including each of the last four games. That sets the club record for consecutive games with one power play or fewer…Thomas Greiss recorded his 88th win as an Islander, tying Jaroslav Halak for 5th place on the all-time Isles list…The Isles held Cam Atkinson (14-12-26 in his career vs. the Isles) off the scoreboard…The Jackets are 2-0-2 in their last four, with all four games ending by a 3-2 score…The Isles are 4-2 in games decided vs. Columbus by an overtime goal, including a perfect 3-0 at Nationwide Arena…Former Islander season ticket holder Sonny Milano assisted on the first Columbus goal for his second career point against the Isles (1-1-2).

The Illness
Leo Komarov sat out the game with an Illness; he had played 91 consecutive games, including all 89 games the Isles have played since the start of last season.

The Debut
Komarov's illness opened the door for Cole Bardreau to make his NHL debut. Bardreau, who took the morning skate in Bridgeport, played 8:54 and had three hits in his first game.  The Fairport, NY native is 26 years old.  

Lots of Solo Skates
Bardreau is the third Islander to debut this month, joining Noah Dobson and Oliver Wahlstrom. It's the first time since 2005 that the Isles have had at least three players make their NHL debut in October (Chris Campoli, Robert Nilsson and Petteri Nokelainen all debuted on Opening Night that season; Kevin Colley debuted later that month).

Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career.  His two points tonight make him 27-24-51 in 68 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month (while the 24 assists match his career high).  

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 3-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout).  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 815-598-60-141 in 1,614 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  892
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    815
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,643
3. Barry Trotz        1,614
4. Al Arbour   1,607

The win pushes the Isles two games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 76 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since a 4-3 loss to the Caps dropped them to 941-865-294 on January 11, 1999.

First Things First
The Isles are 2-1-0 when scoring first and are 3-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles         12-8-12-2=34
Columbus  6-14-16-0=36

The Isles are 1-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-2-0 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 5-3-0 overall; 3-2-0 at home (3-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 2-1-0 on the road.  
Columbus is 3-3-2 overall; 2-2-1 at home and 1-1-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-2-0 in Division games and 4-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 2-2-0 against the East and 3-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to improve to 3-1-0 on the season and 9-7-3 in his career against Columbus.  

Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves; he is 3-2-1 on the season and 2-1-2 in his career against the Isles. 

Power Plays
The Isles did not have a power play; Columbus was 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time.

The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 2-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not.

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

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 2-0 in games decided in overtime and are 1-0 in shootouts.  The Isles are 1-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Tired vs. Rested 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 3-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:01); Columbus: Seth Jones (25:15)
Anthony Beauvillier Isles forwards with a career-high 21:00 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Adam Pelech (2-0-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0).

Isles 22, Columbus 38 (37%).  
For the second straight game, no Islander won more than they lost; Boone Jenner won 13 of 16 for Columbus.  

Hit Count
Isles 30 (Matt Martin-4)
Columbus 14 (Boone Jenner -3) 
There were no fights. Season total: 1 – Johnston (vs. FLA).
Blocked Shots
Isles *FRANCHISE RECORD* 33 (Ryan Pulock  and Cal Clutterbuck-4)
Columbus 9 (Two with 2)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Columbus 80
5-on-5 Isles 52, Columbus 74
5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Oliver Wahlstrom +5
Columbus: Nick Foligno +23

The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be October 24th vs. Arizona and October 25th in Ottawa.

Night and Day
The Isles are 4-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.

Anders Lee 208, Brock Nelson 185, Mathew Barzal 172, Ryan Pulock 145 and Josh Bailey 93. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 145 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 – 3/26/2018 153
6. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 145
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Leo Komarov-ILL), Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 18.

Late Heroes
The Isles have scored once in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
10/14 vs. STL – Mathew Barzal scored at 19:33 and the Isles won in OT.

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

Isles: 0 - 0
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 805

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 154 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 143 *** 19 Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Jason Blake and Brock Nelson 128

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11.  Josh Bailey 296 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 152

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 439…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 261 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. David Volek 249 *** 29. Brock Nelson 248

Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 167

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak and  Thomas Greiss 88

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 games to 0 (and 2 points to 1).   The season series will continue in Brooklyn on November 30th.

The Isles have won four of the last five games from Columbus.

On the Farm  
The Sound Tigers are 1-2-1-1 on the season, following a 3-2 shootout loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the home opener. 

Bridgeport continues their three-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting Providence. 

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles have only two breaks of four days without a game (excluding the bye/all-star break) this season and both of them are over the next two weeks; after the first break the Isles will host the Coyotes on Thursday. 

The Isles swept a pair of low-scoring games last season, winning 3-1 in the desert and 2-0 at the Coliseum.  

The Isles have points in six straight against the Coyotes (4-0-2) and are 6-1-3 in the last 10 meetings.  At home, the Isles have won six straight, and are 8-0-1 since Brian Boucher and the then-Phoenix Coyotes beat them 3-2 on October 29, 2002. 

...And Finally (Milestone Man)
This is the 600th consecutive (regular season and playoffs) edition of The Skinny, a streak that began in February 2012.  

The 600th consecutive regular season edition would be on January 4th vs. Toronto, while the 624th consecutive regular season edition would be on February 29th vs. Boston.  What's important about 624?  Billy Harris played in the first 623 regular season games in Isles history; no Islander has gotten close to that streak.

Thanks to all that read, and regularly comment about The Skinny!

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 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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