By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Arizona 2
Josh Bailey scored the lead goal and set-up Anders Lee for the eventual winning goal as the Isles extended their winning streak to five straight games with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes before a crowd of 10,752 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves to earn his third straight win while Brock Nelson added two assists as the Isles earned their first October win streak of at least five games since 1982 (8 straight).
The Isles improved to 6-3-0. It's the first time in four seasons that the Isles have earned at least twelve points in the first nine games.
Derick Brassard (1) Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson 01:25 ARI 0,NYI 1
Michael Grabner (2) Jakob Chychrun 10:20 ARI 1,NYI 1
Josh Bailey (4) Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson 14:03 ARI 1,NYI 2
Anders Lee (3) Josh Bailey, Devon Toews 08:00 ARI 1,NYI 3
Conor Garland (5) Jakob Chychrun, Phil Kessel 18:55 ARI 2,NYI 3
Scott Mayfield (1)EN Johnny Boychuk 19:48 ARI 2,NYI 4
The Isles led after the first period for the second straight game (after not doing it in the first seven games) …The Isles had only one power play. It's the sixth time this season they have had one power play or fewer, including each of the last five games (extending the franchise record). The Isles have had only 41 seconds of power play time over the last 2 ½ games …Cole Bardreau, playing his 2nd NHL game, won six of eight draws...Derick Brassard became the 374th player in Isles history to score a goal; it ended a streak of 222:37 in which Arizona had not trailed…The Isles became the first team to score three goals against Darcy Kuemper since Florida did so on March 21st; his 12-game streak was the longest in Coyote history…Brock Nelson had two assists, giving him 250 career points…Scott Mayfield's empty-netter was his 10th career goal, and his first since March 9th. …Phil Kessel played in his 783rd consecutive game (7th all-time).…The Isles won (just) over 60% of the draws, and losing over 60% of the draws in each of the last three games.
Winning Without Power Plays
The Isles have won five straight games, despite having only a total of four power plays (and no more than one in any game). That ties the NHL record for consecutive wins while having one power play or less, done previously by Philadelphia in 1982-83.
Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career. His two points tonight make him 27-26-53 in 69 career October games, tallying more goals, assists and points than in any other month.
It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 4-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout). The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 816-598-60-141 in 1,615 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 893
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 816
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,645
3. Barry Trotz 1,615
4. Al Arbour 1,607
The win pushes the Isles three games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 77 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since a 3-2 loss to Montreal dropped them to 941-864-294 on January 9, 1999.
First Things First
The Isles are 3-1-0 when scoring first and are 3-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 5-2-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 6-3-0 overall; 4-2-0 at home (4-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 2-1-0 on the road.
Arizona is 5-3-1 overall; 3-1-0 at home and 2-2-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 1-2-0 in Division games and 5-1-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 2-2-0 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves to improve to 3-2-0 on the season and 9-7-2 in his career against Arizona.
Darcy Kuemper made 18 saves; he is 4-3-0 on the season and 1-4-1 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 0:41 of power play time; Arizona was 0-3 on the power play in 4:41 of PP time.
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 2-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-1-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-0-0 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 2-0 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 4-3-0 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Scott Mayfield (21:40); Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (24:43)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:52 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), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0).
Isles 32, Arizona 21 (60%).
Cole Bardreau won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Carl Soderberg won 6 of 9 for Arizona.
Isles 32 (Matt Martin-6)
Arizona 18 (Alex Goligoski -4)
There were no fights. Season total: 1 – Johnston (vs. FLA).
Isles 16 (Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech -3)
Arizona 14 (Oliver Ekman-Larsson -3)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 43, Arizona 51
5-on-5 Isles 38, Arizona 44
Isles: Casey Cizikas and Devon Toews +6
Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Phil Kessel +5
Including tonight, the Isles are 1-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. This back-to-back will conclude in Ottawa on Friday. The next back-to-back will be November 1st vs. Tampa Bay and November 2nd in Buffalo.
Night and Day
The Isles are 5-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.
Anders Lee 209, Brock Nelson 186, Mathew Barzal 173, Ryan Pulock 146 and Josh Bailey 94.
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 146
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Leo Komarov-ILL), Tom Kuhnhackl, Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 21.
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 806
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 155 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 144 *** 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 297 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 153
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 441…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 262 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. Brock Nelson 250
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
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss 88
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 0). The season series will conclude in the desert on February 17th.
The Isles have points in seven straight against the Coyotes (5-0-2) and are 7-1-3 in the last 11 meetings. At home, the Isles have won seven straight, and are 9-0-1 since Brian Boucher and the then-Phoenix Coyotes beat them 3-2 on October 29, 2002.
On the Farm
The Sound Tigers are 1-3-1-1 on the season, following a 4-0 home-ice loss to Providence on Tuesday.
Bridgeport concludes their three-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting Springfield.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th — ISLANDERS AT OTTAWA 7:30PM
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 7:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles play the back-end of the back-to-back in Kanata, Ontario on Friday as they face the Sens for the first time this season.
The Isles swept the season series last year, winning all three games (including once in a shootout). The Isles have won four straight from Ottawa overall, which is their best-ever streak against the Sens and have also won all three games they have played in Ottawa over the last two seasons, matching their longest win streak against the Sens in Ottawa.
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