By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Winnipeg 1
Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson scored goals 2:47 apart early in the second period and Anthony Beauvillier added a goal and an assist as the Isles earned their first victory of the season, defeating the Winnipeg Jets on Coliseum ice before a crowd of 9,923.
Thomas Greiss picked up where he left off last season, making 35 saves to earn the victory in his season debut, as the Isles made Barry Trotz a winner in his 1,608th NHL game (passing Al Arbour for 3rd place all-time).
Patrik Laine scored the only Winnipeg goal; he has now scored against every NHL opponent except Columbus.
1:51 Josh Bailey (1) Power Play Anthony Beauvillier, Devon Toews
4:38 Brock Nelson (1) Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock
15:55 Anders Lee (1) Scott Mayfield, Mathew Barzal
17:06 Patrik Laine (1) Blake Wheeler, Anthony Bitetto
1:25 Anthony Beauvillier (1) Derick Brassard, Leo Komarov
Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and an assist; Beau also earned an assist on Opening Night and now is 49-42-91 on his career...Derick Brassard recorded his first point as an Islander… Rookie Noah Dobson was a healthy scratch as he awaits his first NHL game...Anders Lee's goal was his 259th point as an Islander, breaking a tie for 25th place with Steve Thomas and Jason Blake…The Isles have had only one power play in each of the first two games…Devon Toews and Scott Mayfield went +2; they are each +3 through two games…The Jets have allowed 14 goals in three games…Island Park native Anthony Bitetto recorded his 4th career assist against the Isles (in seven games)…The Isles not only scored on their only power play attempt; they also had four attempts on goal while on the power play.
The Jets lost defenseman Josh Morrissey to injury during warm-ups. The six Winnipeg defenders that played entered the games with only 942 games of combined experience, and 628 of those belonged to Dmitry Kulikov.
Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career. He is 24-21-45 in 62 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month.
It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 1-1-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout). The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.
A Sunday Night at the Coliseum, in October?
This was only the third time the Isles have ever played an October game on a Sunday at the Coliseum, and the previous two games were matinees (10-10-1999 vs. Colorado, 10-28-2001 vs. Dallas). This was one of the seven games originally scheduled for Brooklyn that was moved to Long Island.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 811-596-60-141 in 1,608 games; he passed Al Arbour for third place in games coached tonight.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 891
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 811
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,638
3. Al Arbour 1,608
4. Barry Trotz 1,607
5. Ken Hitchcock 1,598
First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 0-1-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 0-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 1-1-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 1-1-0 overall; 1-1-0 at home (1-1-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 0-0-0 on the road.
Winnipeg is 1-2-0 overall; 0-0-0 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-1-0 in Division games and 1-0-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 0-1-0 against the East and 1-0-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 35 saves as he improves to 1-0-0 on the season and 5-2-1 in his career against Winnipeg.
Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves but falls to 1-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 1-1 on the power play in 1:54 of PP time; Winnipeg was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 0-1-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-0 when they do not.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 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.
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 0-0-0 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 1-1-0 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:51); Winnipeg: Neal Pionk (23:32)
Jordan Eberle led Isles forwards with 16:52 of ice-time
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0).
Isles 27, Winnipeg 27 (50%).
Brock Nelson won 4 of 6 for the Isles; Jack Roslovic won 6 of 8 for Winnipeg.
Isles 24 (Matt Martin -8)
Winnipeg 25 (Gabriel Bourque -4)
There were no fights. Season total: 0.
Isles 19 (Seven with 2)
Winnipeg 8 (Three with 2)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 51, Winnipeg 64
5-on-5 Isles 44, Winnipeg 62
Isles: Adam Pelech +4
Winnipeg: Dmitry Kulikov and Neal Pionk +9
The Isles will play 11 sets of back-to-backs this season. The first back-to-back will be on October 11th in Carolina and on October 12th vs. Florida.
Night and Day
The Isles are 1-1-0 in night games and 0-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on Columbus Day against St. Louis.
Anders Lee 202, Brock Nelson 179, Mathew Barzal 166, Ryan Pulock 139, Josh Bailey 87, Leo Komarov (86 in total; 84 with Isles) and Nick Leddy (84).
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 139 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 (139)
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 2
The Isles have not scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:
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
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 799
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 153 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 141…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21. Brock Nelson 125
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11. Josh Bailey 294 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 435…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 259
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 163
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 86
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 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).
The teams will complete the season series on October 17th in Manitoba.
On the Farm
The Sound Tigers opened their season with a regulation loss Saturday in Springfield and an overtime loss in Hartford on Sunday. Oliver Wahlstrom had a goal and an assist on the weekend.
The Sound Tigers are now off until Friday, when they begin a weekend series in Charlotte.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8th— EDMONTON AT ISLANDERS (NASSAU COLISEUM) 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
Josh Bailey is expected to become the 6th Islander to appear in 800 games as the Isles close out their first homestand of the season as they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Nassau for the first time in five years.
Bailey will be the first forward taken in the 2008 draft to appear in 800 games (Drew Doughty has played 853 games) and is 6th in both goals and points in his draft class.
Regardless of the building the Isles have had Edmonton's number on home ice, earning points in each of the last 12 Oiler visits (10-0-2); at the Coliseum, the Islanders have won eight straight against Edmonton, dating back to a 4-2 win over the Butch Goring Isles on December 14, 1999. The Isles have a player on their roster (Noah Dobson) who wasn't born when this game was played.
Overall, the Isles are 13-5-5 in the 21st Century against the Oilers.
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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