By Eric Hornick
Washington 2, Isles 1
TJ Oshie's second period power play goal broke a 1-1 tie and Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves to win his NHL debut as the Washington Capitals spoiled the Isles' season opener with a 2-1 win on Coliseum ice before a sellout crowd of 13,917.
Devon Toews was credited with the only Islander goal when his shot deflected in off three different Capitals.
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves but takes the loss in his Islander debut.
10:25 Jakub Vrana (2) Assists: Lars Eller, Radko Gudas WSH 1, NYI 0
12:27 Devon Toews (1) Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Leo Komarov WSH 1, NYI 1
17:43 T.J. Oshie (1) (Power Play) Assists: John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom WSH 2, NYI 1
No Goals Scored
The Isles are 3-3-1 on Opening Night over the seven years; however, they are only 4-10-3 in their last 17 Openers. Overall, the Isles are 12-24-11 on Opening Night (2-5-3 at home). Overall, the Isles have gone 28-13-6 in home openers, including 26-12-5 at the Coliseum…The game featured two of the three goalies ever drafted in the first round by Washington (Olaf Kolzig is the third)… Anthony Beauvillier, who was the youngest Islander dressed on Opening Night for the fourth straight season, assisted on Devon Toews' goal; his first assist last season did not come until November 15th… TJ Oshie is now 11-13-24 in 23 games against the Isles.. Ilya Samsonov is the first goalie to defeat the Isles in his NHL debut since Aaron Dell did so for San Jose three seasons ago (10-18-2016)...Semyon Varlamov and Derick Brassard both made their Isles debuts; rookie Noah Dobson was a healthy scratch as he awaits his first NHL game.
It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 0-1-0 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 810-596-60-141 in 1,607 games; he tied Al Arbour for third place in games coached tonight.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 890
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 810
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,637
3. Al Arbour 1,607
4. Barry Trotz 1,607
5. Ken Hitchcock 1,598
Trotz falls to 10-8-3 in Openers; Joel Quenneville (6-9-6) also coached (and lost) his 21st Opener this week.
First Things First
The Isles are 0-0-0 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 0-1-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 0-1-0 overall; 0-1-0 at home (0-1-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 0-0-0 on the road.
Washington is 2-0-0 overall; 0-0-0 at home and 2-0-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-1-0 in Division games and 0-0-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 0-1-0 against the East and 0-0-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves but falls to 0-1-0 on the season and 3-5-1 in his career against Washington.
Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves to win his NHL debut.
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 2:00 of PP time; Washington was 1-2 on the power play in 2:55 of PP time.
The Isles are 0-0-0 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 0-0-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 0-0-0 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 0-1-0 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:59); Washington: Nick Jensen (23:26)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 17:22 of ice-time
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (0-1-0).
Isles 24, Washington 26 (50%).
Brock Nelson won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Lars Eller won 7 of 9 for Washington.
Isles 29 (Johnny Boychuk -5)
Washington 21 (Alex Ovechkin & Martin Fehervary-4)
There were no fights. Season total - 0.
Isles 20 (Scott Mayfield -5)
Washington 11 (John Carlson -3)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 47, Washington 59
5-on-5 Isles 37, Washington 53
Isles: Brock Nelson +1
Washington: Dimitri Orlov +10
The Isle 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 0-1-0 in night games and 0-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on Columbus Day against St. Louis.
Anders Lee 201, Brock Nelson 178, Mathew Barzal 165, Ryan Pulock 138, Josh Bailey 86, Leo Komarov (85 overall; 83 with Isles) and Nick Leddy (83).
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 138 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 (138))
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 1
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 798
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 152 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 140…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21. Brock Nelson 124
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11. Josh Bailey 293 …
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 433…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Steve Thomas, Jason Blake and Anders Lee 258
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 162
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 85
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
Washington leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).
The teams will next play on New Year's Eve in DC.
On the Farm
The Sound Tigers will open their season on Saturday in Springfield and then will visit Hartford on Sunday.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th— WINNIPEG AT ISLANDERS (NASSAU COLISEUM) 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles will look for their first victory of the season as the homestand continues with a visit from the Winnipeg Jets.
The teams last met on March 29th in Winnipeg as the Isles rallied late in the third period for a 5-4 win as Casey Cizikas scored the tying goal (18:14) and Jordan Eberle scored the winner (18:47).
The teams have split a pair of games in each of the last three seasons; this will be the Jets first visit to Long Island since October 28, 2014; Andrew Ladd had the winning goal in a 4-3 Jets win.
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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