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The Skinny: Isles 4, Ottawa 1

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 14
Isles 4, Ottawa 1 
Cole Bardreau will never forget his first NHL goal; Bardreau scored on a penalty shot with 4:26 to play in the second period to break a 1-1 tie as the Isles extended their winning streak to ten straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators before a crowd of 11,212 at Barclays Center.

The ten-game winning streak is the longest in the NHL this season and the second-longest in franchise history; the Isles won 15 straight games in 1982.

Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas each scored their first goal of the season  (each off a primary assist from the other); Cizikas' goal was his 7th career shorthanded goal.   Thomas Greiss made 27 saves, allowing only a shorthanded goal to JG Pageau to record his 5th straight win.
The Isles improved to 11-3-0; their 22 points matches their second-highest total through fourteen games in the club history (11-1-1-1 for 24 points in 2001-02).

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6) Vladislav Namestnikov 07:44 OTT 1,NYI 0 SHG
Cal Clutterbuck (1) Casey Cizikas, Devon Toews 08:23 OTT 1,NYI 1

2nd Period
Cole Bardreau (1)PS 15:34 OTT 1,NYI 2

3rd Period
Casey Cizikas (1) Cal Clutterbuck, Scott Mayfield 10:00 OTT 1,NYI 3 SHG
Josh Bailey (6) Noah Dobson, Adam Pelech 10:40 OTT 1,NYI 4 

The Skinny   
Derick Brassard played in his 800th career game, but saw his goals scoring streak end at a career-best five straight games… Devon Toews earned his club-leading seventh assist on Cal Clutterbuck's first goal since February 23rd. …The Isles are 9-0-0 when leading after two periods …The Isles are 5-0-0 against the Atlantic Division this season…Mathew Barzal drew his 6th penalty of the season…The Isles not only own the longest win streak in the NHL, they also have the longest active home win streak (6) and the longest active road win streak (4)… The Isles have also won six straight games in regulation (first time since winning nine straight in regulation in 1989-90)….The Isles' 6-2-0 record when allowing the first goal is the best in the NHL….JG Pageau's shorty was the first allowed by the Isles since Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers last November 15th; the Sens share the NHL lead with four shorthanded goals…Josh Bailey scored on one of his shots on goal; he has scored on 6 of 16 shots (37.5%) this season…The Isles scored and allowed a shorthanded goal for the first time since November 28, 2017 vs. Vancouver… The Isles have outscored the opposition 16-8 in the second period this season... Over the last 7 games, the  Isles have killed 21 of 22 and scored a shorthanded goal but are 1-12 on the power play, allowing a shorthanded goal.

Young Cole Bardreau Had a Night!
Cole Bardreau is the 2nd Islander Rookie to convert a penalty shot as a rookie (Tim Connolly 3/21/2000 vs Pittsburgh) and the first to do so for his first NHL goal.

Bardreau is the 7th player in NHL history to score his first goal on a penalty shot; Andrew Miller (3-27-2015 for Edmonton was the last to do so).

Bardreau is also the 375th player in Islander history to score a goal and is one of 20 Islanders since 1979-80 [including teammates Michael Dal Colle (1-17-19 vs NJ) and Devon Toews (1-3-19 vs. Chicago)] whose first NHL game was a game-winner.  

Bardreau is the 3rd Cornellian (Cornell Big Red) to score a goal for the Islanders.  Mike Iggulden scored on March 12, 2009 in Montreal; Matt Moulson scored 118 goals for the Isles.

All Those Penalty Shot Goals
The Isles have scored twice on the penalty shot this season (Nick Leddy and Cole Bardreau, both against Ottawa).  It's the first time that the Isles have ever scored two penalty shots against the same opponent in the same season, the first time since 2010-11 (Frans Nielsen – twice) that the Isles have scored twice in the same season, and the earliest that the Isles have scored two penalty shots in any season.

Prior to this season, the Isles had scored only 16 penalty shots in club history and had converted only two penalty shots in the prior seven seasons.

The Streak
10/12: Florida (3-2 Wso)
10/14: St. Louis (3-2 Wot)
10/17: @ Winnipeg (3-1 W)
10/19: @ Columbus (3-2 Wot)
10/24: Arizona (4-2 W)
10/25: @ Ottawa (4-2 W)
10/27: Philadelphia (5-3 W)
11/1: Tampa Bay (5-2 W)
11/2: @ Buffalo (1-0 W)
11/5: Ottawa (4-1 W)

A Ten-Beller
This is only the 2nd time in Islander history that they have won at least ten straight games:
15 - 1981-82
10 - 2019-20

It's the third longest stretch between 10-game winning streaks in NHL history, behind Boston and Atlanta/Calgary. (h/t @PR_NHL)

The Isles have scored 31 of their 34 goals (91.2%) at even-strength; the only other team to score 90% of their goals at even-strength during a win streak of 10+ games are the 1978 Atlanta Flames (50 of 55, 90.9%).  (h/t @PR_NHL)

The Isles are the 51st team in NHL history to win ten straight games; teams that have won ten straight have won the following game 26 out of 50 previous times.

First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time 
When the Isles last won ten straight:
The Isles were midway through their third Stanley Cup season.
The 10th straight win (on February 11, 1982) was an 8-2 win in Chicago as the Isles broke a 2-2 tie with goals from three different defenseman in a 3:38 span of the second period;
Al Arbour was in the 9th season as Islander coach;
Bill Torrey was in his 10th season as the Isles' general manager;
Lou Lamoriello was in his next- to- last season as the Head Coach of the Providence Friars  general manger, leading Providence to a 19-12-0 season;
Barry Trotz was in his 3rd season with the Regina Pats (he'd finish with 6 goals and 155 penalty minutes);
The Isles had outscored their opponents to this point by a 64-24 margin.
No current Islander player was alive, but Ron Hainsey and Craig Anderson (who both played for Ottawa tonight) were.  Zdeno Chara, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Ryan Miller are the only other players who have appeared in an NHL game this season that were alive.

It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 6-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won five straight games.  The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.   The Isles are 1-0-0 at Barclays Center.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 821-598-60-141 in 1,620 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  897
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    821
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,650
3. Barry Trotz        1,620
4. Al Arbour   1,607

The win pushes the Isles eight games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 82 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since a 5-1 loss in Florida left them at 941-859-293 on December 28, 1998.

First Things First
The Isles are 5-1-0 when scoring first and are 6-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles      10-13-9=32
Ottawa  8-10-10=28

The Isles are 3-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 8-2-0 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 11-3-0 overall; 7-2-0 at home (6-2-0 on Long Island and 1-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 4-1-0 on the road.  
Ottawa is 4-9-1 overall; 3-4-0 at home and 1-5-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-2-0 in Division games and 9-1-0 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 7-2-0 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 27 saves to improve to 6-1-0 on the season and 7-1-0 in his career against Ottawa.  

Craig Anderson made 28 saves but falls to 2-6-0 on the season and 8-8-4 in his career against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of power play time, allowing a shorthanded goal; Ottawa was 0-3 on the power play in 5:49 of PP time and they also allowed a shorthanded goal.

The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-2-0 when they do not.  The Isles are 3-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-1-0 when they do not.

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 1-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 10-2-0 when the opposition has more power plays.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 10-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-3-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 4-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 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 2-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
The Isles are 3-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not. 
The Isles are 1-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 5-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (22:01); Ottawa: Thomas Chabot (26:32) 
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with 18:03 of ice-time.

Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-0-0), Ryan Pulock (3-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (0-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0).

Isles 27, Ottawa 19 (59%).  
Casey Cizikas won 16 of 21 for the Isles; Nick Paul won 4 of 7 for Ottawa.  

Hit Count
Isles 27 (Ross Johnston -5)
Ottawa 27 (Nick Paul -5) 
There were no fights.  Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Two with 2)
Ottawa 16 (Three with 2)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 59, Ottawa 46
5-on-5 Isles 49, Ottawa 34

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Scott Mayfield +17
Ottawa:  Chris Tierney +1

The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 3-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-1-1 in back-ends.

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

Anders Lee 214, Brock Nelson 191, Mathew Barzal 178, Ryan Pulock 141 and Josh Bailey 99. 

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 141 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 141
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Matt Martin-INJ), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ),(Leo Komarov-ILL), (Nick Leddy -INJ), Otto Koivula, Seth Helgeson
Total games lost: 46.

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, 1 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB)

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 811…
25. Dave Lewis 514 *** 26. Matt Martin 512 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 495 *** 30. Brock Nelson 494

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 *** 16. Pierre Turgeon 147 ** 17. Josh Bailey 146
18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 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 299 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 155

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 444…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 266 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. Brock Nelson 251

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 170

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 91

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 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).   The season series will continue in Ottawa on March 5th.

The Isles have won six straight from Ottawa and have scored at least four goals in each win.

On the Farm  
Simon Holmstrom and Otto Koivula scored 2:31 apart in the third period as Bridgeport rallied for a 4-3 win on Sunday over Lehigh Valley. The Sound Tigers are now 2-7-2-1 on the season and host Springfield at 11:00AM on Wednesday in a School Day Matinee. 

Up Next
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 
The Isles will look for their first 11-game winning streak since 1982 as they entertain the Penguins at Barclays Center.

It will be the first meeting of the two teams since the Isles swept the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.

The teams split the four regular season meeting last season, with each team earning a shootout win in New York and a regulation win in Pittsburgh.

Three of the next six Islander games are against the Penguins (November 19th in Pittsburgh and November 21st in Brooklyn). Should the Isles continue to win they would attempt to both tie and break the club record against the Penguins.

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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