By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Philadelphia 3
For two periods, it looked like the Isles' 13-game point streak would end in Barry Trotz' 100th game behind the Isles bench.
But then Anthony Beauvillier (2x) and Mathew Barzal (once), took over to force a shootout. Jordan Eberle and Barzal converted in the shootout and Thomas Greiss was perfect in the shootout (again) as the Isles extended the streak to 14 games (13-0-1) with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers before a sellout crowd of 19,023 at Wells Fargo Center. The 14-game streak, the Isles' longest point streak in the Post-Cup era, is now just one game shy of the club record (done three times).
The Isles are 14-3-1; their 29 points matches the highest total through eighteen games in the club history (also in 1976-77), while the 14 wins are the most the Isles have ever had thru 18 games.
Sean Couturier (6) Oskar Lindblom 01:38 NYI 0,PHI 1
Ivan Provorov (4) Sean Couturier, Matt Niskanen 19:36 NYI 0,PHI 2 PPG
Oskar Lindblom (9) Joel Farabee, Ivan Provorov 12:20 NYI 0,PHI 3
Anthony Beauvillier (5) Derick Brassard, Brock Nelson 07:46 NYI 1,PHI 3
Mathew Barzal (9) Brock Nelson, Derick Brassard 13:34 NYI 2,PHI 3 PPG
Anthony Beauvillier (6) 17:56 NYI 3,PHI 3
Jordan Eberle (G/GDG) - Sean Couturier (NG)
Mathew Barzal (G) - Claude Giroux (NG)
Jordan Eberle, who does not have a goal this season, scored the shootout deciding tally. It was his 5th career shootout winner (2nd as an Islander).
The Isles improve to 81-64 all-time in shootouts as they extend their NHL record for shootout win (Pittsburgh has 78 and the Rangers have 77) while the Flyers fall to 48-87; only Florida has more shootout losses (94).
Thomas Greiss stopped both shots he faced to improve to 31-15 all-time in shootouts; his save percentage in shootouts improves to .784 (best in NHL history among goalies who have faced at least 75 shots). [Semyon Varlamov at .755 is the best among those who have faced 100 shots]
The Isles scored on the power play for the third time in two games… Mathew Barzal scored his team-leading 9th goal and his team-leading 17th point as he extended his point streak to four games … Anthony Beauvillier recorded his 8th career multi-goal game (he has four goals in the last two games); he now has 100 career points…Josh Bailey played his 815th game, passing Bob Bourne for 5th on the all-time Isles list….The Isles are 7-1-1 in games decided by a single goal while Philly is 5-1-4…Brock Nelson and Derick Brassard each had two assists, extending their assist streaks to three games; Nelson now leads the team with 10 assists…The Isles are 5-1-0 on the road this season; only the 2001-02 team (6-0-0) started better on the road…The Flyers had outscored opponents 24-16 in the third period before allowing three goals tonight…The Flyers have gone to overtime in five of their last six games.…Otto Koivula made his NHL debut, playing 7:14. He was not on-ice for a goal by either team.
The Isles came from 3 goals behind to win.
• Trailed 3-0 & win: 2-9-18 vs Detroit at Barclays (7-6 OT win)
• Trailed 3-0 on road & win: 3-10-14 @Vancouver (7-4 win)
It's only the 2nd time in 40 tries that the Isles have recovered from a 3-0 hole to beat Philly. The other time was on January 7, 1982 at the Spectrum (2-37-1 all-time) The Isles scored their first goal in that game late in the 2nd period and won 5-4 (in the no overtime era) on a Clark Gillies goal at 19:47.
Anthony Beauvillier is 4-2-6 in seven games this month and is now 10-6-16 in 40 career November games.
A Bob Bourne Retrospective
Bob Bourne missed large parts of the 1984-85 season due to injuries. By the end of the campaign, he had fallen to fifth on the Isles games played list, behind Bryan Trottier. He had been 5th for over 34 years, until tonight, when he was passed by Josh Bailey.
The Point Streak (13-0-1)
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)
11/7: Pittsburgh (3-4 OTL)
11/9: Florida (W 2-1)
11/13: Toronto (W 5-4)
11/16: Philadelphia (W 4-3so)
The Isles have earned a point in 14 straight games, the longest streak in the Post-Cup era and the 4th-longest in club history. The Isles had 15-game streaks in 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82.
Making Their Point
The Isles last lost in regulation on October 11th in Carolina; they have now earned a point in every game over a club-record 39 days (thru at least Tuesday)
It is the 5th time in club history that they have gone at least 30 days between pointless games:
• 39 days October/November 2019 CURRENT (thru at least 11/19)
• 38 days November/December 1978
• 34 days February/March 1981
• 33 days November/December 1980
• 32 days January/February 1982
To put the Isles streak in perspective, all four Yankee losses to Houston in the ALCS have occurred since the streak started. Since the day the streak started, the Rangers and Devils have suffered 14 regulation losses, the Knicks and Nets have lost 17 games and the Jets and Giants have lost seven times.
The win raises the Isles' all-time record to 1635-1550-497; it's the first time they have been 85 games over NHL-.500 since December 2, 1998, when a 3-2 loss to the Rangers their all-time record to 938-853-291.
It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 7-2-0 on Coliseum ice, where they have won six straight games. The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum. The Isles are 2-0-1 at Barclays Center.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 824-598-60-142 in 1,624 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 900
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 824
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,655
3. Barry Trotz 1,623
4. Al Arbour 1,607
Trotz is the 11th man to coach the Isles for at least 100 games. He is 62-30-8 as the Isles coach, with the 62 wins and 132 points leading all others' first 100 by a wide margin:
• Barry Trotz 62-30-8
• Doug Weight 53-37-10
• Ted Nolan 51-37-12
• Terry Simpson 49-38-13
• Peter Laviolette 48-39-9-4
• Steve Stirling 47-38-11-4
• Jack Capuano 38-46-16
• Scott Gordon 32-53-15
• Butch Goring 30-57-11-2
• Al Arbour 28-48-24
• Mike Milbury 26-58-16
First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-1 when scoring first and are 7-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 5-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 9-2-1 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 14-3-1 overall; 9-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 2-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 5-1-0 on the road.
Philadelphia is 10-6-4 overall; 6-1-3 at home and 4-5-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 3-2-1 in Division games and 11-1-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 10-2-1 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves to improve to 8-1-0 on the season and 7-4-2 in his career against Philadelphia. He is 14-10 in shootouts.
Brian Elliott made 33 saves; he is 4-2-2 on the season and 8-1-7 in his career against the Isles. He is 25-27 in his career in the shootout. The Isles have beaten Elliott in the shootout three times (as a Senator, a Blue and now a Flyer).
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 5:50 of power play time; Philadelphia was 1-3 on the power play in 5:25 of PP time.
The Isles are 5-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-2-1 when they do not. The Isles are 5-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 9-1-1 when they do not.
The Isles are 1-1-0 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 2-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 11-2-1 when the opposition has more power plays.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 12-0-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-3-0 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 50-2-3 when scoring three or more.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 7-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 2-0 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 4-0-0 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 7-3-1 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (25:45); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (26:32)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 21:01 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-0-0), Ryan Pulock (5-1-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (0-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).
Isles 26, Philadelphia 23 (53%).
Brock Nelson won 13 of 19 for the Isles; Claude Giroux won 12 of 18 for Philadelphia.
Isles 22 (Michael Dal Colle -4)
Philadelphia 35 (Robert Hagg-6)
There were no fights. Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
Isles 13 (Ryan Pulock -4)
Philadelphia 20 (Ivan Provorov -5)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 67, Philadelphia 54
5-on-5 Isles 51, Philadelphia 40
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier +19
Philadelphia: Michael Raffl +9
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 12-3-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.
Anders Lee 218, Brock Nelson 195, Mathew Barzal 182, Ryan Pulock 145 and Josh Bailey 103.
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
(Matt Martin-INJ), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Leo Komorov
Total games lost: 61.
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. Josh Bailey 815…
25. Dave Lewis 514 *** 26. Matt Martin 513 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 499 *** 30. Brock Nelson 498
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 300 …
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 446…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 267 *** 26. Jason Blake and Steve Thomas 258 ***
28. Brock Nelson 255
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 172
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Thomas Greiss 93
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 1). The teams will next meet on February 11th in Brooklyn.
The Isles have won three straight games in Philadelphia and are 7-4-0 in their last 11 trips to Philly.
On the Farm
The Sound Tigers lost 4-3 in overtime in Belleville on Friday and 3-0 in Laval on Saturday to fall to 4-10-3-1 on the season. Bridgeport is now off until Friday when they face Providence.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th — ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles conclude their two-game road trip to Pennsylvania, as they begin a home-and-home series with the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are the only team to take two points from the Isles in the current 14-game point streak. Pittsburgh rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 overtime win at Barclays last Thursday to snap the Isles' ten-game win streak.
The Isles are 3-1-2 in their last six games against Pittsburgh.
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