By Eric Hornick
Isles 5, Tampa Bay 2
Thomas Greiss made 33 saves for his fourth straight win and the Isles got goals from five different players as they extended their winning streak to eight straight games with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning before a crowd of 12,043 at Nassau Coliseum.
The eight-game winning streak is the club's longest since they won nine straight from December 31, 1989 – January 19, 1990 and is the longest in the NHL this season.
The Isles improved to 9-3-0; their 18 points is their highest total through twelve games in the post-Cup era (9-1-1-1 for 20 points in 2001-02).
Mathew Barzal (6) Nick Leddy 04:58 TBL 0,NYI 1
Yanni Gourde (2) Kevin Shattenkirk 07:49 TBL 1,NYI 1
Ryan Pulock (2) Derick Brassard, Anthony Beauvillier 11:33 TBL 1,NYI 2
Josh Bailey (5) Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee 12:41 TBL 1,NYI 3
Anders Lee (5) Johnny Boychuk 14:27 TBL 1,NYI 4
Ryan McDonagh (1) Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos 18:03 TBL 2,NYI 4
Derick Brassard (4)EN Anders Lee, Josh Bailey 19:24 TBL 2,NYI 5
The Isles scored five goals for the second straight game as they won by at least two goals for the fourth straight games… Anders Lee now has five points in the last two games (2-3-5) after his three point game tonight… Ryan McDonagh's late goal made Josh Bailey's goal the game-winner; ironically it took the game-winner away from Ryan Pulock, who had been credited with the winner in a similar manner on Sunday…Mathew Barzal now leads the Isles in both goals (6) and +/- (+9)…The Casey Cizikas line combined for 16 hits and four shots on goal…Ross Johnston was involved in a fight for the second straight game…Derick Brassard's empty-netter extended his goal-scoring streak to four games…Johnny Boychuk recorded an assist for the fourth straight game…The Isles are 7-0-0 when leading after two periods…The Isles have now outscored the opposition 15-8 in the second period.
Moving on Up
Josh Bailey tied Mariusz Czerkawski for 16th place on the Isles' goal list (145) and passed Billy Harris for 13th place on the Isles' point list (444). He needs just one assist to become the 11th player in club history to record 300 assists.
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)
This is only the 4th time in Islander history that they have won at least eight straight games:
• 15 - 1981-82
• 9 - 1989-90
• 8 - 1982-83
• 8 - 2019-20
First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
When the Isles last won at least eight straight:
• Bryan Trottier was still a month away from scoring his 500th NHL goal (and his final goal as an Islander);
• The 8th straight win (on January 17, 1990) was a 6-3 win in Montreal;
• Al Arbour was in the first full season of his second stint as Islander coach;
• Bill Torrey was in his 18th season as the Isles' general manager;
• Lou Lamoriello was in his 3rd season as the Devils' general manger;
• Barry Trotz had not begun his minor league coaching career;
• Pat LaFontaine was 10-7-17 in the 9-game streak, while defenseman Doug Crossman was +9;
• The Isles scored 12 power play goals in the 9-game streak (they have had 12 power play opportunities in the last eight games);
• Mark Fitzpatrick won six games in the streak, while Healy won three games;
• Josh Bailey turned three months old early in the streak; Thomas Greiss, Derick Brassard, Semyon Varlamov and Johnny Boychuk were the only other Isles who dressed tonight that were alive.
It's Good to be Home
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.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 819-598-60-141 in 1,618 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 896
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 819
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,649
3. Barry Trotz 1,618
4. Al Arbour 1,607
The win pushes the Isles five games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season and to 80 games over NHL-.500 all-time for the first time since a 1-0 loss in Chicago left them at 941-861-294 on December 31, 1998.
First Things First
The Isles are 4-1-0 when scoring first and are 5-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.
Tampa Bay 5-16-14=35
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 7-2-0 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 9-3-0 overall; 6-2-0 at home (6-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 3-1-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 6-5-2 overall; 2-1-1 at home and 4-4-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-2-0 in Division games and 7-1-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 5-2-0 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 33 saves to improve to 5-1-0 on the season and 6-3-1 in his career against Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves but falls to 5-4-0 on the season and 6-4-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of power play time; Tampa Bay was 0-3 on the power play in 6:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 3-2-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-1-0 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 8-2-0 when the opposition has more power plays.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 9-0-0 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 2-0-0 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.
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:40); Tampa Bay: Mikhail Sergachev (24:06)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 18:55 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (5-0-0), Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (1-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0).
Isles 19, Tampa Bay 27 (41%).
No Isle who took multiple draws won more than he lost: Steven Stamkos won 9 of 14 for Tampa Bay.
Isles 36 (Scott Mayfield -7)
Tampa Bay 23 (Luke Witkowski -5)
Ross Johnston fought Luke Witkowski in the first period. Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
Isles 21 (Scott Mayfield -4)
Tampa Bay 12 (Three with 2)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 45, Tampa Bay 62
5-on-5 Isles 35, Tampa Bay 45
Isles: Adam Pelech +6
Tampa Bay: Jan Rutta +14 (Ondrej Palat was on-ice for 12 Tampa attempts, and none by the Isles)
The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front-half and 2-0-0 in the back-half. This back-to-back will conclude Saturday in Buffalo. The next back-to-back will be December 2nd in Detroit and December 3rd in Montreal. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 13-1-1 in back-ends.
Night and Day
The Isles are 8-3-0 in night games and 1-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on November 9th vs. Florida.
Anders Lee 212, Brock Nelson 189, Mathew Barzal 176, Ryan Pulock 149 and Josh Bailey 97.
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 149
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Jordan Eberle-INJ), (Matt Martin-INJ), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ),(Leo Komarov-ILL), Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 34.
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 809
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 157 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski and. Josh Bailey 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 …
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 169
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Thomas Greiss 90
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 continue in Tampa Bay on December 9th.
The Isles are now 2-1-1 over the last two seasons vs Tampa Bay; they have allowed just three goals in the last three meetings with the Bolts (plus a shootout loser).
On the Farm
The Sound Tigers are 1-6-2-1 on the season, following a 5-1 loss in Syracuse on Friday.
Bridgeport hosts Lehigh Valley on both Saturday night (7:00) and Sunday evening (5:00).
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd — ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles look to match the 2nd-longest winning streak in franchise history as they travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres.
The Isles went 2-1-0 against the Sabres last season (including a 5-1 win in a playoff berth clinching win on March 30th) and are 6-2-1 in the last three seasons against Buffalo.
Both teams will be playing the back end of back-to-backs as Buffalo lost 6-1 in Washington on Friday.
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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