By Eric Hornick
Isles 5, Toronto 4
Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, and Derick Brassard added three points as the Isles earned a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs before a crowd of 13,293 at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles are 12-0-1 in their last 13 games, representing their longest point streak in the Post-Cup era.
Mathew Barzal added a goal and an assist for the Isles, who had a 5-2 lead before Toronto scored twice in the final 1:47 to make the final score closer.
The Isles are 13-3-1; their 27 points matches the highest total through seventeen games in the club history (also in 1976-77).
Mathew Barzal (8) Jordan Eberle 14:23 TOR 0,NYI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (3) Ryan Pulock, Derick Brassard 19:21 TOR 0,NYI 2 PPG
Kasperi Kapanen (5) John Tavares, Travis Dermott 00:43 TOR 1,NYI 2
William Nylander (8) Andreas Johnsson, Jake Muzzin 11:22 TOR 2,NYI 2
Anthony Beauvillier (4) Derick Brassard, Brock Nelson 16:43 TOR 2,NYI 3
Derick Brassard (6) Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock 08:07 TOR 2,NYI 4 PPG
Casey Cizikas (3)EN Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey 17:32 TOR 2,NYI 5
Justin Holl (1) Frederik Gauthier, Nicholas Shore 18:13 TOR 3,NYI 5
John Tavares (6) Morgan Rielly, Auston Matthews 19:22 TOR 4,NYI 5
The Isles improve to 11-0-1 when leading after two periods … Derick Brassard had his first 3-point game as an Islander, earning a point in each period; it's the 16th time in his career he has had at least three points in a game.… The Isles scored twice on the power play, ending a 1-16 drought. It's the first time in nearly a year (11-15-18 at Barclays vs. the Rangers) that the Isles scored twice with the extra man in a home game; these were also the first two power play goals the Isles scored at home during their 13-game point streak (which includes nine home games)… Mathew Barzal scored his team-leading 8th goal and later added an assist for his team-leading 16th point as he recorded his 39th multi-point game; the 39 multi-point games are the most by an Islander over the last 2+ seasons… Anthony Beauvillier recorded his 7th career multi-goal game…Josh Bailey played his 814th game, tying Bob Bourne for 5th on the all-time Isles list. He also became the 11th Islander to record 300 assists…Johnny Boychuk had eight hits and four blocks; he is the first Isle to reach those totals in the same game since Matt Martin (4/13/13 vs NYR; also 8 and 4)) and the first defender to do so since Brendan Witt (12/6/08 vs. Atlanta; 8 and 5)….Anthony Beauvillier, who once was the youngest Islander to dress, recorded his 7th career 2-goal game…John Tavares had a goal and an assist to give him 101 career points with the Leafs…Auston Matthews earns a secondary assist on the final goal to extend his point streak to five…The Isles are 6-1-1 in games decided by a single goal while Toronto is 3-4-4.
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 has been 5th for over 34 years, until tonight, when he was tied by Josh Bailey.
The Injury Parade
Leo Komarov returned to the lineup after missing nine games.
The Point Streak (12-0-1)
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)
The Isles have earned a point in 13 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 that they have played in over a month.
It is the 5th time in club history that they have gone at least 30 days between pointless games:
• 38 days November/December 1978
• 34 days February/March 1981
• 33 days November/December 1980
• 32 days January/February 1982
The current streak will be at least 36 days (the Isles next game is Saturday); if the Isles earn at least one point on Saturday it would reach a club-record 39 days by the time they play Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Empty Net Game-Winners
Casey Cizikas is the 4th Islander in the last 40 years to be credited with an Empty Net, Game Winning Goal:
• Johnny Boychuk 1-31-2017 vs. Washington
• Cal Clutterbuck 2-27-2015 vs. Calgary
• Freddy Meyer 2-8-2008 @ Toronto
The wins raises the Isles' all-time record to 1634-1550-497; it's the first time they have been 84 games over NHL-.500 since December 4, 1998, when a 5-1 loss to Washington dropped their all-time record to 938-854-291.
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 823-598-60-142 in 1,623 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 898
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 823
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,653
3. Barry Trotz 1,623
4. Al Arbour 1,607
First Things First
The Isles are 7-1-1 when scoring first and are 6-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 4-0-0 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 13-3-1 overall; 9-2-1 at home (7-2-0 on Long Island and 2-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 4-1-0 on the road.
Toronto is 9-7-4 overall; 6-2-4 at home and 3-5-0 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 2-2-1 in Division games and 11-1-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 9-2-1 against the East and 4-1-0 against the West.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves to improve to 6-2-1 on the season and 6-4-2 in his career against Toronto.
Frederik Andersen made 25 saves but falls to 9-3-3 on the season and 7-2-10 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play in 4:14 of power play time; Toronto was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.
The Isles are 4-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-2-1 when they do not. The Isles are 4-2-0 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, 1-0-0 when the power plays are even, and 11-2-1 when the opposition has more power plays.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 11-0-1 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 49-2-3 when scoring three or more.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 6-1-1 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 2-1 in games decided in overtime and are 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 7-3-1 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:47); Toronto: Morgan Rielly (24:41)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 17:52 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (7-0-0), Ryan Pulock (4-1-1), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (0-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0).
Isles 24 Toronto 20 (55%).
Casey Cizikas won 11 of 16 for the Isles; Auston Matthews won 9 of 11 for Toronto.
Isles 40 (Johnny Boychuk -8)
Toronto 22 (Trevor Moore -5)
There were no fights. Season total: 4 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas (vs. OTT).
Isles 22 (Scott Mayfield and Johnny Boychuk -4)
Toronto 8 (Cody Ceci - 2)
For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 46, Toronto 66
5-on-5 Isles 35, Toronto 58
Isles: Devon Toews +4
Toronto: Nic Petan +15
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 10-3-1 in night games and 2-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on December 14th vs. Buffalo.
Anders Lee 217, Brock Nelson 194, Mathew Barzal 181, Ryan Pulock 144 and Josh Bailey 102.
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 144 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 144
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Andrew Ladd-INJ), (Matt Martin-INJ), (Tom Kuhnhackl-INJ), Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 59.
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 and Josh Bailey 814…
25. Dave Lewis 514 *** 26. Matt Martin 513 *** 27. Rich Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 29. Casey Cizikas 498 *** 30. Brock Nelson 497
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 253
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 171
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Thomas Greiss 92
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 next meet on January 4th in Toronto.
The Isles are 3-1 in the last four games , and 5-4-1 in the last 10 games vs. Toronto.
On the Farm
The Sound Tigers blanked Providence 2-0 on Monday behind Christopher Gibson. Gibson is now 3-2-2 on the season with 1.98 GAA and a .930 save percentage, including two shutouts. Bridgeport is now 4-9-2-1 on the season heading into their game in Belleville on Friday.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th — ISLANDERS AT PHILADELPHIA
[MSG+2 (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles begin a two-game road trip to Pennsylvania, as they face the Flyers in Philadelphia.
The Isles defeated the Flyers 5-3 back on October 27th; it was the 7th straight win in the current 13-game point streak.
The Isles are won both games in Philadelphia last season and are 6-4-0 in their last ten trips to Philly.
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