By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Johnny Boychuk scored his first goal since October 11th and added his 150th career assist on a Matthew Barzal tally; Barzal also added the deciding goal in the shootout as the Islanders went into Boston and defeated the Bruins, 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,850 at TD Garden.
Torey Krug scored a 5-on-3 goal 7:24 into the third period to tie the game; the goal came just eight seconds into a 5-on-3.
The Isles' record improved to 23-8-2; the 23 wins remains tied for the club record with the 2014-15 team through 33 games.
Anders Bjork (5) Charlie Coyle 01:58 NYI 0,BOS 1
Johnny Boychuk (2) Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee 03:26 NYI 1,BOS 1
Mathew Barzal (14) Johnny Boychuk 18:26 NYI 2,BOS 1
Torey Krug (5) David Krejci, David Pastrnak 07:24 NYI 2,BOS 2 PPG
Jordan Eberle (G) - Charlie Coyle (NG)
Mathew Barzal (G/GDG) - David Pastrnak (G)
Josh Bailey (G) - Brad Marchand (NG)
It's the Isles' first shootout win over Boston since January 11, 2007.
Matthew Barzal scored the shootout deciding tally. It was his 3rd career shootout winner, and he has now scored in 5 of his 15 career attempts. The Isles are 3-0 in shootouts this year, with a different player scoring the game deciding goal in each game. The Isles have scored on 5 of 8 shootout attempts; David Pastrnak's shootout goal was the first in eight attempts against the Isles this season.
The Isles improve to 82-64 all-time in shootouts as they extend their NHL record for shootout wins (Pittsburgh has 79 and the Rangers have 77). Boston is 0-5 in shootouts this season.
Semyon Varlamov stopped two of the three shots he faced to improve to 32-15 all-time in shootouts; his save percentage in shootouts is .752 (best in NHL history among goalies who have faced at least 100 shots). [Thomas Greiss at .784 is the best among those who have faced 75 shots]
The Isles improve to 10-6-1 when allowing the first goal and to 16-0-1 when leading after two periods…The Isles are 7-5-1 in their last 13 games as they move 15 games over NHL -.500 for the second time this season … The Bruins have won only one of their last eight games (1-4-3) but lead the Atlantic Division by 10 points… The Isles are 12-1-0 against the Atlantic Division this season (after winning 12 games vs. the Atlantic all last season)…The Isles have won three straight on the road…Johnny Boychuk recorded his first multi-point game of the season; he now is 2-4-6 in 11 career games against Boston…The Isles held Brad Marchand scoreless, stopping Marchand's five-game assist streak…The Isles are 6-3-0 in December…The Isles allowed a 5-on-3 goal for the first time this season…Matthew Barzal scored his team-leading 14th goal; he didn't score his 14th goal last season until January 22nd in Chicago…The Bruins have sold-out 459 consecutive home games, including playoffs.
Cal Clutterbuck left the game with 5:13 to play after being cut in the wrist by Patrice Bergeron's skate. He did not return.
It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 9-3-0 on Coliseum ice. The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum. The Isles are 4-0-1 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12th (9-0-1); their next Brooklyn game is on January 11, 2020 vs. Boston.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 833-603-60-143 in 1,639 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 906
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 833
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,669
3. Barry Trotz 1,639
4. Al Arbour 1,607
The Islanders are first team since the Sharks in 2006-07 to alternate starting goalies for each of the first 33 games of the season. (The Sharks used Vesa Toskala in the odd games and Evgeni Nabokov in the even games before Nabokov started games 36 and 37 around the Christmas break)
This is the longest streak in Isles history:
• 33 games (Varlamov/Greiss) in 2019-20; CURRENT
• 24 games (Hrudey/Smith) in 1985-86; Smith played games 24 and 25.
• 23 games (Smith/Melanson) in 1982-83; Smith played games 23 and 24.
The NHL record of 76 was set by the Rangers in 1990-91 (John Vanbiesbrouck/Mike Richter).
First Things First
The Isles are 13-2-1 when scoring first and are 10-6-1 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 6-2-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 17-5-1 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 23-8-2 overall; 13-3-1 at home (9-3-0 on Long Island and 4-0-1 in Brooklyn) and 10-5-1 on the road.
Boston is 21-7-8 overall; 12-1-7 at home and 9-6-1 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 6-2-1 in Division games and 17-6-1 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 18-3-1 against the East and 5-5-1 against the West.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and then stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout. He is now 12-3-2 on the season and 6-4-2 in his career against Boston. He is 32-15 in shootouts (75.3 save percentage).
Tuukka Rask made 19 saves and then stopped 1 of 3 in the shootout; he is 13-4-5 on the season and 15-5-1 in his career against the Isles. Tuukka is now 24-33 in shootouts (71.7 save percentage)
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of power play time; Boston was 1-5 on the power play in 8:44 of PP time, as they converted just 8 seconds into a 5-on-3 opportunity.
The Isles are 10-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 13-6-2 when they do not. The Isles are 9-5-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-3-2 when they do not.
The Isles are 4-2-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 3-1-0 when the power plays are even, and 16-5-1 when the opposition has more power plays.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 20-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-7-1 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 58-3-3 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.
One Goal Games
The Isles are 12-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 3-1 in regulation. They are 6-2 in games decided in overtime and are 3-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-1 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 5-1-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 1-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 15-6-2 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:25); Boston: Charlie McAvoy (27:58)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 22:45 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (8-2-0), Ryan Pulock (9-1-2), Devon Toews (3-2-0), Scott Mayfield (1-1-0), Nick Leddy (0-2-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).
Isles 22, Boston 32 (41%)
Brock Nelson won 10 of 20 for the Isles; Patrice Bergeron won 18 of 24 for Boston.
Isles 39 (Cal Clutterbuck -8)
Boston 24 (Connor Clifton -4)
There were no fights. Season total: 7 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA).
Isles 19 (Three with 3)
Boston 9 (Two with 2)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 45, Boston 62
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 33, Boston 40
Isles: Nick Leddy +15 (and was on-ice for 24 of the Isles' 33 attempts 5-on-5)
Boston: Charlie McAvoy +20
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Boston 14
5-on-5 Isles 7, Boston 9
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front-half and 3-1-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be January 6th vs Colorado and January 7th in New Jersey. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 14-2-1 in back-ends.
Night and Day
The Isles are 20-8-2 in night games and 3-0-0 in matinees. The next matinee will be on Saturday vs. Anaheim.
Anders Lee 233, Brock Nelson 209, Mathew Barzal 197, Ryan Pulock 160, Josh Bailey 118, Anthony Beauvillier 108, and Devon Toews 81.
Ryan Pulock is only the 5th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 160 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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 160
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Leo Komarov, Noah Dobson, (Michael Dal Colle -INJ).
Total games lost: 83.
The Isles have scored twice 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.
11/19 @ PIT – Ryan Pulock scored at 18:38 and the Isles won in OT.
Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have allowed one goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:
11/21 vs. PIT – Patric Hornqvist scored at 19:30, but the Isles won in OT.
12/14 vs. BUF -Jack Eichel scored at 18:14, but the Isles won in OT.
Isles: 2 successful, 0 failures (offside-11/19 vs PIT), (offside-12/9 vs TBL)
Opponents: 1 successful, 2 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs SJ)
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 830…
22. Tomas Jonsson 522 *** 23.*** Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 24. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 25. Matt Martin 526 *** 26. Dave Lewis and Casey Cizikas 514 *** 28. Brock Nelson 513
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 161 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 148 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Kyle Okposo 139 *** 20. Brock Nelson 136
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 307 …
25. Jeff Norton 166 *** 26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. Nick Leddy 160
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 455…
24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 276 *** 26. Brock Nelson 267
Games Played (Goalies)
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 *** 4. Kelly Hrudey 241 ***
5. Tommy Salo 187 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 179
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Thomas Greiss 96
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 10
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
9. Steve Stirling 124 *** 10. Doug Weight 122 *** 11. Barry Trotz 115
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Ted Nolan 74 *** 6. Barry Trotz 71
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1). The teams will meet in Brooklyn on January 11th and at the Coliseum on February 29th to complete the season series.
The win snapped a 7-game winless streak against Boston (0-6-1); it's the Isles' first win over Boston since January 16, 2017—that was Jack Capuano's final game as the Islander head coach.
On the Farm
Bridgeport improved to 11-15-3-1 on the season with a 3-2 win over Syracuse on Wednesday. Andrew Ladd scored twice for the Sound Tigers while Kieffer Bellows tallied for the 4th straight game. Bellows has scored seven goals in the last nine games. It's his best goal scoring stretch of his pro career.
Bridgeport heads to Springfield and then host Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday in their final game because the Christmas holiday.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st — ANAHEIM AT ISLANDERS (NASSAU COLISEUM) – 1:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 12:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles return home for the final two home games of 2019 as they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the Coliseum.
It's the second meeting of the season between the teams; the Ducks ended the Isles' franchise record 17-game point streak with a 3-0 blanking of the Isles on November 25th in California.
Despite that loss, the Isles are 5-3-1 in the last nine games against Anaheim, including 3-0-1 at home.
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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