Road to the Cup - May 24, 1980 -- Isles 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT) (Isles win best-of-7 series AND STANLEY CUP 4-2)
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Sunday, January 19, 2020
The Skinny: Carolina 2, Isles 1 (SO)
By Eric Hornick
Carolina 2, Isles 1 (SO)
"Mr. Game 7" did it in Round 8. Justin Williams, playing his first game of the season, scored the deciding goal of the shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Islanders 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,680 at PNC Arena.
The Isles are 3-5-2 in January (1-4-1 vs Division foes) with one game to play; this will be the Isles' first losing month under Barry Trotz.
Andrei Svechnikov (19) Brett Pesce (12), Nino Niederreiter (16) 05:45 NYI 0,CAR 1
Anders Lee (15) 19:04 NYI 1,CAR 1
Andrei Svechnikov (G) -Jordan Eberle (NG)
Sebastian Aho (NG) - Mathew Barzal (G)
Teuvo Teravainen (G) - Anthony Beauvillier (G)
Martin Necas (NG) - Brock Nelson (NG)
Ryan Dzingel (NG) - Derick Brassard (NG)
Jaccob Slavin (NG) - Devon Toews (NG)
Nino Niederreiter (NG) - Casey Cizikas (NG)
Justin Williams (G/GDG) - Anders Lee (NG)
The Isles have lost consecutive shootouts (Anaheim 12/21) after winning their first three SOs. Justin Williams, playing his 1,245th NHL game, recorded his 5th game deciding goal.
The Isles fall to 82-65 all-time in shootouts as they still hold the NHL record for shootout wins (Pittsburgh has 80 and the Rangers have 77). Carolina is 3-0 in shootouts this season (44-59 all-time).
The Isles went 0-3 on the power play, but did score right after the 2nd power play; the Isles have had at least three power plays in three consecutive games for only the 2nd time all season (6 games in November) …Barry Trotz remains just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list… Anders Lee's goal was his 167th, leaving him one behind Ziggy Palffy for 13th place; it was his 286th point, tying Ed Westfall for 24th…Lee finished with eight shots on goal (one shy of his career high)…Johnny Boychuk celebrated his 36th birthday: Dennis Seidenberg was the last Islander defenseman to appear in a game after his 36th birthday. (28 games in 2017-18). Boychuk is the first Islander to appear in a game on his 36th (or later) birthday since Marty Reasoner played on his 36th in 2013…Nick Leddy appeared in his 700th NHL game (442 with the Isles).
Josh Bailey left the game after the first period (ill) and did not return.
Matt Martin was hit with a deflected puck during warm-ups and left warm-ups early. He did return after the national anthem and played the whole game.
It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-7-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-5-1 in their last 8 games in Uniondale. The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum. The Isles are 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season and have not lost in Brooklyn (regular season) since January 12, 2019 (9-0-2); their next Brooklyn game is on February 1st vs Vancouver.
The Isles are 13-8-2 on the road this season, including 6-3-1 in the last ten games.
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-3-2 in this stretch:
• 1/6 – Avs W 1-0
• 1/7 - @ Devils W 4-3 (OT)
• 1/11 – Bruins L 2-3 (OT)
• 1/13 - @ NYRangers L 2-6
• 1/14 – Red Wings W 8-2
• 1/16 – NYRangers L 2-3
• 1/18 – Capitals L 4-6
• 1/19 - @ Hurricanes L 2-1 (SO)
• 1/21 - @ NYRangers
• 2/1 – Canucks (Barclays)
• 2/4 – Stars (Barclays)
• 2/6 - Kings (Barclays)
Following this stretch the Isles will play 17 of their next 27 (and 17 of their final 30) games on the road.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 838-610-60-146 in 1,654 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 916
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 838
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,683
3. Barry Trotz 1,654
4. Al Arbour 1,607
First Things First
The Isles are 17-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-8-2 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 9-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-8-2 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-15-5 overall; 15-7-3 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-2 on the road.
Carolina is 28-18-3 overall; 16-8-1 at home and 12-10-2 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-7-2 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 21-9-3 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.
In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 31 saves; he is 13-7-1 on the season and 8-5-2 in his career against Carolina.
Greiss is 14-11 all-time in shootouts, stopping 77.1% of attempts.
James Reimer made 26 saves to improve to 11-6-1 on the season and 7-2-2 against the Isles.
Reimer is 18-21 all-time in shootouts, stopping 69.3% of attempts.
The Isles were 0-3 in 6:00 of power play time; Carolina was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of power play time.
The Isles are 10-4-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-11-4 when they do not. The Isles are 10-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-7-3 when they do not.
The Isles are 4-4-2 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-5-0 when the power plays are even, and 20-6-3 when the opposition has more power plays.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-3 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-4-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.
The Isles are 15-4-5 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-2 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 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 18-13-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (23:20); Carolina: Jaccob Slavin (26:39)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 22:05 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-5-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (1-3-2), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).
Isles 26, Carolina 24 (52%)
Anders Lee won 7 of 9 for the Isles; Erik Haula won 7 of 11 for Carolina.
Isles 24 (Leo Komarov -5)
Carolina 15 (Haydn Fleury - 4)
There were no fights. Season total: 9 – Johnston-3 (vs. FLA, vs PHL, vs TB, vs NYR), Cizikas-2 (vs. OTT, vs SJ), Mayfield (vs ANA), Lee (vs FLA), Martin (vs NYR)
Isles 20 (Ryan Pulock & Johnny Boychuk -3)
Carolina 16 (Jaccob Slavin -4)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, Carolina 63
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 47, Carolina 50
Isles: Anders Lee +10
Carolina: Jake Gardiner +8
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Carolina 10
5-on-5: Isles 10, Carolina 7
Including tonight, the Isles are 4-3-0 in the front-half and 5-1-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be February 10th at Washington and February 11th vs. Philadelphia. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-2 in back-ends.
Night and Day
The Isles are 24-14-4 in night games and 4-1-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be February 1st against Vancouver. (Under NHL accounting, today's game is considered a night game)
200 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have consecutive game streaks of at least 200 games. It's the first time since November 25, 1978 that the Isles have had three players with streaks of at least 200 games.
Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 248, Brock Nelson 225, Mathew Barzal 212, Ryan Pulock 175, Josh Bailey 133, Anthony Beauvillier 123, and Devon Toews 96.
Anders Lee now has the fifth longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson has also moved into the top 8:
1. Billy Harris 10/7/1972 -11/30/1979 576 (*)
2. Bobby Nystrom 1/7/1975 - 11/25/1978 301
3. Matt Moulson 10/3/2009 - 4/4/2013 284
4. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
5. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 248
6. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
7. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
8. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 225
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Ryan Pulock has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak of any defenseman in Islander history:
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. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 175
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho
Total games lost: 116
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 three goals 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.
1/16 vs. NYR- Chris Kreider scored the winning goal at 19:35.
Isles: 3 successful, 1 failure (offside-11/19 vs. PIT), (offside-12/9 vs. TBL), (no goalie Interference 12/21 vs, ANA), (offside-1/6 vs. COL)
The Isles are 3-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-1 in games that they are unsuccessful.
Opponents: 2 successful, 3 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs. EDM), (Lee- no high stick 11/1 vs. TB), (Cizikas- no goalie interference 11/23 vs. SJ), (Komarov-goalie interference 1/2 vs. NJ),(no offside 1/18 vs WSH)
The Isles are 1-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-2-0 in games that go the opponent's way.
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 845…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 541 *** Claude Lapointe 535 *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 528 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 527
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 167 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 150 ***
17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 143
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
7. Pat Flatley 328 *** 8. Brent Sutter 323 *** 9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Josh Bailey 310 …
22. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171*** 24. Jean Potvin 167 *** 25. Jeff Norton and Nick Leddy 166
1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 460…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Ed Westfall and Anders Lee 286 *** 26. Brock Nelson 278
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 185
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Thomas Greiss 98
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 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Butch Goring 154 *** 9. Barry Trotz 130
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Barry Trotz 76
Season Series Stats
Carolina leads the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 1). The teams will meet twice in New York in March to complete the season series.
The Isles are 0-3-1 in their last four regular season games vs. Carolina. Counting the 2019 playoffs, Carolina has won the last eight meetings.
On the Farm
Bridgeport split a home-and-home series with Providence this weekend, with the visitor winning both games. Friday. The Sound Tigers are 2-1-0 in the last three games. Bridgeport visits Hartford and Springfield next weekend.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st - ISLANDERS AT RANGERS–7:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 6:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The Isles will complete the unofficial first half of the season as they battle the Rangers at the Garden. It will be the third meeting in nine days between the teams with the Rangers earning a 6-2 win at the Garden and a last-minute 3-2 win at the Coliseum.
While the Isles are 8-3-0 in their last 11 trips to the Garden, the Rangers have won the last three meetings (one in each building) dating back to last January. Chris Kreider's winning goal at 19:35 of the third period was the latest for the Rangers against the Isles since 1991.
Thanks to all of the fans who reached out to wish me a Happy Birthday. I share it with three Islanders past/present: Billy Carroll, Thomas Vanek and Johnny Boychuk. (I also have a big anniversary on Tuesday – 38 years of Islander television)
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