By Eric Hornick
Rangers 3, Isles 2
Chris Kreider scored a power play goal with just 25 seconds to play to break a 2-2 tie as the New York Rangers defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.
Anthony Beauvillier's second goal in as many games had tied the score with 7:20 to play in a 4-on-4 situation, but the Isles could not capitalize with Kreider in the penalty box for goaltender interference right afterwards.
The Rangers have earned three straight regulation wins over the Isles for the first time since 2011; the Isles are 3-4-1 this month, meaning they will need to earn five points in the final three games of the month to maintain their streak of having a winning record every month under Barry Trotz.
Josh Bailey (10) Ross Johnston (1), Tom Kuhnhackl (3) 19:09 NYR 0,NYI 1
Mika Zibanejad (18) 12:46 NYR 1,NYI 1 PPG
Tony DeAngelo (12) 04:16 NYR 2,NYI 1
Anthony Beauvillier (12) Ryan Pulock (17), Brock Nelson (18) 12:40 NYR 2,NYI 2
Chris Kreider (16) Mika Zibanejad (19), Artemi Panarin (42) 19:35 NYR 3,NYI 2 PPG
Josh Bailey scored his 150th goal; he is the 16th player to score 150 goals for the Isles. It was only his 4th goal in 49 career games against the Rangers…Ross Johnston assisted on Bailey's goal; it was his first assist since December 8, 2018 in Detroit. ..Anthony Beauvillier has goals in consecutive games for the first time since scoring six goals in four games from November 13-21… Mika Zibanejad had a second period goal awarded by video review after it was ruled that the puck did completely cross the goal line…The Isles had five power plays in a game for the first time since December 2nd vs. Detroit; their 10:00 of power play time was their second-highest of the season (12:00 vs. San Jose on November 23rd)…The Isles power play is 1-22 in the last 12 games…Artemi Panarin assisted on the winning goal to extend his assist streak to five straight games..(4-9-13)…Tony DeAngelo's goal made him 4-4-9 in the last five games…Jordan Eberle matched a season-high with six shots on goal…Matt Martin had seven hits, giving him 2,900 career hits… The Isles had a season-high 22 shots in the first period…The Isles remain three points behind Pittsburgh for 2nd place in the Metro Division…Barry Trotz remains just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list…This was the first Coliseum meeting between the teams since March 10, 2015; eleven players appeared in both games, including Ryan Strome and Derek Brassard, who each played once for each game.
First Times in a Long Time
• The Isles allowed the go-ahead goal in the final 2 minutes for the first time since Tyler Johnson scored the winner at 18:34 of the 3rd period for Tampa Bay on November 8, 2018.
• The Rangers scored the game-winner in the final minute against the Isles for only the second time ever and the first time since Kris King did so on October 9, 1991 at MSG (19:45)
It's Good to be Home(s)
The Isles are 11-6-1 on Coliseum ice, but only 2-4-1 in their last 7 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 13-8-1 on the road this season, including 6-3-0 in the last nine games.
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-2-1 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 – Washington (Coliseum)
• 1/19 - @ Hurricanes
• 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 838-609-60-145 in 1,652 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 915
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 838
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,682
3. Barry Trotz 1,652
4. Al Arbour 1,607
First Things First
The Isles are 17-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-7-1 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 19-7-1 when they are outshot.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-14-4 overall; 15-6-3 at home (11-6-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-1 on the road.
The Rangers are 23-19-4 overall; 13-8-2 at home and 10-11-2 on the road.
By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-6-1 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 21-8-2 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves but falls to 15-7-4 on the season and 6-5-1 in his career against the Rangers.
Alexandar Georgiev made 38 saves and improves to 12-9-1 on the season and 4-1-0 against the Isles.
The Isles were 0-5 in 10:00 of power play time; the Rangers was 2-5 on the power play in 6:42 of power play time.
The Isles are 10-3-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-11-3 when they do not. The Isles are 10-9-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-6-2 when they do not.
The Isles are 4-4-1 when they have more power plays than the opposition, 4-4-0 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 24-1-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 4-13-2 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 61-3-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.
The Isles are 15-4-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-4 in regulation. They are 7-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-1 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 3-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 18-12-4 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Nick Leddy (26:26); Rangers: Jacob Trouba (26:01)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 22:18 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (9-2-0), Ryan Pulock (11-4-3), Devon Toews (3-4-0), Scott Mayfield (2-1-0), Nick Leddy (1-3-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).
Isles 36, Rangers 24 (60%)
Casey Cizikas won 14 of 17 for the Isles; Filip Chytil won 6 of 10 for Rangers.
Isles 38 (Matt Martin -7)
Rangers 30 (Pavel Buchnevich -5)
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 15 (Four with 2)
Rangers 14 (Two with 3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 65, Rangers 53
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 44, Rangers 37
Isles: Nick Leddy +7
Rangers: Four with +3
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 20, Rangers 16
5-on-5: Isles 13, Rangers 10
The Isles are 4-2-0 in the front-half and 5-1-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be January 18th vs. Washington and January 19th at Carolina. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 16-2-1 in back-ends.
Night and Day
The Isles are 24-14-3 in night games and 4-0-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be January 18th, also against Washington.
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 246, Brock Nelson 223, Mathew Barzal 210, Ryan Pulock 173, Josh Bailey 131, Anthony Beauvillier 121, and Devon Toews 94.
Anders Lee has now played the equivalent of three consecutive seasons (246 games), 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 246
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 223
(*) 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 173
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho, Otto Koivula
Total games lost: 112
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, 2 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)
The Isles are 1-0-1 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 843…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 539 *** Claude Lapointe 535 *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 526 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 525
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
13. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 14. Anders Lee 166 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 150 *** 17. Pierre Turgeon 147 ***18. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 19. Brock Nelson 142
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 309 …
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 459…
23. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 24. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 285 *** 26. Brock Nelson 277
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 184
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 128
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5. Barry Trotz 76
Season Series Stats
The Rangers lead the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0). The teams will meet again in Manhattan on January 21st before completing the season series at the Coliseum on February 25th.
The Rangers have won three straight games over the Isles, all in regulation, for the first time since 2011. The Rangers have also won three straight regulation games over the Isles at the Coliseum for the first time since 2008-09 (5 straight).
On the Farm
Bridgeport begins a home-and-home series in Providence on Friday. The Sound Tigers have won only once in the last eight games.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18th — WASHINGTON AT ISLANDERS AT NASSAU COLISEUM–1:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 12:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The home stand concludes with a matinee match-up with the Capitals. It's the third meeting of the season, and the visitor has earned one-goal wins in each of the first two games.
The visiting team won all four games last season and the Caps have won four straight against the Isles in New York. It's their longest regulation winning streak against the Isles in New York since a 9-game streak from 1997 to 2001.
Alexander Ovechkin recorded a hat trick Thursday to give him 689 career goals, one behind Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the all-time NHL list.
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.
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