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The Skinny: Washington 6, Isles 4

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 47
Washington 6, Isles 4
Alex Ovechkin scored three times to pass Mario Lemieux and tie Steve Yzerman for 9th place on the all-time list as the Washington Capitals scored five goals in the third period to defeat the Islanders 6-4 before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.

It was the Great 8's 26th career hat trick, but his first against the Islanders.  Ovechkin now leads all active players with 39 career goals against New York.

The Isles led 4-1 through 40 minutes, but recorded only their third-ever regulation loss when leading by at least three goals through two periods  (11/1/2008 vs Montreal, 12/9/2014 at Minnesota)

The Isles are 3-5-1 this month (1-4-0 vs Division foes), meaning they will need to win their final two games of the month to avoid their first losing month under Barry Trotz.
The Scoring:
1st Period
Alex Ovechkin (32) Nicklas Backstrom (29) 10:22 WSH 1,NYI 0
Brock Nelson (19) Anthony Beauvillier (15), Josh Bailey (17) 13:11 WSH 1,NYI 1
Casey Cizikas (10) Anthony Beauvillier (16), Devon Toews (13) 15:49 WSH 1,NYI 2

2nd Period
Jordan Eberle (7) Mathew Barzal (23), Devon Toews (14) 09:31 WSH 1,NYI 3 PPG
Devon Toews (4) Leo Komarov (9), Derick Brassard (15) 17:25 WSH 1,NYI 4

3rd Period
Carl Hagelin (3) Richard Panik (5), Nick Jensen (3) 02:33 WSH 2,NYI 4
Alex Ovechkin (33) John Carlson (46) 05:18 WSH 3,NYI 4
Tom Wilson (14) Dmitry Orlov (19), John Carlson (47) 14:32 WSH 4,NYI 4
Jakub Vrana (22) 17:30 WSH 5,NYI 4 
Alex Ovechkin (34)EN T.J. Oshie (16) 19:04 WSH 6,NYI 4

The Skinny      
Anthony Beauvillier assisted on the first two Islander goals as he established a new career high in assists (16); Devon Toews had his first three-point game (1-2-3) as he set a career high in assists (14) and matched a career high in points (18).…The Isles scored on their fourth power play of the game; it was only their 2nd power play goal in the last 13 games (2-26).…It's only the 2nd time all season that the Isles have had at least four power plays in consecutive games.…Barry Trotz remains just one win behind Peter Laviolette for 4th place on the all-time team list… The Isles conclude the Coliseum homestand with a 1-2-0 record; the next four  games are in Brooklyn as the Isles do not play again on Coliseum ice until February 21st…The Caps are 20-1-3 when they score first…Alex Ovechkin has eight goals in his last three games, including consecutive hat tricks.  He is the third player in league history (Joe Malone -4x, Wayne Gretzky -3x) to have consecutive hat tricks on at least three occasions…Semyon Varlamov is 0-3-1 in his last four decisions and 1-5-1 in 2020…Jordan Eberle has four goals in the second half after having only three goals in the first half…Casey Cizikas has three goals this season vs. Washington…John Carlson's two assists give him 60 points; he is the fastest Cap defenseman to reach 60 points.

First Time in a Long Time 
The Isles allowed five goals in a home third period for the first time since March 26, 1996, also vs. Washington (trailed 2-1, lost 7-1).
The Isles lost a game that they led by three goals through two periods for the first time since December 9, 2014.

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.

Road Warriors
The Isles are 13-8-1 on the road this season, including 6-3-0 in the last nine games.

Metro Men
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing 11 out of 12 games in the NY-Metro Area. The Isles are 3-3-1 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 – Capitals  L 4-6
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.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 838-610-60-145 in 1,653 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        1,653
4. Al Arbour 1,607

First Things First
The Isles are 17-7-3 when scoring first and are 11-8-1 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles       11-11-7=29
Washington 11-8-11=30

The Isles are 9-6-3 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 19-8-1 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 28-15-4 overall; 15-7-3 at home (11-7-1 on Long Island and 4-0-2 in Brooklyn) and 13-8-1 on the road.  
Washington is 33-11-5 overall; 15-5-4 at home and 18-6-1 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 8-7-1 in Division games and 20-8-3 in games versus other divisions.  The Isles are 21-9-2 against the East and 7-6-2 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves but falls to 15-8-4 on the season and 4-6-1 in his career against Washington. 
Braden Holtby made 18 saves before being replaced in the second intermission.  Ilya Samsonov stopped all seven shots he faced to improve to 15-2-1 on the season and 2-0-0 against the Isles.

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-4 in 4:02 of power play time, including 1:37 at 5-on-3; Washington was 0-4 on the power play in 6:35 of power play time.

The Isles are 10-4-1 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 18-7-2 when they do not.

The Isles are 4-4-1 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 (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 24-2-2 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 61-4-4 when scoring three or more, with two of the three regulation losses coming against Nashville.

One-Goal Games
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 3-2 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 3-1-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
The Isles are 18-13-4 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (22:44); Washington: John Carlson (24:02)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:11 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 (1-3-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 21, Washington 27 (44%)  
Mathew Barzal won 7 of 14 for the Isles; Lars Ellis won 9 of 12 for Washington.

Hit Count
Isles 28 (Matt Martin -7)
Washington 24 (Three with 4)
 
Fights
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)
Blocked Shots
Isles 21 (Johnny Boychuk -7)
Washington 7 (Radko Gudas -2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 40, Washington 63
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 33, Washington 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Jordan Eberle +4
Washington: Alex Ovechkin +15

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Washington 11
5-on-5: Isles 9, Washington 6

Back-to-Backs
Including today, the Isles are 4-3-0 in the front-half and 5-1-0 in the back-half.  This back-to-back concludes Sunday in Carolina. The next back-to-back will be February 10th at the Capitals and February 11th vs. Philadelphia. 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 4-1-1 in matinees. The next matinee will be February 1st against Vanacouver. (Under NHL accounting, the 5:00 game in Carolina tomorrow 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 247, Brock Nelson 224, Mathew Barzal 211, Ryan Pulock 174, Josh Bailey 132, Anthony Beauvillier 122, and Devon Toews 95. 

Iron Man
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 247
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 224
9. (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Iron D
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 174
 (*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Adam Pelech-INJ), (Cal Clutterbuck-INJ), Michael Dal Colle, Sebastian Aho
Total games lost: 114

Late Heroes 
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.

Challenges
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 844…
20. Lorne Henning 543 *** 21. Matt Martin 540 *** Claude Lapointe 535  *** 23. Tomas Jonsson 532 *** 24. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 25. Kyle Okposo 529 *** 26. Brock Nelson 527 *** 27. Casey Cizikas 526

Goals
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 143

Assists
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

Points
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 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 285 *** 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 184

Wins (Goalie)
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5.   Thomas Greiss 98

Shutouts (Goalie)
1. Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6.  Thomas Greiss 10

Games Coached 
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 129
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Terry Simpson 81 *** 4. Peter Laviolette 77 ***
5.  Barry Trotz 76

Season Series Stats
Washington leads the season series  2 games to 1 (and 4 points to 2).  The teams will meet again in Washington on February 10th to complete the season series.

The visiting team has won all seven games over the last two seasons; the Caps have won five 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.

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.

Up Next
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19th   —   ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA–5:00 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 4:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050]
The Isles will look to rebound from today's defeat with a game in Carolina on Sunday.

The Canes defeated the Isles 5-2 in Raleigh on October 11th; it was the game that immediately preceded the Isles' club-record 17-game point streak.

The Isles have lost three straight regular season (and seven straight including playoffs) to Carolina.

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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