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The Skinny: Philadelphia 4, Isles 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Eastern Conference Round 2 Game 2
Philadelphia 4, Isles 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1
Philippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime as the Philadelphia overcame an Islander comeback and evened the second round series with a 4-3 victory at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.  

Semyon Varlamov set the club record for longest scoreless in the first minute of the game but was removed from the game after the Flyers scored three times in the first 15:09.  Thomas Greiss made his longest playoff appearance since 2016 and was perfect until the overtime tally.

The Isles forced overtime on a second period goal by Anders Lee and a pair of goals in the final nine minutes of regulation.

The series is tied 1-1; game 3 will be on Thursday at 7pm.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Kevin Hayes (2) Travis Konecny (4), Justin Braun (1) 01:57 NYI 0,PHI 1
Kevin Hayes (3) Joel Farabee (2) 09:43 NYI 0,PHI 2
Sean Couturier (1) Claude Giroux (5), Travis Sanheim (4) 15:09 NYI 0,PHI 3

2nd Period
Anders Lee (5) Mathew Barzal (6), Nick Leddy (2) 11:45 NYI 1,PHI 3 PPG

3rd Period
Anthony Beauvillier (7) Josh Bailey (9) 11:11 NYI 2,PHI 3
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6)Adam Pelech (4) 17:51 NYI 3,PHI 3

Philippe Myers (3) Sean Couturier (6) 02:40 NYI 3,PHI 4

The Series (Series tied 1-1)
Game 1: Isles 4 Philadelphia 0
Game 2: Philadelphia 4 Isles 3 (OT)
Game 3: Thursday 7pm
Game 4: Saturday Noon
Game 5: Monday, August 31st
Game 6: (if needed) Wednesday, September 2nd
Game 7: (if needed) Thursday September 3rd 

The Skinny
The Isles have outscored the Flyers 5-0 in the third period after outscoring the Caps 7-1 in the third period; the Isles have allowed only one third period goal in their eight wins this post-season…The three Flyer goals in the first period matched the goals allowed by the Isles in their first 10 post-season games.. Nick Leddy played his 37th playoff game as an Islander without being penalized, extending his own club record...The Isles held the Flyers to 28 shots in regulation, but three shots in overtime ended the club record streak of allowing fewer than 30.… Fifteen Islanders (all but the Pageau line) were on-ice for a first period Flyer goal… JG Pageau has 18 goals in 46 career playoff games, including six goals in eleven playoff games with the Isles; he has scored three goals in the last four games.…Anders Lee recorded his first career playoff power play goal to go along with 50 he has scored in regular season play; Lee now has five goals in the last seven games… Philippe Myers scored the OT winner in his first career overtime game…Kevin Hayes recorded his first career multigoal playoff game…The Isles had allowed only six goals at 5-on-5 entering play; all four Flyer goals were scored at 5-on-5…The Isles forced overtime, but are 2-62 in playoffs when they entered the third period with a multi-goal deficit…The Isles are 2-2 in overtime under Barry Trotz (2-0 in Round 1, 0-2 in Round 2).

First Times in a Long Time (Playoff Only)
The Isles allowed three goals in the first period for the first time since May 5, 2013 (game 3) vs. Pittsburgh.  The Isles also lost that game in overtime (Chris Kunitz)
The Isles rallied to force overtime after trailing 3-0 for the third time in club history (4/10/1988 at New Jersey, 4/24/1993 vs. Washington), however the Isles won those two games in extra time.
Anthony Beauvillier is the first Isle to score 7 goals in a playoff year since Ray Ferraro (13) and Steve Thomas (9) did so in 1993.
This was the first overtime game between the teams since Bob Nystrom won the Stanley Cup for the Isles in 1980.
Thomas Greiss is the first NHL goalie to allow 0 goals in regulation and lose in overtime of a relief appearance since Braden Holtby for Washington (4-15-2018 vs. Columbus). Holtby regained his starting role and eventually won the Stanley Cup.  
Greiss is the second Isles goalie to allow 1 goal in relief and be charged with the loss (Glenn Healy 4-13-1990 vs. NYR).  Healy entered that game with a 5-2 deficit and the Isles lost 6-5.

Longest Playoff Shutout Streaks by a Goalie:
Semyon Varlamov 138:17 (8/20-8/26/2020)
Billy Smith  136:59 (4/11-4/16/1980)
Robin Lehner 123:29 (4/16-4/26/2019)

The Isles' team shutout record in post-season play is 182:50, set in April 1979 (all vs. Chicago).

Pageau, Pageau, JG Pageau
JG Pageau has 18 goals in 46 career Stanley Cup games. Among active players who have played 46 or fewer games, only Jake Guentzel has scored more goals:

Jake Guentzel 25 goals in 45 games
*Nathan MacKinnon 18 goals in 35 games
JG Pageau 18 goals in 46 games
Mark Schiefele 16 goals in 28 games
Mark Stone 16 goals in 44 games
*Entering play Wednesday night

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey now has nine assists this summer, leaving him second in assists by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Derek King 11 (1993)
Josh Bailey 9 (2020)
Steve Thomas 8 (1993)
Pat LaFontaine 8 (1987)
John Tonelli 8 (1985)

Beau Knows Goals
Anthony Beauvillier now has seven goals this summer, leaving him fourth in assists by an Islander in a single post-season in the Post-Cup Era.
Ray Ferraro 13 (1993)
Steve Thomas 9 (1993)
Bryan Trottier 8 (1987)
Anthony Beauvillier 7 (2020)

Elite Eight Again!
The Isles are in Round 2 for the second straight season and third time in the last five years.  In those five years, no Eastern Conference team has advanced to Round 2 more than the Isles.  Tampa Bay, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington have also appeared in the Elite 8 three times.

Familiar Foes
This is the 5th meeting of the Isles and Philadelphia in the playoffs (Isles are 1-3 and have won 12 of 27 games):
1975 Semi-Finals  Flyers won series 4-3
1980 STANLEY CUP FINAL  Isles won series, and Stanley Cup  4-2
1985 Patrick Division Finals  Flyers won series 4-1
1987 Patrick Division Finals  Flyers won series 4-3
2020 Eastern Conference First Round  Series tied 1-1

2020 is the third straight playoff meeting between the teams that followed the Isles eliminating Washington; the winner of each previous Islander-Flyer series between the teams has at least reached the Stanley Cup Final.

Barry and Al
Barry Trotz is only the 2nd coach to lead the Isles to multiple series wins, joining Al Arbour.  Terry Simpson and Jack Capuano are the only other coaches to lead the Isles to a playoff series victory.

Lou and Bill
Lou Lamoriello has won 28 playoff series as a General Manager, tying Bill Torrey for second place on the all-time list. Glen Sather has 41 wins.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 35-18 (.660) all-time in overtime, including 19-101 (.655) at home. The .660 overall percentage is 2nd to Tampa Bay (18-8 .692) while the .655 home percentages is the best in NHL history. The Isles are 1-1 in overtime this season; they have gone 6-5 in eleven overtime games since 2015.

Overtime is Our Time vs. Philadelphia
The Isles are 3-2 all-time in playoff overtime games vs. Philadelphia:
05/01/75 @ Bob Clarke         L Phl 2:56 
05/07/75 Vs Jude Drouin W Phl 1:53 
05/13/80 @ Denis Potvin W Phl 4:07 
05/24/80 Vs Bobby Nystrom W Phl 7:11
08/26/20 @(Tor) Philippe Myers  L     Phl    2:41

Game 1: Led: 53:54, Tied: 6:06,  Trailed: 0:00 
Game 2: Led:  0:00. Tied 6:47, Trailed: 55:54
Series:   Led  53:54, Tied: 12:53,  Trailed: 55:54 

Vs Florida:  Led: 120:01, Tied: 58:56,  Trailed 61:03
Vs. Washington  Led  130:12, Tied 120:32, Trailed: 53:44

Playoffs All-Time
The Isles fall to 156-127 in 283 all-time playoff games.  They are 87-47 at home (including 2-5 at Barclays and 3-1 in Toronto) and 69-80 on the road. In this year's playoffs, the Isles are 3-1 when they are the home team and 5-2 when they are the road team.

A Winning Summer
With a record of 8-3 in the playoffs, the Isles are guaranteed a winning record for this year's playoffs.  It is the first time in the post-Cup era that the Isles have won more games than they lost.  It is the most games the Isles have won in the playoffs since 1993, when they won 9.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 845-618-60-151 in 1,674 games and will begin next season just five wins shy of supplanting Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  925
3. Ken Hitchcock    849
4. Barry Trotz    845
5. Al Arbour    782

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,705
3. Barry Trotz        1,674
4. Al Arbour 1,607 

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 132 playoff games (67-65).  His 67 wins are one behind Claude Julien for 15th place.  Trotz won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018; Joel Quenneville (3) and Mike Sullivan (2) are the only active coaches with multiple Stanley Cups.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
Al Arbour 119
Barry Trotz 12
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 198
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Barry Trotz 19
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5

Most overtime wins/overtime record:
Al Arbour 26 (26-9)
Jack Capuano 4 (4-5)
Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)
Barry Trotz 2 (2-2)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)
Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)

Most playoff series wins:
Al Arbour 29
Barry Trotz 3
Jack Capuano 1
Terry Simpson 1

First Things First
The Isles are 5-1 when scoring first and are 3-2 when allowing the first goal in the playoffs.

The Shots
Isles          7-11-15-1=34
Philadelphia  11-9-8-3=31

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 29, Philadelphia 29
Game 2: Isles 34, Philadelphia 31
Series: Isles 63, Philadelphia 60
Vs. Florida: Isles 122, Florida 103
Vs. Washington: Isles 136, Washington 124
Playoffs: Isles 321, Opponents 287

The Isles are 5-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 2-1 when the shots are even and 1-1 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 7 saves before being replaced after Philadelphia's third goal.  
Thomas Greiss made 20 saves in relief but is charged with the loss. He is 5-7 all-time, including 3-3 in overtime.
Carter Hart made 31 saves and improves to 7-3 in the playoffs (all this year).

Power Plays
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play in 4:17 of PP time; Philadelphia was 0-2 on the power play in 4:00 of PP time.

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 0-1 (2:00, 0 shots), Philadelphia 0-1 (2:00, 1 shot)
Game 2: Isles 1-3 (4:17, 5 shots), Philadelphia 0-2 (4:00, 2 shots)
Series: Isles 1-4 (6:17, 5 shots), Philadelphia 0-3 (6:00, 3 shots)
Vs. Florida: Isles 4-13 (23:55; 15 shots), Florida 4-14 (16:51, 21 shots)
Series: Isles 2-22 (34:26, 29 shots), Washington 4-18 (24:57, 20 shots)
Playoffs:  Power Play: 7-39 (66:38, 49 shots), Penalty Kill 8-35 (47:48, 44 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-1 in the playoffs when they score at least three goals and 2-2 when they do not.  Last season the Isles scored at least three goals in each of their four wins and two or fewer in each of their four losses.

One Goal Games
The Isles are 2-3 in the playoffs in one-goal games (1-2 in regulation and 1-1 in overtime). The Isles are 0-0  in playoff games where an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Mathew Barzal (22:22);  Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (25:40)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 22:22 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Scott Mayfield (1-0), Adam Pelech (4-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1), Nick Leddy (1-1), Devon Toews (0-1)

Isles 31, Philadelphia 27 (53%).

Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 16 for the Isles; Claude Giroux won 8 of 13 for Philadelphia.  

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 28, Philadelphia 30 (48%)
Game 2: Isles 31, Philadelphia 27 (53%)
Series: Isles 59, Philadelphia 57 (51%)
Vs. Florida:  Isles 106, Florida 127 (45%)
Vs. Washington: Isles 156, Washington 122 (56%)
Playoffs: Isles 321, Opponents 306 (51%)

Hit Count
Isles 39 (Matt Martin -5)
Philadelphia 31 (Robert Hagg-5)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 34, Philadelphia 29
Game 2: Isles 39, Philadelphia 31
Series: Isles 73, Philadelphia 60
Vs. Florida:  Isles 128, Florida 124
Series: Isles 194, Washington 177
Playoffs: Isles 395, Opponents 361

There were no fights. Playoff total -1  (Lee -1)

Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews -3)
Philadelphia 17 (Travis Sanheim -5)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 71, Philadelphia 53
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 63, Philadelphia 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Adam Pelech +15
Philadelphia: Jakub Voracek +12

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 51, Philadelphia 67;  (5-on-5) Isles 47, Philadelphia 63
Game 1 (All) Isles 71, Philadelphia 53;  (5-on-5) Isles 63, Philadelphia 48
Series: (All) Isles 122, Philadelphia 120;  (5-on-5) Isles 110, Philadelphia 111
Vs Florida (All) Isles 226, Florida 224;  (5-on-5) Isles 174, Florida 168
Vs Washington: (All) Isles 260, Washington 294; (5-on-5) Isles 190, Washington 212
Playoffs (All)  Isles 608, Opponent 638; (5-on-5) Isles 474, Opponent 491

Michael DalColle, Derek Brassard, Johnny Boychuk, Tom Kuhnhackl, Noah Dobson, Andrew Ladd, Otto Koivula, Thomas Hickey, Sebastian Aho, Christopher Gibson
Playoff games lost: 5. 

Post-Season Late Heroes (Final Two Minutes of Regulation, or Overtime)

Post-Season Late Goals Allowed

Playoff Challenges

Active Islander Playoff Leaders: (As NYI)
Casey Cizikas 43
Matt Martin 43
Josh Bailey 41

Brock Nelson 10 
Josh Bailey 10 
Anthony Beauvillier 8
Jordan Eberle 7
JG Pageau 6
Anders Lee 6
Mathew Barzal 5
Cal Clutterbuck 5

Josh Bailey 18
Mathew Barzal 11
Nick Leddy 10
Brock Nelson 9
Devon Toews 8
Ryan Pulock 8
Jordan Eberle 8

Josh Bailey 28
Brock Nelson 19
Mathew Barzal 16
Jordan Eberle 15
Nick Leddy 14

Penalty Minutes:
Matt Martin 46
Cal Clutterbuck 42
Casey Cizikas 38

PP Goals
Mathew Barzal 2
Josh Bailey 2 
Anthony Beauvillier 2
Brock Nelson 2 
Ryan Pulock 2
Anders Lee 1
Devon Toews 1
Jordan Eberle 1
Nick Leddy 1

SH Goals
Josh Bailey 1
GW Goals
Brock Nelson 3
Anthony Beauvillier 3
Jordan Eberle 2
Josh Bailey 2
Thomas Hickey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Andy Greene 1

OT Goals 
Josh Bailey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Thomas Hickey 1

Thomas Greiss  5-7  2.42 GAA, .921 save percentage
Semyon Varlamov 8-2 1.76 GAA, .932 save percentage

Up Next
[NBCSN, 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN-1050; 30-minute pre-game and expanded post-game on MSG+]

It will be a quick turn-around as the teams meet again at 7pm on Thursday.

This is the second time in the post-season the Isles have played back-to-back (games 3 and 4 vs. Florida) and the second time the Flyers have done so (games 4 and 5 vs. Montreal).

The Isles will look to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The Isles are 8-10 all-time when they split the first two games, while the Flyers are 18-18 when they do so.

Game 4 of the series will be played on at noon on Saturday.

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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