By Eric Hornick
Philadelphia 4, Isles 3 (OT)
Let's Go Home! Kevin Hayes scored a power play goal 4:22 into overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Isles 4-3 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Isles complete their road trip with an 0-3-2 record.
For the second night in a row, the Isles rallied from a 2-goal deficit only to lose in overtime. The Flyers defeated the Isles three times in overtime during the 2020 playoffs and have now add two wins in a row over the Isles to open the 2020-21 campaign.
All three Flyer goals in regulation were scored by Joel Farabee, as he became the first Flyer to record a hat trick against the Isles since Vincent Lecavalier (10-26-2013).
Joel Farabee (3) James van Riemsdyk (5) 18:42 NYI 0,PHI 1
Nick Leddy (1) Josh Bailey (1), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (3) 00:38 NYI 1,PHI 1 PPG
Joel Farabee (4) James van Riemsdyk (6), Travis Sanheim (2) 02:19 NYI 1,PHI 2
Joel Farabee (5) Philippe Myers (1), James van Riemsdyk (7) 15:52 NYI 1,PHI 3
Josh Bailey (1) Ryan Pulock (2), Mathew Barzal (6) 01:03 NYI 2,PHI 3
Mathew Barzal (4) Anders Lee (2) 06:27 NYI 3,PHI 3
Kevin Hayes (5) Claude Giroux (3), James van Riemsdyk (8) 04:22 NYI 3,PHI 4 PPG
The Isles have lost six straight road games (0-4-2) since winning on Opening Night…Mathew Barzal has points on ten of the team's 19 goals this season and leads the Isles in assists (6); Barzal appeared in his 241st consecutive game, passing JP Parise for 8th on the all-time club list…Josh Bailey's assist was his 324th, breaking a tie with Brent Sutter for 8th place on the all-time club list...Isles scored twice in the third period after only scoring three third period goals in the first eight games….Mathew Barzal is 7-13-20 in 13 career games vs. Philadelphia… It was Joel Farabee's first career hat trick.... A post-game scoring change gave James van Riemsdyk a 4-assist game. It is the first 4-assist and second 4-point game of his career. The final assist, his 200th point as a Flyer, made him the first opponent with a 4-assist game since Ryan Getzlaf (12-21-17 vs Anaheim).
Home and Road
The Isles are 3-4-2 overall; 2-0-0 at home and 1-4-2 on the road.
Philadelphia is 7-2-1 overall; 5-1-0 at home and 2-1-1 on the road.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 848-622-60-153 in 1,683 games, and he is now two 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 930
3. Ken Hitchcock 849
4. Barry Trotz 848
5. Al Arbour 782
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,711
3. Barry Trotz 1,683
First Things First
The Isles are 3-1-0 when scoring first and are 0-3-2 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 3-1-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 1-2-0 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 54-27-9 when outshot; the 54 wins are the most in the NHL.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves; he is 0-2-1 on the season and 0-0-1 against Philadelphia.
Brian Elliot made 33 saves to improve to 3-0-0 on the season and 9-2-7 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 1-6 on the power play (9:42); Philadelphia was 1-4 on the power play (4:54) and failed on a 1:17 of 5-on-3 time.
The Isles are 2-1-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-3-1 when they do not. The Isles are 0-4-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-0-1 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-3-1 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 69-6-8 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 1-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 0-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-0 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 0-0-1 in the front-half and 0-0-1 in the back-half. The next back-to-back is February 15th/16th in Buffalo.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 17-2-3 in back-ends.
The Isles will play the same opponent in consecutive games twenty times this season. The Isles are 2-1-1 in the first game and 0-3-1 in the second game:
NYR (W/L); NJ (W/L); WAS (L/L); PHI (Lot/Lot)
Tired vs. Rested
• The Isles are 0-0-1 when both teams played the night before.
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when they are rested, and their opponents are not.
• The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested, and the Isles are not.
• The Isles are 3-4-1 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Mathew Barzal (23:37); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (29:40)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 23:37 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (1-0-0), Ryan Pulock (2-2-1), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1)
Isles 26, Philadelphia 27 (49%)
Mathew Barzal won 7 of 9 for the Isles; Conor Bunnaman won 6 of 9 for Philadelphia.
The Isles are 3-3-0 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when they are tied, and 0-0-1 when they win fewer.
Isles 19 (Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck -3)
Philadelphia 15 (Robert Hagg -4)
There were no fights. Season total:0
Isles 11 (Andy Greene -2)
Philadelphia 8 (Travis Sanheim -2)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 57, Philadelphia 57
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 31, Philadelphia 40
Isles: Jean-Gabriel Pageau +5
Philadelphia: Michael Raffl +11
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 4, Philadelphia 7
5-on-5: Isles 2, Philadelphia 4
(Anthony Beauvillier-IR), Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Leo Komarov
Games Lost: 9
240 Game Club
The Isles have three players who have active consecutive game streaks of at least 240 games, and they are three of just 18 players in the NHL whose streak began no later than the start of the 2017-18 season.
Ironman Streaks: Anders Lee 277, Brock Nelson 254, Mathew Barzal 241, Ryan Pulock 204, Josh Bailey 162. All five of them have played every game since Barry Trotz became the Isles' coach.
Anders Lee has the fourth-longest consecutive game streak while Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal have also moved into the top 10; it is the first time in club history that three different Isles have had concurrent streaks of at least 240 games:
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. Anders Lee 1/26/2017 – CURRENT 277
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 254
7. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
8. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 241
9. J.P. Parise 1/7/1975 – 1/7/1978 240 (**)
10. Richard Park 10/5/2006 - 2/18/2009 221
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Ryan Pulock has become the third Islander defensemen to play in 200 consecutive games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 – CURRENT 204
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-0-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failure (goalie interference 1/14 @ NYR)
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 1-0-0 in games that go the opponents' way.
Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored 0 goals and allowed 1 goal in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
Vs: 1 [Justin Schultz, 1/26/21 @ WSH (19:33)]
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Josh Bailey 874…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 569 *** 19. Brock Nelson 557 *** 20. Ken Morrow 550 *** 21. Duane Sutter 547 *** 22. Lorne Henning and Casey Cizikas 543 …
28. Dave Lewis 514. *** 29. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 31. Anders Lee 502 *** 32. Ed Westfall 493 *** 33. Cal Clutterbuck 487
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 175 *** 14. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 15. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 16. Josh Bailey 155 *** 17. Brock Nelson 152
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
6. John Tonelli 338 *** 7. Pat Flatley 328 *** 8. Josh Bailey 324 …
20. Ed Westfall 181 *** 21. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 22. Nick Leddy 172
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
11. Derek King 499 *** 12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Josh Bailey 479…
20. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 21. Anders Lee 306 ***22. Brock Nelson 298
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Barry Trotz 159
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 85
Season Series Stats
Philadelphia leads the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 2). It is the first time that the Flyers have beaten the Isles twice in overtime in a single season.
The teams will next meet March 18th and 20th at the Coliseum.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd – BUFFALO AT ISLANDERS 6:00pm
[NBCSN (pre-game at 5:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
After playing seven out of nine games on the road in January, the Isles will open February with a three-game homestand beginning on Tuesday at a special 6:00 start time.
The Isles will play Buffalo four times in February, including two games to open the month. The Isles won both meetings last season, both by a single goal and are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games with Buffalo, including five straight home wins.
Semyon Varlamov has played in 499 NHL games; his next appearance will make him the 76th goalie in NHL history (and 14th active goalie) to appear in 500 NHL games.
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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