By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3
Anders Lee broke a 3-3 tie with a late power play goal as the Isles rallied from a third period deficit for a 4-3 regulation win at the Coliseum. The Isles are 3-0-0 at the Coliseum, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season that they have opened the home campaign with three straight wins.
Jordan Eberle scored a pair of first period goals for the Isles, with Michael Dal Colle earning assists on both goals; it was the first multi-point game of Dal Colle' career.
It was a milestone win for both Barry Trotz (his 849th, tying Ken Hitchcock for 3rd all-time) and for Semyon Varlamov (coming in his 500th NHL game).
Jordan Eberle (4) Michael Dal Colle (1), Noah Dobson (5) 10:22 PIT 0,NYI 1
Pierre-Olivier Joseph (1) Jake Guentzel (4), Kris Letang (4) 13:43 PIT 1,NYI 1
Jordan Eberle (5) Brock Nelson (2), Michael Dal Colle (2) 15:45PIT 1,NYI 2
Evgeni Malkin (2) Kasperi Kapanen (4) 19:44 PIT 2,NYI 2
Jake Guentzel (4) Sidney Crosby (3), Bryan Rust (6) 03:19 PIT 3,NYI 2
Cal Clutterbuck (1) Casey Cizikas (1), Matt Martin (1) 08:23 PIT 3,NYI 3
Anders Lee (4) Ryan Pulock (3), Mathew Barzal (7) 17:16 PIT 3,NYI 4 PPG
The win snaps a five-game losing streak (0-3-2) and creates a three-game point streak (1-0-2)… Jordan Eberle has scored four goals in the three Coliseum games this year.…Mathew Barzal has points on eleven of the team's 23 goals this season and leads the Isles in assists (7); Noah Dobson's assist gave him the team-lead in points among defensemen (6)…Cal Clutterbuck's tying goal was his first in 20 games… The Penguins have not had a 2-goal lead or led through two periods in any game this season…Three of Anders Lee's four goals have come on the power play; he scored just twice with the extra man last season. Lee now has 53 career power play goals (9th in Isles history)…Pierre-Olivier Joseph's goal was his 1st in the NHL; he is the 25th player to score his first NHL goal this season (and the only one to do so against the Isles)…Brock Nelson's assist was his 299th point; only 21 others have reached 300 points as an Islander. Bryan Rust finished with 8 shots on goal and 15 shot attempts...Semyon Varlamov is the 13th currently-active NHL goaltender to appear in 500 games.
Pittsburgh's Jared McCann left the game with a lower body injury in the first period; he did not return.
The Uniondale 500
Semyon Varlamov is the 3rd goalie to appear in his 500th NHL game while a member of the Isles, joining Billy Smith and Dwayne Roloson.
Eleven others: Roberto Luongo, John Vanbiesbrouck, Chris Osgood, Evgeni Nabokov, Kelly Hrudey, Felix Potvin, Ron Hextall, Chico Resch, Tommy Salo, Jaroslav Halak, and Martin Biron reached 500 games either before or after playing for the Isles, meaning that 14 of the 76 goalies to appear in 500 games played for the Islanders at some point in their career.
Longest Home Win Streak to Open Season
• 7- 1982-83
• 4- 1984-85
• 3- 2020-21 (CURRENT)
• 3- 2003-04
• 3- 1992-93
• 3- 1988-89
Late PP Go-Ahead Goals
Anders Lee's winning goal was only the 4th go-ahead goal the Isles have scored in the final three minutes of regulation in the 2000's:
• 1/8/2004 EDM Justin Papineau 18:42
• 2/9/2018 DET Josh Bailey 18:11
• 3/21/2008 NJD Kyle Okposo 17:25
• 2/6/2021 @PIT Anders Lee 17:13
(Bailey's goal was not a game-winner – the Isles won that game in overtime. Okposo's goal was his first in the NHL)
27 is a Winning Number:
Anders Lee recorded his 29th game-winning goal, creating a logjam with his fellow 27's:
• Derek King 30
• John Tonelli 29
• Anders Lee 29
Home and Road
The Isles are 4-4-2 overall; 3-0-0 at home and 1-4-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh is 5-5-1 overall; 4-0-0 at home and 1-5-1 on the road.
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 849-622-60-153 in 1,684 games, and he has tied Ken Hitchcock as the 3rd-winningest coach in NHL history.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 931
3. Barry Trotz 849
Ken Hitchcock 849
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,713
3. Barry Trotz 1,683
First Things First
The Isles are 4-1-0 when scoring first and are 0-3-2 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 4-1-2 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
Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves to improve to 4-2-1 on the season and 6-2-2 against Pittsburgh.
Tristan Jarry made 22 saves but falls to 2-4-1 on the season and 3-1-0 in his career against the Isles.
The Isles were 1-1 on the power play (1:01); Pittsburgh did not have a power play.
The Isles are 3-1-1 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 4-0-1 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-1 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 70-6-8 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 2-1-2 in games decided by a single goal including 2-1 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 recently-announced schedule changed mean that the Isles will play the same opponent in consecutive games nineteen times this season (including a three-game stretch vs. the Sabres in early March). 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 4-4-1 when both teams are rested.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (24:02); Pittsburgh: Kris Letang (23:41)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:27 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (1-0-0), Ryan Pulock (3-2-1), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-1-1)
Isles 23, Pittsburgh 20 (53%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 7 of 10 for the Isles; Sidney Crosby won 8 of 15 for Pittsburgh.
The Isles are 4-3-0 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 20 (Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Pittsburgh 29 (Brandon Tanev and Sam Lafferty -5)
There were no fights. Season total: 0
Isles 12 (Three with 2)
Pittsburgh 12 (Two with 2)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 52, Pittsburgh 60
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 44, Pittsburgh 56
Isles: Noah Dobson +6
Pittsburgh: Bryan Rust +19
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 15, Pittsburgh 18
5-on-5: Isles 13, Pittsburgh 17
(Anthony Beauvillier-IR), Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider
Games Lost: 10
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 278, Brock Nelson 255, Mathew Barzal 242, Ryan Pulock 205, Josh Bailey 163. All five players have appeared in 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 278
5. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975 - 1/17/1979 262
6. Brock Nelson 3/16/2017 – CURRENT 255
7. John Tavares 10/16/2010 - 12/23/2013 246
8. Mathew Barzal 10/6/2017- CURRENT 242
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 205
(*) 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 1 goal and allowed 1 goal in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 [Anders Lee, 2/6/21 vs PIT (17:14)]
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 875…
17. John Tonelli 594 *** 18. Matt Martin 570 *** 19. Brock Nelson 558 *** 20. Ken Morrow 550 *** 21. Duane Sutter 547 *** 22. Casey Cizikas 544 …
28. Dave Lewis 514. *** 29. Richard Pilon and Mick Vukota 509 *** 31. Anders Lee 503 *** 32. Ed Westfall 493 *** 33. Cal Clutterbuck 488
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
12. Billy Harris 184 *** 13. Anders Lee 176 *** 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 307 *** 22. Brock Nelson 299
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Mike Milbury 192 …
6. Peter Laviolette 164 *** 7. Ted Nolan 163 *** 8. Barry Trotz 160
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 87
On the Farm
Bridgeport opened their 24-game schedule with a 4-1 loss to Providence on Friday. They will next play in Hartford on Sunday afternoon. All 24 of their games will be played against either Providence or Hartford.
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The Isles are 3-0-2 in the last five games with Pittsburgh at home and are 4-0-2 in the last six games with Pittsburgh overall.
The teams will meet five more times this month, including at the Coliseum on Thursday – the 10th anniversary of the famed 2011 Brawl Game.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8th –ISLANDERS AT RANGERS 7:00pm
[MSG+ (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050]
The Isles head to Manhattan for a single game as they face the Rangers for the third time this season.
This will be the third meeting of the season between the rivals, and like the first two, it will be played at Madison Square Garden. The Isles and Rangers opened the season by trading shutouts; the Isles win on Opening Night is the only game that they have played this season that has been won by the road team.
After Monday's game, the teams will not play again until April 9th, when they begin a stretch of five games in 23 days against each other.
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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