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The Skinny: Isles 4, Boston 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"  

By Eric Hornick

Second Round Game 2
Isles 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1
Casey Cizikas scored 14:48 into overtime as the Islanders earned a split of the two games in Boston with a 4-3 victory in Game 2 of their Second Round series with the Islanders with a 4-3 victory before a capacity crowd of 17,400 at TD Garden.

Trailing 1-0, the Isles scored three times in the middle period, including twice on the power play to take a 3-1 lead.  However, the Bruins tied it with two goals 4:32 apart to send the game into overtime.

That sent the game into overtime where Cizikas' breakaway made the Isle winners for the third time in three overtime games this summer – all on the road.  It was Cizikas' first career overtime goal, and his first playoff goal of any type since April 15, 2015 vs. Washington.

The series now moves to the Coliseum for games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday.

The Scoring: 
1st Period
Charlie Coyle (2) Nick Ritchie (3), Karson Kuhlman (1) 02:38 NYI 0,BOS 1

2nd Period
Josh Bailey (4) Kyle Palmieri (1), Brock Nelson (4) 06:52 NYI 1,BOS 1 PPG
Kyle Palmieri (4) Nick Leddy (3), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (7) 11:00 NYI 2,BOS 1
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2) Anthony Beauvillier (5), Mathew Barzal (4) 17:21 NYI 3,BOS 1 PPG

3rd Period
Patrice Bergeron (4) Brad Marchand (2), David Pastrnak (5) 10:34 NYI 3,BOS 2
Brad Marchand (4) Charlie McAvoy (6) 15:06 NYI 3,BOS 3 PPG

Overtime
Casey Cizikas (1) 14:48 NYI 4, BOS 3

The Series (Series tied, 1-1)
Game 1: Boston 5, Isles 2
Game 2: Isles 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Game 3: Thursday at Isles 7:30pm
Game 4: Saturday at Isles 7:15pm
Game 5: Monday at Boston (TBA)
Game 6: Wednesday June 9th at Isles (if needed) 
Game 7: Friday June 11th at Boston (if needed)

The winner of this series will face the Carolina-Tampa Bay winner in the Semi-Finals.

The Skinny 
The Isles are 4-4 in game 2's under Barry Trotz… The Isles were credited with 48 hits, giving them 97 for the series and 369 hits through eight games … The Isles have played 38 playoff games under Barry Trotz; only Boston (44), Dallas (40) and St. Louis (39) have played more in that span…Anthony Beauvillier extended his  point streak to six games, matching a career high set last season.…After killing the Penguins' five power plays in games 1-2, the Isles have now allowed six goals in their last 11 times short; Boston scored the tying goal on the power play tonight. …Tuukka Rask played in his 100th career playoff game…That was not only Casey Cizikas' first overtime goal, but it was also his first overtime point as well.  He had taken only one shot on goal in 18 prior overtimes…Cizikas was also the Isles' best in the face-off circle; he has won 64.2% in post-season (2nd to Vegas' Nicolas Roy)...David Pastrnak extended his point streak to four games (5-3-8) with a third period assist while Brad Marchand recorded his 100th and 101st career playoff points in the third period…Patrice Bergeron's tying goal also tied Phil Esposito (46) for 2nd place on the Bruins' post-season goal list ….The Isles have outscored opponents 11-6 in the second period, while the Bruins have now outscored opponents 11-3 in the third period (including 5-0 in this series)… All seven goals went into the same goal…Both Bruins post-season losses have been in overtime.…It is the fifth time that the Isles have won at least their first three post-season games (they won the first 4 OT games in 1993)….This was the 19th-longest game in club history; the Isles are 14-5 in games that have gone at least this long.

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles have won three straight overtime games on the road for the first time since 1987-1993 (4); they have won three straight road OT games in a single playoffs for the first time since 1980 (5-0 on the road that year).
The Isles have scored two power goals in two different games in this post-season; the last time they did that was in 2002 vs. Toronto.

·           Anthony Beauvillier is the first Islander since Bob Bourne (1982 and 1983) to have at least a 6-game point streak in consecutive post-seasons.

Most Overtime Wins in a Series
3 vs. Washington (1993)
3 vs. Florida (2016)
2 vs. Toronto (1978)
2 vs. Rangers (1979)
2 vs. Boston (1980)
2 vs. Philadelphia (1980)
2 vs. New Jersey (1988)
2 vs. Pittsburgh (2021)

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles are 39-21 (.650) all-time in overtime, including 20-9 (.690) on the road. Both percentages are 2nd-best (to Tampa Bay) in NHL history. The Isles are 3-0 in overtime this season; they have gone 10-8 in sixteen overtime games since 2015. 

Overtime vs. Boston
The Isles are 3-1 all-time in playoff overtime games vs. Boston; all three games prior to this season were played in a six-day span in 1980.  The road team has won all four games. 
04/16/80 @ Clark Gillies W Bos   1:02 
04/17/80 @ Bob Bourne W Bos   1:24 
04/21/80 Vs Terry O'Reilly L Bos 17:13
05/31/21 @ Casey Cizikas  W Bos 14:48

Most Wins to Start Playoff Career 
6 JS Giguere (Anaheim 2003)
5 Mike Vernon (Calgary 1986)
5 Pete Peeters (Philadelphia 1980)
5 Gary Inness (Pittsburgh 1975)
5 Rogie Vachon (Montreal 1967)
5 Normie Smith (Detroit 1936)
5 Tiny Thompson (Boston 1929)
4 Ilya Sorokin (Isles 2021)
4 Tony Esposito (Chicago 1970)
4 Les Binkley (Pittsburgh 1970)

Brock Best
Brock Nelson has 19 playoff goals for the Islanders, more than any Isles in the 2000s:
Brock Nelson 19
Anthony Beauvillier 14
Josh Bailey 14
Jordan Eberle 11
John Tavares 11

Nelson's 19 goals are good for 11th in Islander history and are three goals shy of Duane Sutter's 10th place total (22).  The ten players ahead of Nelson won a combined 38 Stanley Cup rings for the Isles.  Nelson has scored more playoffs goals for the Isles than any other US-born player.

First Time in a Long Time!
This is the third all-time playoff meeting between the teams:
1980- Quarter-Finals. Isles won series 4 games to 1.
1983- Conference Finals. Isles won series 4 games to 2.

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.  Trotz has won a playoff series in seven consecutive years (four with Washington and three with the Isles).  Arbour did that from 1979-1985 (all with Isles) – no one had done it since, until Trotz came along.

Lou and Bill
Lou Lamoriello's win vs. Pittsburgh was his 30th playoff series win as a General Manager, which is second all-time to Glen Sather (41).  Bill Torrey is third with 28 playoff series wins. 

Led/Tied/Trailed
Game 1: Led: 7:48, Tied: 37:06, Trailed: 15:06 
Game 2: Led: 19:34, Tied: 30:40, Trailed: 24:34
Series:   Led:  27:22, Tied: 67:46, Trailed: 39:40 
Vs. Pittsburgh Led: 66:48, Tied: 158:11, Trailed: 177:22
Total: Led: 93:10, Tied: 225:57, Trailed: 217:02

Playoffs All-Time
The Isles improve to 166-136 in 302 all-time playoff games.  They are 92-51 at home (84-42 at the Coliseum, 2-5 at Barclays, 5-2 in Toronto and 1-2 in Edmonton) and 74-85 on the road. In this year's playoffs, the Isles are 2-1 at home and 3-2 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 877-635-60-158 in 1,730 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  962
3. Barry Trotz    877

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,761
3. Barry Trotz        1,730

Coach Trotz (Playoffs)
Barry Trotz has now coached 151 playoff games (77-74).  His 151 games is 11th all-time (four games behind Alain Vigneault) list while his 77 wins break a tie with Peter Laviolette, and just one behind Vigneault and Pat Burns for 12th.  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 22
Jack Capuano 10
Terry Simpson 9
Peter Laviolette 4
Ted Nolan 1
Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
Al Arbour 198
Barry Trotz 38
Jack Capuano 24
Terry Simpson 20
Peter Laviolette 12
Steve Stirling 5
Ted Nolan 5

Most overtime wins/overtime record:
Al Arbour 26 (26-9)
Barry Trotz 6 (6-5)
Jack Capuano 4 (4-5)
Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)
Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)

Most game 7 wins/game seven record)
Al Arbour 4 (2-2)
Terry Simpson 2 (1-1)
Barry Trotz 1 (1-0)
Jack Capuano 0 (0-1)
Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)

Most playoff series wins:
Al Arbour 29
Barry Trotz 5
Jack Capuano 1
Terry Simpson 1

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

The Shots
Isles      6-11-13-9=39    
Boston  15-10-11-6=42

Shots by Game
Game 1: Isles 22, Boston 40
Game 2: Isles 39, Boston 42
Series: Isles 61, Boston 82
Vs: Pittsburgh:  Isles 187, Pittsburgh 231
Total Isles 248, Opponents 313

The Isles are 0-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0 when the shots are even and 5-2 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 39 saves improve to 1-2 in the 2021 playoffs and 25-22 in his playoff career.  Varlamov is 7-7 in overtime.
 
Tuukka Rask made 35 saves but falls to 5-2 in this year's playoffs and 56-44 in his career.  Rask is 14-13 all-time in overtime. 
 
Power Plays
The Isles were 2-3 on the power play in 5:08 of PP time; Boston was 1-2 on the power play in 2:27 of PP time.  

Power Plays by Game
Game 1: Isles 1-3 (4:46, 4 shots), Boston 2-2 (2:01, 5 shots)
Game 2: Isles 2-3 (5:08, 7 shots), Boston 1-2 (2:27, 1 shot)
Series: Isles 3-6 (9:54, 11 shots), Boston 3-4 (4:28, 6 shots)
Vs. Pittsburgh: Isles 3-16 (27:00, 15 shots), Pittsburgh 3-12 (18:54, 19 shots)
Total: Isles 6-22 (36:54, 26 shots), Opponents 6-16 (23:22, 25 shots)

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 5-1 in the playoffs (2-1 in regulation and 3-0 in overtime) when they score at least three goals and 0-2 when they do not. 

Shutting the Door
The Isles are 2-1 when allowing two or fewer goals in this year's playoffs.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 3-2 in the playoffs in one-goal games (0-2 in regulation and 3-0 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: Nick Leddy (28:55);  Boston: Charlie McAvoy (28:57)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 21:13 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Adam Pelech (2-0), Nick Leddy (2-2), Ryan Pulock (1-1)

Face-offs
Isles 31, Boston 30 (51%)  

Casey Cizikas won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Curtis Lazar won 5 of 6 for Boston. 

Face-offs by Game
Game 1: Isles 27, Boston 29 (48%)
Game 2: Isles 31, Boston 30 (51%)
Series: Isles 58, Boston 59 (49%)
Vs. Pittsburgh: Isles 181, Pittsburgh 164 (52%)
Total: Isles 239, Opponents 223 (52%)

Hit Count
Isles 48 (Cal Clutterbuck -10)
Pittsburgh 47 (Jeremy Lauzon and & Connor Clifton -5)

Hits Game by Game:
Game 1: Isles 49, Boston 42 
Game 2: Isles 48, Boston 47
Series: Isles 97, Boston 89
Vs: Pittsburgh: Isles 274, Pittsburgh 224
Total: Isles 371, Opponent 313

Blocked Shots
Isles 19 (Scott Mayfield -7)
Boston 13 (Patrice Bergeron -4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 65, Boston 79  
Corsi: 5-on-5 Isles 53, Boston 68

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Jordan Eberle +10
Boston: Charlie McAvoy +15

High Danger Chances:
All situations: Isles 12, Boston 9
5-on-5: Isles 7, Boston 7

Corsi Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 38, Boston 65; (5-on-5) Isles 30, Boston 58
Game 2:(All) Isles 65. Boston 79; (5-on-5) Isles 53, Boston 68
Series: (All) Isles 103, Boston 144;  (5-on-5) Isles 83, Boston 126
Vs. Pittsburgh: (All)  Isles 303, Pittsburgh 411;  (5-on-5) Isles 257, Pittsburgh 367
Total(All) Isles 406, Opponents 555;  (5-on-5) Isles 340, Opponents 493

High-Danger Game by Game:
Game 1 (All) Isles 4, Boston 13;  (5-on-5) Isles 2, Boston 12
Game 2 (All) Isles 12, Boston 9;  (5-on-5) Isles 7, Boston 7
Series: (All) Isles 16, Boston 22;  (5-on-5) Isles 9, Boston 19
Vs. Pittsburgh:(All)  Isles 66, Pittsburgh 72; (5-on-5) Isles 52, Pittsburgh 55
Total (All) Isles 82, Opponents 94;  (5-on-5) Isles 61, Boston 74

Scratches
(Anders Lee), (Oliver Wahlstrom), Cory Schneider, Sebastian Aho, Braydon Coburn, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle

Playoff games lost: 12

Post-Season Late Heroes (Final Two Minutes of Regulation, or Overtime)
Kyle Palmieri (16:30 of OT on 5/16 vs. Pittsburgh – Game 1)
Josh Bailey (20:51 of OT on 5/24 vs. Pittsburgh – Game 5)
Casey Cizikas (14:48 of OT on 5/31 vs. Boston – Game 2)
Post-Season Late Goals Allowed
None

Playoff Challenges
None

Active Islander Playoff Leaders: (As NYI)
Games:
Matt Martin 62
Josh Bailey 60
Casey Cizikas 58
Nick Leddy 56
Brock Nelson 56

Consecutive Games
Matt Martin 62
Nick Leddy 56
Brock Nelson 51

Goals:
Brock Nelson 19
Anthony Beauvillier 14
Josh Bailey 14
Jordan Eberle 11
JG Pageau 10
Cal Clutterbuck 8
Anders Lee 8
Mathew Barzal 7
Matt Martin 6
Nick Leddy 5
Ryan Pulock 5

Assists:
Josh Bailey 30
Mathew Barzal 21
Jordan Eberle 17
Brock Nelson 17
Nick Leddy 15
Ryan Pulock 12

Points:
Josh Bailey 44
Brock Nelson 36
Jordan Eberle 28
Mathew Barzal 28
Anthony Beauvillier 24
Nick Leddy 20
J-G Pageau 20
Anders Lee 16

Penalty Minutes:
Matt Martin 72
Cal Clutterbuck 64
Casey Cizikas 42

PP Goals
Anthony Beauvillier 4
Mathew Barzal 3
Anders Lee 3
Jordan Eberle 3
Ryan Pulock 3
Josh Bailey 3
Brock Nelson 2 
Oliver Wahlstrom 1
Nick Leddy 1

SH Goals
Josh Bailey 1
 
GW Goals
Brock Nelson 5
Anthony Beauvillier 3
Jordan Eberle 3
Josh Bailey 3
Ryan Pulock 2
Thomas Hickey 1
Mathew Barzal 1
Leo Komarov 1
Andy Greene 1
Scott Mayfield 1
Kyle Palmieri 1
Casey Cizikas 1

OT Goals 
Josh Bailey 2
Mathew Barzal 1
Thomas Hickey 1
Jordan Eberle 1
Kyle Palmieri 1
Casey Cizikas 1

Goaltending
Semyon Varlamov 12-9  2.28 GAA, .920 save percentage
Ilya Sorokin 4-1 2.32 GAA, .934 save percentage

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, JUNE 3rd  –BOSTON AT  ISLANDERS – 7:30pm
[NBCSN, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio; Post-Game coverage on MSG+]
The Isles played a "Return to Play" exhibition with the Rangers last July and Stanley Cup games through August and September but they have never played a game in June.  That will change on Thursday as they entertain the Bruins in Game 3 of this series.

The Isles are 10-10 in 20 previous series that they have split the first two games, while Boston is 27-19.

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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