By Eric Hornick
Nashville 4, Isles 3
Eeli Tolvanen deflected home Roman Josi's shot for the winning goal with 11.5 seconds to play as the Nashville Predators overcame a third period Islander lead and defeated the Isles 4-3 before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.
Noah Dobson had put the Islanders ahead early in the third period, but Yakov Trenin deadlocked the game with 7:29 remaining; the Isles appeared like they were heading to their fourth overtime in five games but instead allowed the latest game-winning goal in any home game in their history.
The Isles are 0-5-2 at UBS Arena, extending their own NHL record for most games without a win in a new venue, and are 1-9-3 in their last 13 games overall.
Austin Czarnik (1) Oliver Wahlstrom (2), Kieffer Bellows (3) 06:48 NSH 0,NYI 1
Ryan Johansen (8) Luke Kunin (6) 17:28 NSH 1,NYI 1
Colton Sissons (3) Tanner Jeannot (6), Matt Benning (4) 18:52 NSH 2,NYI 1
Anders Lee (7) Mathew Barzal (10), Oliver Wahlstrom (3) 01:56 NSH 2,NYI 2 PPG
Noah Dobson (2) Andy Greene (3), Ross Johnston (1) 05:08 NSH 2,NYI 3
Yakov Trenin (4) Tanner Jeannot (7), Colton Sissons (6) 12:31 NSH 3,NYI 3
Eeli Tolvanen (4) Roman Josi (17), Ryan Johansen (16) 19:48 NSH 4,NYI 3
The Isles have been outshot 86-49 in the first period of their last eight games…Oliver Wahlstrom had a pair of assists for his second consecutive multi-point game…Mathew Barzal extended his point streak to five games (1-6-7) and his assist streak to four games (six assists)…Noah Dobson, playing in his 100th NHL game, scored his second goal in the last three games; Scott Mayfield is the only other Islander defenseman to score a goal. …Austin Czarnik scored his first goal since October 24, 2019… Tanner Jeannot and Colton Sissons each had two points; they also had two points in the October 30 meeting in Nashville…It's the first time in club history that the Isles have opened a season winless in seven home games, and only the tenth time in club history that the Isles have gone winless in at least seven home games at any point in a season…The seven-game winless streak is the longest for any NHL team at the start of a home season since the Sabres went winless in nine games to open the 2013-14 campaign…David Rittich earned the win in his second appearance against the Isles; his previous appearance was for 1.1 seconds in relief of an ailing Mike Smith at the end of a Calgary win over the Isles in 2018.
Last Second Losses
This was the third-latest game-winning goal allowed by the Islanders in their history (and the latest on home-ice).
• 1/27/1988 at Minnesota (Brian MacLellan 19:59)
• 4/7/2015 at Philadelphia (Brayden Schenn 19:57)
• 12/9/2021 vs. Nashville (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48)
Prior to tonight, the latest game-winning goal allowed by the Isles was to Philadelphia's Brian Dobbin on October 17, 1987 (19:38).
The COVID List
Casey Cizikas has exited protocol and skated with the team this morning, as did Brock Nelson. Ryan Pulock also is still on the injured list.
Staying Close to Home
The Isles will not leave the Eastern Time Zone until January 4th in Seattle. The Islanders will not spend consecutive nights on the road at any point. By the time the Isles hit the Olympic/All-Star Break, they will have played 25 of their 47 games at home.
Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing nine out of eleven games at home. The Isles are 0-1-0 in this stretch:
• 12/9 vs. Nashville L 3-4
• 12/11 vs. New Jersey
• 12/14 @ Detroit
• 12/16 vs. Boston
• 12/19 vs. Vegas
• 12/20 vs. Montreal
• 12/23 vs. Washington
• 12/27 @ Buffalo
• 12/29 vs. Detroit
• 12/30 vs. Buffalo
• 1/1/2022 vs. Edmonton
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,627th NHL game. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
• Chris Chelios 1,651
• Scott Stevens 1,635
• Zdeno Chara 1,627
Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.
Home and Road
The Isles are 6-11-5 overall; they are 0-5-2 at home and 6-6-3 on the road.
Nashville is 15-10-1 overall; they are 8-5-0 at home and 7=5-1 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played seven home games and sold out all of them. They are the seven largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.
Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 883-646-60-163 in 1,752 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 969
3. Barry Trotz 883
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz 1,752
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,461
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,332
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,215 wins between them. They start each game with more than any other pair in NHL history (David Poile and Peter Laviolette had 2,036 after their last game together). Bill Torrey and Al Arbour had a then-record 1,462 at the end of the 1991-92 season, which was their last season together.
First Things First
The Isles are 6-4-4 when scoring first and are 0-7-1 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 5-7-3 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 69-43-16 when outshot.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves but falls to 0-5-1 on the season and 12-14-2 vs. Nashville.
David Rittich made 18 saves and improves to 3-1-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play (2:17); Nashville was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).
The Isles are 1-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-8-2 when they do not. The Isles are 2-5-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-6-3 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-2-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-9-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 93-11-12 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 0-2-5 in games decided by a single goal including 0-2 in regulation. They are 0-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-2 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 2-2-1 in the front end and 1-3-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be December 19th vs. Vegas and December 20th vs. Montreal.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-5 (.727) in back-ends.
The Isles are 0-0-1 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on December 19th against Vegas. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season, after playing only two in the shortened campaign last year.
Isles: Scott Mayfield (23:37); Nashville: Roman Josi (25:38)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:38 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-1-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (3-2-1), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (0-0-2).
Isles 23, Nashville 31 (43%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 18 for the Isles; Ryan Johansen won 11 of 19 for Nashville.
The Isles are 3-8-3 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-3-1 when they win fewer.
Isles 29 (Ross Johnston -8)
Nashville 32 (Mark Borowiecki -8)
Zdeno Chara fought Yakov Trenin in the first period. Season total: 9 (Martin 2, Chara 2, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Isles 14 (Adam Pelech -3)
Nashville 13 (Alexandre Carrier -4)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 42, Nashville 54
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Nashville 48
Isles: Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal +5
Nashville: Nick Cousins +11
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Nashville 10
5-on-5: Isles 9, Nashville 8
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR, Brock Nelson -INJ) Casey Cizikas, Robin Salo, Matt Martin, Otto Koivula
Games Lost: 61 (29 to injuries and 32 to COVID protocol)
Scott Mayfield played his 111th consecutive game tonight.
Isles: 0 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR)
Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games where opponents' challenges go their way and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way. (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI)
Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed one goal in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 1 (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO)
Vs: 1 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG)
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 936…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 631 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas 606 …
21. Ken Morrow and Cal Clutterbuck 550 *** 23. Duane Sutter 547 *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Anders Lee 537
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 191 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 177 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 163
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 ***
4. Clark Gillies 359 *** 5. Josh Bailey 356…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 185…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 29. Brock Nelson 162
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 519 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 329…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 267
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 228
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 121
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 7-12-1-2 on the season; they are off until Saturday, when they host Toronto.
Season Series Stats
Nashville wins the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 1).
The Isles are 0-5-2 in the last seven games against the Preds and are one of two teams (Calgary) that Barry Trotz has not beaten as Islander coach.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11th–NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles will once again look for their first win on UBS Arena ice on Saturday when they welcome the New Jersey Devils.
The Devs blanked the Isles at Prudential Center, 4-0, back on November 11th; however, the Isles are 7-3-0 in their last ten games against New Jersey.
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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