By Eric Hornick
San Jose 2, Isles 1 (OT)
Erik Karlsson scored at :39 of overtime as the San Jose Sharks handed the Islanders their ninth straight loss with a 2-1 decision before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.
Mathew Barzal gave the Isles their first-ever lead at UBS just 1:04 into play but Nick Bonino tied the game one second after a power play expired at 9:10 of the period; however, that was the only scoring in regulation.
The Isles earn their first point in nine games (0-8-1) but remain five games under NHL-.500 for the first time since January 16, 2012 (16-21-6).
Mathew Barzal (5) Andy Greene (2), Scott Mayfield (1) 01:04 SJS 0,NYI 1
Nick Bonino (3) Jonathan Dahlen (3), Timo Meier (12) 09:10 SJS 1,NYI 1
Erik Karlsson (5) Timo Meier (13), Logan Couture (13) 00:39 SJS 2,NYI 1
The Isles have been outscored 34-8 in their nine-game losing streak. It's the first time since a ten-game streak in November/December 2013 (0-8-2) that the Isles have gone nine straight without a win. …Mathew Barzal's goal gave the Isles their first lead in the last 357:48; it was the first goal the Isles scored this season where two defensemen earned assists… The Isles have sold out all five home games but have tied the NHL record for consecutive games without a win to open a new venue (most recently by Columbus in 2000)… Erik Karlsson recorded his seventh career overtime goal; he also scored vs the Isles in overtime on December 5, 2015, as a member of the Ottawa Senators… The Isles were held without a power play for the first time since March 6, 2021, vs. New Jersey…The Sharks improve to 3-0 in games decided by an overtime goal.
Jonah Gadjovich left the game after a first period collision with Noah Dobson.
First Time in a Long Time
The Isles are winless in five games to open a home season for the first time since 1989-90 (0-3-2).
The COVID List
Four Islanders made their UBS Arena debut: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Anders Lee, and Josh Bailey. Kieffer Bellows, Zdeno Chara and Casey Cizikas remain in protocol while Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson remain 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.
Zdeno Chara did not play. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
• Chris Chelios 1,651
• Scott Stevens 1,635
• Zdeno Chara 1,623
Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.
Home and Road
The Isles are 5-10-3 overall; they are 0-4-1 at home and 5-6-2 on the road.
San Jose is 13-9-1 overall; they are 5-4-1 at home and 8-5-0 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played five home games and sold out all of them. They are the five 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 882-645-60-161 in 1,748 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 969
3. Barry Trotz 882
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz 1,748
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,458
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,331
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,213 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 5-3-3 when scoring first and are 0-7-0 when allowing the opening goal.
San Jose 12-15-7-1=35
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-6-1 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 68-42-14 when outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 33 saves; he is 5-6-2 on the season and 0-0-1 vs. San Jose.
Adin Hill made 24 saves and improves to 5-5-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles did not have a power play (0:00); San Jose was 0-3 on the power play (6:00).
The Isles are 1-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 4-8-2 when they do not. The Isles are 1-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 4-5-2 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-9-3 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 92-10-11 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 0-1-3 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-2 in games decided in overtime and are 0-1 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.
Including tonight, the Isles are 2-2-0 in the front end and 1-3-0 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be December 4th in Detroit and December 5th vs. Chicago.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-4 (.727) in back-ends. This is the best record of any NHL team in back-ends during this stretch. Tampa has the next best record: 22-9-3 (.691).
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: Adam Pelech (season-high 24:14); San Jose: Brent Burns (23:50)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 19:23 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 (2-2-1), Zdeno Chara (1-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-1-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0)
Isles 27, San Jose 20 (57%)
Mathew Barzal won 8 of 10 for the Isles; no Shark won more than he lost.
The Isles are 2-8-1 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-2-1 when they win fewer.
Isles 30 (Three with 4)
San Jose 20 (Two with 4)
There were no fights. Season total: 7 (Martin-2, Mayfield 1, Chara 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1)
Isles 17 (Noah Dobson -4)
San Jose 18 (Jacob Middleton -5)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 52, San Jose 67
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 50, San Jose 55
Isles: Adam Pelech +3
San Jose: Logan Couture +14
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 7, San Jose 15
5-on-5: Isles 7, San Jose 13
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR, Brock Nelson -INJ) (Kieffer Bellows, Zdeno Chara, Casey Cizikas- COVID Protocol), Anatolii Golyshev, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 50 (21 to injuries and 29 to COVID protocol)
Scott Mayfield is the only Islander to play in least 100 consecutive games; he played his 107th 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 no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 932…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 630 *** 13. Billy Harris 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 15. Brock Nelson 619 *** 16. Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas 606 …
21. Ken Morrow 550 *** 22. Duane Sutter 547 *** 23. Cal Clutterbuck 546 *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Claude Lapointe 535 *** 26. Anders Lee 533
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 188 *** 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 354…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Ed Westfall 181 *** 22. Mathew Barzal 180…
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 517 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 19 Brock Nelson 339 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 324…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 261
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 224
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 120
On the Farm
Bridgeport improves to 6-11-1-2 with a 4-1 win over Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Austin Czarnik had a pair of goals for the Baby Isles.
Bridgeport hosts Utica on Saturday night and Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.
Season Series Stats
San Jose leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1). The teams will meet again at the Shark Tank on February 24th, in the Isles' first game after the Olympic Break.
The Isles are 4-1-2 in their last seven games against the Sharks.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4th–ISLANDERS AT DETROIT 7:00pm
[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles and Red Wings will play their entire season series in December, beginning with Saturday's match-up in Detroit.
It will be the first game the Isles play against former teammates Thomas Greiss (free agent in 2020) and Nick Leddy (traded in 2021)
The Wings are hot, having won four straight games which includes wins over St. Louis and Boston.
This will be the first meeting of the teams since John Tonelli Night (2/21/2020); the Isles swept the season series (3-0-0) in 2019-20, by a combined 16-4 score.
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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