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The Skinny: Vegas 4, Isles 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 26
Vegas 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Shea Theodore scored twice in the third period and then added the deciding goal in the shootout as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a last-minute 3-2 deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Islanders before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Robin Lehner made seven saves in the overtime and two more in the shootout to earn the victory in his return to Long Island.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Jonathan Marchessault (14) Zach Whitecloud (2), Reilly Smith (14) 06:56 VGK 1,NYI 0
Brock Nelson (10) Noah Dobson (7), Oliver Wahlstrom (6) 11:08 VGK 1,NYI 1 PPG

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Shea Theodore (5) Chandler Stephenson (21), Max Pacioretty (8) 05:46 VGK 2,NYI 1 PPG
Kieffer Bellows (2) Zach Parise (5) 14:19 VGK 2,NYI 2
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (5) Oliver Wahlstrom (7), Anders Lee (2) 17:40 VGK 2,NYI 3
Shea Theodore (6) Alex Pietrangelo (17) 19:12 VGK 3,NYI 3

No Goals

The Shootout
Shea Theodore (G/GDG) - Anthony Beauvillier (NG)
Jonathan Marchessault (NG) - Oliver Wahlstrom (NG)
Nicolas Roy (G)

This was the first shootout ever between the teams…The Isles have lost five straight shootouts after winning the four before that; it is only the second time that they have lost at least five consecutive shootouts (seven in 2015)… Shea Theodore is now 7-13 in shootouts, with four game-deciding goals.  He is one of three defensemen in NHL history to score on over 50% of his attempts (minimum 10); Petteri Nummelin (8-10) and Adrian Aucoin (6-11) are the others…The Isles have not scored a shootout goal this season (0-7).

The Skinny         
The Isles have scored 24 goals in the last eight games after scoring only 33 goals in their first eighteen games…Anders Lee extended his point streak to three games…Zdeno Chara (57 penalty minutes) tied Liam O'Brien for the NHL lead; he was in the box for Theodore's power play goal…Oliver Wahlstrom had three shots on goal and four attempts; Wahlstrom leads the Isles with 65 shots on goal…Wahlstrom also had two assists for his fourth multi-point game in the last six games; he leads the Isles with 10 points (3-7-10) in December…Josh Bailey played 21:57 – the most he has played in a game since December 15, 2018 vs. Detroit (22:35)…. Cal Clutterbuck had a goal overturned in the third period; Clutterbuck was playing in his 900th NHL game, meaning the Isles played a game with five players having at least 900 games of experience for the first time in their history…Andy Greene was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th game last month…The Isles had seven shots in overtime; they had been outshot 13-5 in their first five overtime games…The Isles have lost nine consecutive games that have gone beyond sixty minutes for the first time in club history; they had several longer winless streaks past sixty minutes in the pre-shootout era.

The COVID List!
Robin Salo and Matt Martin were added to the COVID protocol list, joining Mathew Barzal; eleven Islanders have missed games due to COVID. Ryan Pulock (LTIR) and Kyle Palmieri missed the game with injuries.

First Times in a Long Time
Shea Theodore is the first opposing defenseman to score two goals in the third period against the Isles since Matt Niskanen did so for Washington (and Barry Trotz) on December 13, 2016, at Barclays Center. No opposing d-man had ever scored two goals in the third period and then the deciding goal in the shootout against the Isles.

The Isles are the first team since Anaheim (April 7, 2018) to have at least five players who had played at least 900 NHL games.

Join The Club
Brock Nelson scored his team-leading tenth goal of the season.  He is the fifth player in club history to tally at least ten goals in each of his first nine seasons, joining Bryan Trottier (15 seasons), Clark Gillies (11), Mike Bossy (10) and John Tavares (9).

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. Barring any other postponements, the Isles will hit the Olympic/All-Star Break having played 24 of their 46 games at home.

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are in a stretch where they are playing eight out of ten games at home.  The Isles are 2-2-1 in this stretch:
12/9 vs. Nashville L 3-4
12/11 vs. New Jersey W 4-2
12/14 @ Detroit L 1-2
12/16 vs. Boston W 3-1
12/19 vs. Vegas L 3-4 (SO)
12/23 vs. Washington
12/27 @ Buffalo
12/29 vs. Detroit
12/30 vs. Buffalo
1/1/2022 vs. Edmonton

The December 20th game with Montreal was postponed.

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,631st NHL game. Chara is 3rd among defensemen in games played:
Chris Chelios 1,651  
Scott Stevens 1,635
Zdeno Chara 1,631

Chelios is 8th among all players in games played, Stevens is 10th and Chara is 11th.

Home and Road
The Isles are 8-12-6 overall; they are 2-5-3 at home and 6-7-3 on the road.
Vegas is 20-11-0 overall; they are 10-6-0 at home and 10-5-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played ten home games and sold out all of them. They are the ten 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 885-647-60-164 in 1,756 games. 

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  969
3. Barry Trotz    885

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,768
3. Barry Trotz        1,756

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,464
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,334
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,219 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 7-4-4 when scoring first and are 1-8-2 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    7-9-9-7=32
Vegas    12-10-11-1=34
The Isles are 1-3-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 7-8-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 71-44-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 31 saves; he is 7-7-5 on the season and 1-0-1 vs. Vegas. Sorokin is 3-3 in shootouts.

Robin Lehner made 29 saves to improve to 14-9-0 on the season and 6-4-3 vs. the Isles.  He is 12-25 in shootouts.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-3 on the power play (5:11); Vegas was 1-1 on the power play (1:12).

The Isles are 3-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-9-2 when they do not. The Isles are 2-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 6-6-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 6-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-10-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 94-11-13 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 0-3 in regulation. They are 0-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-3 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. With tomorrow's game postponed, this is no longer a back-to-back. The next back-to-back will be December 29th vs. Detroit and December 30th vs. Buffalo.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 22-7-5 (.727) in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 0-0-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 1st against Edmonton. The Isles will play a total of fourteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (24:33); Vegas: Alex Pietrangelo (29:50)
Josh Bailey led Isles forwards with a season-high 21:57 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 (4-2-2), 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 (1-1-2).

Isles 32, Vegas 27 (54%)
Casey Cizikas won 12 of 16 for the Isles; William Karlsson won 16 of 29 for Vegas. 

The Isles are 5-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 3-4-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 26 (Ross Johnston -4)
Vegas 14 (Brett Howden -3)
Kieffer Bellows fought Max Pacioretty in the second period. Season total: 12 (Chara 3, Martin 3, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 11 (Adam Pelech -3)
Vegas 11 (Brayden McNabb -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Vegas 53
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 31, Vegas 45

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Zach Parise +2
Vegas: Alex Pietrangelo +14

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 14, Vegas 10
5-on-5: Isles 9, Vegas 9

(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Mathew Barzal, Robin Salo, Matt Martin – COVID)
Games Lost: 69 (32 to injuries and 37 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 115th consecutive game.

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: 3 successful, 0 failures  
The Isles are 1-1-1 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; offside 12/19 vs VGK)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed two goals 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:  2 (Eeli Tolvanen 19:48 – 12/9/21 vs NSH; GWG, Shea Theodore 19:12 – 12/19/21 vs NSH; Isles lost in SO)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 940…
11. Derek King 638 *** 12. Matt Martin 633 *** 13. Billy Harris and Brock Nelson 623 *** 14. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 610 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 554 *** 22. Ken Morrow  550 ***  23. Duane Sutter 547 *** 24. Lorne Henning 543 *** 25. Anders Lee 542

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 192 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 178 *** 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 358…
20. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 187…
26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton 166 *** 28. Ziggy Palffy and Brock Nelson 163

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 521 …
17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 341 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Tomas Jonsson 333 *** 21. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 22. Anders Lee 330…
26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 269

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 232
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 123

On the Farm
Bridgeport split a pair of games in Charlotte this weekend, winning 5-1 on Saturday and losing 3-1 on Sunday. Cole Bardreau scored a goal in each game. The Isles are 9-14-1-3 on the season; they will host Hartford in the final game before the Christmas break on Wednesday. 

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game to 1 (the Isles earned 3 points to Vegas' 2).  

The Isles are 4-3-1 all-time against Vegas, including 2-1-1 on home ice (twice in Brooklyn, once at the Coliseum and once at UBS Arena.  

[MSG+ (pre-game begins at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
With Monday's game vs. Montreal postponed, the Isles are now off until Thursday when they face the Capitals for the first time this season.

The Isles went 2-5-1 against Washington last season.  Barry Trotz is 6-9-1 against the Caps since becoming the Islander coach.

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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