By Eric Hornick
Isles 4, Philadelphia 3
Zach Parise scored the winning goal with 8:09 to play, breaking a 3-3 tie, as the Isles earned their seventh win in their last nine games (7-2-0) with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers before another sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.
Gerry Mayhew had scored the tying goal on a 4-on-4 situation early in the third period, setting the stage for Parise's game winner. The Isles are 10-4-1 in their last 15 games and once again move over NHL-.500. The loss dropped the Isles back to NHL-.500 and back into 9th place (by points percentage) in the conference.
Philadelphia's Keith Yandle played in his 965th consecutive game, breaking the NHL record set by Doug Jarvis in the 1970's/1980s. Yandle was honored by the crowd during the first tv timeout and was awarded the game's 3rd Star.
Claude Giroux (15) Oskar Lindblom (8), Travis Sanheim (11) 00:57 PHI 1,NYI 0
Justin Braun (3) Cam Atkinson (17), James van Riemsdyk (7) 12:48 PHI 2,NYI 0
Noah Dobson (6) Zdeno Chara (3), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6) 13:37 PHI 2,NYI 1
Anders Lee (11) Mathew Barzal (18), Josh Bailey (16) 18:15 PHI 2,NYI 2
Mathew Barzal (8) Zach Parise (9), Brock Nelson (5) 05:42 PHI 2,NYI 3 PPG
Gerry Mayhew (2) Scott Laughton (10), Travis Sanheim (12) 01:30 PHI 3,NYI 3
Zach Parise (3) Anthony Beauvillier (8), Brock Nelson (6) 11:51 PHI 3,NYI 4
Each team scored (at least) twice in the first period for the first time in an Isles game this season…The Isles have allowed only 17 goals in their last nine games (1.89 per game); it is the lowest goals against average in the NHL in that span, dating back to December 30th…After Noah Dobson's goal gave an Islander defenseman points on nine of the team's last ten goals, all nine points on the last three goals went to forwards...Zach Parise scored his 396th goal, tying Phil Kessel, Paul Coffey and Dave Keon for 104th place all-time; Zach has goals in consecutive games after scoring only once in the first 35 games… It was Parise's 78th career game-winning goal, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (119) and Jeff Carter (85) among actives…After starting the season with a 13-game road trip, the Isles have now played 18 of their 35 games this season on home ice… The Isles power play connected in the second period for their first goal in six games; they have outscored the opposition 28-22 in the second period this season…The Isles are 13-1-1 when leading after two periods…Linus Sandin made his NHL debut…Ilya Sorokin has faced only 17 shots in each of his last two starts; he is 5-0-0 in 2022, allowing just eight goals.
First Times in a Long Time
• The Isles erased a 2-0 lead to win in regulation for the first time since February 6, 2020, vs. Los Angeles.
• Ilya Sorokin made the fewest saves by an Islander goalie in a complete game win since Jaroslav Halak (eight saves on 2/8/2015 at Buffalo).
The Isles have won eight straight games against Philadelphia; the loss extended the Flyers' overall winless streak to 13 games (0-10-3).
Anders Lee moved into 20th place in points (passing Tomas Jonsson) and Mathew Barzal moved into 20th place in assists (passing Pierre Turgeon) when they combined for the Isles' 2nd goal.
Pat's or Geno's, it's Ilya's
Ilya Sorokin is 7-0-1 in his career vs. the Flyers. The only other goalies to start their careers with points in at least eight games against the Flyers are MacKenzie Blackwood (10), Gump Worsley (9), Roger Crozier (8) and Eddie Johnston (8).
Lots of Home Cooking
Beginning with their return from their most recent pause, the Isles are playing ten games out of eleven games at home to get them to the All-Star Break. The Isles are 5-2-0 in that stretch, and have outscored opponents 20-14 (including SO winner):
• 1/13 vs. New Jersey W 3-2
• 1/15 vs. Washington L 0-2
• 1/17 vs. Philadelphia W 4-1
• 1/18 @ Philadelphia W 4-3 (SO)
• 1/21 vs. Arizona W 4-0
• 1/22 vs. Toronto L 1-3
• 1/25 vs. Philadelphia W 4-3
• 1/27 vs. Los Angeles
• 1/29 vs. Seattle
• 1/30 vs. Minnesota
• 2/1 vs. Ottawa
Including the seven games played between December 9th and January 1st, the Isles are playing 16 of 18 at home; they are 9-4-1 in that stretch, with four games remaining.
Zdeno Chara played in his 1,640th NHL game, passing Dave Andreychuk (1,639) for 9th place on the all-time NHL list. Chara is just 11 games behind Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen:
• Chris Chelios 1,651
• Zdeno Chara 1,640
• Dave Andreychuk 1,639
To put Chara's total in perspective, he is still 585 games ahead of NHL Ironman Keith Yandle (1,075).
Home and Road
The Isles are 15-14-6 overall; they are 8-7-3 at home and 7-7-3 on the road.
Philadelphia is 13-22-8 overall; they are 6-10-4 at home and 7-12-4 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played eighteen home games and sold out all of them. They are the sixteen largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. The Isles welcomed their 300,000th fan to UBS tonight.
Leader of the Pack
Barry Trotz has coached more games and recorded more victories than any other active coach. Trotz' NHL record is 892-649-60-164 in 1,765 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 970
3. Barry Trotz 892
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Joel Quenneville 1,769
3. Barry Trotz 1,765
Trotz is scheduled to tie Quenneville on Tuesday vs. Ottawa and pass him the following Tuesday in Seattle.
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,471 (pending Tuesday result)
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,341
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,233 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 12-4-4 when scoring first and are 3-10-2 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 5-4-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 10-9-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 75-45-17 when outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 14 saves; he is 12-7-5 on the season and 7-0-1 vs. Philadelphia.
Martin Jones made 29 saves; he is 6-8-2 on the season and 3-4-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (7:25); Philadelphia was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).
The Isles are 7-3-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-11-2 when they do not. The Isles are 5-6-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 10-8-3 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 13-2-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-12-4 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 101-11-13 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 4-3-6 in games decided by a single goal including 2-3 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-3 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.
The Isles are 4-2-1 in the front end and 2-4-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for January 29th vs. Seattle and January 30th vs. Minnesota.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-8-5 (.708) in back-ends.
The Isles are 1-1-2 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on January 29th against Seattle. The Isles are scheduled to play fourteen matinees this season.
Isles: Adam Pelech (22:16); Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov (28:39)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:46 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 (5-2-2), Zdeno Chara (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Robin Salo (0-2-0), Scott Mayfield (0-2-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (6-3-2).
Isles 31, Philadelphia 23 (57%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 16 of 20 for the Isles; Connor Bunnaman won 6 of 10 for Philadelphia.
The Isles are 8-8-4 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-0-1 when face-offs are even, and 5-8-1 when they win fewer.
Isles 28 (Kieffer Bellows and Jean-Gabriel Pageau -4)
Philadelphia 19 (Justin Braun -5)
There were no fights. Season total: 14 (Chara 4, Martin 4, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Pageau 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Isles 10 (Casey Cizikas and Andy Greene -3)
Philadelphia 16 (Scott Laughton-3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 65, Philadelphia 36
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 52, Philadelphia 29
Isles: Scott Mayfield +15
Philadelphia: Gerry Mayhew +2
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Philadelphia 5
5-on-5: Isles 10, Philadelphia 4
(Ryan Pulock -LTIR), (Kyle Palmieri-IR), Austin Czarnik, Sebastian Aho, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 96 (52 to injuries and 44 to COVID protocol)
Scott Mayfield played in his 124th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.
Isles: 1 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 1-0-0 in games that they are successful and 0-1-0 in games that they are unsuccessful.(no goalie interference 10/14 @CAR, offside 1/18 @PHI)
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 VGK; 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 949…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 641 *** 12. Derek King 638 *** 13. Brock Nelson 630 *** 14. Billy Harris 623*** 15. Stefan Persson 622 *** 16. Casey Cizikas 619 …
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 563 *** 22. Anders Lee 551
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 195 *** 13. Billy Harris 184 *** 14. Brock Nelson 181 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 365…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Nick Leddy 198 *** 20. Mathew Barzal 194 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexi Yashin 171 *** 26. Jean Potvin 167 *** 27. Jeff Norton and Brock Nelson 166
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
8. John Tonelli 544 *** 9. Bob Bourne 542 *** 10. Josh Bailey 530 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 18. Brock Nelson 347 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 334…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Ed Westfall 286 *** 27. Mathew Barzal 278
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 23. Adam Pelech +52 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 241
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 130
On the Farm
Chris Terry had the overtime winner on Sunday, as Bridgeport improved to 15-18-3-4 on the season with a 4-3 victory over Springfield on Sunday. The Baby Isles are 5-2-1-2 in 2022.
Bridgeport heads to Hershey for a school day matinee on Saturday, before returning home to face Lehigh Valley for a School Day Matinee (10:30) against Lehigh Valley next Wednesday.
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 3 games to 0 (and 6 points to 0). The teams will conclude the season series on March 20th in Philadelphia.
The Isles have won eight straight over Philadelphia for the first time.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27th–LOS ANGELES AT ISLANDERS 7:00pm
[ESPN+/Hulu, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles host the Los Angeles in their first meeting since February 6, 2020, on Thursday night. The Isles have won five straight home games over Los Angeles (four at Barclays and one at the Coliseum).
This game will be streamed nationally by ESPN+; John Buccigross, AJ Mleczko and Emily Kaplan will have the call.
The teams will conclude their season series on February 26th at the newly-rechristened Crypto.com Arena.
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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