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The Skinny: San Jose 4, Isles 3 (SO)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 47
San Jose 4, Isles 3 (SO)
Logan Couture scored the only goal of the shootout and James Reimer made 44 saves as the San Jose Sharks broke a 7-game winless streak with a 4-3 win over the Islanders before a crowd of 11,283 at SAP Center at San Jose.

The Shark win spoiled the milestone nights for both Zdeno Chara and Zach Parise; Chara played in his record-setting 1,652nd NHL game, passing Chris Chelios for the most games played by an NHL defenseman, while Parise scored his 400th NHL goal.

Brock Nelson scored for the 4th straight game (matching a career high) and Adam Pelech had the other goals for the Isles, who remain one game below NHL-.500 (19-20-8).

The Scoring:
1st Period
Brock Nelson (19) Scott Mayfield (13), Kieffer Bellows (9) 14:56 NYI 1,SJS 0
Alexander Barabanov (8) Brent Burns (30), Tomas Hertl (19) 15:55 NYI 1,SJS 1 PPG
Jasper Weatherby (4) Jeffrey Viel (2) 17:32 NYI 1,SJS 2

2nd Period
Zach Parise (7) Sebastian Aho (6), Mathew Barzal (23) 12:48 NYI 2,SJS 2
Logan Couture (18) Ryan Merkley (2), Tomas Hertl (20) 16:31 NYI 2,SJS 3 PPG
Adam Pelech (3) Mathew Barzal (24), Zach Parise (14) 16:50 NYI 3,SJS 3

3rd Period
No Goals

No Goals

The Shootout
Anthony Beauvillier (NG)/ Logan Couture (G/GDG)
Mathew Barzal (NG)/ Tomas Hertl (NG)
Brock Nelson (NG)

Ilya Sorokin dropped to 0-4 in the shootout this season, allowing seven goals on ten shots; the Isles still have only 2 shootout goals this season (in 22 attempts)… Logan Couture is now 31 for 70 in the shootout, including thirteen career game-deciding goals; he is one of ten active players with at least 31 shootout goals.

The Skinny         
The Isles scored the first goal for the second straight game (after allowing the opening goal in 11 of the previous 12) …The Isles allowed two power play goals for the first time since November 20 (UBS Opener vs. Calgary); it was the club-record 15th straight game that they were shorthanded twice or fewer. …Brock Nelson scored for the fourth straight game. Nelson has 19 goals in 38 games played; he has not scored more than 26 goals in any NHL season... Mathew Barzal had two assists to give him 200 career helpers; he is the 19th player in club history to do so … The Isles are 2-0-2 in their last four games; it's the first time that they have earned points in four  straight games since December 16- January 13 (5 games, 4-0-1)…Brett Burns played 30:02 in his 648th consecutive game.  He is the 2nd opponent to play over 30 minutes in a game against the Isles (Thomas Chabot on 12/7/21) this season; no Islander has played 30 minutes in a single game since March 27, 2014 when both Travis Hamonic and Calvin deHaan did so…The Isles set season highs in shots (47) and attempts (80); it was only the 2nd time that the Isles have ever had at least 47 shots vs. San Jose (48 on March 27, 1993 at the Coliseum)…Zdeno Chara is the oldest player in NHL history to be involved in a fight, breaking his own record…Matt Nieto fought JG Pageau; it was the first fight of Nieto's career…Sebastian Aho has an assist in three straight games and four assists in the last five games…Zach Parise is 3-3-6 in the last four games (and 3-2-5 in the last two).

Zdeno Chara played in his 1,652nd NHL game, breaking Chris Chelios' record for NHL defensemen.  He is also tied Mark Recchi for 7th place on the all-time games played list.

All-time Games:
7. Mark Recchi 1,652
    Zdeno Chara 1,652
9. Chris Chelios 1,651  

Zach Attack
Zach Parise had a goal and an assist; the goal was his 400th career goal.  He is the 10th active player with at least 400 goals (matching Corey Perry, who scored his 400th on Wednesday). 

Parise is the 104th NHL player to hit 400 goals and the 11th American to do so.  He did it in his 1,107th career game, matching Jason Chimera, Butch Goring and Derek Morris for 199th all-time.

Road Warriors
The Isles are playing 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles are 3-3-2 in that stretch; they have scored 26 goals and allowed 27 (including shootout winners).
2/9 @ Vancouver 6-3 W
2/11 @ Edmonton 1-3 L
2/12 @ Calgary 2-5 L
2/15 @ Buffalo 3-6 L
2/17 Vs. Boston 4-1 W
2/20 Vs. Montreal 2-3 L (SO)
2/22 @ Seattle 5-2 W
2/24 @ San Jose 3-4 L (SO)
2/26 @ Los Angeles
2/27 @ Anaheim
3/1 @ Colorado 

Home and Road
The Isles are 19-20-8 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 9-10-4 on the road.
San Jose is 17-33-4 overall; they are 10-17-2 at home and 7-16-2 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 24 home games and sold out 21 of them. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the 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 896-656-60-165 in 1,777 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    896

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman   2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,777
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,476
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,345
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,241 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 14-4-5 when scoring first and are 5-16-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    12-17-13-5=47
San Jose    14-9-4-1=28
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 11-13-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 76-49-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves; he is 16-11-7 on the season and 0-0-2 vs. San Jose.  He is 3-5 all-time in shootouts.

James Reimer made 44 saves; he is 14-11-5 on the season and 8-2-2 vs. the Isles.   He is 25-24 all-time in shootouts.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); San Jose was 2-2 on the power play (1:29).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-14-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-12-4 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-4-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-15-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 105-13-14 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-5-8 in games decided by a single goal including 2-5 in regulation. They are 1-3 in games decided in overtime and are 1-5 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game the Isles scored after allowing an empty-netter).

The Isles are 5-3-1 in the front end and 2-6-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back is scheduled for February 26th in Los Angeles and February 27th in Anaheim.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 23-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
The Isles are 1-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 5th against St. Louis. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (23:11); San Jose: Brent Burns (30:02)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:16 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-2-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (8-4-4), 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 (6-7-2).

Isles 37, San Jose 34 (52%)
Brock Nelson won 12 of 18 for the Isles; Logan Couture won 10 of 19 for San Jose. 

The Isles are 10-12-6 when they win more face-offs than the opposition, 0-1-1 when face-offs are even, and 6-9-1 when they win fewer.

Hit Count
Isles 19 (Kieffer Bellows -3)
San Jose 32 (Two with 5)
Zdeno Chara fought Jeffrey Viel and JG Pageau fought Matt Nieto in the second period. Season total: 18 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Blocked Shots
Isles 9 (Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech -2)
San Jose 20 (Jacob Middleton-4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 80, San Jose 46
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 64, San Jose 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Anthony Beauvillier and Scott Mayfield +14
San Jose: Jeffrey Veil +4

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 13, San Jose 8
5-on-5: Isles 10, San Jose 8

Josh Bailey, Andy Greene, Ross Johnston 
Games Lost: 113 (64 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 136th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Isles: 2 successful, 1 failure
The Isles are 2-0-0 in games that they are successful (offside 1/18 @PHI, no goalie interference 2/22 @SEA) 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 (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK) and 0-0-0 in games where challenges go the Isles' way.

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and allowed three goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime:
For: 2  (Noah Dobson 19:56 – 12/5/21 vs CHI; Isles lost in SO) (Brock Nelson 17:03 – 2/20/22 vs OTT; 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 959…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 653  *** 12. Brock Nelson 642 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 630 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 575 *** 22. Anders Lee 563

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 197 *** 13. Brock Nelson 187 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 368…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 200 ***20. Nick Leddy 298*** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter and Alexei Yashin 171 *** 26. Brock Nelson 168

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 533 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 356 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 20. Anders Lee 339…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Mathew Barzal 288

1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
20. Jude Drouin +58 *** 21. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 22. Adam Pelech +56 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48 *** 25. Adrian Aucoin +47

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 253
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 134

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 18-22-5-4 on the season following a 5-3 loss in Springfield on Wednesday, despite 45 saves from Ken Appleby.

Chris Terry leads the team with 16 goals and 36 points; Otto Koivula has a club-leading 25 assists and is one point behind Terry for the club lead.

Bridgeport begins a four-game homestand against Wilkes Barre-Scranton on Saturday; the Penguins are the opposition for three of the four games.

Season Series Stats
San Jose sweeps the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 2), winning once in overtime and once in a shootout.

Overall, the Isles are 4-1-3 in their last eight games with the Sharks.

[MSG+ (pre-game at 10:00PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The road trip continues in Southern California on Saturday as the Islanders face the Kings. 

Los Angeles defeated the Isles 3-2 at UBS Arena back on January 27th so the Isles will need a win in LA to earn a split of the season series.

The newly-rechristened Crypto.com Arena in LA has not been a successful stop in recent years for the Isles as they have gone 2-8-0 in their last ten visits (with one of the wins coming in a shootout).

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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