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The Skinny: Colorado 5, Isles 3

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 50
Colorado 5, Isles 3
Gabriel Landeskog and Andrei Burakovsky scored third period goals as the Colorado Avalanche rallied from a 3-2 second intermission deficit for a 5-3 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 17,622 at Ball Arena.  Erik Johnson hit the empty net at 19:17 for the final margin of victory.

It was only the second time all season that the Isles lost a game in regulation that they led after two periods (also vs. Minnesota on November 7th).

Ryan Pulock, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Kyle Palmieri all scored for the Isles, who are 3-2-2 in their last seven games. However, it was a disallowed goal off a shot by Sebastian Aho, ruled that the puck had not completely crossed the goal line, which cost the Isles a third period lead in a period that they were outshot 21-9.

The Isles once again fall two games below NHL-.500 (20-22-8) and finish their road trip with a 2-2-1 road trip.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Nathan MacKinnon (16) Cale Makar (39), Devon Toews (31) 03:23 NYI 0,COL 1
Ryan Pulock (1) Zach Parise (15), Josh Bailey (20) 10:03 NYI 1,COL 1

2nd Period
Devon Toews (10) Andre Burakovsky (25), Cale Makar (40) 03:54 NYI 1,COL 2
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9) Zach Parise (16), Cal Clutterbuck (8) 04:39 NYI 2,COL 2
Kyle Palmieri (6) Andy Greene (6), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (10) 12:23 NYI 3,COL 2

3rd Period
Gabriel Landeskog (29) Nazem Kadri (45), Devon Toews (32) 04:43 NYI 3,COL 3 PPG
Andre Burakovsky (17) Nazem Kadri (46) 12:48 NYI 3,COL 4
Erik Johnson (6)EN 19:17 NYI 3,COL 5

The Skinny         
Former Islander Devon Toews had a goal and two assists in his first game against the Isles and was named the game's #1 star…Ryan Pulock scored his first goal of the season (and first in 28 games dating back to May 4th)… Ilya Sorokin has allowed only twelve goals in his last six games (3-1-2)…Zach Parise had his third multi-point game of the road trip (3-4-7); he is 3-5-8 in his last six games…Kyle Palmieri is 5-1-6 in the last eight games…Jean-Gabriel Pageau extended his point streak to three games…Sebastian Aho saw his point streak end at five games on the disallowed goal…The Avs are the first team in the NHL with 40 wins, and their 40-10-4 record is the club's best-ever thru 54 games, and is just one game off of the NHL record for fastest to 40 wins… Jack Johnson played in his 1,000th NHL game; he is just the 21st American defenseman to reach that mark. 

Road Warriors
This was the final game of a stretch that saw the Isles play 9 of 11 on the road. The Isles went 4-5-2 in that stretch, scoring 35 goals and allowing 37 (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 2-5 L
2/27 @ Anaheim 4-0 W
3/1 @ Colorado 3-5 L

The Isles will begin a six-game homestand on Thursday against Vancouver, playing the six games (five of which will be against Western Conference foes), in a span of eleven days. 

March Madness
The Isles are playing 17 games this month.  It is the first time in franchise history that they have played 17 games.  The Isles are 0-1-0 this month.

Last Second Disappointments
The Isles have allowed a (non-empty net) goal in the last minute of a period five times since January 22nd; three of those goals have come in the last six seconds of a period:
Pierre Engvall (TOR)   1/22 19:59 (1st pd)
Andreas Athanasiou (LA) 1/27 19:54 (2nd pd)
Cody Ceci (EDM)   2/11 19:03 (1st pd)
Alex Tuch  (BUF)   2/15 19:59 (2nd pd)
Brendan Lemieux (LAK)  2/26 19:31 (2nd pd)

This season, the Isles have allowed eleven (non-empty net) goals in the final minute of the period.

Home and Road
The Isles are 20-22-8 overall; they are 10-10-4 at home and 10-12-4 on the road.
Colorado is 40-10-4 overall; they are 23-3-2 at home and 17-7-2 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 897-658-60-165 in 1,780 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    897

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,780
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 1,346
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,243 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 15-4-5 when scoring first and are 5-18-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    8-13-10=31
Colorado    13-9-21=43
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 12-15-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 77-51-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 38 saves; he is 17-12-7 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. Colorado.   

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves; he is 27-6-2 on the season and 2-4-1 vs. the Isles. 

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Colorado was 0-3 on the power play (5:48).

The Isles are 9-6-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-16-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-8-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 15-14-4 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-5-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-16-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 106-14-14 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 0-6 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).

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 5-4-1 in the front end and 3-6-1 in the back end.  The next back-to-back will be March 10th vs. Columbus and March 11th vs. Winnipeg.
 
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 24-10-5 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: Scott Mayfield (21:25); Colorado: Cale Makar (25:59)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 19:47 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-3-1), 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 (0-3-0), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0-1-0), Noah Dobson (7-7-2).

Face-offs
Isles 27, Colorado 23 (54%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 13 for the Isles; JT Compher won 4 of 6 for Colorado. 

Hit Count
Isles 17 (Ryan Pulock - 3)
Colorado 10 (Jack Johnson - 3)
Fights 
There were no fights. Season total: 18 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Bellows 1, Mayfield 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 24 (Scott Mayfield -4)
Colorado 12 (Alex Newhook -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 56, Colorado 85 (including 38-13 in the third period
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 45, Colorado 66

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Zach Parise +4
Colorado: Cale Makar +18

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 15, Colorado 13
5-on-5: Isles 13, Colorado 10

Scratches
(Mathew Barzal -INJ), (Zdeno Chara -INJ), Matt Martin 
Games Lost: 117 (68 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 139th consecutive game. Only two other Islanders (Zach Parise and Cal Clutterbuck) have played in every game this season.

Challenges
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 960…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 654  *** 12. Brock Nelson 645 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 633 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 578 *** 22. Anders Lee 566

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 198 *** 13. Brock Nelson 187 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy 168 *** 16. Josh Bailey 165

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 369…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 201 ***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

Points
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 534 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 356 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Pierre Turgeon and Anders Lee 340…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin 290 *** 26. Mathew Barzal 289

+/-
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 256
 
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 135

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 19-23-5-4 on the season. Chris Terry leads the team with 17 goals and 40 points; Otto Koivula has a club-leading 26 assists and is four points behind Terry for the club lead.

The Baby Isles are off until Friday when they begin a 3-in-3 weekend by hosting a pair of games against the Penguins. 

Season Series Stats
Colorado leads the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). 

This was the first meeting of the teams in over two years; the Isles have beaten the Avalanche six straight times in New York but are 1-5-1 in their last seven games in Denver.

The teams will meet at UBS Arena on Monday (March 7th) to finish the season series.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd – VANCOUVER AT ISLANDERS   7:30 PM 
[MSG+ (pre-game at 7:00PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles return home to begin a six-game homestand as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to UBS Arena. 

The Isles scored five goals in the first period as they defeated Vancouver 6-3 on February 9th; the win extended their point streak against the Canucks to 11 games (7-0-4).  The Isles are 3-0-2 in their last five home games against the Canucks, with all those games having been played in Brooklyn.

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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