By Eric Hornick
Colorado 5, Isles 4
After holding Colorado to a 1-1 tie through 44 minutes, the Isles allowed 4 goals in 4:21 and the Avalanche held on from there for a 5-4 victory over the Isles before a crowd of 16,378 at USB Arena.
Anders Lee had a pair of power play goals for the Isles, giving him 200 career goals. Both goals were set-up by Noah Dobson, who now leads the team with 11 power play points.
Cale Makar scored twice and extended his assist streak to twelve games, matching Joe Sakic's franchise record; he also became the first defenseman in NHL history to average over one point a game through 154 career games.
The Isles have lost three of their last four games and fall to 21-24-8 on the season.
Anders Lee (15) Noah Dobson (19), Anthony Beauvillier (12) 08:59 COL 0,NYI 1 PPG
Cale Makar (19) Nazem Kadri (49), Nathan MacKinnon (38) 14:18 COL 1,NYI 1 PPG
Nathan MacKinnon (18) Gabriel Landeskog (27), Cale Makar (43) 04:06 COL 2,NYI 1
J.T. Compher (11) Alex Newhook (12), Logan O'Connor (14) 06:34 COL 3,NYI 1
Cale Makar (20) Nathan MacKinnon (39), Andre Burakovsky (26) 07:41 COL 4,NYI 1
Devon Toews (12) Gabriel Landeskog (28), Nazem Kadri (50) 08:27 COL 5,NYI 1
Anders Lee (16) Noah Dobson (20), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (12) 11:58 COL 5,NYI 2 PPG
Casey Cizikas (7) Kyle Palmieri (8), Ryan Pulock (7) 13:28 COL 5,NYI 3
Brock Nelson (21) Anders Lee (7) 19:33 COL 5,NYI 4
Semyon Varlamov made a season-high 44 saves; the Isles allowed 49 shots – most in the Trotz era… Brock Nelson has a team-leading 21-goals, including a team-leading eleven goals at UBS Arena …The Isles have scored three power play goals in the last two games…The Isles have been out-shot 227-164 over the last six games… Three of the seven assists were from defensemen; 34.6% of Isles assists have come from defenseman, which ranks t-7th in the NHL…The Isles' late rally made Devon Toews' goal the winner in his return to Long Island; Toews was "even" and remained at +45 on the season…Jean-Gabriel Pageau played 23:04 – the most he has ever played as an Islander…Nathan MacKinnon had six shots in the first period, and finished with nine in the game – most since Aleksander Barkov (FLA) also had nine on November 9, 2019…Noah Dobson had a pair of assists, giving him totals of 2-5-7 in his last six games…Nazem Kadri had a pair of assists, raising his total to 50 assists – 20 more than he has had in any previous season.
First Times in a Long Time
• The Avs defeated the Isles in New York for the first time since February 8, 2014.
• The Isles scored three goals in the third period yet were outscored in the session for only the second time in club history and the first since February 6, 1990, in Pittsburgh (Outscored 4-3 in 3rd; Isles won 8-7 in overtime).
• The Isles allowed 49 shots for the first time since March 11, 2018, in Calgary (when they allowed 52 in a 5-2 win for Christopher Gibson).
Anders Lee became the 12th player in club history to reach 200 goals, with a pair of power play tallies. It was the 29th two-goal game for Lee (most of any active player without a hat trick).
Brock Nelson is only the second Islander in the 21st century to score 20 goals at least six times. John Tavares did it nine times. Nelson, whose career high is 26 goals, has scored at least 18 goals in all eight of his NHL seasons. He is 11 goals away from joining Lee in the 200-Goal Club.
First Time in a Really Long Time
Noah Dobson is the first Isles defenseman aged 22 or younger to score at least ten goals in a season since Bryan Berard had 14 in the 1997-98 season.
Leader of the Pack
All ten of Noah Dobson's goals have been scored since December 5th. Dobson and Cale Makar are tied for the lead over that span, two ahead of Devon Toews and Victor Hedman.
Busy Home Stand
This was the third game of a six-game homestand, all of which will be played in a span of eleven days.
• 3/3 vs Vancouver L 3-4
• 3/5 vs St. Louis W 2-1
• 3/7 vs. Colorado L 4-5
• 3/10 vs. Winnipeg
• 3/11 vs. Columbus
• 3/13 vs. Anaheim
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 1-3-0 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 21-24-8 overall; they are 11-12-4 at home and 10-12-4 on the road.
Colorado is 41-11-5 overall; they are 23-3-3 at home and 17-8-2 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 27 home games and sold out 22 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 898-660-60-165 in 1,783 games.
Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman 1,244
2. Joel Quenneville 970
3. Barry Trotz 898
Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman 2,141
2. Barry Trotz 1,783
3. Joel Quenneville 1,768
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,477
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,347
3. Glen Sather 1,319
It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,245 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 16-6-5 when scoring first and are 5-18-3 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 8-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 13-17-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 78-53-17 when outshot.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made a season-high 44 saves; he is 3-12-1 on the season and 1-2-0 vs. Colorado.
Pavel Francouz made 32 saves; he is 10-3-1 on the season and 2-1-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 2-4 on the power play (5:34). Colorado was 1-3 on the power play (4:40).
The Isles are 10-7-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 11-17-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-9-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 16-15-4 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 18-7-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-16-5 when they do not. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 106-16-14 when scoring three or more.
The Isles are 5-7-8 in games decided by a single goal including 3-7 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).
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.
The Isles are 2-1-3 in matinees this season; the next matinee will be on March 19th against Dallas. The Isles are scheduled to play thirteen matinees this season.
Isles: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (season-high 23:04); Colorado: Devon Toews (25:52)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 23:04 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-4-1), 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 (0-2-0), Noah Dobson (7-7-2).
Isles 32, Colorado 34 (48%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 14 of 24 for the Isles; Nathan MacKinnon won 10 of 18 for Colorado.
Isles 16 (Oliver Wahlstrom -4)
Colorado 13 (Four with 2)
There were no fights. Season total: 19 (Chara 5, Martin 4, Johnston 2, Pageau 2, Mayfield 2, Bellows 1, Nelson 1, Palmieri 1, Wahlstrom 1)
Isles 9 (Nine with 1)
Colorado 22 (Devon Toews -5)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 68, Colorado 71
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 46, Colorado 56
Isles: Kyle Palmieri +5
Colorado: Erik Coleman +12
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Colorado 16
5-on-5: Isles 7, Colorado 12
(Mathew Barzal -INJ), (Zdeno Chara -IR), Ross Johnston, Otto Koivula
Games Lost: 123 (74 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)
Scott Mayfield played in his 142nd 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: 4 successful, 0 failures
The Isles are 2-1-1 in games where opponents' challenges go their way (goalie interference 10/16 @FLA and 10/23 @ARI; offside 12/19 vs VGK, goalie interference 3/5 vs STL) 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 963…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 657 *** 12. Brock Nelson 648 *** 13. Derek King 638 *** 14. Casey Cizikas 636 …
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 581 *** 22. Anders Lee 568
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 200 *** 13. Brock Nelson 189 *** 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 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 170
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 359 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Anders Lee 343…
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
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 259
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 136
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 21-24-5-4 on the season after splitting a pair of games over the weekend.
Bridgeport is off until Friday when they host Hershey.
Season Series Stats
Colorado sweeps the season series 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).
This was the Avs' first road win against the Isles since February 8, 2014; the Isles had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings with the Avs in New York.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10th- COLUMBUS AT ISLANDERS 7:30 PM
[MSG+ (pre-game at 7:00PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
After enjoying a pair of off days, the homestand continues as the Isles host the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time this season.
This will be the first meeting of the teams since the Jackets defeated the Isles 3-2 on a Patrik Laine overtime goal back on October 21st in what was just the fourth game of the season for the Islanders.
This is the only time between February 18th/19th and April 6th/7th that the team has consecutive off days.
The Isles are 12-2-14 in their last eighteen home games against the Jackets. The teams will conclude March with a home-and-home series to end their season series.
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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