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The Skinny: Isles 4, Anaheim 3

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 56
Isles 4, Anaheim 3
Kyle Palmieri and Anders each scored in the final half-minute of the first period to break a 1-1 tie and Palmieri's second period goal would turn out to be the game-winner as the Isles extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, in front of a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.

Zach Parise got the Isles off to a good start with an early goal and Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves, several of the spectacular variety, to improve to 11-1-2 in his last 14 games at home.

The Isles finish their homestand 4-2-0 as they improve to 24-24-8 on the season.  It is the first time since a win over Vancouver on February 9th that the Isles end the night at NHL-.500.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Zach Parise (8) Mathew Barzal (26) 02:18 ANA 0,NYI 1 
Josh Manson (4) Buddy Robinson (4) 09:48 ANA 1,NYI 1
Kyle Palmieri (8) Josh Bailey (22), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (15) 19:31 ANA 1,NYI 2
Anders Lee (21) Ryan Pulock (11), Anthony Beauvillier (18) 19:56 ANA 1,NYI 3

2nd Period
Isac Lundestrom (14) Hampus Lindholm (17), Jamie Drysdale (22) 14:23 ANA 2,NYI 3
Kyle Palmieri (9) Scott Mayfield (14), Josh Bailey (23) 17:25 ANA 2,NYI 4

3rd Period
Adam Henrique (14) Troy Terry (22), Trevor Zegras (28) 18:16 ANA 3,NYI 4

The Skinny          
Anders Lee extended his goal scoring streak to four games (7 goals), and now had 205 career goals – just one behind John Tonelli for 11th place on the club's all-time list… Brock Nelson's goal-scoring streak and Noah Dobson's assist streak both ended at four… Josh Bailey had a pair of assists in his 3rd consecutive multiple-point game…The Isles have scored first in nine of the last 11 games and allowing the opening goal in 11 of the prior 12 games…John Gibson allowed at least four goals for the eighth time in his last 11 games.…Adam Pelech is now +21 on the season; no Islander has finished a season better than +25 since Adrian Aucoin went +29 in 2003-04…The Isles have scored 19 goals in a four-game span for the first time since scoring 21 goals between October 28-November 5, 2017..The Isles are two games over .500 at home for the first time in UBS history…Adam Henrique played in his 750th NHL game; he has 22 two-goal games (and no hat tricks) in regular season play – most of any active player…Kyle Palmieri recorded his second two-goal game of the season; he is 4-4-8 in his last eight games….Jean-Gabriel Pageau earned an assist, extending his point streak to four games…Massapequa's Sonny Milano played his first NHL game on Long Island; he had faced the Isles twice at Barclays…The Isles have won three straight games in regulation for the first time since a five-game streak February 28 - March 7, 2021.

Special Special Teams
The Isles went 0-2 on the power play, and are 6-16 in the last five games (37.5%); the Isles killed both Duck power plays – they have killed 22 of 24 in the last nine games (91.7%)

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles scored twice against a goaltender in the final 30 seconds of a period for only the second time in club history and the first time since they did so in the 2nd period of a game in Toronto on March 3, 1984.  Perspective: the Isles have played over 2,900 games since that last happened. 

Most Shutouts In a Season
7 Chico Resch 1975-76
7 Semyon Varlamov 2020-21 (56-game season)
6 Ilya Sorokin 2021-22
6 Robin Lehner 2018-19
6 Jaroslav Halak 2014-15

Busy Home Stand
This was the final game of a six-game homestand, all of which were 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. Columbus W 6-0
3/11 vs. Winnipeg W 5-2
3/13 vs. Anaheim W 4-3

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 4-3-0 this month.

Home and Road
The Isles are 24-24-8 overall; they are 14-12-4 at home and 10-12-4 on the road.
Anaheim is 27-25-10 overall; they are 16-11-4 at home and 11-14-6 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 30 home games and sold out 24 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 901-660-60-165 in 1,786 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1. Scotty Bowman  1,244
2. Joel Quenneville  970
3. Barry Trotz    901

Most Games Coached
1. Scotty Bowman  2,141
2. Barry Trotz        1,786
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 1,480
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,350
3. Glen Sather 1,319

It All Starts at the Top
Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have 2,251 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 19-6-5 when scoring first and are 5-18-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    13-9-8=30
Anaheim    12-14-16=42
The Isles are 10-6-4 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 14-17-4 when they are outshot. Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 79-53-17 when outshot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves; he is 20-12-7 on the season and 2-0-0 vs. Anaheim.   

John Gibson made 26 saves; he is 17-18-8 on the season and 4-1-1 vs. the Isles. 

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

The Isles are 12-7-5 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-17-3 when they do not. The Isles are 5-9-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 19-15-4 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-7-3 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 108-16-14 when scoring three or more.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 6-7-8 in games decided by a single goal including 4-7 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 6-4-1 in the front end and 4-6-1 in the back end. The next back-to-back will be March 19th vs. Dallas and March 20th in Philadelphia.
Under Barry Trotz, the Isles are 25-10-5 in back-ends. 

Matinee Isles
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.

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (22:29); Anaheim: Cam Fowler (27:34)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 18:38 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (4-4-1), Anthony Beauvillier (0-1-0), Mathew Barzal (0-0-1), Adam Pelech (9-4-4), 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 31, Anaheim 25 (55%)
Brock Nelson won 13 of 18 for the Isles; Vinni Letteri won 4 of 7 for Anaheim. 

Hit Count
Isles 25 (Three with 5)
Anaheim 14 (Nicolas Deslauriers -3)
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)
Blocked Shots
Isles 18 (Ryan Pulock -4)
Anaheim 13 (Derek Grant -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 49, Anaheim 68
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Anaheim 57

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Kyle Palmieri +12
Anaheim: Josh Morrissey +11

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Anaheim 18
5-on-5: Isles 8, Anaheim 15

Brian Bellows, Matt Martin, Sebastian Aho
Games Lost: 125 (76 to injuries and 49 to COVID protocol)

Iron Man
Scott Mayfield played in his 145th 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 966…
10. John Tavares 669 *** 11. Matt Martin 659  *** 12. Brock Nelson 651 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 639 … 
20. John Tonelli 594 *** 21. Cal Clutterbuck 584 *** 22. Anders Lee 570

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
11. John Tonelli 206 *** 12. Anders Lee 205 *** 13. Brock Nelson 191 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Ziggy Palffy and Josh Bailey 168

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 372…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 202 ***20. Nick Leddy 198*** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Ed Westfall 181 *** 23. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 24. Duane Sutter, Alexei Yashin and Brock Nelson 171

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 540 …
15. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369 *** 17. Brock Nelson 362 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 349 *** 19. Anders Lee 348…
24. Duane Sutter 292 *** 25. Alexei Yashin and Mathew Barzal 290

1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +63 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 *** 24. Gord Lane +48  

Games Coached 
1. Al Arbour 1,500 *** 2. Jack Capuano 483 *** 3. Barry Trotz 262
Coaching Wins
1. Al Arbour 740 *** 2. Jack Capuano 227 *** 3. Barry Trotz 139

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 23-25-5-4 on the season after sweeping a pair of games this weekend in Providence, 7-4 and 3-0.  The Islanders are now just three points out of a playoff spot. 

They next play Wednesday morning in Springfield.

Season Series Stats
The Isles sweep the season series, 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0) 

This was Anaheim's first trip to Long Island since December 21, 2019. The Isles are 4-0-2 in their last six home games against the Ducks and are 7-3-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.

[MSG+ (pre-game at 6:30PM), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles have played fewer games against the own division than they have against any other but that is about to change as the Isles begin a two-game road trip in Washington against the Caps.  Three of the Isles' four games next week are against Metro opponents (Washington, Rangers, Philadelphia) and all three of those games are on the road.

This will be the second meeting between the teams this season.  Vitek Vanacek blanked the Isles for the second straight game (over two seasons) 2-0 on January 15th, dropping the Isles to 0-3-1 in their last four games with Washington.  

The Isles won their first four games in Washington over Barry Trotz, but the Caps swept four games in DC last season.

Alex Ovechkin will look to pass Jaromir Jagr for third place on the all-time NHL goal list; both have 766 goals although Ovechkin has played 478 fewer games than Jagr.   Jagr scored 61 goals in 112 games against the Isles while Ovechkin has tallied 41 times in 63 games; they are all-time leader and active leader in goals against the Isles, respectively.

Of their remaining 26 games, the Isles will play only three games against the West (2 vs. Dallas and 1 vs. St. Louis) and nine games against the Atlantic.  The other twelve games will be against the Metropolitan Division.

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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