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The Skinny: Florida 3, Isles 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 6
Florida 3, Isles 2
Anton Lundell scored :39 into play to give the Panthers the lead and the Islanders could never catch them as the Florida Panthers defeated the Isles 3-2 before a crowd of 16,342 at FLA Live Arena. 

Eetu Luosarinen and Ryan Lomberg also scored for Florida, offsetting a pair of power play goals from Anders Lee.

The Isles have lost three straight game and head home to face the Rangers for the first of only three meetings this season on Wednesday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anton Lundell (1) 00:39 NYI 0,FLA 1
Eetu Luostarinen (2) 09:13 NYI 0,FLA 2

2nd Period
Anders Lee (3) Mathew Barzal (5), Noah Dobson (3) 04:27 NYI 1,FLA 2 PPG

3rd Period
Ryan Lomberg (1) Colin White (3), Eetu Luostarinen (3) 02:56 NYI 1,FLA 3
Anders Lee (4) Mathew Barzal (6), Brock Nelson (6) 09:07 NYI 2,FLA 3 PPG

The Skinny             
The Isles killed all four Florida power plays and have killed 22 of 22 this season; Detroit (17-17) and St. Louis (4-4) are the other NHL teams not to allow a power play goal…It is the first time in Islander history that they have not allowed a power play goal in the first six games. ..Semyon Varlamov allowed a goal in the first minute of the game for only the second time as an Islander (Jacob Bryson – 3/6/22 for Buffalo)…Anders Lee now leads the team in goals (4) and points (7) while Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal are tied for the team lead in assists; no Islander center has scored a goal in the first six games…Lee scored two power play goals in a game for the fourth time in his career (no Islander has scored three power play goals in a game since Miroslav Satan did so in 2006)…The Isles allowed just one goal in their four game homestand but allowed four first period goals in the games in Tampa Bay and Florida. … The Isles have allowed the opening goal in four straight games. (1-3-0)…Casey Cizikas played in his 669th game, tying John Tavares for 12th among Islander skaters…Spencer Knight recorded his 25th career win in game #38; only two Americans (Frank Brimsek – 34 and Jim Carey -37) did so in fewer games.

First Time in a Long Time
A mid-game scoring change made Eetu Luostarinen's goal unassisted; it is the first time the Isles have allowed two first period unassisted goals since November 19, 2011, at the Coliseum against Boston.  It had not happened in an Islander road game since a February 7, 1995, game at the Thunderdome in Tampa Bay.

L of a Game
There were four players in this game with a surname beginning with the letter "L".  Each of the three Panthers scored a goal, while Anders Lee scored twice for the Isles.

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored seven goals; they didn't score their seventh goal last season until January 1st.  The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).

The seven defense goals lead the NHL; Noah Dobson's assist gives the defense 13 points this season.

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 1-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the three games. 

Zach Attack
Zach Parise now has 409 career goals, good for 8th among actives and 95th place all-time. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.   

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 216
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206

Most Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Paul Boutilier (20) 
Noah Dobson (19)

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 998th NHL game as he looks to join Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. Bailey is in his 15th season with the Isles, which ties Potvin and Trottier for the most by an Islander skater. Billy Smith played 17 seasons for the team.  Only 368 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games.

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-4-0 overall; they are 2-2-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
Florida is 4-1-1 overall; they are 2-0-1 at home and 2-1-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 45 games at UBS Arena and recorded 31 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,365
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles      8-7-10=25
Florida   15-10-7=32
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 8-4-1 vs. Florida.

Spencer Knight made 23 saves; he is 2-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 2-6 on the power play (10:08), scoring :22 into a 5-on-3 opportunity; Florida was 0-4 on the power play (8:00).

The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-4-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 0-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

The next set of back-to-backs will be in Carolina on Friday and at home vs. Colorado on Saturday. The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front end and 0-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (21:02); Florida: Brandon Montour (25:42)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 20:45 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders:Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-1-0).

Isles 24, Florida 25 (49%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 11 of 18 for the Isles; Aleksander Barkov won 16 of 23 for Florida (including 14 of 16 in the first two periods).

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Adam Pelech -4)
Florida 9 (Sam Bennett -3)
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
Blocked Shots
Isles 21 (Noah Dobson and Casey Cizikas -3)
Florida 9 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 43, Florida 60
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 24, Florida 43

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Matt Martin  Even
Florida: Sam Reinhart +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 3, Florida 10
5-on-5: Isles 1, Florida 8

Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov, Anthony Beauvillier
Games Lost: 4

Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored no goals and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 998…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 691 *** 11. Brock Nelson 682 *** 12. John Tavares and Casey Cizikas 669… 
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 602 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 592

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 216 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. John Tonelli 206 *** 13. Brock Nelson 205 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 176

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 379…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 226 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 188

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 555 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 393 ***  16. Anders Lee 374…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 317

1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +61 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 4-1-0 to open their season after completing a sweep of their 3-in-3 weekend a 5-2 win over Hartford. 

Cory Schneider made 34 saves and Paul Thompson, making his season debut, scored the winning goal with 5:31 to play.

The Baby Isles will be on the road next weekend, playing at Springfield on Friday and Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Their next home game is a School Day Matinee, at 10:30 on Tuesday, November 1st against Charlotte.

Season Series Stats
Florida leads the season series, 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).  The teams will complete the season series on December 23rd at UBS Arena. 

The Isles have lost five straight regular season games to Florida (0-4-1), including three at FLA Live Arena (0-3-0).

[TNT, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders return home to host the Rangers at UBS Arena for the only time this season. Six divisional opponents will make two visits to UBS, but the Rangers will make only one.

The teams split four games last season, with the road team winning all four games.  Overall, the Isles have won six of the last eight games from the Rangers.  

This game will be nationally televised by TNT; Kenny Albert, Ed Olczyk and Keith Jones will have the call.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 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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