By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Rangers 0
Ilya Sorokin made 41 saves for his 11th career shutout and Kyle Palmieri scored his first two goals of the season as the Islanders blanked the rival Rangers 3-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena.
Josh Bailey, playing in his 999th NHL game also scored for the Isles while Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each added a pair of assists to support Sorokin, who improved to 3-1-0 against the Blueshirts while blanking the Rangers for the first time this season.
The Isles head to Carolina to begin a back-to-back set with the Canes and Avs on Friday.
Kyle Palmieri (1) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (3), Ryan Pulock (2) 08:44 NYR 0,NYI 1
Josh Bailey (1) Adam Pelech (3), Mathew Barzal (7) 05:37 NYR 0,NYI 2
Kyle Palmieri (2) Adam Pelech (4), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4) 15:22 NYR 0,NYI 3
The Isles killed all three Rangers power plays and have killed 25 of 25 this season; St. Louis (11-11) is the other NHL team not to allow a power play goal…The Isles have matched the NHL record by not allowing a power play goal in the first seven games. ..Mathew Barzal tied Anders Lee for the team lead in points (7) while Barzal leads the team with seven assists.. The Isles do not have a goal from a center in the first seven games.…The Isles have allowed just one first period goal in five home games this season … The Isles scored first for the second time this season…Casey Cizikas played in his 670th game, passing John Tavares for 12th among Islander skaters…Adam Pelech had his second multi-assist game of the season…Jaroslav Halak is 0-3-2 against the Isles since leaving the team as a free agent in 2018…Kyle Palmieri recorded his third two-goal games as an Islander; he now has 27 career multi-goal games (including two hat tricks). Palmieri didn't score his second goal last season until his 30th game (February 15 vs Buffalo).
Lots of Shots Stopped
The Isles have had only 11 games in their history (10-0-1) where they allowed at least 40 shots but no goals; Ilya Sorokin (41 saves tonight) is the only goalie in club history with at least three of them (also 10/24/2021 at Vegas (42 saves) and 4/15/2022 at Montreal (44 saves).
It was the second time that an Islander goalie made at least 40 saves in a shutout win over the Rangers (Jaroslav Halak 2/15/2018 at Barclays Center -50 saves).
Most Shutouts prior to their 80th NHL Game (since 1966-67)
Tony Esposito -17
Martin Jones -12
Glenn Resch -12
Ilya Sorokin recorded his 11th career shutout tonight.
NHL History Lesson
The Isles have tied an NHL record by not allowing a power play goal in their first seven games. (Records go back to 1977-78). Minnesota set the record in 2008-09 and Detroit equaled it six years later.
Beating The Blueshirts
Ilya Sorokin is 3-1-0 against the Rangers in his career with a 1.99 goals-against average. However, that includes his NHL debut, when he allowed five goals as an emergency starter. In the last three games vs. the Rangers, Ilya is 3-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average.
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 is tied for the NHL lead; the Isles had three assists from defensemen, raising the total to 16 points for the defense.
Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 2-2-0 this season, allowing just six goals in the four games.
Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 999th 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.
Zach Parise 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)
Home and Road
The Isles are 3-4-0 overall; they are 3-2-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
The Rangers are 3-3-2 overall; they are 2-1-2 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 46 games at UBS Arena and recorded 32 sellouts. The sellout crowds of 17,255 are the largest indoor crowds to ever see the Islanders play at home.
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,366
3. Glen Sather 1,319
First Things First
The Isles are 2-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 1-2-0 when they are outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 41 saves; he is 2-3-0 on the season and 3-1-0 vs Rangers.
Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves; he is 0-3-0 on the season and 7-4-3 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); the Rangers were 0-3 on the power play (6:00).
The Isles are 0-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-4-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.
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.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (23:44); Rangers: Adam Fox (24:28)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 18:19 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (0-1-0), Ryan Pulock (1-0-0)
Isles 25, Rangers 24 (51%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 17 for the Isles; Mika Zibanejad won 10 of 17 for the Isles.
Isles 35 (Cal Clutterbuck -9)
Rangers 43 (Vincent Trocheck -9)
There were no fights. Season total: 0
Isles 16 (Anders Lee and Scott Mayfield -3)
Rangers 14 (Braden Schneider -3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Rangers 72
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 44, Rangers 55
Isles: Mathew Barzal +7
Rangers: Adam Fox +17
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Rangers 20
5-on-5: Isles 8, Rangers 16
Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov, Ross Johnston
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 999…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 692 *** 11. Brock Nelson 683 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 669…
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 603 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 593
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 177
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 227 *** 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 556 *** 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 318
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
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 12. Semyon Varlamov and Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Garth Snow 44 *** 15. Ilya Sorokin 41
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 *** 5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6. Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov 11
On the Farm
Bridgeport has won four straight to open their season with a 4-1-0 record.
The Baby Isles are on the road this 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
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will complete the season series with games at Madison Square Garden on November 8th and December 22nd.
This was the Isles' first-ever win over the Rangers at UBS Arena (1-2-0). Overall, the Isles are 7-2-0 in their last nine games with the Rangers.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th —ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA 7:00pm
[MSGSN2 (pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders head to Carolina to face the Hurricanes for the first time this season. It is the Isles' first trip to Carolina since a 2-1 victory over the Canes last April 8th that featured the latest Islander winning goal in the last 30 years, and the 7th-latest all-time.
• Bryan Trottier 1/17/86 59:59 (at Philadelphia)
• Tom Fitzgerald 12/28/91 59:57 (vs Rangers)
• Pat LaFontaine 3/19/87 59:56 (at Detroit)
• Mike Bossy 4/1/78 59:55 (vs Washington)
• Brent Sutter 2/18/84 59:54 (vs. Rangers)
• Clark Gillies 1/7/82 59:47 (vs Philadelphia)
• Kyle Palmieri 4/8/22 59:45 (at Carolina)
That April game is one of four games in NHL history where a team led 1-0 through 59 minutes, allowed the tying goal but then scored the winning goal in the 60th minute.
Overall, the Isles are 6-2-2 in their last 10 trips to Raleigh, despite going only 2-3-1 at home in that same span.
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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