By Eric Hornick
Isles 5, San Jose 2
Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice, including the winning goal with 55.4 seconds left in the middle session as the Isles earned a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks before a crowd of 13,892 at UBS Arena.
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves in his season debut to earn his 262nd career victory; Noah Dobson ,Brock Nelson and Adam Pelech each added a pair of assists as the Isles have now scored 12 goals over the last two games. It is the first time since November 2018 that the Islanders have totaled a dozen goals in a two-game span.
The Isles are 2-1-0 with one game to play on their season-opening homestand.
Nico Sturm (2) Evgeny Svechnikov (1), Jaycob Megna (2) 12:50 SJS 1,NYI 0
Anders Lee (1) Adam Pelech (1), Brock Nelson (3) 10:03 SJS 1,NYI 1
Zach Parise (1) Noah Dobson (1), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2) 14:48 SJS 1,NYI 2
Evgeny Svechnikov (2) Matt Benning (1) 17:10 SJS 2,NYI 2
Oliver Wahlstrom (2) Brock Nelson (4) 19:04 SJS 2,NYI 3
Oliver Wahlstrom (3) Noah Dobson (2) 05:24 SJS 2,NYI 4
Cal Clutterbuck (1)EN Matt Martin (2), Adam Pelech (2) 17:34 SJS 2,NYI 5
The Isles have scored thirteen goals in three games – it's only the second time in the last 32 years that they have scored that often in their first three games.…Oliver Wahlstrom, who is still the youngest Islander, now has seven goals in 14 career October game; it was his third career two-goal game. The Sharks haven't opened 0-5-0 for the first time in their history…The Isles finished with 46 shots and 80 attempts. The 46 shots are their most ever at UBS Arena while the 21 shots in the second period match their highest total in their new building (1/21/2022 vs Arizona)…They had only one game with more shots on goal all last season, firing 47 in San Jose last February; like tonight, James Reimer was in goal that night as well…Noah Dobson has a three-game point streak to open the season (he has had two longer streaks- both were five games); no Islander defenseman has ever had a point in the team's first four games...Brock Nelson had a three-game assist streak (just one game shy of career high, set in November 2019)…Anders Lee passed Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson for 16th place on the points list (366)…Four Islanders finished with multiple points…The Isles won all six draws on their power play and scored twice in the second period off of even-strength face-off wins…The Isles held Logan Couture (8 goals in 15 prior games vs the Isles) to no points and two shots on goal…Semyon Varlamov started last season 0-5-1 and did not earn his first win until mid-December.
Lots of Shots
The Isles have 117 shots through three games (39.0 per game); last season they averaged 28.9 shots per games (30th in the NHL).
The 117 shots through three games are the second-highest total in team history (119 in 1995).
Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored six goals; they didn't score their sixth goal last season until December 30th. The Isles have three defensemen with two goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 38 (February 1st vs. Ottawa).
While the Islander defense did not score a goal in this game, they did contribute three assists.
Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 1-1-0 this season, allowing just three goals in the two games.
Zach Parise now has 409 career goals, breaking a tie for 95th place all-time with Patrik Elias and Ray Ferraro. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th.
Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 996th 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 beginning 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 367 skaters and three goaltenders in league history have played in 1,000 games; Minnesota's Alex Goligoski (999) could reach 1,000 prior to Bailey.
Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
• Anders Lee 213
• 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)
• Bryan McCabe (18)
• Scott Lachance (18)
Home and Road
The Isles are 2-1-0 overall; they are 2-1-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.
San Jose is 0-5-0 overall; they are 0-3-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 44 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.
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,493 (pending late game on Tuesday)
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,365
3. Glen Sather 1,319
First Things First
The Isles are 1-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-1-0 when allowing the opening goal.
San Jose 9-8-12=29
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-0-0 when they are outshot.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves; he is 1-0-0 on the season and 7-6-4 vs San Jose.
James Riemer made 40 saves; he is 0-3-0 on the season and 8-3-2 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (4:34); San Jose was 0-3 on the power play (4:34).
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-0-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-0 when they do not.
The Isles are 0-0-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-0 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 first set of back-to-backs will be in Tampa Bay on October 22nd and San Jose on October 23rd. The Isles are 0-0-0 in the front end and 0-0-0 in the back end.
Isles: Alexander Romanov (21:59); San Jose: Mario Ferraro (23:25)
Kyle Palmieri led Isles forwards with 16:43 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-0-0).
Isles 35, San Jose 32 (52%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 12 for the Isles; Nico Sturm won 12 of 14 for San Jose.
Isles 28 (Jean-Gabriel Pageau-5)
San Jose 22 (Jonah Gadjovich -3)
There were no fights. Season total: 0
Isles 28 (5 with 2)
San Jose 14 (Three with 3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, San Jose 40
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 80, San Jose 50
Isles: Alexander Romanov +19
San Jose: Erik Karlsson +1
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 18, San Jose 13
5-on-5: Isles 14, San Jose 13
Ross Johnston, (Sebastian Aho-IR), Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov
Games Lost: 3
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 996…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 688 *** 11. Brock Nelson 679 *** 12. John Tavares 669 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 667…
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 599 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 589
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 213 *** 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 223 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 186
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 391 *** 16. Anders Lee 371…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 314
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +65 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 1-1-0 to open their season, following a split last weekend.
The Baby Isles are off until Friday in Springfield when they begin a 3-in-3 weekend; their home opener is on Saturday vs. Laval.
Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will meet again on March 18th in San Jose.
The Isles are 5-1-3 in their last nine games against San Jose and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games at home against the Sharks.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th— NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[ESPN+/Hulu, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders conclude their season opening homestand as they welcome the New Jersey Devils to UBS Arena for the third time. The Isles took three of the four games last season, including both at home. The Isles have done well against New Jersey in recent years, winning 7 of the last 9 at home and 14 of the last 18 overall.
This is an ESPN+ streaming game. Mike Monaco and Kevin Weekes are on 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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