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The Skinny: Isles 6, Carolina 2

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 8
Isles 6, Carolina 2
Josh Bailey scored the game-winning goal in his 1,000th NHL game and Brock Nelson scored twice as the Isles defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,680 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The Isles scored the game's final four goals, including all three goals scored in the third period after Bailey's winning tally at 16:26 of the second period.

The Isles head home to face the Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (4) Mathew Barzal (8), Scott Mayfield (1) 16:29 NYI 1,CAR 0

2nd Period
Martin Necas (4) Brady Skjei (3) 08:57 NYI 1,CAR 1
Matt Martin (2) Casey Cizikas (1) 14:29 NYI 2,CAR 1
Brent Burns (1) Jordan Martinook (2), Brett Pesce (2) 15:35 NYI 2,CAR 2
Josh Bailey (2) Mathew Barzal (9), Alexander Romanov (1) 16:26 NYI 3,CAR 2

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (1) Anthony Beauvillier (2), Anders Lee (4) 03:59 NYI 4,CAR 2
Brock Nelson (2) Anthony Beauvillier (3), Ryan Pulock (3) 11:06 NYI 5,CAR 2
Zach Parise (2)EN 18:06 NYI 6,CAR 2 SHG

The Skinny             
The Isles killed all three Hurricane power plays (including a 1:23 5-on-3) and have killed 28 of 28 this season to establish a new NHL RECORD by not allowing a power play goal in the first eight games…The Isles have played 49:45 short this season without allowing a goal; they have been 2-men short for 3:18 (most in NHL)...Mathew Barzal now has nine assists in the first eight games; Barzal is the first Islander since Vladimir Malakhov (1993-94) with at least nine helpers thru the Isles' first eight games... Barzal is now 0-5-5 in the last three games…Brock Nelson's two goals were the first from an Isles center this season; it gave him 207 as an Islander (passing John Tonelli (206) for 12th all-time…The Isles scored at least six goals for the second time this season, they did so only three times all last season… Ilya Sorokin had gone nearly 90 minutes, stopping 57 consecutive opponent shots, when Martin Necas scored Carolina's first goal…Cal Clutterbuck played his 594th game as an Islander, tying John Tonelli for 21st place among Islander skaters…Zach Parise scored the Isles' first shorty of the season; the empty-netter was his 10th career shorthanded goal…The Isles have outscored their opponents 13-7 in the third period… Oliver Wahlstrom is now tied for the team lead in goals (4)..Brent Burns scored his 228th goal, most among active defensemen...Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov (who recorded his first point as an Islander) each went +3.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles scored six goals, matching the most that they have ever scored in the state of North Carolina (also 4/2/04 and 1/22/08)
It was the first time the Isles scored even five goals in a road game vs. Carolina since October 10, 2014, when they did so in a season-opening win that marked the debuts of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on the ice and Shannon Hogan in the MSG studio.
The Isles defeated the Hurricanes by at least four goals in Carolina for only the second time ever (the other was on October 17, 2001; a 4-0 win in Peter Laviolette's sixth game as Isles coach).

NHL History Lessons
The Isles have established an NHL record by not allowing a power play goal in their first eight games.  (Records go back to 1977-78).  Minnesota set the previous record of seven in 2008-09 and Detroit equaled it six years later.
Josh Bailey is (fittingly) the 12th player in NHL history (and first Islander) have been credited with game-winning goal in game 1,000.  Carolina's Brent Burns, whose 2-2 goal set the stage for Bailey's winner, also was credited with the winning goal in his 1,000th game.
(thanks NHL) – This was the 4th career Sebastian Aho vs. Sebastian Aho game; they are one of nine sets of players with the same name to face each other.  (The record of 19 is shared by Bob Kelly/Bob Kelly and Greg Adams/Greg Adams).  No other Islander has ever faced a player with whom he shares a name .

Hey, Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey played in his 1,000 NHL game 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.  Bailey is the 369th skater (along with three goaltenders) in league history to have played 1,000 games.

More About Islanders in Game 1,000s
Josh Bailey is the 10th player to appear in his 1,000th NHL game while wearing an Islander uniform, and the second to do so in 2022 (Andy Greene).  The complete list:

Ed Westfall 1975-76 (*)
Butch Goring 1983-84
Denis Potvin 1987-88 (**)
Bryan Trottier 1988-89 (**)
Keith Acton 1993-94
Mike Sillinger 2007-08
Steve Staios 2011-12
Jason Chimera 2016-17 (*)
Andy Greene 2021-22
Josh Bailey 2022-23 (*) (**)
(*) Scored a goal in Game 1,000; only Bailey's was the game-winner.
(**) Played first 1,000 games exclusively for 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 are tied for the NHL lead; the Isles had three assists from defensemen, raising the total to 19 points for the defense.

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise scored his 410th career goals good for 8th among actives. Parise tied Ray Bourque for 94th all-time.  Next-up are Garry Unger and Islander Assistant Coach John MacLean, who are tied for 92nd place with 413 goals.

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. 

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 4-4-0 overall; they are 3-2-0 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
Carolina is 4-2-1 overall; they are 1-1-0 at home and 3-1-1 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. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,494
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,367
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 3-0-0 when scoring first and are 1-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles        9-12-11=32
Carolina   7-17-10=34
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 2-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 32 saves; he is 3-3-0 on the season and 2-1-0 vs  Carolina.

Frederik Andersen made 26 saves; he is 3-2-0 on the season and 8-4-1 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play (2:00); Carolina was 0-3 on the power play (4:37, including a 1:23 5-on-3).

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 4-1-0 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.

This set of back-to-backs concludes Saturday vs. Colorado. The next set of back-to-backs will be against Calgary on November 7th and at Madison Square Garden on November 8th. The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front end and 0-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:28);  Carolina: Brady Skjei (21:36)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 16:41 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 (2-0-0)

Isles 29, Carolina 34 (46%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 14 of 22 for the Isles; Sebastian Aho won 11 of 14 for Carolina. 

Hit Count
Isles 29 (Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin -4)
Carolina 22 (Andrei Svechnikov -3)
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
Blocked Shots
Isles 28 (Adam Pelech -5)
Carolina 10 (Brady Skjei  -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 48, Carolina 86
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 45, Carolina 72

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Josh Bailey +4
Carolina: Jordan Martinook +20

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Carolina 13
5-on-5: Isles 10, Carolina 13

Robin Salo, 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 1,000…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 693 *** 11. Brock Nelson 684 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 670… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 604 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli and Cal Clutterbuck 594

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. Brock Nelson 207 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 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 229 *** 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 557 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 395 ***  16. Anders Lee 375…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 320

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   

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 42

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 saw their four-game winning streak end, but extended their point streak to five, with a 7-6 overtime loss in Springfield.

The Baby Isles got goals from six different players, including William Dufour and Simon Holmstrom; Denis Cholowski had three helpers while Aatu Raty added two.

Bridgeport plays at 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 next meet on December 10th at UBS Arena.

The Isles have won two straight in Carolina and are 7-3-1 in their last 11 trips to Raleigh.

[MSGSN, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders look for their first three-game winning streak of the season, but they will have to beat the Stanley Cup Champions to do so as the Avs make their only trip to Elmont this season. 

The Avs swept the series last season, winning 5-3 and 5-4 six days apart.  Their UBS win was their first in 
New York since 2014, as it broke a six-game Islander home winning streak against Colorado.

And Finally…
The last words on Josh Bailey go to former teammate Johnny Boychuk, who tweeted just before game time:
Few players can hit 1,000 games in the NHL with one team. Today my close friend, Josh Bailey, accomplishes this feat. Extremely proud of him on his accomplishment today. Great teammate on/off the ice and even better person. Congrats to Josh and the entire Bailey Family! Ohh Ahh!

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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