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The Skinny: Isles 7, Anaheim 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 2
Isles 7, Anaheim 1
Scott Mayfield and Robin Salo each scored twice, and Noah Dobson made it a 5-goal game for the defense as the Isles earned Lane Lambert his first win as an NHL coach with a 7-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks before a crowd of 16,487 at UBS Arena.  

Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves as he earned his 3rd win in as many starts against Anaheim. Oliver Wahlstrom and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Isles, who scored at least seven goals for the first time in 103 regular season games (8-4 win over Washington on April 1, 2021).

The Isles are 1-1-0 halfway through their season-opening four game homestand.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Scott Mayfield (1) Anders Lee (1), Anthony Beauvillier (1) 10:34 ANA 0,NYI 1
Noah Dobson (2) Matt Martin (1) 12:08 ANA 0,NYI 2

2nd Period
Oliver Wahlstrom (1) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1) 05:34 ANA 0,NYI 3
Scott Mayfield (2) Mathew Barzal (2), Zach Parise (1) 12:55 ANA 0,NYI 4
Anthony Beauvillier (1) Ryan Pulock (1), Anders Lee (2) 14:27 ANA 0,NYI 5

3rd Period
Troy Terry (3) 01:29 ANA 1,NYI 5
Robin Salo (1) Mathew Barzal (3), Anders Lee (3) 13:03 ANA 1,NYI 6
Robin Salo (2) Oliver Wahlstrom (1), Brock Nelson (2) 19:02 ANA 1,NYI 7

The Skinny            
Anders Lee recorded an assist in each period; it is the fourth time in his career that he has had at least three assists… Lee, who passed fellow Islander captain Kenny Jonsson for 17th place in games played (598-597), also tied Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson for 16th place on the points list (366)…Six Islanders finished with multiple points…The Isles have scored eight goals in two games – most through two games since they scored nine in 2014-2015, which was the last time the Isles opened 2-0-0…Oliver Wahlstrom now has 5 goals in 13 career October games…It was the first career two-goal game for both Scott Mayfield (career goals 20 and 21) and Robin Salo (career goals 2 and 3)…Mayfield has scored three goals in the last three games he played, including his final appearance last season…Wahlstrom matched a career-high with his tenth two-point game.

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles' defense scored five goals, including two each for Scott Mayfield and Robin Salo. It is the first time that either happened since January 12, 1993, vs. Calgary, when Vladimir Malakhov and Scott Lachance scored twice, and Jeff Norton also scored.  (Denis Potvin and Jean Potvin scored at least two goals each in the same game on two occasions.)
Robin Salo scored twice and went +4, becoming the first defensemen other than Denis Potvin to reach at least those totals in the same game.  Potvin did it three times, most recently on December 11, 1982, when he had two goals and went +6 in a 7-1 win over the Devils.
Salo and Scott Mayfield became the first Islander defensemen with a multi-goal game since Nick Leddy on October 25, 2019, in Ottawa.
Noah Dobson is the first Islander to score in each of the first two games of the season since Chris Campoli in 2007.  No other Islander defenseman has done that.
The Isles scored seven goals in the second game of a season for the sixth time in club history, and the first since October 10, 1987, in Los Angeles.  The Isles have never scored seven goals in an opener.
The Isles defense scored two goals in the third period (both by Robin Salo); it is the since time since March 2, 2017 (Nick Leddy and Dennis Seidenberg in Dallas) that they had two third period goals from a defender. Uwe Krupp was the last Islander defenseman to score twice in a third period (February 24, 1994, in Philadelphia).
Salo is only the 2nd Islander defenseman to score two of his first three career goals in the same game (Denis Potvin – October 27, 1973, vs. Rangers) and the first to do so in the same period.

NHL Record Tied
When a scoring change gave Noah Dobson the Isles' second goal it meant that the first three goals of the season were all scored by defensemen, matching the NHL record set by the Rangers in October 1984, and equaled by the Kings in October 1992 and the Sharks in October 1999.

Oliver Wahlstrom's breakaway goal ended the possibility of the Isles breaking the record.

Sweet 16's
Every Islander but Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov were "+" (they were even); every Islander but Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas had a shot on goal.  On the other side, every Duck was a "-"; Dimitri Kulikov was on ice for five Islander goals and finished -4.

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).

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 Attack
Zach Parise has 408 career goals, tying him 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 995th 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 (998 tonight) could reach 1,000 prior to Bailey.

Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
Anders Lee 212
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 1-1-0 overall; they are 1-1-0 at home and 0-0-0 on the road.
Anaheim is 1-1-0 overall; they are 1-0-0 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 43 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 1,364
3. Glen Sather 1,319

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

The Shots
Isles    14-13-11=38
Anaheim    6-9-8=23
The Isles are 1-1-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-0-0 when they are outshot.  

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 3-0-0 vs  Anaheim.

John Gibson made 23 saves over two periods; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 4-2-1 vs. the Isles. Anthony Stolarz made 9 saves in the third period.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-4 on the power play (7:10);  Anaheim was 0-4 on the power play (5:57), including an unsuccessful 5-on-3 (1:13).

The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-0-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-0-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 1-1-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-1-0 when they do not.
One-Goal Games
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 Anaheim on October 23rd. The Isles are 0-0-0 in the front end and 0-0-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Alexander Romanov (20:50);  Anaheim: Cam Fowler (22:44)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 19:06 of ice-time. 

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

Isles 37, Anaheim 28 (57%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 13 for the Isles; no Duck who took more than two draws won more than he lost.

Hit Count
Isles 18 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
Anaheim 15 (Two with 3)
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
Blocked Shots
Isles 28 (Alexander Romanov-5)
Anaheim 14 (Dimitri Kulikov -3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 68, Anaheim 57
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 45, Anaheim 46

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Kyle Palmieri +13
Anaheim: Two with +11

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Anaheim 13
5-on-5: Isles 6, Anaheim 12

Ross Johnston, (Sebastian Aho-IR), Kieffer Bellows, Nikita Soshnikov
Games Lost: 2

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 995…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 687 *** 11. Brock Nelson 678 *** 12. John Tavares 669 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 666 … 
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 598 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 588

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 212 *** 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 184

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 389 ***  16. Kyle Okposo, Stefan Persson and Anders Lee 369…
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 +64 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

On the Farm
Bridgeport split a pair of games this weekend to open their season, losing 3-1 in Providence on Friday before beating Springfield 3-2 tonight. Cory Schneider made 20 saves in the victory.

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 15th in Anaheim.

The Ducks have not won in New York since the Isles left the Coliseum the first time.  The Isles are 5-0-2 in their last seven home games against Anaheim.
[MSGSN (pre-game at 7:00], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders continued their season opening homestand as they welcome the San Jose Sharks to UBS Arena for the second time.  The Sharks won both games between the teams last season, winning 2-1 in overtime at UBS on December 2nd and defeating the Isles in a shootout on February 24th in San Jose.

The Isles are 4-1-3 in their last eight games against San Jose and are 5-1-1 in their last seven games at home against the Sharks.

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 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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