By Eric Hornick
Tampa Bay 5, Isles 3
Nicholas Paul's second period buzzer-beater turned out to be the Game-Winning Goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Isles 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena.
Paul, Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel all finished with a goal and an assist to hand the Isles their second straight loss. Matt Martin and Ryan Pulock each scored unassisted goals for the Isles, while Anthony Beauvillier added his 2nd goal of the season.
The Isles conclude their first road trip of the season in Florida at 5pm on Sunday.
Brayden Point (4) Nikita Kucherov (8), Brandon Hagel (1) 10:43 NYI 0,TBL 1
Matt Martin (1) 12:29 NYI 1,TBL 1
Brandon Hagel (1) Brayden Point (2), Victor Hedman (5) 18:03 NYI 1,TBL 2
Corey Perry (2) Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (1), Pat Maroon (1) 03:12 NYI 1,TBL 3
Anthony Beauvillier (2) Brock Nelson (5) 09:36 NYI 2,TBL 3
Nicholas Paul (1) Ross Colton (2) 19:59 NYI 2,TBL 4
Ryan Pulock (1) 05:45 NYI 3,TBL 4
Alex Killorn (1) Nicholas Paul (1), Mikhail Sergachev (4) 14:08 NYI 3,TBL 5
The Isles killed all three Tampa Bay power plays and have killed 18 of 18 this season; Detroit (13-13) and St. Louis (4-4) are the other NHL teams not to allow a power play goal. It was the first time this season that Tampa Bay failed to score a power play goal ..The Isles' identity line combined for 24 hits; it was the first time that Cal Clutterbuck (10), Matt Martin (7), and Casey Cizikas (7) each had at least seven hits in the same game…Clutterbuck had at least ten hits in a game for the first time since 2015 and the third time as an Islander while Martin scored for the 7th time in 32 games against Tampa Bay…Ilya Sorokin allowed a goal in the last second of a period for the second time in his career (also February 15, 2022 in Buffalo)..,Brock Nelson tied Anders Lee for the team scoring lead with his 5th points; unlike previous Octobers all of Nelson's points this month have been assists…The Isles held Steven Stamkos off the scoreboard, ending his goal and point streaks at five games…Victor Hedman earned a single assist for the fifth straight game…There were three combined goals in the first period after the Isles and their opponents combined for just three goals in the first four games...Amalie Arena was sold out for the 288th consecutive game (regular season/playoffs, not including COVID-limited games).
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.
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 Parise now has 409 career goals, good for 8th among actives and 95th place all-time. Ray Bourque has 410 goals and sits 94th. Corey Perry is right behind Zach among actives; he scored his 407th goal tonight.
Most Career Goals by an Islander Wearing #27
• Anders Lee 214
• 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 did not dress and remains at 997 NHL games 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 2-3-0 overall; they are 2-2-0 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.
Tampa Bay is 3-3-0 overall; they are 1-1-0 at home and 2-2-0 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.
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 1-3-0 when allowing the opening goal.
Tampa Bay 7-14-5=26
The Isles are 2-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-1-0 when they are outshot.
In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 21 saves; he is 1-3-0 on the season and 0-3-0 vs Tampa Bay.
Brian Elliott made 32 saves; he is 1-1-0 on the season and 10-2-9 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 0-3 on the power play (6:00); Tampa Bay was 0-3 on the power play (5:18, including a :42 5-on-3).
The Isles are 0-1-0 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 2-3-0 when they do not.
Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-0 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.
This set of back-to-backs concludes Sunday in Florida. 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 0-0-0 in the back end.
Isles: Noah Dobson (23:03); Tampa Bay: Victor Hedman (25:58)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 20:29 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders :Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0).
Isles 23, Tampa Bay 31 (43%)
For the second straight game, no Islander who took multiple face-offs won more than he lost: Nicholas Paul won 10 of 16 for Tampa Bay.
Isles 48 (Cal Clutterbuck-10)
Tampa Bay 21 (Mikhail Sergachev-7)
There were no fights. Season total: 0
Isles 9 (Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech -2)
Tampa Bay 20 (Two with 3)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 72, Tampa Bay 46
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 52, Tampa Bay 31
Isles: Sebastian Aho +15
Tampa Bay: Philippe Myers +5
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Tampa Bay 11
5-on-5: Isles 9, Tampa Bay 7
Ross Johnston, Kieffer Bellows, Josh Bailey
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 997…
9. Brent Sutter 694 *** 10. Matt Martin 690 *** 11. Brock Nelson 681 *** 12. John Tavares 669 *** 13. Casey Cizikas 668…
17. Frans Nielsen 606 *** 18. Anders Lee 601 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt 596 *** 21. John Tonelli 594 *** 22. Cal Clutterbuck 591
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 214 *** 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 224 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 187
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 392 *** 16. Anders Lee 372…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 315
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
19. JP Parise +67 *** 20. Adam Pelech +62 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54
On the Farm
Bridgeport is 3-1-0 to open their season after opening the weekend with victories on Friday (3-2 in overtime in Providence) and Saturday (5-2 over Laval).
William Dufour scored the overtime winner on Friday, off a set-up from Aatu Raty; Simon Holmstrom had a pair of goals on Saturday while Andy Andreoff added three assists.
The Baby Isles will look to sweep the 3-in-3 as they host Hartford on Sunday at 3pm.
Season Series Stats
Tampa Bay leads the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0). The teams will not meet again until the Isles return to Tampa Bay April 1st for the first of two meetings in six days.
The Isles have lost five straight regular season games to Tampa Bay, including three at Amalie Arena.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd — ISLANDERS AT FLORIDA 5:00pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 6:30pm); WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders conclude the road trip as they face the President's Trophy champion Florida Panthers.
The Panthers defeated the Islanders 3-1 in the season opener at UBS Arena and have defeated the Isles in four straight games (including once in overtime).
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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