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The Skinny: Isles 3, Chicago 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 10
Isles 3, Chicago 1
Brock Nelson's goal 7:23 into the third period proved to be the winner as the Isles extended their winning streak to four straight games with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks before a crowd of 12,523 at United Center.

Nelson and Anders Lee had traded credit for the Isles' first goal, but Lee was correctly credited for it.  Zach Parise added one late into an empty net for the Isles, who improved to 6-4-0 on the season 

Ilya Sorokin made 21 saves, giving him 95 on 98 shots in his last three games. 

The Isles won the third period for the fourth straight game; they have outscored their opponents 11-2 in that span. 

The road trip continues Thursday in St. Louis. 

The Scoring:
1st Period
Anders Lee (5) Brock Nelson (7), Kyle Palmieri (2) 17:35 NYI 1,CHI 0 PPG

2nd Period
No Goals

3rd Period
Brock Nelson (4) Ross Johnston (1) 07:23 NYI 2,CHI 0
Jonathan Toews (6) Caleb Jones (5), Patrick Kane (8) 10:19 NYI 2,CHI 1 PPG
Zach Parise (4)EN Josh Bailey (1) 19:46 NYI 3,CHI 1

The Skinny             
The Isles did not earn their sixth win of the season last season until December 7th (6-10-5)... Mathew Barzal saw his assist streak end at four games (0-6-6) … Brock Nelson and Zach Parise each scored for the third straight game…The Isles have outscored their opponents 19-9 in the third period; the nineteen goals and +10 differential lead the NHL…Four of those nineteen goals have been empty-netters…Casey Cizikas was ejected after receiving a major penalty for goaltender interference in the first period; Alex Stalock left the game as a result of the collision and did not return…Jonathan Toews is 7-10-17 in twenty career games vs. the Isles…Anders Lee now leads the Isles with five goals; three of his five goals this season have come on the power play...The Isles matched their longest winning streak of last season (4, from March 29 – April 3)… Ross Johnston earned an assist -his first since 4/1/22 vs NYR (1st in 14 games)…

First Times in a Long Time
The Isles have scored eleven goals in their last four third periods.  The last time that they did this was in October  2017, when they also scored eleven goals in a four-game span.  However, the Isles have not scored more than 11 third period goals in a four-game stretch since November of 1987, when they tied the club record for a 4-game span by with 12 goals.

The Isles scored an Empty Net Goal for the third straight game.  The last time the Isles scored ENG's in three consecutive games was April 11-12-14, 2002 (Roman Hamrlik, Michael Peca and Claude LaPointe).

The Isles have scored 19 third period goals; they had 25 in the first ten third periods in 1984-85 – that is the only time in club history that they scored more than 19 through ten games.

Offense from Defense
The Islander defense have scored nine goals; they didn't score their ninth goal last season until January 18th.  The Isles have two defensemen with three goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 47 (February 24th in San Jose).

The nine defense goals lead the NHL; the Isles have also gotten fourteen assists from defensemen, making the season total 23 points.

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise scored his 412th career goal, good for 8th among actives.  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 Goals by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72) 
Bryan Berard (26)
Tomas Jonsson (22)
Noah Dobson (20)
Paul Boutilier (20) 

Home and Road
The Isles are 6-4-0 overall; they are 4-2-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road.
Chicago  is 4-4-2 overall; they are 3-2-1 at home and 1-2-1 on the road.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 47 games at UBS Arena and recorded 33 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 1,369
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 4-0-0 when scoring first and are 2-4-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles      11-8-14=33
Chicago  5-9-8=22
The Isles are 4-2-0 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 22 saves; he is 4-3-0 on the season and 2-0-0 vs  Chicago.

Alex Stalock made two saves before leaving the game just 2:56 into play. Arbid Soderblom made 28 saves; he is 0-1-1 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (6:12); Chicago was 1-4 on the power play (9:50).

The Isles are 1-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 2-0-0 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 6-1-0 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 1-1-0 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 2-1 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 against Calgary on November 7th and at Madison Square Garden on November 8th. The Isles are 1-1-0 in the front end and 1-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Brock Nelson (21:37);  Chicago: Patrick Kane (20:38)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 21:37 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), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0)

Isles 23, Chicago 26 (47%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 13 of 22 for the Isles; Max Domi won 5 of 9 for Chicago. 

Hit Count
Isles 20 (Jean-Gabriel Pageau -6)
Chicago 25 (Two with 5)
There were no fights. Season total: 0 
Blocked Shots
Isles 13 (Three with 2)
Chicago 17 (Three with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 54, Chicago 45
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, Chicago 33

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier+15
Chicago: Filip Roos +12

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Chicago 10
5-on-5: Isles 7, Chicago 5

Robin Salo, Nikita Soshnikov, Matt Martin (paternity)
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 one goal and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime. 
For: Brock Nelson vs COL 10/29 (18:39;EN/GW)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,002…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Brent Sutter and Matt Martin 694 *** 11. Brock Nelson 686 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 672… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Frans Nielsen and Anders Lee 606 *** 19. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 20. Garry Howatt and Cal Clutterbuck 596

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 217 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. Brock Nelson 209 *** 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 380…
17. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 19. Mathew Barzal 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 189

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 558 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 398 ***  16. Anders Lee 377…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 321

1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson 76 *** 17. Garry Howatt 75 *** 18. Pat Price 70 *** 19. Adam Pelech +68 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 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 50 *** 13. Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Garth Snow 44 *** 15. Ilya Sorokin 43

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 extended their point streak to seven games (6-0-1-0) with a 4-3 shootout win over Charlotte in a school day matinee on Tuesday.  Brent Thompson recorded his 300th AHL win, all with Bridgeport. 

William Dufour scored the only goal in the shootout.

Bridgeport remains home to host Hartford on Saturday night and Providence on Sunday afternoon.  The Islanders have 13 points, tying Wilkes Barre-Scranton for the most points in the Division.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will complete their season series on December 4th at UBS Arena.

The Isles have won consecutive games in Chicago for the first time since winning in the Windy City in 2003, 2006, and 2009.

[MSGSN (pre-game at 7:30pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The road trip continues in St. Louis as the Isles face the Blues. 

The teams split a pair of games last season, with the Isles earning a 2-1 win at home in March and the Blues responding with a 6-1 win at home in April.  Overall, the Isles are 8-2-2 in their last twelve games against the Blues. 

The Blues have dropped five straight for the first time under Craig Berube and have been outscored 25-8 in that span.

Lou Lamoriello will serve as an NHL General Manager for the 2,999th game (including playoffs).

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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