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The Skinny: Isles 4, Calgary 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 13
Isles 4, Calgary 3 (OT)
Noah Dobson scored on a 4-on-3 with 58 seconds remaining in overtime as the Islanders rallied from a 3-1 third period deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames before 15,722 at UBS Arena. 

Mikael Backlund scored twice for Calgary and that looked like it might be enough, until goals by Anders Lee and Kyle Palmieri :59 apart turned the game around.

Ilya Sorokin made a season-high 43 saves to keep the Islanders in the game, and eventually win his fifth straight decision.

The Isles play the back end of this back-to-back set on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Mikael Backlund (4) Jonathan Huberdeau (5), Connor Mackey (1) 11:16 CGY 1,NYI 0
Sebastian Aho (1) Mathew Barzal (12), Josh Bailey (2) 12:26 CGY 1,NYI 1
Elias Lindholm (4) Noah Hanifin (2), Tyler Toffoli (5) 16:21 CGY 2,NYI 1

2nd Period
Mikael Backlund (5) Nikita Zadorov (1) 14:06 CGY 3,NYI 1

3rd Period
Anders Lee (7) Brock Nelson (9), Mathew Barzal (13) 10:08 CGY 3,NYI 2
Kyle Palmieri (4) 11:07 CGY 3,NYI 3

Noah Dobson (4) Mathew Barzal (14), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6) 04:02 CGY 3,NYI 4 PPG 

The Skinny             
The Isles did not earn their eighth win of the season last season until December 16th (8-12-5)...Mathew Barzal has ten assists in the last eight games (0-10-10); Barzal played a club-leading and season-high 24:01 … The Isles have outscored their opponents 22-11 in the third period with five of those 22 goals being empty netters; they have outscored the opposition 8-1 in the last three home third periods and 14-6 on the season at home…Sebastian Aho scored for the first time since April 19, 2022, vs. Florida; it was his fifth career goal…The Isles are 6-0-0 against the West, extending their best start ever against the West. It also matches their longest-ever win streak against the West, set in October/November 2015…Kyle Palmieri scored his fourth goal of the season last season on February 20th…The Isles are now tied with Buffalo for the NHL lead both in third period goals (22) overall and third period goals at home (14) …Ilya Sorokin has won five straight decisions; however since he replaced Semyon Varlamov for part of the game in Detroit this streak is not recognized by the NHL.

Overtime is Our Time
The Isles earned a win in their first overtime game of the season.  Each of the last four Islander overtime goals (regular season) has been scored by a defenseman:
11-Apr-21 Vs New York    (Ryan Pulock)
18-Apr-21 @ Philadelphia (Nick Leddy)
1-Jan-22 Vs Edmonton         (Noah Dobson)
7-Nov-22 Vs Calgary (Noah Dobson)

Dobson is the first Islander defenseman to score the winning goal in consecutive Islander overtime wins since Roman Hamrlik (2/22/01 vs Philadelphia and 3/20/01 at St. Louis).

The Injury
Cal Clutterbuck left the game late in the first period and did not return.

20 Face-Off Wins
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had an historical night in the face-off circle, winning 20 of 25.  He is the first Islander to win twenty face-offs since John Tavares won 21 on January 13, 2017, in Florida and the first to do so at home since Tavares did it against the Rangers on February 24, 2012.  Pageau is the first player in Islander history (face-off stats became official in 1997) to win at least 80% of his face-offs while taking at least 25 of them.

Let's Make Some History
For the second straight home game the Isles trailed by two goals going to the third period and won the game.  It is the first time in club history that has happened.

Barzy's World
Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in assists (14).  Barzal, who had three assists tonight, is now tied 3rd in assists, behind Leon Draisaitl (17) and Nathan MacKinnon (16).  Draisaitl is the only player in the NHL with more assists at home (12) than Barzal (9) while MacKinnon is the only player with more at even-strength (13 to Barzal's 10).

No Islander has had more than fourteen assists in thirteen games since the 1984-85 season when both Brent Sutter and Mike Bossy did so. 

Brent Sutter 21 1984-85
Mike Bossy 17 1984-85
Denis Potvin 16 1975-76
Denis Potvin 15 1982-83
Denis Potvin 15 1974-75
MATHEW BARZAL 14   2022-23
Bob Bourne 14 1982-83
Denis Potvin 14 1986-87
Denis Potvin 14 1980-81
John Tonelli 14 1984-85
Bryan Trottier 14 1981-82
Pierre Turgeon 14 1992-93

Offense from Defense
Today:  2-0-2
Season: 11-17-28

The Islander defense have scored eleven goals (second to San Jose's 12); they didn't score their 11th goal last season until January 25th .  The Isles have two defensemen with at least three goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 47 (February 24th in San Jose).

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 3-2-0 this season, allowing just nine goals in the five games (1.80 GAA, .950 save percentage)

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise has 412 career goals, good for 9th among actives.  Next-up are Garry Unger and Islander Assistant Coach John MacLean, who are tied for 92nd place with 413 goals.

Most Goals and Points by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
Denis Potvin (72-168-240) 
Bryan Berard (26-83-109)
Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
Noah Dobson (21-60-81)
Paul Boutilier (20-69-89) 

Dobson is now 4th in both goals and in points. The Isles will play 41 games this season before Dobson turns 23 on January 7, 2023.

Home and Road
The Isles are 8-5-0 overall; they are 5-2-0 at home and 3-3-0 on the road.
Calgary is 5-4-2 overall; they are 4-4-1 at home and 1-0-1 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 2-5-0 against the East and 6-0-0 against the West.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 48 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 1,496
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,371
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 4-0-0 when scoring first and are 4-5-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles      4-8-19-1=32
Calgary 18-12-11-5=46
The Isles are 4-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 4-2-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 43 saves; he is 6-3-0 on the season and 1-1-0 vs  Calgary.

Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves; he is 4-2-2 on the season and 5-5-1 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-2 on the power play (2:47); Calgary did not have a power play.

The Isles are 3-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 5-3-0 when they do not. The Isles are 3-1-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-4-0 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 8-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-4-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 2-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 1-1 in regulation. They are 1-0 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.

This back-to-back will conclude on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The next set of back-to-backs will be in Columbus on November 25th and against Philadelphia on November 26th. Including tonight, the Isles are 2-1-0 in the front end and 1-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Mathew Barzal (24:01);  Calgary: Rasmus Andersson (27:49)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 24:01 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (1-1-0), Noah Dobson (1-2-0), Adam Pelech (1-1-0), Ryan Pulock (2-1-0), Scott Mayfield (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (1-0-0)

Isles 32, Calgary 27 (54%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 20 of 25 for the Isles; no Flame won more than he lost. 

Hit Count
Isles 33 (Matt Martin and Ryan Pulock -5)
Calgary 28 (Two with 5)
None.  Season total: 1 (Lee)
Blocked Shots
Isles 18 (Three with 3)
Calgary 19 (MacKenzie Weegar- 4)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 62, Calgary 73  (Including 28-17 in the Isles' favor in the third period)
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 55, Calgary 67

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anders Lee +16
Calgary: Trevor Lewis +11

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Calgary 17
5-on-5: Isles 9, Calgary 14

Nikita Soshnikov, Ross Johnston
Games Lost: 4

Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures – STL goalie interference 11/3

Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures

League reviews:  1 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood)

Multi-Goal Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from two goals behind to win twice this season and have not allowed the opposition to do so.
For: Trailed 3-1, Won 5-3 vs. COL 10/29; Trailed 3-1, Won 4-3 (OT) vs CGY 11/7

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored two goals 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), Noah Dobson vs CGY 11/7 (4:02 OT)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,005…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Matt Martin 697 *** 10. Brent Sutter 694 *** 11. Brock Nelson 689 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 675… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Anders Lee 608 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 605 *** 19. Cal Clutterbuck 599

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 219 *** 11. Derek King 211 *** 12. Brock Nelson 210 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 178

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 381…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 234 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 191

1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 560 *** 9. John Tonelli 544 *** 10. Bob Bourne 542 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 401 ***  16. Anders Lee 380…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 325

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 +70 *** 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. Ilya Sorokin 45

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 split a pair of games over the weekend to run their record to 7-2-1-0.  Bridgeport beat Hartford 5-3 on Saturday but dropped a 1-0 decision to Providence on Sunday. 

Bridgeport heads to Hershey this weekend for games on Friday and Saturday.  

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will meet in Calgary on January 6th to conclude the season series.

The win snapped a three-game home losing streak and four-game overall losing streak to Calgary.

[MSGSN2 (pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles look for their second win of the season against their rivals as they face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 

The Isles blanked the Rangers 3-0 at UBS Arena thirteen days ago; they have shut out the Rangers six times in the last thirteen meetings and allowed a total of 23 goals.  

Semyon Varlamov has shut out the Rangers in each of his last four games at Madison Square Garden; that ties the NHL record (set by Ottawa's Alec Connell in 1926 against the NY Americans) for most consecutive road shutouts against one opponent.

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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