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The Skinny: Isles 4, Columbus 3 (OT)

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 16
Isles 4, Columbus 3 (OT)
On Hockey Fights Cancer Night, it was the son of an Islander who passed away from cancer that became the hero. Zach Parise scored his 9th career overtime goal 39 seconds into the extra session as the Islanders overcame three one-goal deficits to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena. 

After a scoreless first period, the Jackets scored twice in the middle session, only to have a goal from Brock Nelson (part of his career-high ten shots) even the score.  Marcus Bjork, in his NHL debut, scored 9:38 into the third period but Scott Mayfield forced overtime was his fourth goal of the season.

The Isles head on the road for four games, crossing the US-Canadian border four times in the process, beginning on Monday in Ottawa.

The Scoring:
1st Period
No Goals

2nd Period
Cole Sillinger (1) Yegor Chinakhov (5), Jake Bean (4) 03:09 CBJ 1,NYI 0 PPG
Brock Nelson (7) Scott Mayfield (2), Sebastian Aho (1) 07:27 CBJ 1,NYI 1
Emil Bemstrom (1) Gustav Nyquist (3), Jake Bean (5) 10:15 CBJ 2,NYI 1
Brock Nelson (8) Anders Lee (7), Sebastian Aho (2) 19:15 CBJ 2,NYI 2

3rd Period
Marcus Bjork (1) Emil Bemstrom (1), Gustav Nyquist (4) 09:38 CBJ 3,NYI 2
Scott Mayfield (4) Mathew Barzal (16), Oliver Wahlstrom (4) 12:51 CBJ 3,NYI 3

OT
Zach Parise (5) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (7), Adam Pelech (5) 00:39 CBJ 3,NYI 4

The Skinny             
The Isles did not reach ten wins last season until January 1st (10-12-6)...Scott Mayfield scored just three times last season; his career high of 5 was set in 2019-20…Sebastian Aho recorded his first multi-assist game…Mathew Barzal has twelve assists in the last eleven games (0-12-12); he is the first Islander since Pierre Turgeon (1992-93) to have at least sixteen assists in the first sixteen games. … The Isles have outscored their opponents 26-14 in the third period with five of those 22 goals being empty netters … The Isles lead the NHL with 26 third period goals; they have scored 27 goals in the 1st period, 2nd period, and overtime combined… The Isles have allowed eight power play goals in the last eight games after being perfect on the penalty kill in the first eight games this season… Matt Martin played in his 700th game for the Isles…Each of the last two Isles games have been tied after two periods; none of the first 14 were tied through 40 minutes…The Isles are 2-0 in overtime and have scored on both of their shots on goal…The Isles have now earned six comeback wins, including four where they trailed in the third period.

First Times in a Really Long Time
Brock Nelson is the first Islander since John Tavares (1-22-2017 vs. Philadelphia) to have ten shots on goal in the game.  Nobody has had more since Wendel Clark had 11 on December 21, 1995, in Dallas. 

Marcus Bjork is the first opponent to score against the Isles in his NHL debut since Justin Holl did so for Toronto on January 31, 2018. 

One for the History Books
Zach Parise is the oldest player in club history to score in overtime.  Zach (38 years, 107 days) is about nine months older than Lubomir Visnovsky was when he scored in overtime on February 27, 2014.

Most Assists Without a Goal (First 16 team-games)
1. Gary Suter 17 (1991-92)
2. Nik Antropov 16 (2009-10)
        Mathew Barzal 16 (2022-23)

Lots of Shots
The Isles matched a season high with 46 shots.  It is the third time this season that the Isles have had at least 44 shots. Florida is the only team in the NHL to have at least 44 shots four times.

The Isles had at least 44 shots only once last season; it is the first time since 2014-15 that this has happened.

Last Year vs. This Year
2021-22  10-6-0 for 20 points in 16 games
2020-21  5-9-2 for 12 points in 16 games

Offense from Defense
Today:  1-4-5
Season: 13-24-37
Last Season (Final) 32-128-160

The Islander defense have scored thirteen goals (breaking a tie with San Jose for the NHL lead); they didn't score their 13th goal last season until February 1st.  The Islander defense has the most points in the Eastern Conference (and are third in the NHL).

The Isles have two defensemen with at least four goals on the season; last season that did not happen until game 79 (April 24th vs. Carolina).

Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 4-3-0 this season,  despite allowing just 12 goals in the seven games (1.86 GAA, .945 save percentage). The Isles have scored only two goals in his three home losses this year and only ten goals in his eight career regulation losses at UBS.

Among goalies who have played at least twelve home games over the last two seasons, Sorokin has the second-highest save percentage (.933) and the third-lowest goals against average (2.08). 

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise's overtime tally was his 413th career goal, good for 9th among actives.  Zach is now tied with Garry Unger and Islander Assistant Coach John MacLean for 92nd place.  Tony Amonte is 91st with 416 goals.

It was Parise's ninth career overtime goal but only his second since leaving the Devils  a decade ago.

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 (21-61-82)
Paul Boutilier (20-69-89) 

Dobson is now 4th in goals and tied-3rd in points. The Isles will play 41 games this season before Dobson turns 23 on January 7, 2023.

Home and Road
The Isles are 10-6-0 overall; they are 6-3-0 at home and 4-3-0 on the road.
Columbus is 4-9-1 overall; they are 3-5-0 at home and 1-4-1 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 4-5-0 against the East and 6-1-0 against the West.

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 50 games at UBS Arena and recorded 34 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 1,497
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,373
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 5-0-0 when scoring first and are 5-6-0 when allowing the opening goal.  

The Shots
Isles      10-22-13-1=46
Columbus 6-15-8-0=29
The Isles are 5-2-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 5-3-0 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin made 26 saves; he is 7-4-0 on the season and 2-0-1 vs Columbus.

Joonas Korpisalo made 42 saves; he is 1-1-1 on the season and 3-2-3 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Columbus was 1-2 on the power play (3:53). 

The Isles are 4-2-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 6-4-0 when they do not. The Isles are 5-2-0 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 10-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-5-0 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 4-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 2-1 in regulation. They are 2-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 2-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs
The next set of back-to-backs will be in Columbus on November 25th and against Philadelphia on November 26th.  The Isles are 2-1-0 in the front end and 2-1-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (21:32);  Columbus: Vladislav Gabrikov (22:50)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 20:52 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-0), Noah Dobson (2-3-0), 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)

Face-offs
Isles 34, Columbus 27 (56%)
Brock Nelson won 8 of 11 for the Isles; Brendan Gaunce won 10 of 18 for Columbus. 

Hit Count
Isles 15 (Casey Cizikas-4)
Columbus 19 (Andrew Peeke -5)
Fights 
None.  Season total: 2 (Lee, Martin)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 17 (Three with 3)
Columbus 20 (Two with 3)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 80, Columbus 59  
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 61, Columbus 52

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Brock Nelson +12
Columbus: Jake Bean +10

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 21, Columbus 14
5-on-5: Isles 16, Columbus 12

Scratches
Robin Salo, Ross Johnston, Nikita Soshnikov
Games Lost: 7

Challenges
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 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from two goals behind after two periods to win three times 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; 
Trailed 3-1, Won 4-3 at NYR 11/8

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), 

Overtime Winners
For (2): Noah Dobson vs CGY 11/7 (4:02)
Zach Parise vs CBJ 11/12 (0:39) 

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,008…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Matt Martin 700 *** 10. Brent Sutter 694 *** 11. Brock Nelson 692 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 678… 
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Anders Lee 611 *** 18. Frans Nielsen 605 *** 19. Cal Clutterbuck 601

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 220 *** 11. Brock Nelson 213 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 178

Assists
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 236 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 22. Brock Nelson 191

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
6.  Brent Sutter 610 *** 7. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 8. Josh Bailey 560  …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 404 ***  16. Anders Lee 382…
22. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 23. Mathew Barzal 327

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Garry Howatt +75 *** 18. Adam Pelech +71 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54   

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Mark Fitzpatrick and Semyon Varlamov 51 *** 13. Chris Osgood 49 *** 14. Ilya Sorokin 46

Shutouts
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 is 7-2-3-0 on the season, after dropping a pair of overtime goals this weekend in Hershey.  

Rookie Ruslan Ishakov leads the team in points (14) and is tied for the club assist lead with Samuel Bolduc (10). Andy Andreoff leads the team in goals (6).   Cory Schneider is 5-1-1 on the season for the Baby Isles.

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series, 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will next meet on Black Friday in Columbus. 

The Isles have won four straight from Columbus and are 10-3-1 in the last fourteen games between the teams.

UP NEXT
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14th  —ISLANDERS AT OTTAWA 5:30pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 5:00pm), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles look to get the road trip off to a good start when they visit the Senators. 

The Isles swept the three-game series last season, outscoring the Sens 12-4.  The Isles are 11-2-0 in the last 13 meetings with Ottawa, including 5-1-0 in the last six games in Kanata.

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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