By Eric Hornick
Isles 3, Chicago 0
Matt Martin keyed a three-goal second period with a goal awarded after video review and Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves for his 37th career shutout as the Islanders snapped their two-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks before a crowd of 16,124 at UBS Arena.
Zach Parise and Brock Nelson scored 43 seconds apart to make it 3-0 before the second period ended and Varlamov blanked the Hawks the rest of the way for his fourth career shutout against Chicago.
The Isles improved to 16-10-0 and will conclude their homestand on Tuesday against St. Louis.
Matt Martin (3) Casey Cizikas (5), Scott Mayfield (3) 08:58 CHI 0,NYI 1
Zach Parise (8) Adam Pelech (8), Ryan Pulock (11) 14:31 CHI 0,NYI 2
Brock Nelson (12) Anthony Beauvillier (6), Anders Lee (12) 15:14 CHI 0,NYI 3
The Isles went 0-2 on the power play; the power play is now 9-31 in the last ten games… Since opening the season 2-4-0, the Isles are 14-6-0 in the last 20 games… The Isles did not reach 16 wins last season until February 1st (16-16-6)... Brock Nelson has a point in five straight games (3-2-5)… The Isles had at least 40 shots for the second straight game; it is the first time since March 2018 that has happened…Matt Martin's goal ended an Islander stretch of 165:39 without a 5-on-5 goal…Hudson Fasching made his Islander debut and appeared in his 39th NHL game…Anthony Beauvillier earned his 200th career point on the Brock Nelson goal…All of Nelson's 12 goals have come since October 28th, leaving him tied for 6th in that span…The Isles allowed a season-low 21 shots…It was the 4th time this season (all at home) that the Isles have scored two goals in under one minute…Matt Martin's goal was his first since October 28th in Carolina….Anders Lee now has twelve assists; he has never had more than 23 in an NHL season…The Isles outshot the opponent in each period for the second straight game; this also happened in October vs. Anaheim and San Jose after not happening in consecutive games since January 2015…Semyon Varlamov tied Ilya Sorokin and Jaroslav Halak for 5th place on the Isles' shutout list (12); his current shutout streak is 90:32.
The opponent is on the back end of a back-to-back for all three games on this homestand. Nashville played at New Jersey, while both Chicago and St. Louis visited UBS the day after playing at Madison Square Garden. It is the first time in Islander history that a rested Islander team has hosted a team that has played at another metro-area opponent for three straight games.
Last Year vs. This Year
• 2021-22 16-10-0 for 32 points in 26 games
• 2020-21 8-12-6 for 22 points in 26 games
Offense from Defense
• Today: 0-3-3
• Season: 19-40-59
• Last Season (Final) 32-128-160
The Islander defense have scored an NHL-leading nineteen goals; they didn't score their 19th goal last season until March 3rd.
Home is Where The Sorokin Is
Ilya Sorokin went 13-5-4 at UBS Arena last season and is 5-4-0 this season, despite allowing just 14 goals in the nine games (1.75 GAA, .951 save percentage). The Isles have scored only three goals in his four home losses this year and only 11 goals in his nine career regulation losses at UBS.
Sorokin has the 2nd highest home save percentage in the NHL this season (Connor Hellebuyck .957). Among goalies who have played at least eighteen home games over the last two seasons, Sorokin has the highest save percentage (.936) and the lowest goals against average (2.01).
Zach Parise scored his 416th career goal, good for 9th among actives; he tied Tony Amonte for 91st all-time and 10th among American-born players. Jason Arnott is 90th all-time with 417 goals.
Most Goals and Points by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
• Denis Potvin (72-168-240)
• Bryan Berard (26-83-109)
• Noah Dobson (24-63-87)
• Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
• Paul Boutilier (20-69-89)
Dobson is now 3rd in goals and 4th in points. The Isles will play 41 games this season before Dobson turns 23 on January 7, 2023.
Home and Road
The Isles are 16-10-0 overall; they are 9-4-0 at home and 7-6-0 on the road.
Chicago is 7-13-4 overall; they are 4-7-2 at home and 3-6-2 on the road.
East and West
The Isles are 8-6-0 against the East (6-2-0 vs. Metropolitan and 2-4-0 vs. Atlantic) and 8-4-0 against the West (4-4-0 vs. Central and 4-0-0 vs. Pacific).
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 54 games at UBS Arena and recorded 36 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 1,503
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,379
3. Glen Sather 1,319
This was Lou's 2,700 game as an NHL GM, tying Glen Sather on the all-time list.
First Things First
The Isles are 11-2-0 when scoring first and are 5-8-0 when allowing the opening goal.
The Isles are 6-4-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 10-6-0 when they are outshot.
In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves; he is 6-3-0 on the season and 15-6-4 vs Chicago with four shutouts.
Arvid Soderblom made 37 saves; he is 2-6-2 on the season and 0-1-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (4:00); Chicago was 0-1 on the power play (2:00).
The Isles are 8-6-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-4-0 when they do not. The Isles are 8-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-6-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 16-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-8-0 when they do not.
The Isles are 6-2-0 in games decided by a single goal including 3-2 in regulation. They are 3-0 in games decided in overtime and are 0-0 in shootouts. The Isles are 3-4 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 in New Jersey on December 9th and against Carolina on December 10th. The Isles are 3-1-0 in the front end and 3-1-0 in the back end.
Isles: Ryan Pulock (21:41); Chicago: Jake McCabe (23:27)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 17:37 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-0), Noah Dobson (2-5-0), Adam Pelech (3-2-0), Ryan Pulock (4-1-0), Scott Mayfield (2-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0)
Isles 24, Chicago 33 (42%)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau won 10 of 17 for the Isles; Max Domi won 9 of 13 for Chicago.
Isles 19 (Matt Martin and Alexander Romanov-5)
Chicago 19 (Two with 3)
Casey Cizikas fought Reese Johnston in the first period. Season total: 10 (Martin-3, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2, Cizikas)
Isles 15 (Ryan Pulock-3)
Chicago 20 (Jake McCabe-4)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 73, Chicago 51
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 61, Chicago 48
Isles: Matt Martin and Hudson Fasching +12
Chicago: Reese Johnson +6
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 10, Chicago 10
5-on-5: Isles 9, Chicago 10
(Kyle Palmieri-upper body-LTIR), (Cal Clutterbuck – upper body), Ross Johnston, Robin Salo
Games Lost: 16
Zach Parise played in his 108th consecutive Islander game; he has played in every game since joining the team in October 2021.
Isles: 1 successful, 0 failures – STL goalie interference 11/3
Opponents: 0 successful, 0 failures
League reviews: 3 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood; Isles no goal vs NSH 12/2-stood; Isles goal- Martin vs CHI 12/4-awarded)
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute four times this season (all at home):
• 0:17 10/29 vs. COL (Mayfield and Beauvillier)
• 0:59 11/7 vs. CGY (Lee and Palmieri)
• 0:22 11/26 vs PHI (Nelson and Beauvillier)
• 0:43 12/4 vs CHI (Parise and Nelson)
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 two goal and allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period that were either the winning goal or forced overtime.
For(2): Brock Nelson vs COL 10/29 (18:39;EN/GW)
Josh Bailey @ TOR 11/21 (17:02; Isles won in OT)
For (3): Noah Dobson vs CGY 11/7 (4:02)
Zach Parise vs CBJ 11/12 (0:39)
Anthony Beauvillier @ TOR 11/21 (1:56)
All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,015…
8. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 9. Matt Martin 710 *** 10. Brock Nelson 702 *** 11. Brent Sutter 694 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 688…
15. Billy Harris 623 *** 16. Stefan Persson 622 *** 17. Anders Lee 621 *** 18. Cal Clutterbuck 609
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 220 *** 11. Brock Nelson 217 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206 *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 180
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 382…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 244 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Brock Nelson 195…
25. Alexei Yashin and Duane Sutter 171 *** 27. Jean Potvin 167 *** 28. Jeff Norton and Anders Lee 166
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 562 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 412 *** 16. Anders Lee 386…
19. Fran Nielsen 349 *** 20. Pierre Turgeon 340 *** 21. Mathew Barzal 338
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Garry Howatt and Adam Pelech +75 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54
1. Denis Potvin 310 *** 2. Tomas Jonsson 84 *** Kenny Jonsson 57…
6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 7. Roman Hamrlik 43 **** 8. Mark Streit 40 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 39
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Roman Hamrlik 120 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 119…
18. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 20. Adam Pelech 92
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 158…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 19. Adam Pelech 126
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 54 *** 12. Mark Fitzpatrick 51 *** 13. Chris Osgood and Ilya Sorokin 49
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 *** 5. Semyon Varlamov, Ilya Sorokin, and Jaroslav Halak 12
On the Farm
The Isles split a pair of games over the weekend, winning 5-1 in Wilkes Barre-Scranton and dropping a 3-1 decision to Springfield on Sunday.
Andy Andreoff leads the team in goals (11) and Samuel Bolduc leads the team in assists (15); Andreoff, Bolduc and Chris Terry all have 19 points to share the team lead. Cory Schneider is 9-1-1 on the season for Bridgeport; only two AHL goalies have more wins.
The Islanders host Hershey Friday and then play a home-and-home with Providence next Saturday/Sunday.
Season Series Stats
The Isles sweep the season series, 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 0).
The Isles are 4-1-2 in their last seven games with Chicago; their only regulation defeat in that stretch came on December 27, 2019, in their first meeting with ex-mate Robin Lehner.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th —ST. LOUIS AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles look to sweep the season series as they entertain the St. Louis Blues.
The Isles defeated St. Louis 5-2 in Missouri back on November 3rd to extend their recent string of success over St. Louis to 6-1-1. The Isles have also won straight at home against the Blues and are 5-0-1 against St. Louis in their last six home games since losing to Martin Brodeur (in relief) on December 6, 2014. However, all six games in the streak have been one-goal games.
This is the third of three straight home games where a rested Islander team will host an opponent who played the previous night. St. Louis is at The Garden on Monday.
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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