By Eric Hornick
Isles 6, New Jersey 4
Brock Nelson and Anders Lee combined for three goals and 18 shots on goal and the Identity Line scored twice as the Isles built a 6-2 lead and then held off the Devils for a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey before a sellout crowd of 16,514 at Prudential Center.
New Jersey played 7:33 of the 3rd period with six attackers, scoring once, but the Islander defense held the Devils off to secure the victory.
The Isles improve to 17-11-0 and will host Carolina on Saturday.
Nico Hischier (12) Jesper Bratt (19), Dougie Hamilton (13) 05:32 NYI 0,NJD 1 PPG
Brock Nelson (13) Alexander Romanov (7) 15:37 NYI 1,NJD 1
Anders Lee (9) Alexander Romanov (8), Scott Mayfield (4) 19:51 NYI 2,NJD 1
Casey Cizikas (1) Matt Martin (5), Cal Clutterbuck (2) 03:31 NYI 3,NJD 1
Oliver Wahlstrom (7) Josh Bailey (5), Mathew Barzal (26) 04:05 NYI 4,NJD 1
Dawson Mercer (7) Jack Hughes (19), Ryan Graves (6) 06:03 NYI 4,NJD 2
Brock Nelson (14) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9), Mathew Barzal (27) 16:47 NYI 5,NJD 2 PPG
Cal Clutterbuck (3) 01:00 NYI 6,NJD 2
Tomas Tatar (7) Jonas Siegenthaler (8), Jesper Bratt (20) 02:30 NYI 6,NJD 3
Jack Hughes (14) Dougie Hamilton (14), Jonas Siegenthaler (9) 13:39 NYI 6,NJD 4
The Isles went 1-4 on the power play; the power play is now 8-26 in the last eight games and 11-37 in the last twelve games… Since opening the season 2-4-0, the Isles are 15-7-0 in the last 22 games… The Isles did not reach 17 wins last season until February 9th (17-17-6)... Brock Nelson has a point in a career-best seven straight games (5-3-8); all 14 of his goals have come in the last 21 games…Since October 28th, only four players in the NHL have more points than Brock Nelson.… Casey Cizikas and Oliver Wahlstrom scored 34 seconds apart in the second period; it was the 3rd straight game (and 6th time this season) that the Isles have scored two goals in under one minute… Mathew Barzal moved into the top 20 on the all-time Isles point list, passing Pierre Turgeon… Matt Martin tied Patrick Flatley (712) for 8th in games played, while Anders Lee, who scored for the first time in 14 games, passed Stefan Persson and tied Billy Harris (623)…Alexander Romanov had his first multi-point game as an Islander and his first fight with the team; he missed a Gordie Howe hat trick (and his first goal with the team) when Jack Hughes blocked his empty-net chance…It's the first time since October 24th that the Devils allowed four goals in regulation (or five goals at any time)…The Isles scored six goals in Newark for the first time ever; they last scored six goals in New Jersey on March 14, 2006…The Isles improved to 7-2 in the Metro Division…Anders Lee had a career-high ten shots on goal and finished with 16 attempts….The Isles scored at least six goals for the third time this season, matching last season's total...Jack Hughes played the final 6:02 for New Jersey; it is the longest recorded shift in NHL history.
Anthony Beauvillier left the game midway through the first period following a collision with the boards; he did not return. Cal Clutterbuck missed about half of the first period following a collision with Brendan Smith. Miles Wood left the game midway through the second period following a collision with Alexander Romanov; he did not return.
First Time in a Ridiculously Long Time
Anders Lee (10) and Brock Nelson (8) are the first Islander teammates with at least eight shots on goal in the same game since Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy (8 each) did so on December 23, 1978. Trottier had six points in the second period to set an NHL record (since tied by Mika Zibanejad).
It happened two other times prior to that, so this is only the 4th time in club history.
A Good Start
This was only the 2nd time all season that Isles have scored twice in first period (Anaheim on October 15th) The Isles have won 26 straight games (dating back to January 2021) when scoring multiple goals in the first period (Led after one period in 25 of the 26, tied in the other).
Lots of Shots
The Isles matched their club record for outshooting the opponent in each period (11 periods): by outshooting New Jersey in the first two periods. The previous mark was set December 17 – 23, 2009.
Both Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had points tonight; they are now 28 games into the season without being held pointless in consecutive games. Only thirteen other players in the NHL have done this and New Jersey, Toronto and Winnipeg are the only other teams with multiple players.
Last Year vs. This Year
• 2021-22 17-11-0 for 34 points in 28 games
• 2020-21 10-12-6 for 26 points in 28 games
Offense from Defense
• Today: 0-3-3
• Season: 20-44-64
• Last Season (Final) 32-128-160
The Islander defense have scored an NHL-leading 20 goals; they didn't score their 20th goal last season until March 19th.
Zach Parise has 417th career goal, good for 9th among actives, and tied with Jason Arnott is 90th all-time. Bill Barber is 89th with 420 career goals.
Most Goals and Points by an Islander Defenseman before 23rd Birthday
• Denis Potvin (72-168-240)
• Bryan Berard (26-83-109)
• Noah Dobson (25-64-89)
• Tomas Jonsson (22-60-82)
• Paul Boutilier (20-69-89)
Dobson is now 3rd in goals and tied for 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 17-11-0 overall; they are 9-5-0 at home and 8-6-0 on the road.
New Jersey is 21-5-1 overall; they are 10-4-1 at home and 11-1-0 on the road.
East and West
The Isles are 9-6-0 against the East (7-2-0 vs. Metropolitan and 2-4-0 vs. Atlantic) and 8-5-0 against the West (4-5-0 vs. Central and 4-0-0 vs. Pacific).
Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 55 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 1,380
3. Glen Sather 1,319
First Things First
The Isles are 11-2-0 when scoring first and are 6-9-0 when allowing the opening goal.
New Jersey 9-9-11=29
The Isles are 7-5-0 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 25 saves; he is 7-3-0 on the season and 8-4-0 vs New Jersey.
Vitek Vanecek made 13 saves before being replaced by Akira Schmid. Schmid also made 13 saves, but the 6-on-5 goal scored by NJ made him the losing goalie; he is 5-1-0 on the season and 0-2-0 vs. the Isles.
The Isles were 1-4 on the power play (7:05); New Jersey was 1-3 on the power play (4:33).
The Isles are 9-7-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 8-4-0 when they do not. The Isles are 9-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 8-7-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 17-3-0 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 3-5 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 Saturday vs. Carolina. The next set of back-to-backs will be in Arizona on December 16th and in Vegas on December 17th. Including tonight, the Isles are 4-1-0 in the front end and 3-1-0 in the back end.
Isles: Scott Mayfield (career-high 25:17); New Jersey: Jack Hughes (26:13, including the final 6:02)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau led Isles forwards with 23:22 of ice-time.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-0), Noah Dobson (2-6-0), Adam Pelech (3-2-0), Ryan Pulock (4-1-0), Scott Mayfield (3-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0)
Isles 37, New Jersey 27 (58%)
Casey Cizikas won 9 of 11 for the Isles; no Devils won more than he lost.
Isles 21 (Cal Clutterbuck -4)
New Jersey 11 (Miles Wood -3)
Alexander Romanov fought Michael McLeod in the second period. Season total: 11 (Martin-3, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2, Cizikas, Romanov)
Isles 25 (Scott Mayfield -5)
New Jersey 15 (Three with 2)
For the Analytics Crowd
Corsi: All situations: Isles 61, New Jersey 70
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 38, New Jersey 44
Isles: Anders Lee +10
New Jersey: Jesper Bratt +9
High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 20, New Jersey 7
5-on-5: Isles 12, New Jersey 5
(Kyle Palmieri-upper body-LTIR), (Adam Pelech – upper body), Ross Johnston, Hudson Fasching
Games Lost: 18
Zach Parise played in his 110th 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 six times this season (five time at home and once on road):
• 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)
• 0:21 12/6 vs STL (Fasching and Pageau)
• 0:34 12/9 @ NJD (Cizikas and Wahlstrom)
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 1,017…
7. Mike Bossy 752 *** 8. Patrick Flatley and Matt Martin 712 *** 10. Brock Nelson 704 *** 11. Brent Sutter 694 *** 12. Casey Cizikas 690…
14. Derek King 638 *** 15. Billy Harris and Anders Lee 623 *** 17. Stefan Persson 622 *** 18. Cal Clutterbuck 609
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 221 *** 11. Brock Nelson 219 *** 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 384…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 17. Mathew Barzal 2475 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Nick Leddy 198 *** 21. Brock Nelson 196…
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 564 …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 413 *** 16. Anders Lee 386…
19. Fran Nielsen 349 *** 20. Mathew Barzal 341
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
16. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 17. Garry Howatt +75 *** 18. Adam Pelech +74 *** 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 55 *** 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 are 13-5-4-0 following a 4-2 loss on Friday to Hershey. Ruslan Ishakov and Cole Bardreau scored for Bridgeport. The Islanders play a home-and-home with Providence on Saturday and Sunday.
Andy Andreoff leads the team in goals (11) and Samuel Bolduc leads the team in assists (15); Chris Terry now has 20 points to take over the team lead. Cory Schneider is 9-2-1 on the season for Bridgeport.
Season Series Stats
The season series is even, 1 game to 1 (and 2 points to 2). The teams will complete the season series at UBS Arena on March 27th.
The Isles are 8-2-0 in their last ten trips to Newark.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th – CAROLINA AT ISLANDERS 7:30pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles return home for a game with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. It is the second meeting of the season; the Isles won 6-2 in Raleigh on October 28th.
Carolina was the only Metropolitan Division opponent that visited UBS once last season; Carolina beat the Isles 5-2 in the final week of the regular season. In fact, the Canes have won their last three games against the Isles in New York; the last Islander home win was on November 24, 2018, at Barclays Center.
The Islanders will wear their Reverse Retro jerseys for the first time.
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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