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"The Skinny"       By Eric Hornick Game 51 Isles 2, Detroit 0 Anders Lee broke a scoreless tie 4:44 into the second period and Ily...

Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Skinny: Boston 4, Isles 1

"The Skinny"      

By Eric Hornick

Game 46
Boston 4, Isles 1
Charlie McAvoy and Derek Forbort scored 3:12 apart in the second period to erase a 1-0 lead and the Boston Bruins went on to a 4-1 victory over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 17,255 at UBS Arena. 

Zach Parise had given the Isles a 1-0 lead after one, but for the fourth time on this homestand the Isles could not score in the final forty minutes.

The Isles are 23-19-4 and drop one point behind Pittsburgh for the second wild card spot; the Isles have played two more games. The Isles are 2-5-2 since the calendar turned to 2023 and head to Buffalo to face the Sabres on the back-end of this back-to-back on Thursday.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Zach Parise (13) Sebastian Aho (6), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (17) 15:41 BOS 0,NYI 1

2nd Period
Charlie McAvoy (3) Matt Grzelcyk (13), Charlie Coyle (14) 07:48  BOS 1,NYI 1
Derek Forbort (3) David Krejci (24), Pavel Zacha (22) 11:00 BOS 2,NYI 1

3rd Period
Brad Marchand (15) David Pastrnak (28), Charlie McAvoy (24) 05:03 BOS 3,NYI 1 PPG
Trent Frederic (10) Charlie Coyle (15), Craig Smith (4) 15:38 BOS 4,NYI 1

The Skinny   
The Isles did not reach 23 wins last season until March 11th (23-24-8)... The Isles went 0-6 on the power play; they are 3-26 in the last ten games and 3-51 in the last eighteen games …The Isles did kill three of four Bruin power plays and are now 58/64 (90.6%) on the home PK – which is the best in the NHL; they are 23-24 in the last 11 home games ..The Isles scored first for the fourth straight game … The Isles have scored eight goals in the last five games (1-2-2); all but one (Hudson Fasching vs. Washington) have been scored in the first period…Boston's two third period goals reduced the Isles' differential in that period to +5; the Isles were +16 in the third period through 23 games but are -11 over the last 23 games. Noah Dobson and Scott Mayfield remained at 99 points. They are looking to become the 25th and 26th defenseman in club history to reach 100 points…Jean-Gabriel Pageau recorded an assist for the 3rd straight game…Linus Ullmark won his 100th career game.

The New Guys
William Dufour made his NHL debut and Denis Cholowski made his Islander debut.  Both players went -2; Dufour played 6:48 and Cholowski played 13:58.  Dufour is the first Islander born in 2002; he'll celebrate his 21st birthday later this month.  Cholowski turns 25 in February; he has over 100 games of NHL experience, mainly with Detroit.

Last Year vs. This Year
2022-23  23-19-4 for 50 points in 46 games
2021-22  19-20-7 for 45 points in 46 games

Offense from Defense
Today:  0-1-1
Season: 27-68-95
Last Season (Final) 32-128-160

The Islander defense have scored 27 goals (tied with Florida and Carolina for the NHL lead); they didn't score their 27th goal last season until April 19th.  

Sorokin's House
Ilya Sorokin is 22-13-5 all-time at UBS Arena.  His goals against average of 2.03 trails only Frederik Anderson (2.02) among goalies who have made multiple home starts over the last two seasons and his save percentage of .933 is the best in the NHL over that span.  Sorokin went 9-1-0 at the Coliseum; he is 31-14-5 in his career at home and his .930 career save percentage is the best on home ice in NHL history (minimum 40 home games).

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise's goal was the 421st of his career, good for 9th among actives.  With that goal he passed Bill Barber and tied Stephane Richer, Vincent Lecavalier and Steve Thomas for 86th place with 421.

Home and Road
The Isles are 23-19-4 overall; they are 13-8-2 at home and 10-11-2 on the road.
Boston is 35-5-4 overall; they are 21-1-3 at home and 14-4-1on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 13-9-2 against the East (9-4-1 vs. Metropolitan and 4-5-1 vs. Atlantic) and 10-11-1 against the West (4-8-1 vs. Central and 6-3-0 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 64 games at UBS Arena and recorded 43 sellouts of 17,255. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,512
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,386
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 15-6-1 when scoring first and are 8-13-3 when allowing the opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles    10-10-6=26
Boston 6-9-9=24
The Isles are 12-8-1 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots are even and 10-11-3 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves; he is 8-5-1 on the season and 12-8-1 vs Boston. 

Linus Ullmark made 23 saves; he is 24-2-1 on the season and 6-5-1 vs. the Isles.

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-6 on the power play (9:46); Boston was 1-4 on the power play (5:07).

The Isles are 11-8-1 when they score at least one power play goal and 12-11-3 when they do not. The Isles are 11-8-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 12-11-3 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-5-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 2-14-2 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 8-3-4 in games decided by a single goal including 5-3 in regulation. They are 3-1 in games decided in overtime and are 0-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-7 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1-goal game into a 2-goal game.

Back-to-Backs  
This back-to-back set concludes on Thursday in Buffalo The next set of back-to-backs will be on January 27th vs Detroit and on January 28th vs. Vegas – that will be the only time this season that the Isles will play home games on consecutive days. Including tonight, the Isles are 4-5-0 in the front end and 5-3-0 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (23:21);  Boston: Derek Forfort (22:10)
Anthony Beauvillier led Isles forwards with 20:45 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-1-1), Noah Dobson (4-10-2), Adam Pelech (3-2-0), Ryan Pulock (5-3-0), Scott Mayfield (6-0-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 19, Boston 32 (37%)
Mathew Barzal won both of his draws for the Isles;  Patrice Bergeron won 11 of 14 for Boston. 

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Ryan Pulock -4)
Boston 24 (Connor Clifton -5)
Fights 
None. Season total: 13 (Martin-5, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2, Cizikas, Romanov)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 10 (Jean-Gabriel Pageau -3)
Boston 25 (Derek Forbort -6)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 66, Boston 49
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 42, Boston 38

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey +7
Boston:  Hampus Lindholm +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 11, Boston 8
5-on-5: Isles 7, Boston 5

Scratches
(Adam Pelech – upper body-IR), (Kyle Palmieri- upper body-IR), (Oliver Wahlstrom-IR), Ross Johnston, Parker Wotherspoon, Simon Holmstrom
Games Lost: 88

The Ironmen
Zach Parise played in his 128th consecutive Islander game; he has played in every game since joining the team in October 2021. It is the 20th-longest active streak in the NHL.  

Noah Dobson played in his 111h consecutive Islander game.

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

Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures – PIT offside 12/27

League reviews: 4 (Isles goal – Salo vs ANA 10/16 – stood; Isles no goal vs NSH 12/2-stood; Isles goal- Martin vs CHI 12/4-awarded; MIN goal (Gaudreau) 1/12 – awarded)

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute six times this season (five times 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 one goal 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)
Vs (1): Kappo Kaako @NYR  12/22 (17:13: GW)

Overtime Winners
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)
Vs. (1): Dimitry Orlov Vs WAS 1/16

Shootout Winners
Vs (3):  David Pastrnak @ BOS 12/13
Evan Rodrigues @ COL 12/19
Jason Robertson Vs DAL 1/10

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,035…
7. Mike Bossy 752 *** 8. Matt Martin 730 *** 9. Brock Nelson 722*** 10. Patrick Flatley 712 *** 11. Casey Cizikas 708… 
13. John Tavares 669 *** 14. Anders Lee 642 *** 15. Derek King 638 *** 16. Billy Harris 623 *** 17. Stefan Persson 622 *** 18. Cal Clutterbuck 620

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 227 *** 11. Brock Nelson 220 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 182

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 391…
15. Billy Harris 259*** 16. Mathew Barzal 250 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Brock Nelson 206…
23. Ed Westfall 181 *** 24. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 25. Alexei Yashin and Duane Sutter 171 *** 27. Anders Lee 169

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
6.  Brent Sutter 610 *** 7. Josh Bailey 573  …
14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 426 ***  16. Anders Lee 396 *** 17. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369…19. Mathew Barzal 352

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
15. Bob Lorimer +105 *** 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. Ryan Pulock +55 *** 24. Greg Gilbert +54

Defense Goals
1. Denis Potvin 310 *** 2. Tomas Jonsson 84 *** Kenny Jonsson 57…
6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 7. Roman Hamrlik 43 **** 8. Mark Streit and  Ryan Pulock 40 *** 10. Johnny Boychuk *** 11. Adrian Aucoin 33 *** 12. Bryan Berard 31***13. Vladimir Malakhov and Noah Dobson 27

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Roman Hamrlik 120 *** 10. Ryan Pulock 121…
18. Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95 *** 20. Adam Pelech 92

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 161…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 19. Adam Pelech 114

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
10. Evgeni Nabokov 57 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 56 *** 12. Ilya Sorokin 54

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Tommy Salo 14 ***5. Ilya Sorokin 13 *** 6. Semyon Varlamov and Jaroslav Halak 12 

On the Farm
Bridgeport is 16-15-6-1 on the season, heading into Friday's game in Rochester. 

Andy Andreoff leads the team (and is tied-4th in the AHL) with 19 goals, while Chis Terry continues to lead in assists (26) and points (37).   William Dufour, who made his NHL debut against Boston, now has 13 goals, and is tied-4th among AHL rookies; Dufour has points in 9 of his last 10 games.

Season Series Stats
Boston leads the season series, 2 games to 0 (and 4 points to 1). The teams will meet in Boston on February 18th to conclude the season series. 

The Isles had won six straight regular season home games from Boston, sweeping four games in the 2021 COVID season and then defeating the Bruins twice last season.  The Bruins had scored only seven goals in the six games, which mark the longest Islander home win streak vs. Boston in their history.  

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th –ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO 7:30pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 7:00), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles play the back-end of this back-to-back and provide the opposition for Ryan Miller's jersey retirement as they face the Sabres in Buffalo. 

It is the first meeting of the teams this season and the only one in Western NY.

The home team has dominated this series in recent years, winning the last nine games; overall the Isles are 1-4-0 in their last five games against Buffalo.

The Sabres will visit Long Island on both March 7th and March 25 to complete the season series. The Isles have won ten straight at home from Buffalo (three in Brooklyn, six at the Coliseum and one at UBS Arena).

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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