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The Skinny: Boston 6, Isles 2

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 59
Boston 6, Isles 2
Trent Frederic scored twice, and three other Bruins had multi-point games as the 
Bruins scored three goals in both the first and second period to defeat the 
Islanders 6-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,850 at TD Garden.  

Kyle Palmieri briefly got the Isles back in the game at 6:46 of the 2nd but Patrice 
Bergeron scored 91 seconds to regain the three-goal lead for Boston.

The Isles fall to 28-24-7 and head to Pittsburgh for a game Monday at 7pm. 
The Isles currently hold the 2nd Wild Card spot and remain one point ahead 
of Washington and Florida; they are tied with Pittsburgh (the first WC), but the 
Penguins have played four fewer games.  All four of those teams lost on Saturday.

The Scoring:
1st Period
Jake DeBrusk (17) Brad Marchand (31), David Pastrnak (36) 02:19 NYI 0,BOS 1 PPG
Nick Foligno (9) Derek Forbort (6), A.J. Greer (5) 09:15 NYI 0,BOS 2
Trent Frederic (12) Charlie McAvoy (31), Nick Foligno (16) 17:19 NYI 0,BOS 3

2nd Period
Kyle Palmieri (9) Anders Lee (19), Noah Dobson (24) 06:46 NYI 1,BOS 3
Patrice Bergeron (20) Jake DeBrusk (15), Charlie McAvoy (32) 08:17 NYI 1,BOS 4
Trent Frederic (13) 11:30 NYI 1,BOS 5
Pavel Zacha (13) Charlie Coyle (18) 18:31 NYI 1,BOS 6

3rd Period
Matt Martin (7) Ryan Pulock (16), Andy Andreoff (1) 13:42  NYI 2, BOS 6

The Skinny    
Brock Nelson saw his career-high twelve game point streak end; it matches John 
Tavares (2012) and Mark Parrish (2001) for the longest Islander point streak in 
the 21st Century …Nelson also had a four-game goal streak end …  Noah Dobson 
has a career-best five-game assist streak (1-6-7) … Officially, the Isles went 0-2 
on the power play and are 6-19 on the power play since the All-Star Break, 
after hitting the break having gone 3-prior 64… The Isles allowed the first goal 
for only the 5th time in the last 17 games … The Isles have scored 42 goals in 
the last eighteen games (6-7-5); 18 of those goals have been scored in the first 
period…The Isles outscored Pittsburgh and Boston 3-0 this weekend in the third 
period… The Isles' third period differential improves to +2; the Isles were +16 
in the third period through 23 games but are -14 over the last 36 games… David 
Pastrnak recorded his 300th assist… Andy Andreoff earned his first assist as an 
Islander; it was Andreoff's 13th career assist but his first since 11/15/2019…
The Bergeron goal was the 8th scored by Boston in 4-on-4 play this season, 
allowing only 1; the Isles have been outscored 5-1 in 4-on-4 play…Anders Lee 
recorded his 7th 40-point season.

The Injury
Mathew Barzal played only 1:32 before leaving with an injury. He did not return.

First Time in a Long Time
The Isles allowed at least 3 goals in both the first and second period for the first 
time since November 1, 2016, against Tampa Bay (at Barclays).

The Streak Ends
For the first time this season, the Isles lost by more than three goals. It is the first
 time in club history that they had gone 58 games into a season without having
 that happen.  Boston and New Jersey are the only remaining teams that have 
not lost any game this season by at least four goals.

Last Year vs. This Year
2022-23  28-24-7 for 63 points in 59 games
2021-22  26-24-9 for 61 points in 59 games; finished 37-35-10 for 84 points.

Offense from Defense
Today:  0-2-2
Season: 30-92-122
Last Season (Final) 32-128-160

The Islander defense have scored 30 goals; they didn't score their 30th goal 
last season until game 80 on April 26th.   

Best of the Best
Ilya Sorokin has 15 shutouts in 112 career starts. He has recorded a shutout in 
13.4% of his starts, which is the best in NHL history (since 1943-44) among 
goalies with at least 100 starts:
Ilya Sorokin 13.4%
Roman Cechmanek 12.2%
Ken Dryden 11.8%
Dominik Hasek 11.3%

Zach Attack 
Zach Parise has 423 career goals, good for 9th among actives and 85th all-time. 
Steve Shutt is 84th with 424 goals.

Home and Road
The Isles are 28-24-7 overall; they are 17-10-3 at home and 11-14-4 on the road.
Boston is 42-8-5 overall; they are 23-2-3 at home and 19-6-2 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 16-13-5 against the East (11-5-1 vs. Metropolitan and 5-8-5 vs. 
Atlantic) and 12-11-2 against the West (4-7-2 vs. Central and 8-4-0 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 71 games at UBS Arena and recorded 49 sellouts of 17,255. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL 
history:
1. David Poile 1,517
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,391
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 19-8-3 when scoring first and are 9-16-4 when allowing the 
opening goal. 

The Shots
Isles       6-12-10=28
Boston  12-6-9=27
The Isles are 14-10-2 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-0-0 when the shots 
are even and 14-14-5 when they are outshot. 

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves; he is 10-7-2 on the season and 12-9-4 vs Boston. 

Linus Ullmark made 26 saves; he is 28-4-1 on the season and 7-5-1 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 0-2 on the power play (2:04); Boston was 1-2 on the power play (2:43).

The Isles are 13-9-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 15-15-4 when 
they do not. The Isles are 11-12-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 
17-12-5 when they do not.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 23-6-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout 
winners) and are 5-18-4 when they do not.

One-Goal Games
The Isles are 11-5-7 in games decided by a single goal including 7-5 in regulation. 
They are 4-3 in games decided in overtime and are 0-4 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   
The next set of back-to-backs will be on March 14th in Los Angeles and on 
March 15th in Anaheim. Including tonight, the Isles are 7-5-0 in the front end 
and 7-4-1 in the back end. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Alexander Romanov (20:23);  Boston: Hampus Lindholm (24:35)
Bo Horvat led Isles forwards with 19:28 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Alexander Romanov (2-2-1), Noah Dobson (4-11-2), 
Adam Pelech (5-2-0), Ryan Pulock (5-5-1), Scott Mayfield (7-1-2), 
Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Mathew Barzal (2-1-0), Sebastian Aho (0-1-0), 
Bo Horvat (1-0-1), Tied (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 19, Boston 23 (45%)
Casey Cizikas won 7 of 10 for the Isles; David Krejci won 6 of 8 for Boston. 

Hit Count
Isles 35 (Three with 5)
Boston 21 (Connor Clifton -4)
Fights 
None. Season total: 14 (Martin-6, Lee-2, Wahlstrom-2, Johnston-2, Cizikas, 
Romanov)
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 9 (Two with 2)
Boston 11 (Two with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 52, Boston 50
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 49, Boston 41

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Ryan Pulock +6
Boston:  Two with  +4

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 12, Boston 13
5-on-5: Isles 10, Boston 7

Scratches
Oliver Wahlstrom-IR), (Cal Clutterbuck – IR), (Jean-Gabriel Pageau-IR), 
(Josh Bailey- INJ), Parker Wotherspoon
Games Lost: 132

The Ironman
Zach Parise played in his 141st consecutive Islander game; he has played in every 
game since joining the team in October 2021. Overall, his streak is 142 games, 
making it the 19th-longest active streak in the NHL. 

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

Opponents: 2 successful, 0 failures – PIT offside 12/27, VAN goalie interference 2/9

League reviews: 5 (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), MTL goal (Matheson) 2/11-stood.

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 allowed the opposition to do so once.
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
Vs   Led 4-2, Lost 6-5 vs VAN 2/9

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)
Zach Parise Vs PIT 2/17 (17:17; GW)
Vs (1): Kappo Kaako @NYR  12/22 (17:13: GW)

Overtime Winners
For (4): Noah Dobson vs CGY 11/7 (4:02)
Zach Parise vs CBJ 11/12 (0:39) 
Anthony Beauvillier @ TOR 11/21 (1:56)
Mathew Barzal vs VEG 1/28 (4:28)
Vs. (3): Dimitry Orlov Vs WAS 1/16 (4:27)
Dylan Cozens @ BUF 1/19 (0:12)
Mike Matheson @ MTL 2/11 (4:38)

Shootout Winners
Vs (4):  David Pastrnak @ BOS 12/13
Evan Rodrigues @ COL 12/19
Jason Robertson Vs DAL 1/10
Tim Stutzle Vs OTT 2/14

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,047…
6. Bob Bourne 814 *** 7. Mike Bossy 752 *** 8. Matt Martin 743 *** 
9. Brock Nelson 735 *** 10. Casey Cizikas 722… 
12. Brent Sutter 694 *** 13. John Tavares 669 *** 14. Anders Lee 655 *** 
15. Derek King 638 *** 16. Billy Harris 623 *** 17. Stefan Persson 622 *** 
18. Cal Clutterbuck 621

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
8. Bob Bourne 238 *** 9. Bobby Nystrom 235 *** 10. Anders Lee 233 *** 
11. Brock Nelson 229 *** 12. Derek King 211 *** 13. John Tonelli 206  *** 
14 Billy Harris 184 *** 15. Josh Bailey 182…
28. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 29 Mathew Barzal, Benoit Hogue, and Ed Westfall 105

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 4. Josh Bailey 394…
13. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 14. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 15. Billy Harris 259 *** 
16. Mathew Barzal 257 *** 17. Tomas Jonsson 249 *** 18. Frans Nielsen and 
Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Brock Nelson 213…
23. Ed Westfall 181 *** 24. Kenny Jonsson 175 *** 25. Anders Lee 173

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
6.  Brent Sutter 610 *** 7. Josh Bailey 576  …
13. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 14. Billy Harris 443 *** 15. Brock Nelson 442 ***  
16. Anders Lee 406 *** 17. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369… 
19. Mathew Barzal 362

+/-
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 +70 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 
21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. 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. Ryan Pulock 41 *** 
9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Johnny Boychuk *** 11. Adrian Aucoin 33 *** 
12. Bryan Berard 31***13. Noah Dobson 28

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 124…
15. Bryan Berard 100 *** 16. Vladimir Malakhov 98 *** 17. Johnny Boychuk 96 *** 
18. Adam Pelech,  Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey 95…
24. Adrian Aucoin 80 ***25. Scott Lachance and Noah Dobson 79 *** 27. Scott Mayfield 78

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 165…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Thomas Hickey and Adam Pelech 117...
20. Adrian Aucoin 113 *** 21. Radek Martinek 109 *** 22. Dave Langevin 109 ***
23. Noah Dobson 107 *** 24. Scott Lachance and Ken Morrow 105 *** 26. Scott Mayfield 102

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
8. Glenn Healy 66 *** 9. Tommy Salo 62 *** 10. Semyon Varlamov 58 *** 
11. Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Sorokin 57

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 …
4. Ilya Sorokin 15 *** 5. Tommy Salo 14 *** 6. Semyon Varlamov and 
Jaroslav Halak 12 

On the Farm

Dennis Cholowski scored with 56 seconds to play in regulation and Otto Koivula 
scored 1:15 into overtime as Bridgeport rallied from a 4-1 deficit for a 5-4 win 
over Springfield on Saturday night. Bridgeport is now 21-19-7-1 on the season. 

Andy Andreoff (on recall to the Isles) leads the team with 20 goals, while Chris Terry 
continues to lead in assists (33) and points (48). William Dufour has 16 goals and is 
tied-6th among AHL rookies while All-Star Ruslan Ishakov is 2nd among AHL rookies with 25 assists.

The Baby Islanders play at 3pm Sunday in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.

Season Series Stats
Boston sweeps the season series, 3 games to 0 (and 6 points to 1).    

After forcing the Bruins to a shootout on December 13th, the Isles were out-scored 10-3 
in the last two games. 

The Isles are 0-4-2 in their last six games in Boston.

UP NEXT
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th –ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH 7:00pm
[MSGSN (Pre-game at 6:30), WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Isles head to Pittsburgh for their second meeting in four days with the Penguins.   

The Isles have won both of their games against Pittsburgh this season, but they 
were both at UBS Arena.  However, in Pittsburgh, the Isles have lost five straight, all in regulation.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since January 21, 1982. 
Information contained in "The Skinny" has been gathered from various sources. 
Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter & on his blog www.nyiskinny.com



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