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The Skinny: Colorado 7, Isles 4

"The Skinny"

By Eric Hornick

Game 4
Colorado 7, Isles 4
Bowen Byram and Nathan MacKinnon scored 13 seconds apart late in the second period to erase a 3-2 Islander lead and Mikko Rantenen would eventually score the winning goal as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Islanders 7-4 before a crowd of 14,856 at UBS Arena.  

The game was tied four different times; the Isles scored three tying goals for the second straight home game.  Colorado scored four times in the 20th minutes of periods (two in the second and two empty-netters in the third) to cement their NHL record-breaking 15th straight road win; the win breaks a tie with the 2006 Buffalo Sabres for the longest road win streak in league history. 

The Isles host Ottawa on Thursday night at 7:30pm.

The Scoring:
1st Period 
Ryan Johansen (3) Mikko Rantanen (5), Cale Makar (5) 05:19 COL 1,NYI 0 PPG
Cal Clutterbuck (1) Noah Dobson (3), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1) 10:03 COL 1,NYI 1
Cale Makar (3) Mikko Rantanen (6), Devon Toews (3) 12:52 COL 2,NYI 1

2nd Period
Kyle Palmieri (2) Mathew Barzal (3), Noah Dobson (4) 02:56 COL 2,NYI 2 PPG 
Simon Holmstrom (1) Cal Clutterbuck (2), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2) 05:55 COL 2,NYI 3
Bowen Byram (1) Valeri Nichushkin (4), Cale Makar (6) 19:18 COL 3,NYI 3
Nathan MacKinnon (4) Valeri Nichushkin (5) 19:31 COL 4,NYI 3

3rd Period
Anders Lee (1) 04:40 COL 4,NYI 4
Mikko Rantanen (5) Tomas Tatar (4) 07:47 COL 5,NYI 4
Ryan Johansen (4)EN Mikko Rantanen (7) 19:00 COL 6,NYI 4
Ross Colton (1)EN OWN 19:29 COL 7,NYI 4

The Skinny   
Mathew Barzal passed Billy Harris by recording his 260th assist (15th in club history)... The Isles have allowed 121 shots in their last three games after allowing only 42 in their first two games; ..Casey Cizikas became the 10th player in club history to appear in 750 games; Matt Martin played only 5:31 – his lowest ice-time since the game played right before COVID shut down the NHL in 2020…Noah Dobson had two assists; he has had five of the seven points for the Isles defense this season…Cale Makar had a goal and two assists for his 21st career three-point game; he now has 11 points in seven career games against the Isles… Mikko Rantanen had four points for the second time this season and 19th time of his career….Colorado has scored at least four goals in five of their first six games (all wins)…Noah Dobson had two assists to give him 95 on his career, tying Dave Langevin and Thomas Hickey for 18th among Isles defensemen… Mathew Barzal and Noah Dobson extended their point streaks to four games; Dobson is one game shy of his career-best streak…Valerie Nichuskin extended his point streak to five games while Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan Johansen each scored for the third straight game…The Isles have allowed 17 goals through five games; it is the most they have allowed through five games since 2013, when they allowed 18…The Isles have allowed five power play goals in their first four home games; they allowed only five in their first 22 home games last season (enroute to the best home PK in the NHL)…The Isles have now won 55.4% of their face-offs; that is the best percentage in the NHL.

First Times For Everything
The Isles allowed four goals at 19:00 or later of a period for the first time in club history.
Ilya Sorokin allowed five goals in consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career; the ten goals allowed matched the total in his first two NHL games (and not equaled since).
 
Heavy Hitters
Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin are now 1-2 all-time in hits:
1. Cal Clutterbuck 3,769
2. Matt Martin 3,717

Martin (7) and Clutterbuck (3) have combined for the 10-biggest hits seasons in Isles history in the Real-Time era, which began in 2005-06. 

Simon Says, "No Penalties"
Simon Holmstrom extended his club record for consecutive games at the start of his tenure with the team before taking a penalty:

Isles Games Played Before Taking First Penalty
Simon Holmstrom 54 (CURRENT) *
Billy MacMillian 42
Brian Marchinko 42 (ENTIRE ISLES CAREER)
Mike Bossy 39
Frans Nielsen 39

Marchinko played five games with Toronto before joining the Isles in 1972; he took no penalties in his 47-game career.  Like Holmstrom, both Bossy and Nielsen represent games from the start of their career.

Last Year vs. This Year
2023-24  2-2-1 for 5 points in 5 games
2022-23  2-3-0 for 4 points in 5 games

Offense from Defense
Today:  0-2-2
Season: 1-6-7
Last Season (Final) 41-132-173

The Islander defense scored 41 goals last season, which was the most since they scored 42 in 2003-04.  The 173 points were their most since 1993-94, when they had 174 points in an 84-game season.

Best of the Best
Ilya Sorokin has 17 shutouts in 134 career starts. He has recorded a shutout in 12.7% of his starts, which is the highest in NHL history (since 1943-44) among goalies with at least 100 starts:
Ilya Sorokin 12.7%
Roman Cechmanek 12.2%
Ken Dryden 11.8%
Dominik Hasek 11.3%

Home and Road
The Isles are 2-2-1 overall; they are 2-1-1 at home and 0-1-0 on the road.
Colorado is 6-0-0 overall; they are 3-0-0 at home and 3-0-0 on the road.

East and West
The Isles are 1-1-1 against the East (0-0-1 vs. Metropolitan and 1-1-0 vs. Atlantic) and 1-1-0 against the West (1-1-0 vs. Central and 0-0-0 vs. Pacific).

Home is Where the Fans Are
The Isles have played 86 games at UBS Arena and recorded 62 sellouts of 17,255. 

Sweet Lou
Lou Lamoriello has the second-highest win total for any general manager in NHL history:
1. David Poile 1,531
2. Lou Lamoriello 1,407
3. Glen Sather 1,319

First Things First
The Isles are 2-0-1 when scoring first and are 0-2-0 when allowing the opening goal.

The Shots
Isles     6-16-10=32
Colorado 17-14-9=40
The Isles are 1-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 1-0-0 when the shots are even and 0-2-1 when they are out-shot.

In the Nets
Ilya Sorokin 33 saves; he is 2-1-1 on the season and 0-2-1 vs. Colorado.   
Alexandar Georgiev made 28 saves; he is 6-0-0 on the season and 10-4-0 vs. the Isles.  

Special Teams
The Isles were 1-5 on the power play (6:55); Colorado was 1-3 on the power play (4:21).

The Isles are 1-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 1-1-1 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 2-1-0 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number
The Isles are 1-1-1 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-1-0 when they do not.  Under Lane Lambert the Isles are 36-7-5 when scoring at least three goals.

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

Back-to-Backs     
The Isles are 0-0-1 in the front end and 0-1-0 in the back end this season.  The next set of back-to-backs will be on November 15 in Vancouver and November 16 in Seattle.  

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Noah Dobson (26:25);  Colorado: Cale Makar (24:39)
Mathew Barzal led Isles forwards with 21:05 of ice-time. 

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Ryan Pulock (2-0-1), Noah Dobson (0-2-0)

Face-offs
Isles 36, Colorado 22 (62%)
Borck Nelson won 11 of 15 for the Isles; no Avalanche who took multiple draws won more than he lost.

Hit Count
Isles 21 (Ryan Pulock  -4)
Colorado 5 (Two with 2)

Fights 
None. Season total: 0
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 19 (Noah Dobson -5)
Colorado 11 (2 with 2)

For the Analytics Crowd 
Corsi: All situations: Isles 55, Colorado 68
Corsi: 5-on-5: Isles 36, Colorado 48

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles:  Bo Horvat +5
Colorado: Two with +13

High Danger Scoring Chances (per Natural Stat Trick)
All situations: Isles 16, Colorado 14
5-on-5: Isles 8, Colorado 11

Scratches
Julien Gauthier, Hudson Fasching, (Scott Mayfield -INJ)
Games Lost: 4

The Ironmen
Anders Lee played in his 117th consecutive Islander game; it Is the longest active streak on the team.  (Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson are the other current Islanders to appear in every game last season and this season.)

Challenges
Isles: 0 successful, 0 failures

Opponents: 0 successful, 1 failures – BUF no offside  

Quickies
The Isles have scored two goals in under a minute no times this season (no times at home and none on road) and allowed two in the same span twice (COL 10/25 x2)

Multi-Goal 3rd Period Comeback Wins
The Isles have come from two goals behind after two periods to win no times this season and have not allowed the opposition to do so.
For (0):  
Vs (0):   

Last Minute Heroes:
The Isles have scored one goal and have allowed no goals in the final three minutes of the third period to tie or go-ahead:
For (1): Bo Horvat 10/20 vs NJ 18:49 (Isles lost in OT)

OT Winners
For (0):  
Vs (1):   Jack Hughes (NJ) 10/20

Shootout Winners
For (0):  
Vs (0):   

All-time Islander Leader Boards:
Games Played (skaters)
1. Bryan Trottier 1,123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1,060 *** 3. Josh Bailey 1,057…
6. Bob Bourne 814 *** 7. Matt Martin 771 *** 8.Brock Nelson 763 *** 9. Mike Bossy 752 *** 10. Casey Cizikas 750…
12. Brent Sutter 694 *** 13. Anders Lee 683 *** 14. John Tavares 669 *** 15. Cal Clutterbuck 641

Goals    
1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
7. John Tavares 272 *** 8. Brock Nelson 244 *** 9. Anders Lee 241 …
28. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 29 Mathew Barzal 106

Assists
1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 …
13. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 14. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 15. Mathew Barzal 260…
18. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 20. Brock Nelson 222…
23. Ed Westfall 181 *** 24. Anders Lee 177

Points
1. Bryan Trottier 1,353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1,126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1,052…
13. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 14. Brock Nelson 466 *** 15. Billy Harris 443 ***  16. Anders Lee 418 *** 17. Kyle Okposo and Stefan Persson 369…19. Mathew Barzal 366

+/-
1. Bryan Trottier +467 *** 2. Denis Potvin +456 *** 3. Mike Bossy +380…
15. Bob Lorimer +105 *** 16. Adam Pelech +78 ***  17. Tomas Jonsson +76 *** 18. Garry Howatt +75 *** 19. Pat Price +70 *** 20. JP Parise +67 *** 21. Jude Drouin +58 *** 22. Patrick Flatley +57 *** 23. Greg Gilbert +54 ** 24. Ryan Pulock +52

Defense Goals
1. Denis Potvin 310 *** 2. Tomas Jonsson 84 *** Kenny Jonsson 57…
6. Nick Leddy 45 *** 7. Roman Hamrlik and Ryan Pulock 43 *** 9. Mark Streit 40 *** 10. Johnny Boychuk *** 11. Adrian Aucoin 33 *** 12. Bryan Berard and  Noah Dobson 31

Defense Assists
1. Denis Potvin 742 *** 2. Stefan Persson 317 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 249…
8. Mark Streit 139 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 131…
15. Bryan Berard and Adam Pelech 100 *** 17. Vladimir Malakhov 98 *** 18. Dave Langevin, Thomas Hickey and. Noah Dobson 95 *** 21. Ken Morrow 88 *** 23. Bert Marshall 87 ***24. Radek Martinek and Scott Mayfield 85

Defense Points
1. Denis Potvin 1,052 *** 2. Stefan Persson 369 *** 3. Tomas Jonsson 333…
8. Mark Streit 179 *** 9. Ryan Pulock 173…
17. Vladimir Malakhov 125 *** 18. Noah Dobson 126 *** 19. Adam Pelech 125 ***  20. Thomas Hickey 117 *** 21. Adrian Aucoin 113 *** 22. Scott Mayfield 111

Goalie Games
1. Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
8. *** Glenn Healy 176 *** 9. Ilya Sorokin 140 *** 10. Roland Melanson and Semyon Varlamov 136

Wins
1. Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130…
7. Roland Melanson 77 *** 8. Ilya Sorokin 72 *** 9. Glenn Healy 66 *** 10. Tommy Salo 62 *** 11. Semyon Varlamov 59

Shutouts
1. Glenn Resch 25 *** 2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Ilya Sorokin 17 *** 
4.Rick DiPietro 16 *** 5. Tommy Salo 14 *** 6. Semyon Varlamov 13 

On the Farm 
Tanner Fritz tied the game midway through the third period, but Hershey earned a 3-2 overtime win Sunday over Hershey. 

Bridgeport, now 2-2-1-0 on the season, heads to Charlotte to face the Checkers on both Friday and Saturday.

Season Series Stats
Colorado leads the season series, 1 game to  0 (and 2 points to 0).  The teams will conclude the season series in Denver on January 2nd.

The Isles are 1-4-1 in their last meetings with the Avs.

UP NEXT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26th  — OTTAWA AT ISLANDERS - 7:00pm
[MSGSN (pre-game at 6:30], WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN Radio]
The Islanders conclude the homestand as they host Ottawa.

The Isles went 1-1-1 last season with the Sens, including a shootout loss at UBS on Valentine's Day.  The Isles are 5-0-1 in their last six home games against Ottawa. 

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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