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The Skinny: Game 6 - Isles 6, Wild 3

Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders stats vs. the Wild

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

MIN @ NYI

Condensed Game: Wild @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the Minnesota Wild at the New York Islanders

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Game 6
Isles 6, Minnesota 3

John Tavares scored two goals and added an assist and the Isles also got goals from three different defensemen as they rallied for a 6-3 win before a crowd of 11,583 at Barclays Center.

Zach Parise scored twice for the Wild, giving him 301 career goals as he became the third Minnesotan to reach 300 career goals; 20 of Parise's 301 goals have come against the Isles. Parise is also the leading goal scorer among all American-born players.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD
01:15   Minnesota   Zach Parise (1) ASST: Matt Dumba (2)   0-1
04:23   New York   John Tavares (2) ASST: Josh Bailey (3), Jason Chimera (3)   1-1
04:57   New York   Calvin de Haan (1) ASST: Anthony Beauvillier (3), Ryan Strome (1)   2-1
07:31   New York   Johnny Boychuk (2) ASST: Ryan Strome (2)   3-1
12:37   Minnesota   Zach Parise (2) ASST: Mikael Granlund (2), Mikko Koivu (2)   3-2

3RD PERIOD
06:29   New York   Alan Quine (1) ASST: Anthony Beauvillier (4)   4-2
08:35   New York   Thomas Hickey (1) ASST: John Tavares (2)   5-2
17:12   Minnesota   Nino Niederreiter (1) ASST: Eric Staal (1), Jonas Brodin (3)   5-3
18:17   New York   EN - John Tavares (3) ASST: Andrew Ladd (1), Josh Bailey (4)   6-3

The Skinny 
John Tavares now has 210 career goals, one behind Derek King for 9th place on the all-time Isles list… The Isles killed all three Minnesota power plays and have killed 21 of 22 this season; it's only the 2nd time in the last 29 seasons that the Isles have allowed only 1 PP goal in the first six games…The Isles did not score on their only power play; they have scored only 1 PP goal in the first six games for the first time since at least the 1980s…Johnny Boychuk scored for the second straight game; he is the first Isles defender since Thomas Hickey (October 20-23, 2015) to score in consecutive games… Rookie Anthony Beauvillier has 5 points (1-4-5) in five NHL games…Zach Parise matched a career high with 10 shots on goal… The Isles trailed for 3:08 of the first period before scoring three goals of their own in a span of 3:08 …The Islander defense has scored five goals in the last two games and has combined for 6-6-12 this season… Brock Nelson saw his point streak end at five games; Nelson now has 11 goals and 14 assists in 34 October games.…The Isles improve to 15-1-2 at Barclays Center against Western Conference opponents…The Isles scored at least four goals for the first time this season and scored six goals for the first time since March 6 at Madison Square Garden…The win was the 1,500th in Islander regular season history…Andrew Ladd recorded his first point as an Islander, ending a 5-game pointless streak (longest of his career to start a season)…John Tavares recorded at least two goals for the 31st time in his career and at least three points for the 38th time…Alan Quine and Ryan Strome both went +3…Strome, Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey each had 2 assists with Strome's helpers giving him 100 career points. 

Calder Candidate?
Rookie Anthony Beauvillier has recorded his five career points in just 47:25 of ice time. He has the highest points per 60 minutes played ratio (6.33) of any player in the entire NHL (minimum 3 games played). 


Offense from Defense
Three Islander defensemen scored goals for the first time since February 19, 2015 vs. Nashville when Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk and Brian Strait all scored.

First Times in a Ridiculously Long Time
The Isles defense has combined for 5 goals in the last two games. It's the first time since December 29-31, 2007 that the Isles defense has scored multiple goals in consecutive games. Marc-Andre Bergeron, Chris Campoli and Andy Sutton all scored in a win over New Jersey on 12/29/07; Bergeron scored twice in Carolina on New Year's Eve.  

The Isles hadn't gotten goals from multiple defenders in consecutive games since April 2-4, 2004.

Lots of Home Cooking
The Isles are 3-1-0 in the first four games of an 11-game stretch in which the Isles will play 10-out of-11 at home for the first time in their history. This includes two separate five game homestands, separated by a road game in Pittsburgh.

All four of their opponents on this homestand have played the night before (3-1-0); the Isles had the previous night off for each of the last three games (2-1-0).

The Shots
Isles 11-10-12=33
Minnesota 11-12-6=29

The 33 shots were a season high for the Isles.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 3-3-0 overall; 3-1-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.  
Minnesota is 3-2-1 overall; 3-0-0 at home and 0-2-1 on the road.

By Division
The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 3-1-0 in games versus other divisions (0-0-0 vs. Atlantic, 1-0-0 vs. Central and 2-1-0 vs. Pacific).

Last season the Isles went 18-8-4 in Division games and 27-19-6 in games against other divisions. The Isles went 19-7-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home. 

In the Nets
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves as he improved to 1-1-0 on the season and 7-3-1 in his career against Minnesota.
Darcy Kuempfer made 28 saves but fell to 1-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 against the Isles in his career.

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-1 on the power play, while Minnesota was 0-3.
The Isles are 0-1-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 0-1-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-2-0 when they do not.  

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 3-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-2-0 when they do not. The Isles were 37-4-2 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.

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

First Goal 
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score first and are 1-3-0 when they allow the opening goal.   

Second to The One
Jack Capuano, the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history, is 213-178-56 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Yankees' Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.  
 
Most games coached (Islanders):
1.   Al Arbour 1,500
2.   Jack Capuano 447
3.   Mike Milbury 191
4.   Terry Simpson 187
5.   Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.   Al Arbour 740
2.   Jack Capuano 213 
3.   Terry Simpson 81
4.   Peter Laviolette 77
5.   Ted Nolan 74
 
Capuano is the 86th coach in NHL history to coach at least 400 games. His 213 wins places him 67th all-time, 2 behind Brent Sutter and 6 behind Herb Brooks.

Back-to-Backs
The Isles are 0-1-0 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 1-0-0 on the back-end. Last season, the Isles went 5-5-5 on the front-end and 9-3-3 on the back end of back-to-backs.  

The next set of back-to-backs will be on October 26 vs Montreal and October 27 in Pittsburgh.

Tired vs. Rested
•   The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
•   The Isles are 2-1-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not. 
•   The Isles are 0-0-0 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Nick Leddy (21:36); Minnesota: Ryan Suter 26:38.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (2-3-0).

Casey Cizikas led the forwards with 17:39 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (1-2-0), Josh Bailey (1-1-0), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).

Face-offs
Isles 29, Minnesota 27 (52%)

Ryan Strome won 6 of 8 for the Isles; Eric Staal won 9 of 16 for Minnesota.
After the Isles won 17 of 38 draws in the first two periods, they won 12 of 18 in the third period.
The Isles won 25 of 49 draws at even strength, 3 of 3 on the power play and 1 of 4 on the penalty kill.

Hit Count
Isles 31, Minnesota 17. Cal Clutterbuck led the Isles with six hits.

Fights
There were no fights. Season total - 0.
The Isles were involved in 23 fights last season. 

Blocked Shots
The Isles were credited with 23 blocked shots, including six by Johnny Boychuk.

For the Corsi Crowd
All situations: Isles 53, Minnesota 71
5-on-5 Isles 48, Minnesota 56

5-on 5 leaders:
Isles: 4 players with +3; Ryan Strome 62%
Minnesota: Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise +20

Ironmen
Jason Chimera - 111 (including 105 for Washington); Josh Bailey 74.

Scratches
Jaroslav Halak, Matt Barzal, Ryan Pulock (injured)   

Injured Reserve: Shane Prince

Total games lost: 11

Missing a Piece (or two)
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Isles are 17-17-3 in games in which they are missing Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic or Nick Leddy, including 1-0-0 this season.

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1.   Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900
….
13. Kenny Jonsson 597 *** 14. Garry Howatt 596 *** 15. John Tonelli 594*** 16. Josh Bailey 563 

22. Pat LaFontaine 530 *** 23. Kyle Okposo 529*** 24. John Tavares 516

Goals
1.   Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310
….
9. Derek King 211 *** 10. John Tavares 210 *** 11. John Tonelli 206 

Assists
1.   Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553 *** 

11. Pat LaFontaine 279 *** 12. Bob Nystrom 278 *** 13. John Tavares 266

25. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 26. Josh Bailey 161

Points
1.   Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052

10. Derek King 499 *** 11. Pat Flatley 488 *** 12. John Tavares 476

24 Jason Blake & Steve Thomas 258 *** 26. Josh Bailey 255

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none). The teams will meet again on December 29th in St. Paul.

The Isles have won three straight vs. Minnesota and are 7-2-1 in their last ten games against the Wild.

This was the first time the Isles have scored six goals in a game against the Wild; the Isles scored at least six goals against the Minnesota North Stars 17 times in 20 seasons before that franchise relocated to Dallas.

On The Farm
Bridgeport fall to 2-2-0 on Saturday with a 5-2 loss to Hershey. Tanner Fritz scored both goals for the Sound Tigers.

The Sound Tigers are off until Friday, when they begin a 3-game in 3-day weekend in Springfield.
 
Up Next
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th - MONTREAL AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 6:30), WNYM AM970, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

The 5-game homestand concludes as the Isles host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. 

It's the first of three meetings between the teams this season; Montreal has swept six games over the last two seasons from the Isles, outscoring New York 23-12.

Last season's series was played in a span of 18 days in November. Carey Price picked up two of the three wins, just before suffering an injury that ended his season.

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