John Tavares scored twice, including the winning tally on an overtime power play as the Isles defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 before a crowd of 16,448 at Honda Center in Anaheim. Anaheim played without both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, each of whom missed the game with the flu. The win breaks a three-game losing streak for the Isles and moves them two games over NHL-.500 (7-5-0).
The Scoring: 1ST PERIOD 03:38 NYI John Tavares (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Calvin de Haan (2), Travis Hamonic (1) 1 - 0 NYI
2ND PERIOD 00:10 NYI PPG - Kyle Okposo (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (7) 2 - 0 NYI 09:15 ANA PPG - Matt Beleskey (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (6), Sami Vatanen (5) 2 - 1 NYI 18:51 ANA Emerson Etem (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rickard Rakell (2), Cam Fowler (8) 2 - 2 Tie
The Reviews: There were video reviews in both the 2nd period and the 3rd period, upholding a no goal call for the Islanders in the 2nd period, and negating what would have been a Ducks goal at 1:31 of the third.
The Skinny: The Isles have outscored the opposition 14-8 in the first period but have been outscored 33-23 in the 2nd/3rd period …The Isles have allowed 20 second period goals this season; no other team has allowed more than 16… The Isles allowed fewer than three goals for only the second time this season… The Ducks came into the game as the NHL’s most penalized team, yet were assessed only six penalty minutes tonight…The Isles have allowed at least two goals in a period in each of the last five games…John Tavares has now scored in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th games of this season. (He also scored in the 2nd game)…Kyle Okposo’s assist on the overtime goal was his 164th, breaking a tie with Ziggy Palffy for 24th on the Isles all-time list…Okposo’s goal was the earliest scored in an Islander game over the last two seasons…Emerson Etem’s tying goal was his first since February 8th…Tavares ties Brock Nelson for the team lead in goals (6); Okposo and Tavares now share the team lead in points (14), one ahead of Nelson.
The Franchise Record: John Tavares is the first player in Isles history to score 5 overtime goals, breaking a tie with four others: (Kyle Okposo, Mike Bossy, Pat Lafontaine and Pierre Turgeon).
Tavares’ Overtime Goals • 18-Oct-10 @ Toronto • 22-Dec-10 Vs Tampa Bay • 8-Jan-11 @ Colorado • 21-Jan-12 Vs Carolina • 5-Nov-14 @ Anaheim
November to Remember? The Isles begin November with the final four games of this road trip. The month also includes home-and-home series with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Washington. The Isles are 1-1-0 this November.
Streakers The Isles won their first four games, lost their next two games, won the two games after that, and lost the last three games before winning tonight.
The Shots: Isles 12-10-11-3=36 Anaheim 4-16-13-1=34
Home and Road The Islanders are 7-5-0 overall, 3-2-0 at home and 4-3-0 on the road.
Anaheim is 10-3-1 overall; 4-1-1 at home and 6-2-0 on the road.
By Division The Isles are 3-1-0 in Division games and are 4-3-0 in games against other divisions. They are 1-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division, 1-2-0 vs. Central Division, and 2-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Isles won only three of their first 17 division games (3-11-3) last season.
Western Run This was the fifth of eight consecutive games against the Western Conference. The Isles are 2-3-0 in this stretch.
In the Nets Jarsolav Halak made 32 saves and improves to 4-4-0 on the season. Halak is 6-5-0 in his career against Anaheim.
Jason LaBarbera made 33 saves for Anaheim; he is 1-0-1 on the season. LaBarbera is 2-0-2 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays The Islanders were 2-3 on the power play while Anaheim was 1-2.
The Isles have now allowed 13 power play goals on 36 times short (63.9% penalty killing efficiency). The power play is 4-17 (23.6%) over the last four games.
The Isles are 5-3-0 when they score at least one power play goal and 2-2-0 when they do not. The Isles are 4-4-0 when they allow at least one power play goal and 3-1-0 when they do not.
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 7-1-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-4-0 when they do not.
One Goal Games The Isles are 4-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 2-0-0 in regulation. They are 1-0 in games decided in overtime and are 1-0 in shootouts. Two games have been decided by two goals in which the second goal was an empty-netter. The Isles are 1-1 in those games.
First Goal The Isles are 5-4-0 when they score first and are 2-1-0 when they allow the opening goal.
Second to The One Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 125-125-39 behind the Islander bench.
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 289 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 125 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
They Said It John Tavares: “We regrouped really well (after the 2nd)…we understood that we needed a big effort in the third and we got it… We were pretty confident (about the Hamonic replay); we’re glad that they just took their time in Toronto.”
Jaroslav Halak: “We didn’t want to give up the lead, but luck was on our side…Big goal for us in OT.”
They Tweeted It @DanielClyne The captain delivers in OT!!!! #JT91 #isles @nyisles3 Wasn't pretty but good teams win ugly games #isles @NHLInjury The #isles are now 1-0 when I attend, 6-1 when I watch the full game and 0-4 when I don't watch. (Note to NHLInjury – Rearrange your schedule!) @NHLJensen Tavares gets #Isles back on winning track w/4th PPG of season. Only Malkin & Kunitz (5 each) have more. T-5th in NHL w/5 multipoint games. @icemancometh (Ducks beat reporter Eric Stephens) Dennis LaRue says it's a no goal. Boys in Toronto say puck didn't go in net. Crowd hootin' and hollerin' but looked like right call.
The Coach “Our guys battled through it…we wanted to hold the puck as much as possible (in overtime)… I liked (Halak)’s compete level and battle level…. When (Tavares) shoots pucks, good things happen.”
Back-to-Backs This was the first game of the second set of back-to-backs this season. The Isles are 2-0-0 in the front-end and 1-0-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.
The back-to-back concludes on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Leading Ice Men Lubomir Visnovsky led the Isles with 22:27 of ice-time while Francois Beachemin led Anaheim with 25:44.
Isles record by ice-time leaders: Johnny Boychuk (4-1-0), Travis Hamonic (1-1-0), Lubomir Visnovsky (1-1-0) and John Tavares (1-2-0).
John Tavares led the forwards with 20:35 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (4-5-0), Kyle Okposo (1-0-0), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), and Casey Cizikas (1-0-0).
In the Circle The Islanders won 33 of 73 draws (45%). Frans Nielsen won 12 of 18 for the Isles; Ryan Kesler won 17 of 26 for Anaheim.
Heavy Hitters The Isles outhit Anaheim 33-31. Matt Martin had seven hits to lead the Isles. Former Islander Tim Jackman had six hits for Anaheim.
There were no fights, leaving the season total at two: Martin (1), Hamonic (1).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots; Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brock Nelson and Eric Boulton led the Isles with two each.
For the Corsi Crowd Anders Lee (+11) led the Isles in even-strength Corsi, which measures shots attempted for and against (including blocks). Lee also had a team-leading 70% of Corsi For events.
Head of the Class Islander Captain John Tavares has 329 career points; he is 57 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player in that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player in that draft.
All-time Winners The Islanders improve to eight games over all-time NHL .500 (1412-1404-450 in 3,266 games).
The Isles have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978 and have finished every season since 1977-78 over all-time NHL .500.
Ironmen Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey are the Islanders’ reigning ironmen. Leddy has played 264 consecutive regular season games, while Hickey has played 95 consecutive regular season Islander games.
Missing Men Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and Matt Carkner are on injured reserve. Matt Donovan was scratched for the 12th straight game while Brian Strait was scratched for the 2nd straight game. Eric Boulton was added to the lineup for the first time this season, causing Casey Cizikas to sit out for the first time this season. The Isles have lost 45 games this season due to injury.
All-time Islander Leader Board: John Tavares has: • 142 goals (16th all-time, 3 behind Mariusz Czerkawski and 5 behind Pierre Turgeon) • 187 assists (16th all-time, 6 behind Pierre Turgeon and 62 behind Tomas Jonsson) • 329 points (17th all-time, 2 behind Ziggy Palffy, 4 behind Tomas Jonsson and 11 behind Pierre Turgeon • 362 games played (43rd among Islander skaters all-time, 19 behind Randy Wood)
Frans Nielsen has: • 89 goals (35th all-time, 3 behind Travis Green) • 173 assists (19th all-time, 2 behind Kenny Jonsson and 8 behind Ed Westfall) • 262 points (23rd all-time and 6 behind Kyle Okposo) • 459 games played (tied-28th among Islander skaters all-time with Trent Hunter)
Kyle Okposo has: • 104 goals (26th all-time and 1 behind Ed Westfall & Benoit Hogue) • 164 assists (24th all-time, 2 behind Jeff Norton and 3 behind Jean Potvin) • 268 points (22nd all-time, 20 behind Ed Westfall) • 402 games played (tied-36th among Islander skaters all-time with Jean Potvin and 9 behind Wayne Merrick)
Michael Grabner has: • 82 goals (38th all-time, 2 behind Tomas Jonsson, 3 behind Frans Nielsen and 5 behind Butch Goring)
Josh Bailey has: • 413 games played (34th among Islander skaters all-time and 9 behind Dave Langevin)
Season Series Stats The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1). The teams will meet again on March 28th at the Coliseum.
The Ducks swept the season series last season, winning 5-2 in Anaheim and 5-3 on Long Island.
The win was the Isles’ first in the last four games vs. Anaheim and their first at Honda Center since a shootout win on October 11, 2006 for Ted Nolan’s first win as Islander coach. It Happened at the Coliseum … on NOVEMBER 5th 26 years ago tonight (1988) – Eighteen months earlier, it had taken Pat Lafontaine until the middle of the night to score an overtime goal to beat Washington. On this night, it took just 10 seconds; Patty scored the winner in the shortest overtime game in Islander history as the Isles beat the Caps 4-3. Bryan Trottier, David Volek and Randy Wood had the other goals for the Isles as they earned a split of the home-and-home series.
Kelly Hrudey made 34 saves for the Isles, who improved to 5-7-1 on the season.
Also on this date: (1983) – Billy Smith made 25 saves as the Isles blanked Buffalo 4-0. John Tonelli had a goal and two assists.
All-time, the Isles have played ten November 5th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 4-3-3 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.
On The Farm The Sound Tigers are 6-3-0-1 after a 4-3 loss to Springfield on Sunday and a 3-1 win over Norfolk on Wednesday.
Captain Aaron Ness had a pair of goals for Bridgeport on Sunday, who also got 19 saves from David Leggio. Kevin Poulin allowed just one goal for his third straight game on Wednesday
The Sound Tigers host Albany on Saturday at 7pm and again on Sunday at 3pm.
Up Next THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6th—ISLANDERS AT LOS ANGELES 10:30PM [MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 10:00pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]
The Isles will head about 30 miles northwest, to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, as they face the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings swept the season series last season, winning 3-2 on Long Island and 3-0 in Los Angeles behind a Martin Jones shutout. In the Long Island battle, the Kings rallied with three goals in the third period. Slava Voynov, currently suspended by the NHL, got LA on the board; Tanner Pearson’s first NHL goal tied the game and Tyler Toffoli scored the winning goal with 87 seconds to play.
The Isles have lost four straight games in Los Angeles. Their last win at Staples Center was on February 15, 2003 when Garth Snow made 31 saves in a 3-2 Islander matinee victory. Arron Asham scored twice for the Islanders; former Islander Ziggy Palffy had a goal and an assist for the Kings.
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.