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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Panthers 2 SO

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles win over the Panthers

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

Recap: FLA 2, NYI 3 - F/SO

Nelson nets SO winner to help Isles top Panthers

Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves in net while Brock Nelson scored in the shootout, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 win

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Game 5
Isles 3, Florida 2 (SO)

Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves and the Panthers couldn't beat him in the shootout either, as the Isles ended a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win before an Alumni Weekend crowd of 11,421 at Nassau Coliseum.

Brock Nelson converted the only goal of the shootout to give the Isles the victory as they picked up where they left off last season on the back end of back-to-backs; the Isles are now 12-1-1 on the back end under Barry Trotz.

The Scoring: 
1st Period

Denis Malgin (1) Evgenii Dadonov, MacKenzie Weegar 05:34 FLA 1,NYI 0

2nd Period
Anders Lee (2) Mathew Barzal, Devon Toews 05:40 FLA 1,NYI 1
Josh Bailey (2) Jordan Eberle, Adam Pelech 17:31 FLA 1,NYI 2

3rd Period
Evgenii Dadonov (3) Jonathan Huberdeau, Anton Stralman 13:58 FLA 2,NYI 2

OT
No Goals

The Shootout
Brock Nelson (G/GDG) Aleksander Barkov (NG)
Mathew Barzal (NG) Vincent Trocheck (NG)
Josh Bailey (NG) Jonathan Huberdeau (NG)

Brock Nelson's goal was his 4th career shootout-deciding goal. Nelson's last two goals also were deciding goal (1/7/2018 vs. New Jersey and 4/4/2019 @ Florida)…The Isles improve to 80-64 all-time in shootouts as they extend their NHL record for shootout win (Pittsburgh and the Rangers have 77) while the Panthers fall to 67-93; the 93 losses is also an NHL record..

Semyon Varlamov stopped all three shots he faced to improve to 31-15 all-time in shootouts; his save percentage in shootouts improves to .755 (best in NHL history among goalies who have faced at least 100 shots). That .755 save percentage matches Thomas Greiss' percentage as an Islander!

The Skinny:
Denis Malgin opened the scoring; he has tallied four times in seven games against the Isles…Adam Pelech played 25:36 (his most under Trotz and second-highest of career); four different Isles have led the team in ice-time over the first five games… Nick Leddy returned after missing one game with an injury; Ross Johnston made his season debut and got involved in the Isles' first fight of the year…Semyon Varlamov is the 52nd goalie in Isles history and the 49th to record at least one win…He is the first Islander since Anders Nilsson (1-20-2014 vs. Philadelphia) to record his first win in a shootout; the other Isles goalies to do so are Mike Dunham, Dwayne Roloson, Nathan Lawson, and Mikko Koskinen…The Isles stopped Mike Hoffman's four-game point streak (5-2-7)...Evgenii Dadonov has six goals (6-3-9) in seven games against the Isles.

The Injury
Jordan Eberle as injured late in the third period and did not appear in the overtime or shootout.

Brock-tober
Brock Nelson has been a fast starter during his NHL career. He is 25-21-46 in 65 career October games, tallying more goals and more points than in any other month.   

It's Good to be Home
The Isles are 2-2-0 on Coliseum ice (1 sellout). The Isles will play 28 of their 41 home games this season at the Coliseum.

Coach Trotz
Barry Trotz is second among active coaches, trailing only Joel Quenneville, in both wins and games. Trotz' NHL record is 812-598-60-141 in 1,611 games.

Most Coaching Wins
1.   Scotty Bowman 1,244
2.   Joel Quenneville 891
3.   Ken Hitchcock   849
4.   Barry Trotz   812
5.   Al Arbour   782

Most Games Coached
1.   Scotty Bowman 2,141
2.   Joel Quenneville 1,641
3.   Barry Trotz 1,611
4.   Al Arbour   1,607
5.   Ken Hitchcock   1,598

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

The Shots
Isles 9-11-5-3=28
Florida 12-10-14-1=37

The Isles are 0-0-0 when they outshoot their opponents, 0-1-0 when the shots are even and 2-2-0 when they are outshot.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 2-3-0 overall; 2-2-0 at home (2-2-0 on Long Island and 0-0-0 in Brooklyn) and 0-1-0 on the road.  
Florida is 1-2-2 overall; 1-1-0 at home and 0-1-2 on the road.  

By Division & Conference
The Isles are 0-2-0 in Division games and 2-1-0 in games versus other divisions. The Isles are 1-2-0 against the East and 1-1-0 against the West.  

In the Nets
Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves to improve to 1-2-0 on the season and 8-3-1 in his career against Florida. Varlamov improves to 31-15 in shootouts; his .755 save percentage in shootouts is the best in NHL history among goalies who have faced at least 100 shots.
Sam Montembeault made 26 saves; he is 0-0-1 on the season and 0-0-2 in his career against the Isles. Montembeault has been in two NHL shootouts, and lost both to the Isles, allowing only a goal to Brock Nelson each time.

Power Plays
The Isles were 0-1 on the power play in 1:12 of PP time; Florida was 0-3 on the power play in 5:12 of PP time.

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

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 2-0-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 0-3-0 when they do not.  

One Goal Games
The Isles are 1-1-0 in games decided by a single goal including 0-1 in regulation. They are 0-0 in games decided in overtime and are 1-0 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.

Tired vs. Rested 
•   The Isles are 1-0-0 when both teams played the night before. 
•   The Isles are 0-0-0 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.
•   The Isles are 1-3-0 when both teams are rested. 

Ice-time Leaders
Isles: Adam Pelech (25:36 - his most ever under Barry Trotz); Florida: Aaron Ekblad (26:55)
Brock Nelson led Isles forwards with 21:01 of ice-time 
Isles record by ice-time leader: Ryan Pulock (1-1-0), Adam Pelech (1-0-0), Nick Leddy (0-1-0), Devon Toews (0-1-0).

Face-offs
Isles 28, Florida 32 (47%).  
Derick Brassard won 9 of 15 for the Isles; Noel Acciari won 9 of 14 for Florida.  

Hit Count
Isles 24 (Adam Pelech & Anders Lee -4)
Florida 28 (Four with 3) 
 
Fights
Ross Johnston fought Josh Brown in the third period. Season total: 1 - Johnston (vs. FLA).
 
Blocked Shots
Isles 16 (Five defensemen {all but Mayfield} with 3)
Florida 19 (Two with 3)

For the Corsi Crowd 
All situations: Isles 54, Florida 64
5-on-5 Isles 45, Florida 56

5-on-5 leaders:
Isles: Scott Mayfield & Devon Toews +6 
Florida: Three with +8

Back-to-Backs
This was the first of the Isles' 11 sets of back-to-backs this season. The Isles are 0-1-0 in the front-half and 1-0-0 in the back-half. The next back-to-back will be October 24th vs. Arizona and October 25th in Ottawa.

Night and Day
The Isles are 2-3-0 in night games and 0-0-0 in matinees. The first matinee will be on Columbus Day against St. Louis.

Ironmen
Anders Lee 205, Brock Nelson 182, Mathew Barzal 169, Ryan Pulock 142, Josh Bailey 90, and Leo Komarov (89 in total; 87 with Isles).

Iron D
Ryan Pulock is only the 6th defenseman in Islander history to play at least 140 consecutive regular season games:
1. Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979 262
2. Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*) (**)
3. Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4. Andrew MacDonald 12/19/2011- 3/2/2014 164 (**)
5. Nick Leddy 10/23/2016 - 3/26/2018 153
6. Ryan Pulock 12/29/2017 - CURRENT 142
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Scratches
(Andrew Ladd -INJ), (Casey Cizikas-INJ), Matt Martin, Noah Dobson
Total games lost: 8.

Late Heroes
The Isles have not scored in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or take the lead:

Late Goals Allowed
The Isles have not allowed a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

Challenges
Isles: 0 - 0
Opponents: 1 successful, 0 failures (Nelson-kick 10/8 vs EDM)

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)
1.   Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900 *** 4. Clark Gillies 872 *** 
5. Bob Bourne 814***6. Josh Bailey 802

Goals
1.   Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310 …
14. Patrick Flatley 160 *** 15. Anders Lee 154 …
17. Mariusz Czerkawski 145 *** 18. Josh Bailey 142…
20. Jason Blake 127 *** 21. Brock Nelson 126

Assists
1.   Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553…
9. Stefan Persson 317 *** 10. Bob Bourne 304 *** 11. Josh Bailey 295 …
26. Ziggy Palffy 163 *** 27. David Volek 154 *** 28. Nick Leddy 151

Points
1.   Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052…
12. Patrick Flatley 488 *** 13. Billy Harris 443 *** 14. Josh Bailey 437…
24.. Ed Westfall 286 *** 25. Anders Lee 260

Games Played (Goalies)
1.   Billy Smith 674 *** 2. Rick DiPietro 318 *** 3. Glenn Resch 282 …
6. Jaroslav Halak 177 *** 7. Glenn Healy 176 *** 8. Thomas Greiss 165

Wins (Goalie)
1.   Billy Smith 304 *** 2. Glenn Resch 157 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 130*** 4. Kelly Hrudey 108***
5. Jaroslav Halak 88 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 86

Shutouts (Goalie)
1.   Glenn Resch 25 ***2. Billy Smith 22 *** 3. Rick DiPietro 16 *** 4. Tommy Salo 14***
5. Jaroslav Halak 12 *** 6. Thomas Greiss 10

Season Series Stats
The Isles lead the season series 1 game to 0 (and 2 points to 1).   

The Isles are 4-3-1 in the last eight games against Florida, with three of the Islander wins coming in shootouts.

The teams will meet again in Brooklyn on November 9th to continue the season series.

On the Farm  
Charlotte defeated the Sound Tigers 4-1 on Saturday to earn a split of the weekend series. Simon Holmstrom, the Isles' first pick in this year's draft, earned his first professional point, assisting on the only Bridgeport goal (by Arnaud Durandeau). 

Bridgeport is now off until next Saturday, when they begin a three-game homestand by hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Sound Tiger's home opener. 

Up Next
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14th- ST. LOUIS AT ISLANDERS (NASSAU COLISEUM) 1:00PM 
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 12:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, WRCN 103.9FM, ESPN 1050] 

The homestand concludes as the Isles welcome the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues to the Coliseum.

The Isles swept the Blues last season, winning both games just as the Blues were getting things together last January.

Overall the Isles are 6-1-1 in the last eight games against the Blues; this will be the Blues' first visit to Long Island since December 6, 2014 when St. Louis rallied from 3-0 down for a 6-4 win. Marty Brodeur earned the win in relief of Jake Allen; it was the 689th win of his career (and his first of three wins for St. Louis).

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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