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The Skinny: Islanders 5, Ducks 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 35

Isles 5, Anaheim 2

The Isles scored three goals in a 4:49 span late in the first period to erase a 1-0 Anaheim lead as they broke a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks before a crowd of 13,578 at Barclays Center.  The Isles completed a sweep of the season series from Anaheim for the first time since 2003-04 and regained second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the New York Rangers. The Isles also moved into a tie with Montreal for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, 9 points behind streaking Washington.

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD

06:52    ANA     Carl Hagelin (3) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (7)        1 - 0 ANA         

14:54    NYI       Cal Clutterbuck (7) ASST: Thomas Hickey (3), Casey Cizikas (6)  1 - 1 Tie           

19:00    NYI       Travis Hamonic (2) ASST: John Tavares (11), Ryan Strome (8)     2 - 1 NYI          

19:43    NYI       Brock Nelson (12) ASST: John Tavares (12), Johnny Boychuk (10)           3 - 1 NYI          

2ND PERIOD

NONE

3RD PERIOD

07:32    ANA     Josh Manson (2) ASST: Sami Vatanen (12), Ryan Getzlaf (18)     3 - 2 NYI          

09:35    NYI       Josh Bailey (7) ASST: Anders Lee (11)   4 - 2 NYI          

17:27    NYI       EN - Matt Martin (4) ASST: Casey Cizikas (7)      5 - 2 NYI          

The Skinny:

The Isles killed the only Ducks power play, as they broke the club record by not allowing a PP goal for the 13th straight game… Cal Clutterbuck's goal was the Isles' first in 109:59…John Tavares had two assists in less than a minute after having gone 12 games without an assist; it was the second-longest streak of his career (13 games, 12-14-09 to 1-8-10)…Travis Hamonic's goal was his first since November 20th… Brock Nelson's goal was his first game-winning goal of the season…The goals by Hamonic and Nelson were the fastest two goals by the Isles this season…Josh Bailey's third period goal was the Isles' first goal in the third period in the last 7 games (one game shy of the franchise record, set in 1972-73)…The Isles scored three goals in the first period for the first time since March 29th vs. Detroit…11 Islanders recorded points, while 12 Isles finished with "+" ratings… Excluding empty nets, the Isles have outscored their opponents 6-2 in the final minute of periods (2-0 tonight)...With 43 points, the Isles have equaled their 2nd-highest total through 35 games in the post-Cup era (they had 47 points last season in the first 35 games)…The Isles are 6-1-0 in their last 7 home games…Andrew Cogliano played his 654th consecutive game (2nd longest streak to begin a career and 7th longest at any time)…The Ducks have scored 2 goals or fewer in 7 straight games, and have scored an NHL-low 59 goals this season.

Longest Isles Streaks without Allowing a PP goal:

·         13 games: CURRENT

·         12 games: 3/3-3/28/2015

·         10 games: 2/18-3/7/1978

Christmas Rush

This was the final game of a stretch in which the Isles played 6 games in 10 days leading to the Christmas break. The Isles went 3-3-0 in this stretch.

12-Dec-15         @         Blue Jackets  (Win 3-2 OT)

13-Dec-15         Vs        Devils (Win 4-0)

15-Dec-15         Vs        Panthers (Loss 5-1)

17-Dec-15         @         Avalanche (Loss 2-1)

19-Dec-15         @         Coyotes (Loss 1-0)       

21-Dec-15         Vs        Ducks (Win 5-2)

Monday Night Mayhem

The Isles improve to 5-0-0 at home on Mondays, outscoring their opponents 23-9; all 5 wins are against Western Conference teams.  The Isles have 5 Monday home games remaining and all are against Eastern Conference teams.

The Shots:

Isles      11-8-12=31

Anaheim 7-12-10=29

Home and Road

The Islanders are 19-11-5 overall; 12-5-2 at home and 7-6-3 on the road. 

Anaheim is 12-15-5 overall; 8-5-4 at home and 4-10-1 on the road.  

By Division

The Isles are 7-0-2 in Division games and are 12-11-3 in games against other divisions. They are 1-7-2 vs. the Atlantic Division, 5-2-1 vs. Central Division, and 6-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division. 

The Isles finished last season 21-6-3 against the Met and 26-22-4 against other Divisions. 

In the Nets

Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves as he improves to 10-6-3; he is 7-5-0 in his career against Anaheim.

Frederik Anderson made 8 saves in the first period, allowing three goals as he falls to 5-8-4 on the season and 2-1-0 in his career against the Isles.  John Gibson made 18 saves over the final 40 minutes.

Power Plays

The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play while Anaheim was 0-1.

The Isles have killed all 29 opponent power plays in their franchise-record 13 game streak of not allowing power play goals; it's the second time this season (October 15- November 1) that the Isles killed all opposing power plays in at least nine consecutive games.   

The Isles' power play has scored only once in 19 attempts over the last five games.

The Isles are 10-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-8-2 when they do not.  The Isles are 5-5-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-6-4 when they do not. 

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 16-2-0 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-9-5 when they do not.  The Isles were 40-8-4 when they scored at least three goals (including SO winners) last season.

One Goal Games

The Isles are 8-5-5 in games decided by a single goal including 3-5-0 in regulation. They are 2-3 in games decided in overtime and are 3-2 in shootouts.  The Isles are 4-2 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal

The Isles are 12-3-2 when they score first and are 7-8-3 when they allow the opening goal.   The Isles have allowed the first goal in the last four games.

Second to The One

Jack Capuano is the 2nd winningest coach in Islander history. Capuano is 184-159-51 behind the Islander bench. Among the 9 New York area teams, only the Giants' Tom Coughlin and the Yankees' Joe Girardi have led their respective teams longer than Capuano.

Most games coached (Islanders):

1.     Al Arbour 1,500

2.     Jack Capuano 394

3.     Mike Milbury 191

4.     Terry Simpson 187

5.     Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:

1.     Al Arbour 740

2.     Jack Capuano 184

3.     Terry Simpson 81

4.     Peter Laviolette 77

5.     Ted Nolan 74

They Tweeted It

@capatenaude Great game tonight, including a Clutterbuck goal, for the @NYIslanders to win 5-2 right before their holiday break #isles #yesyesyes

@knightvine everybodys in a good mood after the win tonite. sitting at a red light after leaving the train station & cars are honking the #isles honks.

@FlatbushFiles Huge confidence booster for the #isles tonight heading into the Holidays

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 2-2-3 on the front-end and 4-2-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The next back-to-back set will be January 2nd in Pittsburgh and January 3rd vs. Dallas.

Tired vs. Rested

·         The Isles are 1-1-0 when both teams played the night before.

·         The Isles are 2-2-0 when they are rested and their opponents are not.

·         The Isles are 3-1-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Nick Leddy (25:40); Anaheim: Sami Vatanen (23:43)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (11-2-3), Johnny Boychuk (4-3-0), Calvin deHaan (0-0-1), Nick Leddy (4-4-1),  John Tavares (0-1-0), Tied (0-1-0)

Frans Nielsen led the Isles forwards with 20:26 of ice-time; it's his highest ice-time since November 29, 2014 (20:47).   Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (12-9-4), Ryan Strome (2-0-0), Kyle Okposo (0-1-1), Brock Nelson (1-0-0), Frans Nielsen (2-0-0), Josh Bailey (2-0-0), Tied (0-1-0). 

Face-offs

Isles 23, Anaheim 30 (43%).

Frans Nielsen won 6 of 10 for the Isles, but his teammates won only 17 of 43; Rickard Rakell won 8 of 10 for Anaheim.

The Isles won 17 of 33 draws in the first and third periods but only 6 of 20 in the middle period.

The Isles won 22 of 48 draws at even strength, 1 of 4 on the power play and 0 of 1 on the penalty kill.

Heavy Hitters

Isles 16, Anaheim 29.  No Islander had more than two hits.

Fights

Matt Martin fought Josh Manson in the first period; both players scored goals in the third period.  Season total – 9 (Martin-5, Boychuk, Bernier, Leddy, Okposo).  

Blocked Shots

The Isles were credited with 19 blocked shots; six Isles each had two.

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations:  Isles 59, Anaheim 54. Even-Strength: Isles 46, Anaheim 51.

The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks). 

Travis Hamonic and Frans Nielsen led the Isles with a +3 even-strength Corsi rating; Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin had a club-leading 56% Corsi For percentage. Josh Manson led Anaheim with a +12 rating.

Ironmen

·         Nikolay Kulemin -185 (68 for Toronto and 117 for the Isles)

·         Brock Nelson  -170 (all for Isles)

Missing Men

Jean-Francois Berube is on injured reserve; Brian Strait replaced Marek Zidlicky in the lineup. Kyle Okposo (lower body injury) and Eric Boulton were scratched.

The Isles have lost 69 games this season due to injury/illness.

All-time Islander Leader Board:

John Tavares has:

·         187 goals (11th all-time, 19 behind John Tonelli and 24 behind Derek King)

·         239 assists (15th all-time, 10 behind Tomas Jonsson and 20 behind Billy Harris)

·         426 points (13th all-time and 17 behind Billy Harris)

·         464 games played (30th among Islander skaters all-time and 6 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)

Kyle Okposo has:

·         125 goals (18th all-time and 2 behind Jason Blake)

·         206 assists (17th all-time and 2 behind Frans Nielsen)

·         331 points (tied-17th all-time with Ziggy Palffy and 2 behind Tomas Jonsson)

·         483 games played (27th among Islander skaters all-time and 10 behind Ed Westfall)

Frans Nielsen has:

·         111 goals (25th all-time, and 5 behind Ray Ferraro)

·         208 assists (16th all-time and 29 behind John Tavares)

·         319 points (19th all-time, 12 behind Ziggy Palffy and 12 behind Kyle Okposo)

·         560 games played (15th among Islander skaters all-time and 34 behind John Tonelli)

 Josh Bailey has:

·         147 assists (27th all-time and 3 behind Mariusz Czerkawski)

·         235 points (28th all-time, 2 behind Travis Green and 3 behind Ray Ferraro)

·         510 games played (tied-23rd among Islander skaters with Mick Vukota and 4 behind Dave Lewis)

Season Series Stats

The Isles sweep the season series 2 games to 0 and 4 points to 0.

It's the first time the Isles have scored 5 goals vs. Anaheim in the actual game since 11/24/2001 (5-3 win); Ted Nolan's first win as Islander coach was a 5-4 shootout win in 2006.

The Isles scored 9 goals in the season series, matching their highest total ever in consecutive games vs. Anaheim (2/4/1997-11/19/1997).

On The Farm

The Sound Tigers are 16-12-2-1 on the season after suffering a 3-0 loss at home to Portland on Sunday.  Bridgeport will visit Lehigh Valley on Saturday before hosting Providence at 5pm Sunday.

Up Next

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2th—TORONTO AT ISLANDERS 6:00PM

[MSG+ (Isles Pre-game at 5:30), 91.5 WNYE-FM. 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

The Isles begin a stretch of five games in eight days as they begin a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Isles have won two games out of three from Toronto in each of the last three seasons; two of the Islander wins and one of the Leafs' wins have come in overtime.

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