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The Skinny: Oilers 3, Islanders 2 OT

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
“The Skinny” 

Game 65
Edmonton 3, Isles 2 (OT)

Taylor Hall scored his 4th career overtime goal with 2:31 to play in the extra session as the Edmonton Oilers rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Isles before the customary sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.  It’s the Isles first loss in seven OT/SO games on the road this season and came in the first game played by the Islanders since trading Thomas Vanek to Montreal just before the NHL trade deadline.

The Scoring:
1st Period

09:58 NYI SHG - Frans Nielsen (19) Snap shot - Cal Clutterbuck (7), Thomas Hickey (13) 1 - 0 NYI   
18:21 NYI Anders Lee (4) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Strait (6), Colin McDonald (6) 2 - 0 NYI   

2nd Period

3rd Period
08:28 EDM PPG - Ryan Smyth (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (28), Sam Gagner (21) 2 - 1 NYI   
16:53 EDM    Philip Larsen (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (13), David Perron (21)     2 - 2 Tie

OT Period
02:29    EDM    Taylor Hall (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (22)     3 - 2 EDM

The Skinny: 
This was only the fourth time all season that the Isles led a road game after two periods (2-1-1)…The Isles are 11-6-3 with Ryan Strome in the lineup…The Isles are 15-16-1 on the road and are 11-3-1 in their last 15 road games; the 23 points in the last 15 road games is just one fewer than the club record for points in a 15-game road span in a single season… The Isles are 10-9 in OT/SO, including 4-5 when the game is decided in overtime… The Isles had won all six road games that have gone beyond sixty minutes this season (2-0 in OT, 4-0 in SO); it’s the first time in franchise history the Isles had ever won six straight road OT/SO games…Taylor Hall (4) joins Ryan Smyth (5) as the only Oilers with at least four OT goals…Smyth’s power play goal was his 126th as an Oiler, tying Glenn Anderson’s franchise record…The Isles now have 8 SH goals (Clutterbuck 3, Grabner 3, Nielsen 2); only Carolina (9) has more; Nielsen’s 11 career SH goals ties Michael Grabner for the lead among active Islanders; Anders Kallur holds the franchise record with 19…It’s only Edmonton’s 4th win when trailing after 2 period (4-30-2).

The Lost Leads
The Isles are now 6-3-4 in games that they have led after one period and are 9-5-5 in games that they have led after two periods.  On the road, Isles are 2-1-1 when they lead after one period and 2-1-1 when they lead after two periods.

The Isles have allowed seven 2-goal leads to get away in the third period this season:

•    Led Columbus 2-0, lost 3-2 in shootout
•    Led Los Angeles 2-0, lost 3-2
•    Led @ San Jose 2-0, won 3-2 in shootout
•    Led Tampa 2-0, lost 3-2 in shootout
•    Led Anaheim 3-1, lost 5-3
•    Led Florida 3-1, lost 5-3
•    Led @ Edmonton 2-0, lost 3-2 in overtime

The Isles have now lost third period leads 17 times this season, including 14 times at home.  They are 5-5-7 in those 17 games.

The Shots:

Isles    13-10-9-2=34
Oilers    4-10-11-4=29

The Isles have been outshot only twice in the last ten games.

Home and Road
The Islanders are 24-32-9 overall, 9-16-8 at home (including 0-1-0 at Yankee Stadium) and 15-16-1 on the road. The Isles are 3-8-2 in their last 13 games overall but are 11-3-1 in their last 15 road games.

Edmonton is 22-34-8 overall; they are 12-15-4 at home and 10-19-5 on the road. The Oilers are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.

By Division
The Isles are 6-15-3 in Division games and are 18-17-6 in games against other divisions. They are 8-6-3 vs. the Atlantic Division, 7-5-1 vs. Central Division, and 3-6-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

The Isles have losing records against every division opponent except Washington (1-1-1 with one to play).  They are 0-3-0 against Carolina, 0-1-1 against Columbus, 1-2-0 against New Jersey, 2-3-0 against New York, 1-3-0 against Philadelphia, and 1-2-1 against Pittsburgh.

This was the third of eight consecutive games against non-divisional opponents. The Isles are 1-1-1 in this stretch.

In the Nets
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves; he is 11-13-6 on the season. 

Ben Scrivens made 32 saves for Edmonton as he improves to 12-9-4 on the season. He is 5-4-0 for the Oilers.  It’s the second time this season that Scrivens has defeated the Isles in a game that his team trailed 2-0 after 2 periods (November 14th for Los Angeles).

Power Plays
The Islanders were 0-4 while Edmonton was 1-4, allowing a shorthanded goal to the Isles. 

The Isles are 15-8-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 9-24-5 when they do not.  The Isles are 10-18-4 when they allow at least one power play goal and 14-14-5 when they do not. 

The Isles are 4-24 in the last six games on the power play after going 0-30 in their prior seven games.  The Isles have allowed six power plays in 21 times short over the last four games.

Feast or Famine
The Isles PP went 10-33 in the first 10 games, before going 7-79 in the next 24 games. They rebounded to go 11-32 in the following 11 games but are only 8-79 in their last 20 games.

Three is a Magic Number
The Isles are 21-8-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 3-24-6 when they do not. 

Comeback Kids
The Isles are 10-9-7 when they score first and are 14-23-2 when they allow the opening goal.  The Isles have allowed the first goal in 20 of their last 27 games.

Second to The One
Jack Capuano became the 2nd coach in Islander history to win 100 games in Toronto on January 7th and became the 2nd coach in Islander history to coach 250 games on January 27th against Boston. He is 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (260) and wins (108).

Most games coached (Islanders):
1.    Al Arbour 1,500
2.    Jack Capuano 260
3.    Mike Milbury 191
4.    Terry Simpson 187
5.    Scott Gordon 181

Most wins by Islander coaches:
1.    Al Arbour 740
2.    Jack Capuano 108
3.    Terry Simpson 81
4.    Peter Laviolette 77
5.    Ted Nolan 74

They Said It
Calvin deHaan: “A point’s better than nothing, but it should have been two tonight.”

They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday #Isles now 2-6-5 after blowing a 2-goal lead this season, 9-5-5 when leading after 2 periods.
@Netminder39 Two words: Anders Lee #Isles
@kylehassan55 For a young kid Anders Lee is really steppin up for the @NYIslanders

The Coach
“I think our young guys struggled (in the third)…in the overtime we mismanaged the puck…Guys have to learn…we have to take it and learn from it.”

The Isles are now 6-7-1 in the front-end and 5-6-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season.  The Isles have swept three back-to-backs:  November 1st/2nd vs. Ottawa and Boston; January 6th/7th vs. Dallas and Toronto and January 20th/21st vs. Philadelphia and the Rangers.

In the 13 previous sets of back-to-backs, they have earned 4 points three times, 3 points once, 2 points four times, 1 point once and no points on four occasions. 

The Islanders will conclude this next back-to-back set Thursday in Calgary.

Leading Ice Men
Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 24:33 of ice-time; Nick Schultz led Edmonton with 31:15.

The Isles are 15-17-6 when MacDonald leads in ice-time, are 9-10-3 when Hamonic leads, are 0-1-0 when Okposo leads, are 0-1-0 when Strait leads, are 0-2-0 when Tavares leads and are 0-1-0 when Vanek leads.

In the Circle
The Islanders won 34 of 68 draws (50%). Ryan Strome won 6 of 9 for the Isles; Boyd Gordon won 15 of 20 for Edmonton.

Heavy Hitters
The Isles out-hit Edmonton 27-21; Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin led the Isles with 5 hits. Martin’s 285 hits lead the NHL by a wide margin.  He had now recorded at least 200 hits in four straight seasons. 

Matt Martin fought Mark Fraser in the third period. The Isles have received 28 fighting penalties this season: Martin (10), Boulton (8), Carkner (5), McDonald (2), Hamonic (2) and Okposo (1).

Giving Up the Body
The Isles were credited with 12 blocked shots.  Three Isles each had two blocks.

Still Over All-Time .500
The Islanders remain 1 game over all-time NHL .500 (1395-1394-448 in 3,237 games). The Isles have been 1-under all-time .500 after six games this season and have gone 4-0-2 in the following game. 

The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500 and have not been more than 1 game under NHL-.500 since January 11, 1978.

Thomas Hickey is the Islanders’ reigning ironman.  He has played 66 consecutive regular season games, and is the only Islander to have played in every game this season. 

Missing Men
John Tavares is on injured reserve. Eric Boulton missed the game with a hand injury and Matt Carkner was scratched; they were replaced in the line-up by call-ups Mike Halmo and Matt Donovan. Radek Martinek was scratched for the 12th straight game.

The Isles have lost 159 games this season due to injury. 

Career Wins, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 684
2. Roberto Luongo 367
3. Evgeni Nabokov 346
4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Wins
17. Rogie Vachon 355
18. Evgeni Nabokov 346
19. Gump Worsley 335
20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333

Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 124
2. Roberto Luongo 65
3. Evgeni Nabokov 57
4. Tomas Vokoun 51

Career Shutouts
17 John Ross Roach 58
18 Clint Benedict       57
18 Evgeni Nabokov 57
20 Bernie Parent       54
20 Ed Giacomin        54

Career Goals as an Islander
15    Mariusz Czerkawski    145
16    John Tavares     136
17    Jason Blake    127

27    Trent Hunter     99
28    Kyle Okposo    97
29    Mikko Makela     95
29    David Volek     95
31    Randy Wood     94
32    Greg Gilbert     93
32    Garry Howatt     93
34    Travis Green     92
35    Butch Goring    87
36    Tomas Jonsson    84
37    Michael Grabner 82
37    Wayne Merrick    81
37    Dave Scatchard    81
40    Frans Nielsen    79
40    Marty McInnis    79
42    Miroslav Satan    78

Career Assists as an Islander
16    Ed Westfall    181
17    John Tavares    179
18    Kenny Jonsson    175
19    Alexei Yashin    171
20    Duane Sutter    171
21    Jean Potvin    167
22    Jeff Norton    166
23    Zigmund Palffy    163
24    Frans Nielsen    162
25    David Volek    154
26    Mariusz Czerkawski 150
27    Kyle Okposo    148   
28    Travis Green    145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters)
24    Eddie Westfall    493
25    Radek Martinek 479
26    Gerry Hart    476
29    Scott Lachance 450
30    Frans Nielsen     430
31    Jason Blake      426

34    Wayne Merrick  411
35    Jean Potvin    402
36    David Volek     396
37    Bert Marshall    392
38    Josh Bailey     389
39    Travis Green     388
40    Kyle Okposo     383
40    Anders Kallur     383
42    Randy Wood     381
43    John Tavares     350
44    Dave Scatchard    347

Career Points as an Islander
16    Ziggy Palffy    331
17    John Tavares     315
18    Mariusz Czerkawski    295
24    David Volek    249
25    Kyle Okposo     244
26    Frans Nielsen     241

27    Ray Ferraro    238

Season Series Stats
The teams split the season series 1 game each (The Isles earned 3 points to Edmonton’s 2).

This was only the second regular season game between the teams to be decided by an overtime goal and Edmonton has won both of them (Glenn Anderson 11/11/86).  However, the Isles own a playoff overtime win over Edmonton (Ken Morrow in game 4 of quarter-finals in 1981).

The Isles are 9-3-1 in the last 13 games overall between the teams but have not won in Edmonton since March 13, 2003 when Garth Snow backstopped the Isles to a 5-2 win, going 0-3-1 since.

This was the Isles’ first trip to Edmonton since January 6, 2011 when the Oilers defeated the Isles 2-1.

Happy Anniversary
37 years ago today (March 6, 1977): Four years before he was traded to the Colorado Rockies, Chico Resch made 27 saves to become the only Islander goalie to ever blank the Rockies, defeating New Jersey 5-0 at McNicholls Sports Arena in Denver.

All-time, the Isles are 8-9-4 on this date, having gone 0-6-3 since beating Buffalo in 1998.

On The Farm
Bridgeport is 26-26-1-4 on the season and begin a two-game series in St. John’s (Newfoundland) against the Ice Caps on Friday.

Up Next
[MSG-Plus (Isles Pre-game at 8:30), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]

The Isles conclude their Alberta visit as they head to Calgary to battle the Flames.  Puck drop is 9:28pm following a ceremony honoring former Flames star Joe Nieuwendyk.

David Jones scored the winning goal with 5:32 to play in a 4-2 Flames win back on February 6th. Despite the loss, the Isles are 5-2-0 in the last seven games against Calgary. 

This is the Isles’ first trip to Calgary since January 3, 2011 when the Isles defeated Calgary 5-2.  Rick DiPietro earned the win, although it was Nathan Lawson who played most of the game following a DiPietro injury.

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.

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