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by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders
Game 16

San Jose 2, Islanders 1 (shootout)

Dan Boyle scored San Jose’s only goal in regulation and then cemented the win with a shootout tally as the Sharks handed the Islanders their ninth straight loss (0-8-1) before 17,562 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.  The Sharks outshot the Islanders, 38-25.  It’s the most shots allowed by the Islanders in any game this season.

Scoreless First
After facing just one shot in the first period  on Wednesday night, the Sharks peppered Dwayne Roloson with ten shots in the first 9 minutes but Roloson, making his fourth straight start, held the Sharks off the board.  Antero Niittymaki had some strong moments as well as San Jose outshot the Isles 12-8.

 Finally, a Lead
The Isles broke a scoreless streak of 117:20 and grabbed the lead at 4:51 of the second period on a PA Parenteau goal.  It was Parenteau’s 4th goal of the season (first at even-strength) and gave the Islanders their first lead during regulation time since 18:05 of the first period in Tampa on October 21.  It ended a streak of 546:46 of regulation play without an Islander lead.  The Isles had not led at any point in the eight previous losses; their longest streak since not leading at any point in 12 straight losses during the 1972-73 season.

Boyle Evens It

The Isles’ lead lasted 9:35, before Dan Boyle tied it on a 5-on-3.  It was San Jose’s third 5-on-3 goal of the season and the first allowed by the Islanders. The Isles killed the second penalty and got out of the middle period even, despite being outshot 30-15.

Rolie Floored
With 3:50 to play, Roloson was nailed in the mask by a Dan Boyle blueline blast.  After gathering himself in the TV timeout, Roloson remained in the game.  Neither team scored in the third period, as the Isles, despite being outshot 38-22, had earned their first point in nine games.


Following a scoreless overtime, the Sharks defeated the Islanders 2-0 in a shootout.  Logan Couture and Dan Boyle scored for San Jose, surrounding a failed Joe Pavelski attempt; PA Parenteau and Frans Nielsen were stopped for the Islanders. 

2-1 Final.
Home and Road
San Jose improves to 7-5-2, 4-2-2 at home.  The Isles are 4-9-3, 2-7-2 on the road. 

Unbalanced Schedule
This is the earliest in Islander history that they played their eleventh road game by both number of games and the calendar.  The previous earliest date was actually last season, when they played road game 11 on November 16th; four times they opened with 11 out of 18 on the road.

In the Nets
Dwayne Roloson, playing for the fourth straight game, finished with 37 saves.  His record is now 2-6-1 despite his goals against average falling to 2.10 and his save percentage improving to .924.  It’s the sixth time this season he has allowed two goals or less, but his record in those six games is only 2-3-1.    Roloson is now in the top 10 in both goals against average (8th) and save percentage (10th).
Niitymaki made 24 saves for the Sharks, plus two more in the shootout.  He is now 5-8-1 in his career against the Islanders.

Power Plays
For a rare occasion this season, the power plays were one-sided in favor of the opposition. The Isles failed on their only power play while the Sharks went 1-5, with the goal coming on a 5-on-3.

The Big Boys

With Joe Thornton, Patrick Marelau and Dan Heatley, the Sharks can put out a line of three players who were drafted either first or second overall.  All three played over 20 minutes, and totaled six shots on goal.

Can’t Win if You Can’t Score
The Isles have scored only seven goals in the last seven games.  It’s the fewest goals that the Isles have scored in a seven-game stretch since tallying seven in six games between November 20 and December 4, 2003.  Fans can hope history repeats itself; the Isles followed that stretch by going 10-2-1 in the next 13 games.

In the Circle

There were 72 draws, and each team won 36 of them (50%).  Zenon Konopka won 19 of 30 (63%) to lead the Islanders. 

One to Go

This was the 14th game in a 15 game stretch that finds the Islanders playing 12 on the road and only three at home.  After going 3-1-1 in the first five, they are 0-8-1 in the last 9.  Saturday’s game in Los Angeles will complete this stretch.  The schedule will then finally change, with the Islanders playing ten of the next 14 at home.

Nine Not Fine
The Isles were 4-1-2 in the first seven games of the season, but are 0-8-1 in the last nine.  It’s the first time that they’ve gone nine without a win (single season) since a ten-game skein 12/4 – 12/23/2008.

Missing Men
Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Andrew MacDonald remain out for extended periods while Milan Jurcina is out with a hamstring injury.  Rob Schremp and Trevor Gillies remain the healthy scratches.

3 or Less
The Isles have been held to three goals or fewer in 11 straight games (2-8-1) since tallying five against Colorado on October 16.  It’s the longest that the team has gone without scoring four goals since a 14-game stretch last December 5th-31st.

Season Series Stats   

This was the only meeting of the teams this season  The Isles have lost their last four in San Jose (0-3-1) and own only two wins (one on a Garth Snow shutout) in the last 12 meetings overall between the teams (2-9-1). 

Happy Anniversary

27 years ago today (November 11, 1983): Bryan Trottier recorded a hat trick and Billy Smith stopped 38 shots, as the Isles defeated Pittsburgh 6-5. 
The Isles have played 10 times on Veterans Day since then, going 0-7-3, including shootout losses each of the past two seasons.

Up Next
Saturday, November 13th- Islanders @ Los Angeles 10:30pm
[MSG+ (Catch Mark Streit on Hockey Night Live at 9:30), WRHU 88.7FM]

The Islanders conclude the road trip with a game at Staples Center against the Kings.  The Isles are winless in their last six games against Los Angeles (4 losses, a shootout loss and a tie).  Jonathan Quick has beaten them in the last three (once in a shootout), allowing just 4 goals.  Islander general manager Garth Snow is the only Islander goalie to defeat the Kings in the 21st century, winning consecutive games in 2002 and 2003.
The Kings are off to a tremendous start, going 7-0-0 at home and 11-3-0 overall.  Both records match the franchise’s best starts.  Los Angeles has won 7 of their last 8, including a fight-filled win over Dallas on Thursday night.
This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season.  The rematch will be on Long Island on February 19th.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources.

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