Robin Lehner says Islanders fans ‘saved my life’ — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Goalie Robin Lehner is scheduled to make an emotional return to Long Island when the Golden Knights meet the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Robin Lehner says Islanders fans ‘saved my life’ — Las Vegas Review-Journal

MAPLE LEAFS 3, ISLANDERS 0 postgame notes, quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-6-1 – 27 Points) at
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (5-8-2 – 12 Points)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 0 2 3
NEW YORK 0 0 0 0


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Mitch Marner scored shorthanded for Toronto at 3:31 of the first period. Marner marked the Maple Leafs’ first shorthanded goal of the season and the second shorthanded goal of his
    NHL career. Marner scored his second goal of the game at 13:29 of the third period. Marner posted his first multi-goal game of the season and the 12th multi-goal game of his NHL career.
  • Ondřej Kaše scored for Toronto at 2:00 of the third period. Kaše marked his fifth goal of the season.
  • Jake Muzzin recorded the primary assist on Marner’s shorthanded goal. Muzzin posted his fifth assist of the season.
  • David Kämpf registered the primary assist on Kaše’s goal. Kämpf notched his third assist of the season.
  • Nick Ritchie recorded the secondary assist on Kaše’s goal. Ritchie registered his third assist of the season.
  • Michael Bunting posted the primary assist on Marner’s second goal of the game. Bunting recorded his fifth assist of the season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped all 20 shots he faced in tonight’s victory. Woll posted his first NHL career shutout.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    NEW YORK 6 (4) 7 (6) 7 (7) 20 (17)
    TORONTO 12 (11) 13 (11) 15 (12) 40 (34)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    NEW YORK 17 (13) 15 (13) 14 (14) 46 (40)
    TORONTO 21 (20) 22 (16) 20 (13) 63 (49)
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-3-0 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 75-68-7-10 in 160 games against the New York Islanders and 32-38-3-6 in
    79 games played in New York.
  • Toronto is 9-4-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 3-3-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 6 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 8 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 11 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Marner– 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 3 (Muzzin, Ritchie)
    Blocked Shots 2 (Muzzin, Liljegren, Sandin, Brodie)
    Takeaways 1 (Marner, Matthews, Kämpf, Tavares)
    TOI 24:37 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 3:48 (Matthews)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:06 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 23 (Muzzin, Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 78.26% (Bunting – 18 for, 5 against)
    RECORD WHEN…
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 8-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-1-0 when leading after one period and 9-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 9-3-1 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-0-0 in Sunday games and 2-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • Per NHL PR, Joseph Woll (23 years, 132 days) turned aside all 20 shots he faced and became the
    sixth Maple Leafs goaltender in the past 30 years to record his first career shutout at age 23 or
    younger. The others: Garret Sparks (22 years, 155 days: Nov. 30, 2015), James Reimer (22 years,
    325 days: Feb. 3, 2011), Marcel Cousineau (23 years, 244 days: Dec. 30, 1996), Felix Potvin (21
    years, 214 days: Jan. 23, 1993) and Peter Ing (21 years, 275 days: Jan. 28, 1991).
  • Per NHL PR, Joseph Woll became the fifth goaltender in Maple Leafs history to earn a win in each of
    his first two or more career appearances, joining Damian Rhodes (6 GP: 1990-91 to 1993-94), Frank
    McCool (6 GP: 1944-45), Jiri Crha (3 GP: 1979-80) and Mike Palmateer (3 GP: 1976-77).
  • Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin were on the ice for a team-high 21 Toronto shot attemptsfor at 5-on-5.
  • Michael Bunting finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 78.26
    percent (18 for, 5 against).
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Nov. 24 Leafs at Los Angeles STAPLES Center 10:00 pm ET
    Nov. 26 Leafs at San Jose SAP Arena at San Jose 10:30 pm ET
    Nov. 28 Leafs at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 1 Leafs vs. Colorado Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Dec. 4 Leafs at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
    Q: Thoughts on tonight’s game:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I just thought it was a very sound effort from our guys all the way through. I thought we
    played hard. It’s not an easy building to play in. I thought at the beginning the fans were engaged and the
    Islanders are going to play hard and be competitive and I thought our guys matched that and played
    through it. Just played a really sound game with great goaltending.
    Q: On the shorthanded goal and whether it was the product of a good penalty kill as of late or
    catching the other team off guard:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I think it’s more just catching them off guard and getting one of those breaks. It’s
    something where, I think when your penalty kill is feeling it, they are confident, and they tend to hold onto
    the puck a little bit longer and sometimes they can catch teams like that. I thought there were a couple of
    times just before the goal when you saw the guys being patient with it and looking for an opportunity to
    make a play. It was a huge goal for us and more importantly it was a huge kill at an important time of the
    game.”
    MITCH MARNER
    On tonight’s game:
    Mitch Marner: Yeah it was good, right from the drop of the puck we were moving our feet, creating
    scoring chances from the start and rolling well. Every line was contributing in a different way on the ice.
    That’s how we want our starts to be. Obviously after last game we weren’t happy with how that happened
    and thought tonight we came in and played a good game. Woll made some big saves for us but liked how
    right from the drop of the puck we were throttle down and going at them.
    On his shorthanded goal tonight:
    Mitch Marner: I think it starts with Kämpf, getting that puck down low and having three guys on his back
    and working extremely hard to get that puck back to our d-men with time. Then saw it go over the Jake
    with three men down and as I was coming on the ice I realized the far side was open and he made the
    play to me so I just tried to make a play off of it.
    JOSEPH WOLL
    On his first career NHL shutout:
    Joseph Woll: It’s pretty cool but I think at the end of the day the biggest thing is that we won the game
    and just to see how well we played, coming out and putting up 40 plus shots and playing a hard defensive
    game all the way through and see how that translates to offense for us was pretty sweet. I’m just happy to
    be able to share it with this group.
    On the team eliminating secondary scoring opportunities in front of him:
    Joseph Woll: Whenever a goalie gets a shutout it’s definitely not fair to just say it was all him or even
    mostly him. I think it really starts with how the team plays and it was unbelievable.
    JAKE MUZZIN
    On tonight’s effort:
    Jake Muzzin: I thought it was a pretty solid effort from start to finish. We focused on some things that we
    needed to improve on in our back-to-backs and I thought we responded well and got a shutout for Woll
    who played great, and got his first shutout, so that’s awesome.
    On what it means for Woll to be getting meaningful time with the team and getting his first
    shutout:
    Jake Muzzin: Yeah, I think it will give him some confidence. He played well in his first game and played
    well again tonight so very happy for him.

MAPLE LEAFS-ISLANDERS pregame notes



2021-22 Matchups vs. New York Islanders: First of Three
2020-21 Record vs. New York Islanders: N/A
Next Game vs. New York Islanders: Saturday, January 22 vs. New York Islanders
Toronto Season Record: 12-6-1
Toronto Road Record: 3-3-0
TV: Sportsnet Ontario RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
November 16, 2021
Acquired forward Kyle Clifford from St. Louis in exchange for future
considerations
November 15, 2021 Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 0 vs. Pittsburgh 2
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
TOR Goals: N/A
PIT Goals: Guentzel, Carter
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 29/31, .935 SV%
PIT Goaltender: Jarry, 26/26, 1.000 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-4
PIT Power Play: 0-for-1

NEXT GAME
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Opponent: at Los Angeles Kings
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet Ontario (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)



INJURY REPORT
Petr Mrázek (Groin) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Man Games Lost: 33


ALL-TIME VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS:
First Matchup between Clubs: January 10, 1973 (Toronto 4 vs. New York 2)
All-Time Record: 74-68-7-10 (159 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 43-30-4-4 (81 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 31-38-3-6 (78 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: April 1, 2019 (Toronto 2 at New York 1)
Record in Last Five Games: 2-3-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 6-3-1

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS:
Games Played: Jason Spezza (41), Wayne Simmonds (37), Morgan Rielly (19)
Goals: Jason Spezza (17), Wayne Simmonds (10), Auston Matthews (7)
Assists: Jason Spezza (24), Wayne Simmonds (13), Mitch Marner (6)
Points: Jason Spezza (41), Wayne Simmonds (23), Auston Matthews (11)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (45), Jason Spezza (16), Nick Ritchie (14)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .658 2.53 2.37 24.5% 88.8% 33.5 30.2 55.1%
NHL Rank 7th 26th 4th 7th 3rd 8th 9th 1st

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 13/53 (24.5%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 4 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 7 –Matthews (4G, 3A), Nylander (3G, 4A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 44/50 (88.0%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Sunday games 1st of 8 (1 home, 7 road)
Back-to-Backs played 3 of 13
Record in first game of Back-to-Back 2-2-0
Record in second game of Back-to-Back 1-2-0
November games 11th of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TJ BRODIE Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
JACK CAMPBELL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16 vs. NSH
JACK CAMPBELL Recorded his 50th career NHL win, Nov. 18 vs. NYR
PIERRE ENGVALL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 200th NHL goal on Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats,
Matthews required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple
Leafs history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only
Charlie Conacher (317 games).
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 300th NHL point with a goal on Feb. 8 vs. VAN, tying Charlie
Conacher to become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach the mark at
294 games.
MORGAN RIELLY
Recorded his 300th NHL point with an assist on Apr. 13 vs. CGY to
become the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with
the club.
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist on Oct. 27 at CHI
KIRILL SEMYONOV Made his NHL debut, Nov. 10 at PHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game on Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 18 vs. NYR.
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
TRAVIS DERMOTT Two points away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE Three goals away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Seven assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
JASON SPEZZA Four games away from 1,200 career NHL games played

ISLANDERS


RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Nov. 18: Robin Salo has been recalled from loan (Bridgeport – AHL).
Nov. 4: The New York Islanders have traded the rights to Johnny Boychuk to the Buffalo Sabres for future considerations.
Oct. 26: The New York Islanders and forward Ross Johnston agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension.
Oct. 19: The New York Islanders assigned Leo Komarov to Bridgeport (AHL).
Oct. 11: The New York Islanders loaned Samuel Bolduc, Anatolii Golyshev, Richard Panik and Robin Salo to Bridgeport (AHL)
Oct. 10: The New York Islanders signed Zdeno Chara and Zach Parise to contracts


TONIGHT:

  • The Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs in their second game at UBS Arena at Belmont Park, the Islanders’ new home arena.
  • The last time these teams met was January 4, 2020.
  • Under Head Coach Barry Trotz, the Islanders are 3-2-0 vs. the Maple Leafs
  • Tonight’s game is the second in back-to-back games for both teams

  • MILESTONES
  • CASEY CIZIKAS 600 GAMES 11.07 at MIN
  • RYAN PULOCK 300 GAMES 11.07 at MIN
  • MATHEW BARZAL 300 GAMES 11.11 at NJD
  • ANDY GREENE 1,000 GAMES 11.15 at TBL
  • JEAN GABRIEL PAGEAU 500 GAMES 11.15 at TB


    PLAYER MILESTONE NEEDS
    ROSS JOHNSTON 100 Games 13
    SCOTT MAYFIELD 300 Games 1
    ZACH PARISE 400 Goals 6
    RYAN PULOCK 100 Assists 6
    NOAH DOBSON 100 Games 7

    THE ISLANDERS:
  • Have opened the scoring in ten of their thirteen games this season. They are 5-3-2 this season when striking first.
  • Were the last of 32 teams to use different goaltenders as Ilya Sorokin started a career-high nine consecutive games to start the 2021-22 campaign
  • Play 19 sets of back-to-back games this season. This week includes two: Monday and Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay and Florida, and Saturday and
    Sunday vs. Calgary and Toronto. These 19 series of back-to-back games are the most in the Islanders’ schedule since 2009-10.
  • Are 1-2-0 on the back end of back-to-back games this season.
    UBS ARENA:
  • Last night, the Islanders played their first ever game at UBS Arena, hosting the Calgary Flames.
  • They played in front of a sellout crowd of 17,255

THE PLAYERS:
Quick hits about every player on the Islanders’ roster
Josh Bailey is the longest tenured Islander on the roster. He has skated in 931 career NHL games as an Islander.
Mathew Barzal ranks seventh in his 2015 draft class in points (260).
Anthony Beauvillier is a native of Sorel-Tracy, QC. He is one of 45 active Quebec natives in the NHL.
Kieffer Bellows is one of the four Minnesota natives on the Islanders roster (Lee, Nelson, Parise). He recorded his first point of the season, an assist,
on Tuesday in Florida.
Zdeno Chara was drafted by the Islanders in 1996, and his 1,622 career games played ranks third all-time among defensemen.
Casey Cizikas leads Islander centers with 53.1% FOW.
Cal Clutterbuck ranks second all-time in the NHL in career hits with 3,390 (Brown, LAK).
Noah Dobson
leads Islanders defensemen with 4 assists. He recorded an assist Tuesday night vs. Florida.
Andy Greene achieved 1,000 career games played Monday night in Tampa Bay, making him the only active undrafted player to reach that milestone.
Grant Hutton was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) on Nov. 20, 2021.
Ross Johnston signed a four-year contract extension on October 26, 2021.
Anders Lee recorded his 27th career two-goal game on Nov 7th, vs. the Wild, in his home state of Minnesota.
Matt Martin has played 626 games as an Islander. Just 11 others in club history have played more.
Scott Mayfield is the longest tenured Islander defenseman. He can play his 300th career NHL game tonight.
Brock Nelson holds the second-longest ironman streak by an Islander. He has currently played in 315 consecutive games, the fifth-longest active streak
in the NHL. Saturday night vs. Calgary, Nelson recorded his second multi-goal night of the season.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau played his 500th career NHL game Monday night in Tampa Bay.
Kyle Palmieri leads the team lead in assists, with six.
Richard Panik was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) on Nov. 20, 2021. He recorded his first point as an Islander last night vs. Calgary.
Zach Parise is one of four Islanders to have worn the “C” for an NHL team in his career (Chara, Greene, Lee).
Adam Pelech leads the Islanders in plus-minus with a +4 rating through thirteen games.
Ryan Pulock passed Denis Potvin’s 262-game ironman record on Nov. 15, as he played his 263rd consecutive game.
Robin Salo made his NHL debut last night against Calgary. He led the team in TOI with 21:42.
Ilya Sorokin has started 11 of the 14 Islander games this season
Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves on 29 shots last night against Calgary in the Islanders’ home opener.
Oliver Wahlstrom is the youngest player on the Islanders roster.

Lightning secure Stanley Cup final berth with gritty OT win — Edmonton Sun

The Tampa Bay Lightning knew before the Eastern Conference final even began that the New York Islanders wouldn’t go down without a fight. And for a long, frightening stretch there Thursday night, there was real concern the stingy, stubborn Islanders wouldn’t be going down at all. But with Game 7 flashing before their eyes, the […]

Lightning secure Stanley Cup final berth with gritty OT win — Edmonton Sun

Lightning secure Stanley Cup final berth with gritty OT win

Author of the article:Robert Tychkowski

Publishing date:Sep 18, 2020  •  Last Updated 1 hour ago  •  4 minute read

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. PHOTO BY PERRY NELSON /USA Today Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning knew before the Eastern Conference final even began that the New York Islanders wouldn’t go down without a fight.

And for a long, frightening stretch there Thursday night, there was real concern the stingy, stubborn Islanders wouldn’t be going down at all.

But with Game 7 flashing before their eyes, the Lightning finally landed a shot that guarantees New York won’t be getting up off the canvas.

Anthony Cirelli scored 13:18 into overtime, banking the puck home off the post to close out the Islanders 2-1 in Game 6 and set up a Stanley Cup Final showdown with the Dallas Stars.

“It’s just a blur, but to be playing for the Stanley Cup final is every kid’s goal growing up,” said Cirelli. “The emotions are so high. We’ve worked all year to get to the Stanley Cup Final and we’re here now. We’re ready to go.”

Tampa improved to 5-0 in games following a loss, showing an ability to fight through adversity at every turn.

“It’s how we respond, the character we have in that locker-room,” said winger Patrick Maroon, who’s looking for two in a row after winning a Cup with St. Louis last season.

“We have that mentality of the next man up. I’m super proud of these guys. It just goes to show how much character we have. We have that no-quit mentality in our locker-room.”

It was a battle for most of Game 6. Despite a 17-6 advantage in shots, the teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes on goals from New York’s Devon Toews at 4:15 and a quick reply from Tampa’s Victor Hedman at 6:28.

By the end of regulation, Tampa had doubled the Islanders’ shot total, 42-21, but still had nothing to show for it but frustration thanks to goaltender Semyon Varlamov and the Isles’ bend-but-don’t-break style.

“When you reach the conference final, there are no easy games,” said Hedman. “A great defensive effort on their part. They have a lot of skill up front and a great goaltender. It was a hard-fought battle.”

Cirelli ended it from the doorstep to put Tampa in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2015, when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. It begins Saturday.

“You can’t take anything for granted,” said Hedman. “It’s such a hard league to go far in. We really came together here as a group and we’re super excited to get back to the finals. I can’t wait to get it going.”

It’s sweet redemption for the Lightning, who were Stanley Cup favourites last season only to be swept in the first round by Columbus.

“The belief in our group is so strong, and that’s not something that just happens overnight,” said defenceman Ryan McDonagh. “We knew it was going to be tough, but our group believes in one another. Now that we’re here, we’re really determined and focused to finish the job.”

Some teams consider it bad luck to hoist a conference championship trophy, preferring to wait until they get a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, but the Lightning were all over the Prince of Wales trophy, including injured captain Steve Stamkos.

“We talked about it quickly after,” said Alex Killorn. “In 2015, we didn’t touch it. We’re not too superstitious, but we thought, ‘Screw it, let’s grab it.’ We’re going to celebrate this and hopefully celebrate another after.”

ON THE RISE

The Islanders finished in seventh place in the east and gained momentum as the playoffs went on, beating Washington in the first round and taking down Philadelphia in the second.

Coming two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final is tough to take, but with Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello driving the bus, their future looks very good.

“There are very few teams that put a group together and win a championship right away without a little failure on the way,” said Trotz. “When the Islanders won four straight (Stanley Cups), there was a lot of hardship on the front end. Same with Edmonton and Detroit. My former club (Washington) had a lot of heartbreak before we broke through. There are a lot of lessons on the way. Learning these lessons are invaluable.”

INJURY FRONT

The Lightning lost Games 3 and 5, the two games that leading scorer Brayden Points didn’t dress for, so they were glad to have him back in the lineup for Game 6.

Point’s status has been a daily concern in the Tampa locker-room, but head coach Jon Cooper said they never put the situation ahead of the player.

“In the end, it’s the player we care about the most. If we’re going to put the player in harm’s way, we will not play him. If we do, then it’s justified because we’ve gone through all the steps. We’re always looking after the player first.”

HEDS UP

Hedman’s first-period goal is his ninth of the playoffs, the third most by any defenceman in a single playoff year. Hedman moved past Denis Potvin and into a tie with Bobby Orr and Brad Park, two goals behind Brian Leetch and three behind Paul Coffey.

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LEAFS 3, ISLES 0 — What the Maple Leafs said: “It was a lot of fun out there tonight. The guys played extremely hard. I thought we did a really good job defensively, we really made them have to work to try and generate chances. And then the guys bailed me out on a couple huge plays, too.” –MICHAEL HUTCHINSON.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked from the group tonight:

I just liked how we were able to stay with it. It was a different type of game than we’ve played, and we just stayed with it. We waited to get our chances and when we did, we made good on a couple of them. As you said, a combination of great goaltending, good defensive play, a little bit of luck and opportunistic players. They made good on their chances.

On the benefit for the team mentally from winning more of a low scoring game:

Yeah, I think it’s really good. I think it’s really healthy for our team in a lot of ways. Like I said, it’s a different type of game, offence is harder to come by as we expected it would be coming into the game. I just liked that our guys didn’t get frustrated with that first period. Not a lot going on. We just stayed with it. We gave up some chances and got saves which was good. Then when we got our chances, we made good on them. It would have been nice to get the goal on the breakaway early in the game, it might have been a different game if that’s the case, but we didn’t and it wasn’t, so we just had to stay patient and like it. We have to find a way to win the boring games too sometimes.

On if he has reflected on the significance of going 15-4-1 in his first 20 games as Maple Leafs coach:

No, I haven’t really. Every day brings a new challenge and, I said it before and I still believe it, we’re still not close to where I think we can get to. I think we’ve got a lot of room to grow as a team. That’s exciting and that’s what keeps us working. As a coach at various levels, I’ve had a lot of experience with coaching teams that go on stretches and runs like this. You recognize that you’re not going to be satisfied. You’ve got to continue to work and continue to get better and find the things that you can improve upon and I think that’s what we come to work every day to do.

On where the team can improve:

Well, in all areas, really. I think our play in terms of our ability to come out of our end, I think that can improve. I think being good and diligent in games like this today. It’s an area where it’s a low event game and not much happening. You can still defend well enough to give ourselves enough time to wait for our chance to come. Special teams, all those types of things, I think, can go a long way. But that’s not to say we didn’t have positives because there certainly is. We’ve been doing a lot of really good things. We’ve been resilient as a group, even though we’ve lost players to injury. We created a little extra adversity for our team today going into it, obviously, giving Freddie the day off and putting Hutch in. That raises the awareness of the team a little bit and creates some extra challenge there in terms of not having Freddie who has been so great for us and then Hutch who is trying to find his way. Clearly, he did today.

PIERRE ENGVALL (1 GOAL)

On his goal:

On the goal I just tried to hold onto it for a second to get the goalie moving and I think I found a spot there. So, it was really nice to see it go in. Obviously, [Kapanen] makes a — I don’t know what to say about that play — but it’s pretty good.

On the play Kapanen made to get him the puck before he scored:

Every time I see [Kapanen] go to the net with the puck with that speed I just try to catch up and be ready to shoot the puck. When I saw it, I was like, ‘sick play.’

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (33 SAVES)

On his performance tonight:

Yeah, I obviously felt pretty good tonight. I felt really, really relaxed out there. I thought it was good to build off of the Detroit game in the New Jersey game. It was nice to get the win on that, but with the circumstances of the break and travelling same day it was getting more — personally, it felt like you had to battle through a lot of stuff. So coming in here and getting back into an actual game routine to be able to take the Detroit game and build off that for myself was huge. It was a lot of fun out there tonight. The guys played extremely hard. I thought we did a really good job defensively, we really made them have to work to try and generate chances. And then the guys bailed me out on a couple huge plays too.

On what he has done to put himself in a better headspace at this point in the season:

Yeah, it’s everything, really. It’s kind of resetting and knowing you can’t change anything that happened earlier in the season. But the team is playing great. I’ve been able to come to the rink positive every single day. Even when I’m not playing, enjoying the wins, enjoying the successes that other guys are having, whether they’re scoring goals or Freddie’s making big saves, getting wins. So, when you do that it’s eventually it’s going to come around to you. We’ve been playing so well as a group that now, it’s nice for myself to be a part of that and be able to contribute to those wins.

MITCH MARNER (2 ASSISTS)

On tonight’s defensive effort:

Yeah, it was good, I think we were coming back and we were getting quickly out of our zone. That team’s a heavy forechecking team, they get in on the forecheck hard and that’s how they create all their offence. I think we made it important to come back, talk to each other, try and find the exit quickly and get back on the forecheck. I thought we did a good job of that tonight.

On the bench’s reaction to Kapanen’s play to set up the opening goal:

I think like everyone else in the crowd. That’s a hell of a move by him and a hell of a pass as well to get it through to Pierre and that started us all off. It was a great play by him.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On the play of Hutchinson:

He was just dialed in.  I think when we gave up good chances to their team he came up with some big saves. I know Hutch was all-time for us tonight. All the credit goes to him, he made some huge saves that kept us in the game, and we were able to capitalize on a couple chances and, I mean, he played unbelievable.

On the play that set up his goal tonight:

I just saw him get the puck and he’s got pretty good vision, so I just had a feeling he was going to throw the puck towards the middle and I just kind of tried to deflect it. I think it went off my stick, went off their stick and kind of trickled in the net, so, pretty fortunate there. Think I just had a feeling he was going to try and get the puck in that area and I just tried to make the most of it

MAPLE LEAFS 3, ISLANDERS 0: Michael Hutchinson stops 33 shots for his first shutout this season and the fifth of his career. He has three straight wins.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25-12-3 – 53 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-14-5 – 53 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pierre Engvall opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 13:25 of the second period. Engvall has goals (2) in two consecutive games. He has three goals over his last four games. He has scored four of his six goals in six games against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 16:07 of the second period before picking up the secondary assist on Zach Hyman’s third period goal. Matthews has assists (4) and points (4-4-8) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 17th multi-point performance of the season. He has seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 11 career games against the Islanders. He leads the NHL in 5-on-5 goals (19) and even-strength goals (21).
  • Zach Hyman scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night into an empty net at 17:52 of the third period. Hyman has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in eight games played on home ice this season. He has 13 points (8-5-13) over his last 14 games played.
  • Kasperi Kapanen had the lone assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Kapanen has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He has five points (2-3-5) over his last five games played. He has 11 points (5-6-11) in 14 games against Metropolitan Division teams, which is his highest point total against a single division in 2019-20.
  • Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and later had the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 11th multi-point performance of the season. In 14 games since returning to the lineup from injury on December 4, he has recorded 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists). He has 16 points (7-9-15) in 11 games against Metropolitan Division opposition.
  • Justin Holl collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Holl has 12 points (1-11-12) in 41 games this season. He has two goals and an assist in four career games against the Islanders.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped all 33 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of 2019-20.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
NEW YORK7 (7)16 (14)10 (10)33 (31)
TORONTO6 (6)7 (6)10 (9)23 (21)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
NEW YORK8 (8)21 (19)19 (19)48 (46)
TORONTO11 (11)21 (19)16 (15)48 (45)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home11-4-5 (20 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New York74-68-7-10 (158 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New York at Home43-30-4-4 (80 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference13-9-5 (27 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division6-4-4 (14 Games)
Attendance19.536

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Matthews)
Faceoff Wins10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Hyman, Kapanen – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
Blocked Shots(Dermott)
Takeaways(Five players tied)
TOI23:50 (Rielly)
Power Play TOIN/A
Shorthanded TOI2:00 (Holl)
Shifts24 (Ceci, Hyman, Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage72% (Tavares – 18 for, 7 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first16-3-1
Tied after 19-5-2
Lead after 217-1-2
Do not score a power play goal10-3-3
Do not allow a power play goal12-6-3
Outshot by opponent12-9-3
Saturday9-2-3

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play tonight.
  • Toronto did not have a power play for the third time this season.
  • The Maple Leafs’ line of Frederik Gauthier, Mason Marchment and Dmytro Timashov were the lone Toronto skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 28 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.6 percent (28 for, 16 against).
  • John Tavares won 83 percent (5 won, 1 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up with New York forward Brock Nelson.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. vs. Winnipeg Jets (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Sunday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. vs. New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (TSN4, FAN 590)

ISLANDERS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Frederik Andersen is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. In 10 career appearances against the Islanders, he is 7-2-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.- Leads the NHL lead in wins (21) and saves (961) and ranks second in even-strength saves (810). Michael Hutchinson — who is 2-5-1 with a 4.03 goals-against average and an .883 save percentage — will start against the Islanders.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25-11-3 – 53 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (23-14-5 – 51 Points)

JANUARY 4, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NEW YORK

ALL-TIME RECORD:73-68-7-10 (158 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:42-30-4-4 (80 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST 10:5-4-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NEW YORK

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (40), Morgan Rielly (18), Cody Ceci (17)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (17), Auston Matthews (6), Mitch Marner (4), William Nylander (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (24), Tyson Barrie (7), Jake Muzzin (5), Morgan Rielly (5)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (41), Auston Matthews (9), Mitch Marner (8), William Nylander (8)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (16), Jake Muzzin (10), Auston Matthews (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – ISLANDERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTONEW YORK
GOALS FOR (Rank):151 (t-1st)112 (25th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       133 (22nd)101 (t-1st)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):28/116 [24.4%] (5th)18/92 [19.6%] (17th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):92/122 [75.4%] (26th)91/112 [81.4%] (t-11th)
SHOTS (Rank):1413 (4th)1115 (31st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2150 (2nd)1663 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.8% (5th)46.1% (30th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.4% (t-3rd)50.0% (t-16th)

MAPLE LEAFS – ISLANDERS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:January 10, 1973 vs. New York (Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:73-68-7-10 (158 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:42-30-4-4 (80 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:31-38-3-6 (78 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:February 22, 2018 (Toronto 4, New York 3 SO)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. ISLANDERS

Travis DermottFirst NHL goal (January 31, 2018 vs. NYI)
Justin HollFirst NHL game (January 31, 2018 vs. NYI)
First NHL goal (January 31, 2018 vs. NYI)
Jake Muzzin200th career NHL game (March 26, 2015 (LAK) at NYI)
Jason Spezza500th NHL point (February 15, 2011 (OTT) vs. NYI)
John TavaresSelected by NYI in the first round (1st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft
Had 621 points (272 goals, 349 assists) in 669 games for NYI from 2009-18.
100th point as a Maple Leaf (November 13, 2019 at NYI)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS27 (Matthews)
ASSISTS27 (Marner)
POINTS49 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS15 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS152 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.9% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS69 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS46 (Marner)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:20 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:05 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:02 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Islanders and is 7-2-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.- Leads the NHL lead in wins (21).- Leads the NHL in saves (961) and ranks second in even-strength saves (810).- Fifth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Had nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 13 games during the month of December, which was tied for the 13th-highest point total among NHL defencemen in December.- Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 7.5 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time, which is tied for the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-111, which is 16th among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– 10th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (127:29).- Has played 62.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 12th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started 45.0 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 56.3 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen.
Michael Hutchinson– Second among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (250). Hutchinson is 0-0-1 with a 4.09 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage in two career games against the Islanders. Last Appearance (Dec. 27 at NJD): Shots (28); Saves (24) 2019-20: Recalled from the Toronto Marlies on Nov. 25. In his second season as a Maple Leaf after being acquired in a trade with Florida on December 29, 2018. Games lost to Injury: 0 NHL Single-Game Highs: Saves (45 – Oct. 29, 2015 WPG vs. CHI); Shots (46 – Oct. 29, 2015 WPG vs. CHI) Career as a Maple Leaf: 14 GP, 4-8-1
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.6 percent, which is tied for seventh among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 55.5 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for sixth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:17 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 10th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Tied for sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-10-18).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (29) and 25 blocked shots (25) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.22 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is 11th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 16th in the NHL in primary assists (16).- Recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games during the month of December, which was the fourth-highest point total in the NHL. – Tied for 10th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.2).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (27).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season, which leads the League.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- 11th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (20-14-34).- Ninth in the NHL with 152 shots on goal.- Scored 11 goals during the month of December, which was tied for the NHL lead in goals in December. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.28 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- One of 10 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.2 (1.28).- Has recorded eight points (4-4-8) in 11 career games against the Islanders.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:20).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.5).- Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks eighth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.36 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.07 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which ranks second on the Maple Leafs and is the 27th-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 25 games.
John Tavares– Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending Dec. 29 after recording seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in three games, including a pair of three-point performances.- Tied for 12th among NHL centres in goals (16) and tied for 16th among NHL centres in points (36).- Averaging 17.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 9.3 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is ninth among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.


CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (6) and points (1-6-7) in five consecutive games.
Travis DermottHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (3) and points (3-3-6) in three consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (5) in four consecutive games and goals (6) and points (6-5-11) in five consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (8) and points (3-8-11) in six consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive games from 1,100 NHL games

RECENT MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen20,000 career minutes (December 28 vs NYR)
Adam BrooksFirst NHL game (December 28 vs. NYR)
Adam BrooksFirst NHL point (Assist) (January 2 at WPG)
Alex Kerfoot100th NHL point (December 31 at MIN)
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL game (January 2 at WPG)
William Nylander200th NHL point (Goal) (January 2 at WPG)

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.
 Man Games Lost: 91

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 1Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 30Loaned defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 30Recalled defencemen Teemu Kivihalme and Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 29Loaned forward Kenny Agostino and defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  

ISLANDERS NOTES

LAST GAME: Dec. 31, 2019 – NYI 1 vs NJD 2 SUMMARY: Nico Hischier scored the game-winning goal 1:09 into the third period to help the New Jersey Devils top the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night on Long Island. Scott Mayfield skated in his 200th NHL game, while Brock Nelson scored in his second straight game in the loss.

NYI vs TOR SEASON SERIES: NY Islanders are 1-0-0 Nov. 13, 2019: NYI 5 vs. TOR 4 Jan. 04, 2020: Toronto, ON Mar. 19, 2020: Toronto, ON

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: Tonight, The Islanders travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for the second of three meetings this season. In November, New York head off a Toronto rally in the third period to win, 5-4. Derick Brassard and Anthony Beauvillier factored in on three of the five goals, while Casey Cizikas scored his lone game-winning goal of the season. Tonight is the Isles’ first of two appearances this season on Hockey Night in Canada.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: 01/03/19: Adam Pelech was placed on IR. Sebastian Aho was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) 12/27/19: Andrew Ladd was returned to Bridgeport. 12/23/19: Cal Clutterbuck out indefinitely with an injury. 12/21/19: Andrew Ladd was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) 12/19/19: Tom Kuhnhackl was removed from LTIR 12/17/19: Oliver Wahlstrom was been reassigned to USA Hockey (from AHL) for the World Junior Championships. 12/16/19: Tom Kuhnhackl was recalled from loan (Bridgeport). 12/05/19: Tom Kuhnhackl was played on LTIR and loaned to Bridgeport 11/06/19: Otto Koivula was returned to Bridgeport (AHL). 11/14/19: Andrew Ladd was assigned to Bridgeport (AHL). 11/14/19: Andrew Ladd was placed on waivers 11/12/19: Leo Komarov was activated off the team’s IR list.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS INJURIES

**Players on injured reserve


PLAYER DATE 2019-20 GAMES MISSED
CAL CLUTTERBUCK 12/21/19 6
ADAM PELECH 01/02/20 1


NOTE: 01/03/20 – Islanders Injury/Transaction Update: Adam Pelech sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon prior to the team’s game on Thursday, Jan. 2 vs. the New Jersey Devils. Pelech is out for the remainder of the regular season.

MAN GAMES LOST TO INJURY: 2019-20 Season: 96 2018-19 Season: 153

-TODAY’S GAME NOTES – – – – – – – – – – – –

  • The New York Islanders are 22-1-2 this season when scoring at least three goals in the game (including OT winners). They are 3-101 when they do not. The Islanders are 60-3-4 when scoring three or more under Barry Trotz.

In 2019… – Seven New York Islanders played in all 82-games during the 2019 calendar year: J. Bailey, M. Barzal, A. Beauvillier, A. Lee, B. Nelson, R. Pulock & D. Toews – The New York Islanders recorded 52 wins in the 2019 calendar year, good for T-3rd in the NHL this past year. Their 52 wins also ties a franchise record for most wins in a single calendar year (1978 & 1982).

TONIGHT… – Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier tallied a pair of goals in the Islanders’ 5-4 win over Toronto in November. Beauvillier, 22, has four points in four games against the Maple Leafs since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Sorel-Tracy, QC native, is two assists shy of matching his career-high (15). He ranks third on the Islanders with 23 points (10G, 13A) through 39 games.

-Mathew Barzal leads the team in goals (16), assists (18), points (34) through 39 games, including seven points (3G, 4A) in his last six games. On Monday, Barzal, 22, was selected to represent the Islanders in his second straight NHL All-Star weekend. The Coquitlam, BC native has nine points (5G, 4A) in seven career games against Toronto, including two points (1G, 1A) in the November meeting earlier this season.

-On On Dec. 27th in Chicago, Mathew Barzal played in his 200th consecutive NHL game. The milestone marks the first time since November 1978 the Islanders have had three players with active 200+ consecutive game streaks.

  • Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal are three of only 32 active NHL players that currently hold ironman streaks of 200+ games. Anders Lee has played in 239 consecutive NHL games, good for longest on the team and 15th longest in the league (B. Nelson— 216, M. Barzal— 203).
  • – – – – – – – – –CAREER NOTES – – – – – – – – – – – –
  • Second-year Islanders captain Anders Lee is the team’s reigning Ironman at 239 consecutive games. Since his rookie season in 2013-14, Lee ranks in the Top Ten among all American-born players in goals (163). Drafted by the Islanders in 2009, Lee ranks second among all active sixth-round draft picks in goals and is top ten in games played and points.
  • 2018 Calder Trophy winner Mathew Barzal has led the team in both points and assists through each of his first two (full) seasons in the NHL. Barzal, 22, has appeared in every Islanders game since his 2017-18 rookie season.
  • Brock Nelson is one of two players in the NHL with three overtime GWG this season. His three overtime winners are equal to the total amount of OT GWGs he has in his six prior NHL season combined.
  • In October, longest tenured Islander Josh Bailey became just the second player & first forward from the 2008 draft class to reach the 800-games played milestone (D. Doughty). Bailey ranks 5th in all-time franchise games played.
  • 22-year-old forward Anthony Beauvillier (1st RD, 28th overall) ranks in the top 15 among 2015 draftees in games played (257) and in goals (58).
  • Since making his NHL debut last season (Dec. 23 vs DAL), Devon Toews is one of seven defensemen in the NHL to have recorded multiple overtime game-winning goals. Toews ranks seventh among all 2014 drafted defensemen in career points (31), despite having played 60+ fewer games than the next closest player ahead of him.

Ryan Pulock is just the fourth defenseman in franchise history to appear in 166 consecutive games. Pulock is the Islanders reigning ironman on defense dating back to Dec. 2017.

11-year NHL veteran and 6th year Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss ranks fifth in Islanders’ franchise history in wins (96), sixth in shutouts (10) and sixth in games-played (181).

– – – – – – – – –ROOKIE NOTES – – – – – – – – – – – –

19-year-old rookie defenseman and 2018 First Round draft pick Noah Dobson recorded an assist and plus-1 rating in his NHL debut on 10/08/19 vs Edmonton. With the assist, the Summerside, PEI native became the first NYI defenseman to record a point in his NHL debut since 2011 (M. Katic). Dobson also became the first teenage defenseman to play for the Islanders since 1999 (M. Biron).

MILESTONES REACHED THIS SEASON:

JOSH BAILEY – 800th NHL GAME – Oct. 08, 2019 vs EDM NOAH DOBSON – 1st NHL GAME – Oct. 08, 2019 vs EDM NOAH DOBSON – 1st NHL POINT – Oct. 08, 2019 vs EDM OLIVER WAHLSTROM – 1st NHL GAME – Oct. 14, 2019 vs STL COLE BARDREAU – 1st NHL GAME – Oct. 19 at CBJ CAL CLUTTERBUCK – 800th NHL GAME – Nov. 2 at BUF DERICK BRASSARD – 800th NHL GAME – Nov. 5 vs OTT JOSH BAILEY – 300th ASSIST – Nov. 13 vs TOR ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER – 100 POINTS – Nov. 16 at PHI CASEY CIZIKAS – 500th NHL GAME – Nov 19, 2019 at PIT BROCK NELSON – 500th NHL Game – Nov 21 vs PIT MATHEW BARZAL – 200th NHL GAME – Dec. 22 vs ANA RYAN PULOCK – 200th NHL GAME – Dec. 22 vs ANA NICK LEDDY – 300th POINTS – Dec. 29 at MIN SCOTT MAYFIELD – 200th NHL GAME – Jan 2 vs NJD

MULTI-POINT GAMES: BROCK NELSON – 10 MATHEW BARZAL – 9 ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER – 7 JOSH BAILEY – 6 ANDERS LEE – 6 DERICK BRASSARD – 5 JORDAN EBERLE – 5 NICK LEDDY – 3 RYAN PULOCK – 3 CASEY CIZIKAS – 3 CAL CLUTTERBUCK – 1 ADAM PELECH -1 JOHNNY BOYCHUK – 1 MATT MARTIN – 1

MULTI-GOAL GAMES: ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER -2
PLAYER MILESTONE NEEDS
JOHNNY BOYCHUK 700 Games 11
CASEY CIZIKAS 100 Assists 3
JORDAN EBERLE 700 Games 5
LEO KOMAROV 100 Assists 4
NICK LEDDY 700 Games 9
BROCK NELSON – 3 CASEY CIZIKAS – 1 MATHEW BARZAL – 1 JORDAN EBERLE – 1 NICK LEDDY – 1

MULTI ASSIST GAMES: DERICK BRASSARD -4 JORDAN EBERLE – 4 BROCK NELSON – 2 RYAN PULOCK – 2 MATHEW BARZAL – 1 ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER -2 ANDERS LEE – 1 NICK LEDDY -2

TOI LEADER: Record when that player leads the team in TOI Adam Pelech: 8-2-0 Ryan Pulock: 12-3-2 Nick Leddy: 0-2-0 Devon Toews: 3-3-0 Scott Mayfield: 1-1-0 Brock Nelson: 1-0-0 Mathew Barzal: 1-0-0

IRONMAN STREAKS: Anders Lee: 239 Brock Nelson: 216 Mathew Barzal: 203 Ryan Pulock: 166 Josh Bailey: 124

NYI COACHES CHALLENGES Last Season Trotz was 4-1 2019-20: 2-1 Offsides on PIT (Successful) – Nov. 19 at PIT Offsides on TBL (Successful) – Dec. 9 at TBL Goaltender INT (Unsuccessful) – Dec 22 vs ANA