Islanders Drop Fourth In A Row In Philadelphia (Highlights)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Cal Clutterbuck
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Cal Clutterbuck /

The New York Islanders dropped their fourth in a row in a 6-4 defeat in Philadelphia. The team only showed up in the third period.

You can’t play just 20 minutes and expect to win a hockey game. Unfortunately, the New York Islanders only gave a 20-minute effort tonight in Philadelphia as they fell for their fourth straight defeat.

Sean Couturier got the Flyers on the board first with his 19th of the season. The Islanders would once again have to play from behind in a game.

Although this time, the team responded with a surprising Cal Clutterbuck goal to tie the game up at two. The first period would come to a close with a tie score but Philly had all the momentum.

Period two is where things fell apart. The Flyers put up a four-spot in the period. Raffl, Simmonds, Provorov, and Konecny all had goals in the second frame. Clutterbuck added his second goal of the night at the 12:26 mark of the period so the Islanders trailed 5-2 going into the third period.

The team looked completely dead. Philly was putting a ton of pucks on net and Thomas Greiss was living up to that .883 save percentage attached to his name this year.

Although in the third things began to change. John Tavares scored to make it a two-goal game on the power play. Then at the 14:35 mark Ryan Pulock scored his third on the year on an impressive deke and goal.

Things got real feisty in this game. Cal Clutterbuck and Wayne Simmonds were chirping each other all night. We even had a couple of surprise fighters in the mix:

With Thomas Greiss on the bench and the extra skater out the Isles had a couple of nice chances to get one past Elliot. But then, Andrew Ladd took his second penalty of the night and negated the extra attacker.

The Flyers would add an empty-netter handing the Islanders a rather gut-wrenching loss after it looked like it’d be just another blowout.

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Regardless of the strong third-period play, the team is still in a free fall and something has to be done. The fans are getting antsy and they have every right to be.