The New York Islanders were once again routed by the Philadelphia Flyers. This time 5-2 but with a score to settle for next time.
It was Bill Torrey appreciation night at the Nassau Coliseum. New York Islanders fans and alumni gathered to thank the man that helped put the Isles on the sporting map.
A man who created the greatest dynasty in hockey with four back-to-back Stanley Cups and 19 straight playoff series victories. The first of those cups coming against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tonight, the Islanders would take on the Flyers who come into the game on a hot streak. The Flyers are now just a few points out of a playoff spot, something that didn’t seem possible just a few months ago.
The Isles, for their part, haven’t been who we’ve come to expect this season. Hopefully, the New York Islanders could correct the last game against the Flyers they lost 4-1.
The Islanders were feeling the buzz from the Bill Torrey festivities. The Isles came out flying to start the first period. Within six minutes they were up 1-0 thanks to Scott Mayfield.
With a quick lead, the Islanders were in control. It wouldn’t last.
In the final five minutes of the second period, the New York Islanders conceded two goals. First, it was Ryan Hartman cutting to the middle of the ice, then it was James van Riemsdyk from in close.
The last one coming just four seconds from the end of the first period.
The Islanders were only down 2-1 with a full 40 minutes to play. They weren’t out of it. They had plenty of time to get back into this one.
Less than two minutes into the second period and the Flyers had already extended their lead 3-1. There wasn’t an Islander in sight as Sean Couturier ripped a one-timer past Thomas Greiss.
The Islanders just weren’t doing the basic stuff well. They lost battles along the board, they couldn’t protect the blue line, and they were puck watching most of the time. This is basic stuff. And basic stuff that they were doing so well this season.
And that’s just on the defensive end. The Islanders weren’t any better going forward.
At the 6:28 mark of the period, the Islanders would get a full minute and a half of 5-on-3 power play time. They wouldn’t generate anything (of course).
Later, on a 3-on-2 odd man rush, Michael Dal Colle would give it away in the Flyers end. The play would turn into a 3-on-1 for the Flyers who would score to make it 5-1.
There was little scoring in the period, but there will be a score to settle the next time these two teams meet.
Jakub Voracek caught Johnny Boychuk with a high hit the Isles defenseman wasn’t expecting. The hit gave Voracek a five-minute major penalty and sent Boychuk to the dressing room early.
Something that did not sit well with Johnny Boychuk.
Scott Mayfield and Leo Komarov would both try and get Voracek to dance, to which he declined of course.
Expect Johnny Boychuk and the Isles to respond on March 23rd when both teams play each other for the last time on the season.
Nick Leddy would make it 5-2 after converting on a shot by Mat Barzal at the point.
It was appreciation night for Bill Torrey, and all I can appreciate is the Islanders run in December and January when they looked like they could beat anyone int he league.
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Right now they don’t look like they could beat anyone. Even wins against the Ottawa Senators didn’t come easy. Something needs to change for the Isles, and quick.