The Islanders were back in action today taking on the Flyers in Philadelphia. Ilya Sorokin got the start for New York and he was tested early and often. Surprisingly, despite being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Islanders got the first goal.
It was Casey Cizikas doing his best Ryan Pulock impression with a blast from out deep at the blue line.
The Isles took a 1-0 lead to the room and then in the second period, the Islanders were sent to the penalty box twice. Kevin Hayes came to life in the second, with a goal at 4:22 which was absolutely gift wrapped by Sebastian Aho.
I mean, this is just brutal:
Andy Greene and Cal Clutterbuck were out for "maintenance" so Aho came in to replace Greene. It wasn't pretty. On the Kieffer Bellows penalty, the Flyers capitalized with the second goal of the game for him. After two, the Islanders were down one.
In the third period, the Islanders couldn't get much going at all. Zdeno Chara took an early penalty which sent the Flyers to yet another power play opportunity.
The Islanders were able to kill it, thankfully, but the offense again was quiet as Ilya Sorokin was essentially the only one with a pulse in the period. The Isles pulled the goalie but it was too little too late as the Flyers hung on to win 2-1.
Ilya Sorokin was great, finishing with a .946 save percentage and two goals allowed. Neither of the two you can blame him for as one was a Sebastian Aho meltdown and the other one was on the Flyers power play.
Anyway, the Islanders are back in action on Tuesday as the Ottawa Senators, and the newly acquired Travis Hamonic, come to UBS Arena. They'll look to get back in the win column as today was just a rare off day for the offense.