Skid Continue As Isles Fall In Philadelphia
All of the dreams of a positive season surrounding the Islanders have turned into nightmares. The Islanders fell to another division rival Saturday night as the Flyers held off the Isles late push with a 5-2 victory at a sold out Wells Fargo Center.
The Islanders are now 2-8 in their last 10, haven't won a road game or a division game in a month, lost another defenseman to injury last night, and their special teams is just about the worst in the NHL. Besides that November has been a good month.
After a scoreless opening period, the Islanders didn't want to start the second stanza until about 5 minutes in. If you looked away, you missed 3 quick goals by the Flyers to start the period, along with the Islanders pulling their new number one goaltender Kevin Poulin in favor of Anders Nilsson.
Matt Read, Wayne Simmonds, and Claude Giroux all got the puck past Poulin before the 4 minute mark of the period which led to the quick goalie change. Giroux's goal was on the only one that came on the man advantage.
For the next 20 minutes the Islanders controlled the game as Thomas Vanek saucered the puck beautifully to John Tavares to cut the deficit to two just before the 2nd period horn sounded.
Casey Cizikas then found Eric Boulton on a set play off the faceoff to make the score 3-2 with over 17 minutes left in the game. The assist was Cizikas' 5th straight game with a point and the goal was Boulton's first as an Islander and first since the Atlanta Thrashers last franchise victory on 4/7/11.
Brayden Schenn pushed the lead back up to 2 after his line sustained pressure in the Isles zone and he picked the high glove side of Nilsson perfectly.
New York was given two power play's at the end of the game, but their struggles with the man advantage continued and they were held scoreless by some masterful saves by Steve Mason.
Read added an empty net goal to seal the win with 40 seconds left to play.
The Islander's 1st and 4th lines have been the only consistent parts of the season and they lost yet another defenseman last night as Thomas Hickey left the game shortly after blocking a shot with his leg.
The Isle's are now 0-11-1 this year when scoring less than 3 goals, and are cellar dwellers in their division with an overall record of 8-13-3.
Time to worry? Yes, nothing has looked good this season and if the Islander's want to take the trip back to the postseason the must turn things around immediately.