Of all the nights, this was a bad one for the Islanders to lay an egg.
But that’s exactly what they did, spoiling Bill Torrey Appreciation Night when they got hammered by the Flyers, losing 5-2 on Saturday night at a disgruntled Coliseum.
The Islanders (39-22-7) were coming off an ugly but successful home-and-home sweep of the league-worst Senators, but their collective game was hardly where they wanted it over the past three weeks. In there was a very similar game to the Flyers (33-27-8) this past Sunday, when Philadelphia took a dominating 4-1 victory.
It was already beyond that point of indignity when the Islanders entered the third period down, 5-1. Thomas Greiss started the period on the bench, having allowed five goals on 15 shots, replaced by Christopher Gibson.
And it only got worse, as defenseman Johnny Boychuk was caught with a high hit from Jakub Voracek, sending Boychuk to the ice writhing in pain. He eventually got up, and while skating off the ice, Boychuk was yelling at Voracek in the penalty box and pointing.
Voracek was assessed a five-minute major for interference, which should have carried an automatic game misconduct. To the surprise of no one, the officials blew it and Voracek returned after serving the penalty. He was accosted a couple times as the Islanders showed semblance of pride.
To wrap up the accounting, defenseman Nick Leddy scored with 3:32 left to make it 5-2.
Believe it or not, the Islanders were actually up 1-0 when a Scott Mayfield shot was redirected by Flyers forward Corban Knight and beat goalie Brian Elliott at 6:30 of the first period.
But it was all downhill from there.
The Flyers tied it 1-1 when a Ryan Hartman shot hit Devon Toews in the chest and got behind Greiss at 15:20 of the first. A real stinger then came when James van Riemsdyk was left alone to flip a loose puck into a gaping net with just 3.7 seconds left in the first period, allowing the Flyers to take a 2-1 lead into the second.
They kept pouring it on, going up 3-1 at 1:34 when Sean Couturier let one rip from the left circle, and then 4-1 at 5:35 when rookie Nolan Patrick got one from in front. That prompted Isles coach Barry Trotz to call a timeout, and they did have a golden chance to get back into the game when they were awarded 1:34 of a 5-on-3 man-advantage. But they couldn’t beat Elliott, and that was just another bit of discouragement.
When Travis Konecny scored with 2:34 left in the second period, the lopsided score went to 5-1 and the Islanders were booed off the ice at the second intermission.