Islanders lament ‘wasted’ week going into series at Flyers

WASHINGTON (AP) In a five-day period, the New york city Islanders got locked out by a third-string goalie, permitted a consent objective in the last minute and blew a three-goal lead.

3 video games, 3 guideline losses and absolutely no indicate reveal for it.

Rather of approaching top place in the East, the Islanders enter into a weekend series at Philadelphia not far from the bottom of the department. After a ”lost” 0-2 journey to Washington, coach Barry Trotz’s group is attempting to pull itself together.

”Our self-confidence a bit has actually been rattled,” Trotz stated Thursday night. ”This is a punch in the mouth and an upper cut to the jaw and you have actually simply got to choose yourself up off the flooring since nobody else is going to do it.”

The current blow may be the hardest to swallow since the Islanders were in command up 3-0 on the Capitals prior to whatever broke down. It was over after 4 objectives versus in 5:09, and the last rating of 6-3 was unsightly.

”We had a quite bad lapse,” captain Anders Lee stated. ”It becomes a bad loss.”

It’s even worse in the context of the previous 2. New Jersey’s Scott Wedgewood blanked the Islanders on Sunday night, and after that they believed they’d a minimum of be headed to overtime versus Washington on Tuesday night prior to Justin Schultz scored with 26.4 seconds left.

”You go through ups and downs through the season,” defenseman Scott Mayfield stated. ”This one appears quite low.”

Throughout an 82-game season, 3 video games without a point isn’t factor to panic. However with the schedule reduced to 56 video games and all the play inside the department, it was an expensive 5 days.

Lee pointed out that New York lost its final seven video games last season before the pandemic put hockey on pause until August. Almost that entire team is back and will try to draw from that experience.

”We’ve had tough stretches,” Lee said. ”It’s a tough time to have a bad start. There’s no excuse for that, and we’ve got to right the ship right away and we’ve got a great chance to finish this road trip with a couple games in Philly.”

The Flyers won two in a row against the same Devils that beat the Islanders on Sunday. They’re in third place, the Islanders are in seventh and as general manager Lou Lamoriello’s longtime friend Yogi Berra said, it’s getting late early.

”We can’t look back,” Trotz said. ”But there is an urgency level. I think there’s an urgency level right through the whole department because the whole division is ultra competitive. There’s not much difference between the top teams and the bottom teams, and so it is going to be the grind. Let’s embrace the grind, the battle and stay in the fight.”

The Islanders came out fighting. After going to the Eastern Conference last in the NHL’s playoff bubble last summer, they won three of their first four this season, and a blowout loss to the rival Rangers looked like a blip.

There were plenty of reasons to believe this team could put together another deep run. Semyon Varlamov led all goaltenders with a 0.33 goals-against average and .988 save percentage in a 3-0 start prior to losing twice to Washington, which drafted him in the first round in 2006.

But little of this is on Varlamov, so the Islanders have to figure out how to fix what’s wrong with them before it’s too late.

”Everyone wants to pile on right now,” Trotz stated. ”Sometimes when you believe it gets the darkest, that’s when you’re closets to breaking out of it. So that’s what we’re going to hold onto today.”

More AP NHL protection: and

Initially released

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.