The New York Islanders couldn’t find their offense Saturday, getting shut out by the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 at Wells Fargo Center.
Steve Mason stopped all 20 shots, as the Islanders were shut out for only the second time this season.
“To me it was the inability to possess the puck in the offensive zone,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “For whatever reason in the offense zone we just couldn’t get it going.”
The Islanders got off to a slow start Saturday, getting outshot 11-2 in the first period. Jaroslav Halak had to be sharp early, as the Flyers top line of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds jumped on the Islanders in the early goings. Giroux had a pair of chances in the slot, teeing up a slapper from just outside the hashmarks that missed the net before Halak got a toe on a follow-up wrister. Despite the lopsided shot totals, the Islanders were in a 0-0 tie after one.
“They just outworked us the whole night,” Matt Martin said. “They just worked harder, they wanted the puck more than we did. They were moving their feet, keeping it simple. Getting the puck before we did winning 1-on-1 battles, not good enough by us at all.”
The Islanders didn’t get off to a fast-enough start in the second period either, as the Flyers took a 1-0 lead at the 1:27 mark. Sean Couturier found a trailing Michael Raffl, who snapped his sixth of the season past Halak for the opening goal.
The Islanders started to find their rhythm on the power play, but penalty trouble derailed the budding momentum. Mikhail Grabovski’s goaltender interference call negated an Islanders’ power play and on the ensuing four-on-four play, Evgeny Medvedev put the Flyers up 2-0. Later, Anders Lee was issued a questionable tripping call where Pierre-Edouard Bellemare appeared to fall on his own accord.
“We knew it was going to be one of those nights that if we were going to get back into it, our power play had to do it, but we couldn’t muster up any offense,” Capuano said.
After being outshot 21-10 through two periods, Capuano shook up his lines, putting Nikolay Kulemin and Kyle Okposo with John Tavares. The Islanders responded with some jump, but couldn’t beat Mason. Matt Read beat Halak five-hole at 10:58 to put the Flyers up 3-0 and Couturier iced the game with his first of the season at 15:14.
Scott Mayfield made his season debut, skating 14:55 with four hits. He played with Adam Pelech, who was his regular partner with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The loss was also the Islanders' third straight against a Metropolitan Division opponent, after starting the season 7-0-2 against the Metro.
“We obviously have to get some answers,” John Tavares said. “There’s no reason to panic, but this isn’t close to the way we need to play.”
The Islanders return home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.