If it wasn’t bad enough that the New York Islanders had their doors blown off by the Philadelphia Flyers in a 7-0 rout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday afternoon, they received more bad news later in the day.
Isles defenseman Brian Strait, a waiver-wire acquisition just prior to the start of the season who has emerged as one of the club’s more reliable blueliners, suffered a fractured left ankle and has been placed on injured reserve.
Strait, 25, caught an edge and crashed hard into the side boards and had to crawl back on to the Islanders’ bench. Moments later, he limped off to the team’s dressing room.
With Strait on IR, the Islanders activated veteran defenseman Radek Martinek. The 36-year-old, who signed with the club during training camp, could make his season debut Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Martinek is a former eighth-round draft pick (1999) of the Isles and played nine seasons on Long Island.
Strait had four assists and a plus-3 rating in 15 games for New York this season.
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