This was not hockey, played by hockey players. This was some scrimmage between a learn-to-skate group and a team that actually needs points because it has some chance of going somewhere.
Just a joke. An embarrassment. A virus better be ransacking this locker room right now, because otherwise there's no excuse for that. And Washington is up Saturday, with a return visit to Montreal on Monday. So ... yeah, something else would be nice.
I'll add the video to this recap, if you really want the abuse, later when it's available. Video "highlights:"
Ways In Which This Game Challenged the Vocabulary for Variations of 'Fecal Folly'
- The Islanders were outshot 43-22, including 15-7 in the first. Oh, are shots important in this game?
- Martin Biron, though bombarded, was swimming in his crease and landing on his butt all night.
- No one except Kyle Okposo showed up. That's right, John Tavares had his first invisible night as an Islander.
- Okay, actually Matt Moulson showed up, too.
- Radek Martinek: Probably the next guy to sit in the scratch rotation. He's had a rough start and this was his roughest game.
- Mark Streit: A mostly sleepy, sometimes shaky night. Disappointing performance in his former home.
- Watching Marc-Andre Bergeron score on a powerplay bomb, then cripple Jack Hillen with another.
Ways in Which This Game Wasn't as Awful as, Say, A 9-0 Loss to Carolina
- Josh Bailey got a slump-buster goal -- a gift-wrapped empty net courtesy of Jaroslav Halak, who can be forgiven for sleepwalking.
- Martin Biron had that one awesome breakaway save on Scott Gomez ... after Radek Martinek handed the puck over.
- Hey, there was no first-period dominance to undercut with misery in the 2nd, nor any 3rd-period lead to blow.
Maybe they were sick. Maybe the back-to-back and travel got the best of them. But this schedule doesn't get any lighter. Despite the normal rebuilding caveats, we're going to need some progress here.