Islanders Thunderstruck, Decimated 6-1 By Tampa Bay (Highlights) 2
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

John Tavares and the New York Islanders put up an all-time stinker against Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

  • New York Islanders 1 (4-6, 8 pts)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning 6 (6-4, 10 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

In easily one of the worst games of the past three years, the Islanders embarrassed themselves on national television Tuesday night falling to Tampa 6-1.

Sugar-less Coating

As the title suggests, there’s no dodging this one. That was an ugly, ugly loss that started early and put the Isles to bed after the first half hour of hockey. After getting into a scrum with Ryan Callahan early on, and very questionable calls by the referee, the Islanders found themselves on the PK early on in a bizarre 4-on-3 situation.

Ryan Strome‘s delay of game penalty didn’t help things either and the Lightning quickly found themselves a 1-0 lead. Shortly after a disallowed goal which would have been two consecutive power play goals, Tampa corrected it by scoring another power play goal. Stamkos fired another one a few minutes later and that proved to be the nail in the coffin.

The game went on from there, with Dennis Seidenberg breaking Bishop’s shutout and another three Tampa goals.

Real Talk

Frankly, the Islanders did not even remotely show up for this game tonight. They should have had a fire lit underneath them, playing the team that eliminated them from the playoffs just a few months ago but failed to even look like they remotely cared. The penalty kill went from 95% to under 80% in just a handful of games and the Islanders find themselves as a sub .500 team after the first 10 games.

It is evident now more than ever that something needs to change. Whether it’s improving the league’s worst power play, getting the penalty kill back on track, solidifying the first line or just taking a few minutes to yell at the team this Islanders group is in trouble early on.

Not having a clear starting goaltender, a miserable top line and a lack of scoring depth are all features that should have been addressed in the off-season. It’s up to Ledecky and Malkin to figure out what they’re going to do. It’s time for the new management to show fans they do not tolerate losing.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.