The Islanders visited the Flyers on a raw, wintry feeling, Saturday afternoon.
Michal Neuvirth made his season debut for the Flyers after playing in one game on a conditioning assignment with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Leo Komarov started the scoring for New York, as he tipped a shot from Adam Pelech past Neuvirth after a miscommunication between Travis Sanheim and Radko Gudas led to a turnover. Less than three minutes later, Anthony Beauvillier scored on a feed from Jordan Eberle. This two on one was started after Christian Folin stepped up to make a hit but missed, springing the Islanders back the other way.
Late in the period, Ivan Provorov woke up the crowd, for a moment, with a big hit on an Islander, which drew a Flyers powerplay after Eberle was tagged with a roughing minor. With the crowd back into the game and a chance to get closer on the scoreboard, the Flyers powerplay wasted the chance and went to the room still down 2-0.
Starting in the second period, Dave Hakstol started juggling line combinations looking for something to spark his team. The line juggling was needed as Corban Knight left the game with an injury late in the first period.
Brock Nelson made it 3-0 early in the second period.
Oskar Lindblom nearly got the Flyers on the board after Lehner misplayed a puck, but he hit the post.
Jori Lehtera scored to get the Flyers on the board. He had a terrific solo effort to grind for a puck, pursue it to the slot and bury it.
However, the third period was less than kind to the Flyers. Despite getting chances, the Flyers never converted early and Adam Pelech made it 4-1. Not long after, Nelson scored his 2nd goal of the game making it 5-1. On a powerplay, New York made it 6-1.
With the score out of hand, chants of “Fire Hakstol” started to be audibly heard, while much of the crowd went home early.
The Flyers embark on a west coast swing, with the big question, will Dave Hakstol be employed to see it?