It was difficult to say who was most upset – Johnny Boychuk, who was forced to leave the ice after a shot in the head of Jakub Voracek, or his teammates after expressing their displeasure.
"It's a low blow, no question," said Casey Cizikas after the Islanders' 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday night at the Coliseum.
Boychuk opened the score at 5:41 of the third, his team down, 5-1. The puck was in the corner and he went to hit Voracek, who not only prepared for the collision, but then turned his back on Boychuk and caught him in the head. Boychuk went to the ice in a pile and writhed in pain. When he finally got up, he was screaming and pointing at Voracek in the penalty area.
Voracek obtained a major five-minute interference which, in accordance with rule 56.5, is accompanied by party misconduct not enforced by the officials.
"When a major penalty is inflicted under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to an opponent, a foul of play must be imposed," the rule says.
Apparently, the crew, led by Frederick L'Ecuyer, thought the responsibility for the foul was at their discretion – or at least that was what they said to Islanders coach Barry Trotz – and they have not judged the blow serious enough to do it.
The game has certainly resulted in Boychuk engaging in the league-prescribed concussion protocol, if he does not need to be assessed for a shoulder or collarbone injury. Trotz only gave his status "day by day".
Matt Martin returned to training after a four-game absence due to a push in the left elbow injury that has been hindering the winger since the start of the season. Martin aggravated the injury at one point during the Maple Leafs game on February 28.
He had 12:59 of ice time on a line with Cizikas and Leo Komarov.
Goaltender Robin Lehner still had not started skating and Trotz continued to call him "day to day". Lehner fired Tuesday on Brady Tkachuk of the Senators, who forced him to leave the match, and he had probably suffered a concussion. protocol.
Cal Clutterbuck returned to the ice on Saturday for the skate, but the rugged winger missed his third straight game after taking a puck in the head while sitting on the bench last Sunday. The puck hit Clutterbuck behind the right ear.
Veterans Thomas Hickey and Andrew Ladd were healthy again, a sixth straight defeat for the defenseman and a second consecutive win for the winger, respectively. Both players have just returned from a long-term injury and discovered that their places in the composition had been consolidated by other players in their absence.
"It's a bit of a problem: you have to make sure you're so good that there's no way out of you," Trotz said.