On Monday night, the Islanders lost two things: the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 – making it their fifth straight loss – and the tooth of Brock Nelson.
During the game, Nelson appeared to inadvertently take a stick to the face of the Leafs’ William Nylander and collapsed to the ground clutching his face. The cameras then turned to Nelson on the bench as he apparently pulled a tooth out of his mouth.
“Hockey guy move,” the official Islanders Twitter account captioned the video.
Unfortunately, Nelson’s amateur dentistry did not give the islands the spark they needed.
The Islanders scored first with Nelson and Sebastian Aho finding Anders Lee for the goal with less than 30 seconds left in the first period. In the second period, Nylander responded for the Maple Leafs to tie. Lee, however, quickly put the puck in the back of the net to take the lead for the Islanders.
After seven minutes of play in the second period, Toronto began its scoring streak. Nylander added another goal, and John Tavares, Calle Jarnkrok and Auston Matthews all followed with their own scores.
“Our details and awareness cost us,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said. “We absolutely have to get past that and clean it up.”
The Maple Leafs victory moved them to 29-11-8, remaining second in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, the Islanders’ loss dropped them to 23-21-5, currently outside the playoff bracket.
The Islanders’ next game is Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators, where they’ll have another chance to break their losing streak.