Doug Weight's final game of 2017 ended with an early exit, as he cursed off the referees during the Islanders' matchup against the Avalanche on the road Sunday night.
After an interference call was made on Adam Pelech, Gabriel Landeskog notched a power-play goal, which marked the third goal of the second period. Landeskog would capitalize on another power play just under two minutes later, and Weight snapped.
Assistant coach Luke Richardson, who filled in after Weight's ejection, explained that Weight's fury was to try and light a fire under an Islanders team that was getting dominated.
"He wanted to show some passion," Richardson told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "Some of the frustration as a whole, our team got out-battled from one end to the other. Your leader's got to show the passion if it wasn't there, and Doug did that. Sometimes it's extreme, but in a game like this, we have to be extreme."
The Islanders are hoping the new year is better to them than the month of December, as they went 5-8-2 while losing six straight on the road (0-5-1). A big reason for the amount of goals in the second period came from the Avalanche dominating in front of Jaroslav Halak, who was pelted by pucks. Halak was eventually pulled after the second period.
"They won the net front; that was the biggest thing," defenseman Scott Mayfield said. "Whether it's PK, five-on-five, we've got to win those stick battles - body position, physicality, that all goes into it, and it wasn't there tonight. It's just not acceptable."
Captain John Tavares didn't like the team's effort in yet another game where the Islanders allowed six goals, making it the fifth time in the last 15 games that has happened.
"We didn't seem as hungry on the puck as they were," Tavares said. "Just not winning enough battles, that led to us not creating a whole lot. They came out hard, skated well, and we didn't have our best for whatever reason. It's disappointing. Starting with myself, we've got to look in the mirror. We've got a big week ahead and we've got to challenge ourselves to be better."
The Islanders do have a big week with four games ahead of them, starting with the Bruins on Tuesday. After traveling to Philly to face the Flyers Thursday, the Isles return home to face the Penguins on Friday and Devils on Sunday.