Ross Johnston usually is the one dishing out the hits.
But the burly left wing had a short night in the Islanders’ 3-2, four-round shootout win over the Flyers on Saturday night, exiting at 2:47 of the first period after a fight with equally massive Samuel Morin.
The 6-6, 202-pound Morin caught the 6-5, 235-pound Johnston in the jaw with a punch in what appeared to be a prearranged fight. The two had chatted during pregame warm-ups.
Coach Barry Trotz had no update on Johnston after the game. None is likely until Monday with the Islanders off from practice on Sunday.
They will continue this six-game homestand against the Capitals on Tuesday night.
Morin also ran Jean-Gabriel Pageau into the right wall and was given two minutes for interference at 10:32 of the first period. The Islanders thought it should have been a five-minute major for boarding.
The Islanders also lost rookie Oliver Wahlstrom for a stretch in the third period after a collision with Travis Konecny at 6:38 left him with a cut above his right eye. Wahlstrom returned later in the period and took the Islanders’ third shot in the shootout.
The Islanders improved to 15-1-2 at the Coliseum . . . Goalie Ilya Sorokin has started his NHL career 6-0-0 in home games . . . Radio play-by-play voice Chris King missed his second straight game because of COVID-19 protocols. Alan Fuehring, the radio voice for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, subbed to call his first NHL game. Greg Picker, who did the radio play-by-play for Thursday’s 8-4 win over the Capitals, returned to his usual duties as radio analyst . . . Defenseman Nick Leddy logged a team-high 24:56 in his 500th game with the Islanders. He also has played 258 games – and won a Stanley Cup – with Chicago . . . Goalie Cory Schneider, defenseman Sebastian Aho and Austin Czarnik were the healthy scratches.
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