New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal had a night to remember against the Colorado Avalanche. The headlines will read that Duchene was traded during the first period, but the praise should be heaped onto the 20-year-old.
All the headlines surrounding the New York Islanders tilt versus the Colorado Avalanche will focus on how Matt Duchene was traded to the Ottawa Senators in a crazy three-way trade. But a heap of praise needs to be poured onto Mathew Barzal.
Through sixty minutes though Barzal put up five points as the Islanders beat the Matt Ducheneless Colorado Avalanche by a score of 6-4.
The effort got Barzal, a first-round selection by the Isles that originally belonged to the Edmonton Oilers, the Islanders rookie record for points in a single game and the games first star.
Multi-Point Nights For Everyone
Mathew Barzal’s five points were amazing, but none of his points were better than this setup for Jordan Eberle to make it 5-1 Isles.
Better yet, Matt Barzal wasn’t the only player on the Islanders roster to put up a multi-point night. Nick Leddy got himself on the score sheet with two goals. He added an assist to make it three points on the night and bring him to ten points in 14 games played this season.
In total the night featured four goals form Islanders defenseman. Scott Mayfield put up one and Johnny Boychuk scored his first on the season alongside Leddy’s pair. Isles d-men had three goals before tonight.
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Bailey And Power Play Continue to Roll
Josh Bailey continues his point streak with two assists to make it nine-in-a-row. More importantly, it brings him to 18 points in 14 games. Say what you will about Bailey, but he’s getting it done. I know he’s going to cool down eventually. But it’s hard to believe he can’t repeat what he did last season.
Bailey picked up his second assist on the night and 15th on the season, through Nick Leddy’s second power-play goal. Putting the New York Islanders power-play efficiency at 100% for the night and boosting them to 22.5% on the season.
Remember when the Islanders power play was a 0% and how desperate and bleak life was. In classic Islanders fandom hyperbole, we never thought the Isles would score another power-play goal. Now they have eleven in 49 opportunities.
The New York Islanders add two points to their record as they improve to 8-5-1. Next is Conor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Hopefully, Barzal can have another big night to rub it in some more.