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New York Islanders: Defeat Rangers With A Halak Shutout (Highlights)

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Jaroslav Halak
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Jaroslav Halak
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The New York Islanders won by a score of 3-0 thanks in part to a 50 save shutout by Jaroslav Halak and a three-point performance from Mat Barzal.

The New York Islanders had won 12 of their last 15 meetings dating back to the start of the 2014-2015 season. With both team at the bottom of the Division this game lacked some juice heading into tonight but once the puck dropped the rivalry was still on.

Josh Bailey got the scoring going for the Islanders with a power-play goal 4:53 into the first frame. It was his 15th of the season brings him within one goal of his career high of 16 which came in the 2009-2010 season.

Despite leading the game 1-0, the Islanders were still outshot 15-11. Jaroslav Halak stood tall which would be a theme all night.

In the second period, it was Jordan Eberle who added to the scoring. His 20th of the season made it a two-goal game.

Thanks again Peter Chiarelli for Jordan Eberle. Ryan Strome is goalless in his last 19 games and has seven goals on the year in case anybody is keeping track at home.

In period three Thomas Hickey would slip one past King Henrik and it would give the Islanders a 3-0 with just over 16 minutes remaining.

Mathew Barzal picked up an assist on each of the three goals scored tonight, again cementing himself as the clear favorite for the Calder. As Brendan said on the broadcast tonight, if Mathew Barzal had 0 goals on the year he would still be second in the league in rookie scoring. Insanity.

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The real star tonight though was Jaroslav Halak. He made 50 saves in a shootout performance over the Rangers. Since 2014-2015 the Islanders are 13-3 against the Blue Shirts. If only they played 82 times a year.

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