The New York Islanders young forward, Mathew Barzal took a penalty at the worst possible time last night. It completely changed the momentum of the game.
In the third period, the New York Islanders were leading 1-0 after an Anders Lee goal. The Isles up until this point were the better team on the ice last night until a young forward made a boneheaded play.
At 1:58 into the period, just seconds after the Lee goal, Mathew Barzal took a costly penalty. He decided to grab ahold of Ben Chariot’s stick right in front of the referee.
There was no reason for Barzal to grab the stick. Most hockey players use their arm and go underneath the stick to create some space. Barzy literally grabbed Chariot’s stick and moved it away from him.
It gave one of the top power play units another opportunity to go to work. This time, they were able to finish on a Jacob Trouba blast from the blue line tying up the game. The power play goal sent the Isles into a tailspin.
Just 22 seconds later, Adam Lowry scored on an easy goal that Thomas Greiss had no chance with and that was pretty much all she wrote.
It’s sad to think the Islanders lost a game because of 2:00 minutes out of a 60-minute game. Unfortunately, 21-year-old’s are going to make dumb mistakes due to their inexperience. Hopefully, this is a growing moment for Mathew Barzal, because this cannot happen again.
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