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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Mathew Barzal OT Pass

On Tuesday, January 15 the New York Islanders were facing the St Louis Blues at home. After stealing two points off the Blues on the road the Blues were going to get their revenge. Or at least they wanted to.

The New York Islanders struck first in the opening minutes of the first frame thanks to Jordan Eberle. That scoreline held for much of the game. The Blues were the better of the two teams but they couldn’t get one by Robin Lehner. Until David Perron finally put one home at the 6:07 mark of the third period.

We thought our luck against the Blues had run out. The Blues had opened the floodgates and were going to add another. But the Islanders would hold on a go to overtime, they’d at least get a point out of it. So even if it went sour in the extra frame we’d get that loser point.

But Mat Barzal made perhaps the best pro-move of his career to date.

He had the presence of mind to see his players had been out there long and needed a chance. So, when he didn’t have an option to move the puck forward he pulled a Blues defender into the Isles zone when saw Valtteri Filppula jump over the boards.

With a pass that went from blue line to blue line Barzal connected. Filppula deserves a ton of credit to see the space on the ice, to get in position and to then get the goal. But that pass by Mathew Barzal is something else.

Barzal is at the blue line see’s Filppula and manages to get the puck right on his tape. Barzal deserves a ton of credit for that pass. It’s not easy to see or execute and he made it look absolutely routine.

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