New York Islanders Mathew Barzal Shines At First All-Star Game
By Matt O'Leary
Mathew Barzal appeared in his first All-Star Game for the New York Islanders last night. The 21-year-old put up six points in the two games.
Now that John Tavares, the perennial New York Islanders All-Star selection, has moved on to Toronto, Mathew Barzal will be the new face of the Islanders franchise. It’s no surprise that Mathew Barzal will now be the Isles representative.
With 85 points and a Calder Trophy in his rookie year, and now 45 points in 49 games, a 75 point pace, he’s clearly the best player on the Islanders. With Josh Bailey as a fun story from last year, Barzal playing in his first All-Star game was also just as important to Islanders fans.
Barzal didn’t disappoint in his first game of the three on three. The Metro first took on the Atlantic Division and it took Barzal all of 15 seconds to pick up his first All-Star Game point.
Not too shabby for the youngster who got to play alongside one of the best to ever do it in Sidney Crosby. That was the lone point from Mathew Barzal in the first game, as the Metropolitan Team won by a score of 7-4.
Next up in the Championship Round, it was the Metro against the Central and this is when Barzal exploded. Just 22 seconds into the contest Barzy netted his first career All-Star Game goal from Letang and Crosby.
Talk about a snipe in the toy department from Mathew Barzal. Mat would pick up two more assists in that period as the Metro jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first period of play. In the second, Barzal would add another assist and an empty-net goal to his resume to finish with six points on the night.
If you’re subscribed on Patreon, Mitch and I predicted how many points Barzal would finish with on the night. One of us got it right, I’ll let you figure out who did.
I know the All-Star Game doesn’t mean anything, but it’s always fun watching your guys play. This was the first of likely many All-Star games for our beloved super-star and he lived up to the hype once again on a big stage.