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Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 26: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders scores a goal during the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center on January 26, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Mathew Barzal Snipes First All-Star Goal

We haven’t done one of these since the All-Star game so I’m going to include Mathew Barza’s goal from the weekend’s All-Star festivities.

Mathew Barzal was made for three-on-three hockey. You can see it when he plays for the New York Islanders and the entire NHL viewing public got to see it at the All-Star game.

With his speed, vision, shiftiness, creativity, and stick handling ability he’s one of a few players that can truly excel at the NHL’s tiebreaking system. Playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang, Mathew Barzal (and the Metropolitan Division) dominated the tournament.

Barzal put up four helpers and two goals for six points on the night. The first of his two was an absolute snipe of a goal.

Receiving the puck in the slot from Kris Letang, Barzal sets ups and rips a wrist shot in what Butch Gorin would call the toy department over Devan Dubnyk’s left shoulder. It opened the scoring for the Metro Division who would win the All-Star game final 10-5 over the Central Division.

The rest of the NHL got to witness what we see on a nightly basis from 2018 Calder winner Barzal. And for the first time in a long time the New York Islanders we making positive headlines thanks to their superstar player.

This was Barzal’s first goal at an All-Star game. Get used to it, something tells me there’s plenty more where that came from.