With a 4-0 scoreline, the New York Islanders were able to take two points from the Vancouver Canucks and bring an end to their Western road trip. Here’s our three takeaways.
The New York Islanders needed a win as they take on the Vancouver Canucks to end their Western Canadian road trip. With a loss to the Calgary Flames and an overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers, their gap at the top of the Metropolitan division is eroding.
The win against a struggling Vancouver Canucks team (3-5-2 over their last ten games) was huge to keep pace with some of the teams breathing down the Isles neck.
Mathew Barzal gets to return home to play in front of friends and family and maybe even show off his two new wingers. Leo Komarov and Tom Kuhnhackl (more on them later).
The reigning Calder Trophy winner was probably hoping to put on a shot against his Calder competitor from last season in Brock Boeser and the presumptive winner for this year in Elias Petterson. But with those two line mates the jury is out on that being possible.
Barzal was obviously quiet at 5-on-5, but thankfully, the New York Islanders have Robin Lehner in nets, who earned his fourth shutout of the year with a 36 save shutout to give the Islanders a 4-0.
Here’s what we took away from the Isles 36th win (now one more than the 2017-18 season).