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New York Islanders: Barzal Shows Max Domi He’s the Better 13

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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the Los Angeles Kings at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 02, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the Los Angeles Kings at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 02, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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In last night’s win Mat Barzal took some of that junk that Domi’s have been doling out for years and turned it into an embarrassing night for Max Domi with the New York Islanders winning goal.

Early in last night’s New York Islanders game versus the Montreal Canadiens, Max Domi tried to add his vintage dirty BS to the game with an attempt to razz up Mat Barzal by skating with him down the ice, holding his stick and essentially punching him in the head repeatedly.

To his credit, Barzal showed maturity in getting upset, but not retaliating.

Instead, he retaliated in the way that only Mat Barzal can, and it poetically came at the expense of an extraordinarily weak play on the part of Max Domi.

First, Domi tries to skate around out of control into a high-danger position in a way that Mat Barzal routinely makes look easy. Fortunately for the Isles, Max Domi is simply not the skater or puckhandler Mat Barzal is.

He then shows no strength on his skates or with the puck as Barzal easily picks his pocket and is off to the races, as Domi flounders to the ice on his backside.

The rest is history, and even when Barzal slows down to a crawl for what felt like an eternity, Domi doesn’t even enter the frame on the backcheck.

Watch and appreciate the artistry of this play on both ends of the ice by Barzal.

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When you look at the 13’s on the ice last night, there was simply no comparing the two. Domi was invisible all night other than the dirty start, and it was a beautiful thing to watch a skilled player beat a glorified agitator with a 200-foot hockey play to win the game.

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