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Islanders: Three takeaways from a road loss to the Stars

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars goes up against Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Stars defeated the Islanders 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars goes up against Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Stars defeated the Islanders 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders keeps his eyes on the puck during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on November 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Stars defeated the Islanders 6-2.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders keeps his eyes on the puck during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on November 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Stars defeated the Islanders 6-2.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders had a nice OT win on Thursday, but yet again had a mediocre effort on the road in a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Back on the road after a quick 3-2 home win against Vegas, the New York Islanders were in Dallas Saturday night to take on the Stars and try to gain back some winning momentum from Thursday’s victory.

It was not to be, as Dallas took a 3-0 lead into the third and never gave the Islanders a chance to come back.

I attended the game with my daughter and here are my three takeaways from Saturday’s game from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. These are my “gut” observations from our seats.

1. Matt Barzal was the best and the worst player for the Islanders

At times during this game, Mathew Barzal was a Jekyll and Hyde player. Yes, Barzal deflected a Devon Toews shot and scored the only Islanders goal late in the third period. This goal was too late to have any effect on the game.

In the first period he had a clear open shot attempt, one that completely missed the net, then was called for a high stick and Dallas goes on to score a PP goal.

I paid particular attention to him during the game. His skating was excellent, he was a puck hound and looked fairly good at times and yet not great at other moments.

In the second period, Barzal gets called for tripping, one that looked like a lazy play on his part to me, and Dallas scores another power-play goal.

Again, at times he looked good with the puck and yet there was a play in the second where a Dallas defensive player misplayed a puck and both Barzal, and Bailey, just stood and watched.

In the third, he had another nice clear shot attempt where he completely missed the net. Your most dynamic player needs to make those shot attempts count and he also only won one of six face-offs he took.

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