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Islanders Winners and Losers of the Week: Mathew Barzal bad decision

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 12: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders skates against the Florida Panthers at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on October 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Mathew Barzal finds himself in the New York Islanders loser section for the week after a questionable play that almost cost the team a win against the Buffalo Sabres.

Over the last week, the New York Islanders were back on the road for two out of three games. Unlike that disastrous California road trip from earlier in the year, the Islanders were able to pull a winning record away from home.

They were able to pull a 5-1 win over the Lightning, even though they didn’t win the Corsi battle. Then they picked up a solid 3-1 win over a well-coached and an offensively strong Florida Panthers team.

Finally, the Islanders “boring” style of play scrapped by with a 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres.

On a team basis, it was a great week. They picked up six points from a possible six and padded their lead over the third-place team in the Metropolitan Division, the Carolina Hurricanes.

On a player basis, it was a good week for most. A number of guys had big weeks when it came to the stat sheet. Anthony Beauvillier had himself yet another good week. Beau’s strong play away from the puck translated into points with three against the Sabres.

With two starts this week, goalie Semyon Varlamov also had a good week. The Russian goalie stopped 64 of 67 shots and held a 0.955SV% and a 1.50GAA.

But it wasn’t a good week for everyone, notably a certain star-center. Here are your winners and losers for the week.

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