Islanders: Top 3 Mathew Barzal highlights from 2019-20 season

Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Schooling Tampa Bay Lightning

Goals, saves, hits, and even fights are typically what dominate highlights reels. And that makes sense they are clearly game-changing elements of a hockey game. Anyone can see that.

But there are things that routinely change a game that goes under the radar, like the time Mathew Barzal absolutely schooled the Tampa Bay Lightning with an insane solo play. While Barzal did score on the play the lead up to the goal is just as, if not more important, than the goal.

We already know that Matthew Barzal is something of a wizard with the puck. He’s one of the few players in the league that can routinely weave his way around a number of professional hockey players while holding the puck for what seems like hours.

While that skill certainly leads to a number of turnovers, it also leads to moments like this one against the Tampa Bay Lightning in November. (click on the link for a Twitter GiF).

In that one sequence, Barzal enters the offensive zone with the puck, gets into a prime scoring area and gets a shot on net, recovers the rebound, controls the puck around four defenders, attacks the net again, and gets another shot on net that trickles in for a goal.

This play alone sums up all of Barzal’s talents from puck control, to the creator in chief, to a goal scorer. All are evident in this one play.