Mathew Barzal is not only a star for the New York Islanders but in the NHL. The 16th overall pick in 2015 has dazzled Long Island crowds and the league in general since he made his full debut in 2016-17.
While there may not be any crowds at the Nassau Coliseum today as the Isles take on the Buffalo Sabres, Mathew Barzal is still out there dazzling everyone from the comfort of their own living rooms with this incredible highlight reel between-the-legs goal.
Mathew Barzal scores a highlight-reel goal for New York Islanders
Any between-the-goal is special, but this one is extra special with Mathew Barzal just embarrasses the larger Rasmus Ristolainen with his ability to stay on the puck to then open up this opportunity.
If you haven’t seen the goal yet, look out, you’re going to scream because it’s an absolute gem.
Pretty right? That’s top-end skill that every team is desperate to have.
That was Barzal’s ninth goal on the season. That puts him on pace for 21 goals in this shortened 56-game season. Over a full 82, that’s a 31 goal pace. That’s exactly what Barry Trotz has wanted to see from his number one center for a few years now.
It seems that whenever Mathew Barzal scores a highlight-reel goal something bad happens to the other team (other than being scored against). And that followed today with the Islanders coming to life with three unanswered goals in eleven minutes.
The New York Islanders sit in first in the MassMutual Eastern Division before the game started, with four unanswered goals in the second period, started by this Barzal highlight-reel goal, another two points would cement their spot at the top of one of the best divisions in the NHL as the Capitals and Bruins aren’t in action today.