Mathew Barzal has started warm up a bit after going on a lengthy stretch without a point. The New York Islanders center is still on pace for a good year. With 28 points in 33 games, Barzal is on pace for 64 points over an 82 game season.
Three points over his last two games seemed to indicate that Barzal was back to his old self. Cue the Isles at home to the Capitals on Thursday.
Barzal already had a secondary on Jordan Eberle‘s opening goal for the Isles before he picked up the puck behind the Islanders end and went the full 200 feet to put his team up 2-1.
New York Islanders Mathew Barzal scores an unbelievable goal
Cue memories of Harry Neale calling that single-man effort by Jaromir Jagr all those years ago. Then, the CBC color commentator man famously shouted that Jagr deeked just about everyone except for the ushers in the stands. (See the play and call here).
On Barzal’s goal, the Isles star bobs and weaves his way through the entire Capitals team to beat Vitek Vanicek. Just watch. Beware, your jaw will drop to the floor.
Howe many highlight-reel goals is that for Mathew Barzal just this season now? It’s getting to a point where we’re losing count.
At the time of writing, Barzal had four-point on the night. He’d add a spin-o-rama goal and a primary helper on a Jordan Eberle goal mid-way through the second period. Before hitting the publish button on this story, Barzal had four points on the night.
This has been easily his best game of this season. It’s been much needed with Anders Lee done for the season. The Isles desperately needed Barzal to be that dominant player offensively. It took a while for him to get to where he is now, but it seems like he’s figured it out.