Islanders Top 3 Players of the Week: Mathew Barzal shines in great week

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Throughout the week of October 23rd, the NY Islanders went 3-1 in four games. On Sunday night when the blue and orange traveled to Florida to take on the Florida Panthers, they came up just short, losing to the Panthers 3-2.

Following the loss, the Islanders arguably picked up their biggest win of the week. On Wednesday, the Islanders welcomed their cross-town rivals the NY Rangers to the UBS Arena for the first "Battle of New York" of the season. The Islanders weren't only able to beat the Rangers, but they shut them out, winning the game 3-0.

The Islanders continued to build their momentum on Friday when they traveled to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders showed up to play against the projected No.1 team in the east and got the job done as they left Carolina with a dominating win, 5-2.

Finally, on Saturday night the Islanders traveled back home to welcome the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, the Colorado Avalanche, to the UBS Arena. The Avalanche came into the season having won the Stanley Cup in six games against the former back-to-back Stanley Cup winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Whereas the Islanders arguably picked up their most important win the previous Wednesday, Saturday was their most impressive game of the season against the Avalanche. After finding themselves down 3-0 halfway through the second period, the Islanders were able to put together a massive comeback to defeat the reigning Stanley Cup champions, 5-4.

After going 3-1 last week, the Islanders have brought their record back up above .500. They are 5-4-0 on the season, and have shown a ton of promise in the early going. Let's take a look at the top three players of the week who helped lead the Islanders in their impressive week.