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Barzal, Islanders Stun Detroit

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Islanders pulled off an impressive comeback last night fueled by a match penalty that resulted in four power-play goals.  I’ll go into that a bit more in the game-by-game report below, but I wanted to highlight Mathew Barzal specifically in this introduction.


Barzal had five assists last night, which is impressive for any player, let alone a rookie.  What makes his performance truly special though is that it was the third time he recorded five points in a single game this season.  That tied the record for the most five or more points games by a rookie with Hall of Famer Joe Malone, who set the record all the way back in 1917-18, per TSN’s StatsCentre.


Barzal now has 16 goals and 58 points in 56 contests while the next best rookie, Brock Boeser, is sitting at 47 points.  It’s fair to say that Barzal is running away with this season’s Calder Trophy at this rate.  Barzal’s 1.04 points-per-game also puts him in fifth place among rookies dating back to the start of the salary cap era (min. 10 games played).  The only players who have done better are Alex Ovechkin (1.31 PPG), Sidney Crosby (1.26), Evgeni Malkin (1.09), and Connor McDavid (1.07).  That’s pretty nice company to have.


Barzal was also the least hyped player of those five going into his rookie campaign.  He was taken with the 16th overall pick of the 2015 draft – a pick that was also well traveled.  Edmonton acquired the selection from Pittsburgh in a trade that sent David Perron to the Penguins, but then the Oilers dealt that pick and a second rounder to the Islanders to get Griffin Reinhart.  It’s fair to say that the Oilers wish they never made that trade, especially given that Reinhart is with Vegas now and the Golden Knights have the 24-year-old defenseman stashed away in the minors and he went unclaimed on waivers.


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The Red Wings had a 3-0 after one period and they were up 5-2 after Anthony Mantha scored at 9:54 of the third period.  The Islanders comeback didn’t really kick off until Brock Nelson found the back of the net at 14:34 of the third period to make it 5-3 Detroit.  Nelson’s goal was the first of four power-play markers for the Islanders on Tyler Bertuzzi’s five-minute major for slashing Cal Clutterbuck.


Nelson also scored the overtime winner to complete a hat trick.  He has 14 goals and 24 points in 56 contests this season.


Mathew Barzal registered an incredible five assists.  As noted above, this was the rookie’s third five-point game, bringing him up to 16 goals and 58 points in 56 contests.


Henrik Zetterberg did everything he could for Detroit last night by scoring a goal and registering three assists.  He has seven goals and 38 points in 53 games.


Thomas Greiss stopped 27 of 32 shots through 49:54 minutes before being yanked.  Jaroslav Halak stepped in and allowed a goal in seven shots, but he got credited with the win in the Islanders’ comeback.


Petr Mrazek was charged with all seven goals over 29 shots.  He has a 7-6-3 record, 2.99 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 20 contests this season.




Kevin Hayes scored a goal and registered an assist for the Rangers.  He’s up to 12 goals and 22 points in 49 games.


J.T. Miller assisted on two of New York’s four goals.  He has 12 goals and 37 points in 55 contests.


Ondrej Pavelec stopped seven of eight shots in the first period, but didn’t come out for the second due to a knee injury.  Henrik Lundqvist stepped in and saved 28 of 30 shots to earn the win.


At the other end of the ice, Mike Smith allowed four goals on 36 shots.  He has a 22-16-6 record, 2.54 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 46 starts.


Matthew Tkachuk scored a goal for the Flames.  It was his 18th marker and 37th point in 53 games.




Artemi Panarin found the back of the net Friday night.  The Blue Jackets forward has 14 goals and 43 points in 54 contests.


Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on just 17 shots.  He never faced more than six shots in a single period.


Lars Eller scored a goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 11 goals and 28 points in 53 contests.


Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a goal and an assist for Washington.  He’s up to 15 goals and 52 points in 54 games in 2017-18.


Braden Holtby turned aside 35 of 37 shots to pick up his second straight win.  He’s 28-10-2 with a 2.74 GAA and .916 save percentage in 40 starts.




Jonathan Quick has struggled recently, but this was a nice bounce back start for him as he saved 35 of 36 shots.  He has a 21-18-2 record, 2.47 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 41 starts.


Derek Forbort assisted on all three of Los Angeles’ goals.  He has a goal and 12 points in 52 games.


Jonny Brodzinski netted the game-winning goal.  It was his third marker and point in 27 contests.


Harri Sateri surrendered three goals on 26 shots last night.  He has a 4-4-0 record, 2.92 GAA, and .911 save percentage in nine games.


Aaron Ekblad accounted for the Panthers’ lone goal.  That gives him 11 goals and 20 points in 52 contests in 2017-18.




Scott Darling stopped 21 of 22 shots last night to give him his first win since Jan. 11.  He has a 10-14-6 record, 2.99 GAA, and .894 save percentage in 31 games.


Jacob Markstrom lost his third straight game by surrendering four goals on 33 shots.  He dropped to 15-19-5 with a 2.78 GAA and .908 save percentage in 41 contests.


Michael Del Zotto scored the Canucks’ lone goal.  He has four goals and 17 points in 55 games.


Sebastian Aho found the back of the net and registered an assist for Carolina.  He’s up to 20 goals and 42 points in 51 contests.


Brett Pesce scored a goal and registered an assist last night.  The blueliner has two goals and 12 points in 47 games.




Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals for the Blues.  That gives him 23 goals and 49 points in 57 contests this season.


Alexander Steen netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to 12 goals and 35 points in 51 games.


Kyle Connor found the back of the net and recorded an assist for Winnipeg.  He has 18 goals and 35 points in 49 games.


Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22 of 26 Blues shots.  He’s allowed at least three goals in five of his last six starts.


Jake Allen kicked out 20 of 22 shots on Friday.  It was his first win since Dec. 23, partially because he’s been struggling and partially because the Blues have been heavily leaning on goalie Carter Hutton lately.




Matt Murray stopped 33 of 36 shots in regulation time.  He surrendered a single goal in three shootout rounds.


Kari Lehtonen saved 34 of 37 shots prior to the skills competition.  He was then perfect in three shootout rounds to pick up the extra point.


Jamie Benn assisted on all three Dallas goals.  He has 21 goals and 52 points in 56 contests in 2017-18.


Tyler Seguin found the back of the net in the first period and scored the lone shootout goal.  He has 29 goals and 51 points in 56 contests.


Riley Sheahan scored a goal for the Penguins.  He’s up to five goals and 20 points in 55 games.




Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal.  It was his sixth goal and eighth point in 19 games this season.


Corey Perry also found the back of the net for Anaheim.  He has 11 goals and 32 points in 45 contests.


Anton Slepyshev netted a goal for Edmonton.  That gives him two goals and five points in 23 games.


Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 34 Ducks shots.  He’s now allowed at least three goals in four of his last five starts.


John Gibson turned aside 30 of 32 shots Friday night.  He’s won three of his last four starts.

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