BOSTON, MA — The New York Islanders entered the game against the Boston Bruins down two forwards with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Josh Bailey not making the trip. But it did not take long for the Islanders to lose another forward as Mathew Barzal left with an injury in the first period.
Mathew Barzal left the ice with 13:55 to go in the opening frame after taking a hard hit from Boston forward Craig Smith along the boards deep in the Islanders zone.
He went right to the room but did come back onto the bench and the ice during a T.V. timeout.
After skating around a bit, Barzal headed back to the bench and, after a long conversation with the trainer, headed back down the tunnel.
He did not return.
— Robby (@Dosange) February 19, 2023
The last time the Islanders were without Barzal for a game, they fell 4-1 to the Calgary Flames, as they couldn’t get anything going in his absence.
Saturday night was worse, as they fell 6-2.
Islanders head coach Lane Lambert did not provide an update after the game, as we will see if Barzal is in Pittsburgh.