Connect with us

New York Islanders

TURNING POINT: How Boston Learned Never to Leave Mathew Barzal That Open

Published

on

Mathew Barzal

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — How many chances did the Boston Bruins have to draft Mathew Barzal in 2015? Three.

What was the number goal for the Islanders that Mathew Barzal scored on Saturday night? The Isles’ third in the third period. It all seems to tie together. Joking aside, Barzal’s third-period goal broke a 2-2 tie and served as the game-winner in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Boston.

What was mystifying about the play was not that Barzal was left open like that on the man advantage. Rather, it was the fact that Boston gave him that much room to work for the second time in the same spot during that same sequence.

Just seconds earlier, Anders Lee made a herculean effort to hold the puck in along the blue line and then dig it down deep. It allowed Barzal to steal the puck from Rask and for the Islanders to set up in the offensive zone.

Noah Dobson was eventually able to fire a hefty shot on Rask that was turned aside, but the rebound went to Mathew Barzal, who had been left uncovered near the left faceoff circle. His shot attempt missed the net and wrapped around back to the point.

Mathew Barzal first attempt on Boston

At that point, you would have thought that Barzal would have been picked up by someone with the puck remaining in the zone. Instead, three Boston players collapsed in on Nelson near the wall and the fourth stuck tight to Anders Lee, who had been parked near the net.

The puck gets to Eberle and then to Lee. Still, no one had picked up Barzal. What happened next you already know.

Mathew Barzal Scores

The goal gave the Islanders the 3-2 lead early in the third and the Isles held onto, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau even adding a shorthanded goal later in the game.  It extended Barzal’s point streak to eight games, which is a new career-high for the Islanders star player.

“During this eight-game run (Barzal) has been our best player offensively for a while,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s creating. I love the fact that he’s taking the puck to the net. Using his speed and his skill. Today I was glad he produced on the power play. He’s shooting the puck more and he’s getting results.”

Saturday will certainly serve as a reminder to Boston not to give Barzal that much room the next time the two teams meet.

Welcome to your new home for New York Islanders breaking news, analysis and opinion. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and don't forget to subscribe to NYHN+ for all of our members-only content from Christian Arnold and the National Hockey Now network.
3 Comments
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
3 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

[…] Mathew Barzal is a bad, bad man… (NYI Hockey Now) […]

[…] Christian Arnold looks at the Islanders’ turning point Saturday. In short–don’t leave Mathew Barzal uncovered (NYI Hockey Now) […]

[…] has 14 points (five goals, nine assists), which included three goals against them this season. Barzal scored what would become the go-ahead goal in a 4-2 win over Boston at the Nassau Coliseum on Feb. […]

GET NYIHN IN YOUR INBOX!

Enter your email address to get all of our articles delivered directly to your inbox.

NYI Team & Cap Info

Recent Comments

Get the best of NYI Hockey Now in your inbox

Be the first to know! Enter your email to get all of our articles sent straight to your inbox, the minute they're published.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.