Barzal was nearly benched at the end of the Islanders' 3-2 overtime victory over the Sabres on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Barzal took a selfish penalty late in the third period of the game Saturday that led to the tying goal before the Isles won it in overtime. Barzal and Rasmus Dahlin of the Sabres had been having a personal battle for what seemed like most of this contest and finally, frustration set in and Barzal took an unnecessary penalty. Coach Barry Trotz mentioned postgame that if that play had occurred earlier in the game, Barzal probably would've been benched and if it happens again, he certainly will be. The fact that it happened right before overtime forced Trotz to keep Barzal in the game as he is a dynamic player in the 3-3 overtime format and his presence gives the team a better chance to win the game. Barzal is the best offensive player for the Isles, but Trotz won't hesitate to follow through on his threat should Barzal not play smarter hockey.
Barzal scored his 12th goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Stars on Saturday.
Barzal's tally at 15:27 of the third period was all the Islanders could put behind Ben Bishop. Barzal also took two minor penalties in the contest, both of which led to Stars goals. The 22-year-old has three goals and two helpers in his last five games, and he's up to 25 points in 28 contests overall this season. Saturday was the first time he's taken multiple penalties in a game this season -- fantasy owners won't mind, but coach Barry Trotz probably isn't too happy about that, given the outcome.
Barzal scored a late goal, but it wasn't enough in a 4-2 loss to Montreal on Tuesday.
Barzal's 11th goal of the season with 2:29 remaining in the third period made it 3-2 for Montreal, but Shea Weber's empty-net goal with 28 seconds left on the clock sealed the win for the hosts, giving the Canadiens their first win since Nov. 15. With 24 points in 26 games, Barzal figures to challenge his career-best 85-point campaign from 2017-18. His 23:11 of ice time in Tuesday's loss was highest among Islanders forwards and a personal season high.
Barzal generated an assist in Monday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
Barzal set up Anders Lee for the opening goal. The 22-year-old has been locked in this season, with 10 goals, 13 helpers, 52 shots on goal and a plus-13 rating in 25 contests. Barzal's on pace to easily top the 70-point threshold, and he may even challenge for his second 80-point campaign in his third NHL season.
Barzal scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
He set up Anders Lee in the slot for what ended up being the game-winning goal just 78 seconds into the first period, then out-skated the defense to score on a breakaway late in the second period for some insurance. Barzal hadn't found the scoresheet in his prior three games, but on the year he has a strong 10 goals and 22 points through 24 contests.
Barzal set up three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
That's 20 points in 20 games and that includes nine goals. Barzal took a step back with 62 points last season, but he's spot-on this season. But it is important to note that his 20.5 shooting percentage is completely unsustainable, so expect some regression.
Barzal scored a power-play goal on his lone shot of the game in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Philadelphia.
Barzal buried a one-timer in the slot to pull the Isles to within 3-2 with six-and-a-half minutes left in regulation. It was his team-leading ninth goal of the season -- and first with the man advantage -- and extended his point streak to four games (3g, 3a). The 22-year-old has 17 points in 18 games and boasts a stout plus-13. Barzal looks to be on pace for a career season.
Barzal scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
The 22-year-old opened the scoring by wiring home a nifty pass from Jordan Eberle into a wide-open cage, then returned the favor for Derrick Brassard in the third period. Barzal is off to a strong start to the campaign, scoring eight goals and 16 points through 17 games.
Barzal scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Panthers.
Barzal has 14 points in 16 games to lead the Isles on the stat sheet. After a flat sophomore season last year, the shifty pivot is close to his point-per-game pace from his rookie campaign. Barzal is a must-play, but beware a bit of a bloated shooting percentage. It's too far above his career average to be sustainable.
Barzal scored a goal on two shots and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.
Barzal opened the scoring early in the second period with a terrific individual effort, working his way around the offensive zone with the puck before finally squeezing a shot through Andrei Vasilevskiy from the right faceoff circle. Barzal also set up Josh Bailey's game-winning goal in the third period. The 22-year-old has six goals and 11 points through 11 games.
Barzal scored his fifth goal of 2019-20 in a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Barzal's fifth of the campaign gave New York a 5-2 lead early in the second period, more than enough goal support for the host Islanders on this occasion. Claude Giroux scored a late goal to make the final 5-3. Barzal has points in six of his last seven games, recording eight points total.
Barzal scored twice -- once on the power play -- in a 3-1 win over the Jets on Thursday.
The Islanders fell behind 1-0 in the opening frame, but Barzal scored two goals in the second to put the visitors ahead for good. The two goals give New York's top-line center five points in his last three contests. Overall, Barzal has found the scoresheet six times in seven games this season, but Thursday's goal was his first power-play point of 2019-20.
Barzal scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blues.
The Isles trailed for most of this game, but Barzal fueled a late rally as he got credit for the tying goal in the final minute of regulation after his shot deflected off Alexander Steen's stick, and then he set up the OT winner after maintaining possession, circling the St. Louis net and spotting an open Devon Toews in the faceoff circle. Barzal has four points (one goal, three assists) through six games to begin the season.
Barzal posted an assist and a team-high five shots on goal in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Jets.
The top-line center's assist came on Anders Lee's second-period tally, stretching the lead to 3-0 at the time. After posting 85 points in his rookie season, Barzal experienced a small sophomore slump down to 62 points last year. Expect the 22-year-old to attempt to cement himself as a true No. 1 pivot in the 2019-20 campaign, which is the last year of his entry-level deal.
Barzal may be used by the Islanders to kill penalties this season, Sasha Kandrach of Islanders web site reports.
Barzal will anchor the top line for the Islanders along with Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle and will also man the top power-play unit. How Barzal goes this season will go a long way towards determining the success or failure of the Islanders, and his inclusion on the penalty kill wouldn't hurt unless it wears him down, which seems unlikely.
Barzal and the Islanders have yet to begin talks on a new contract, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Barzal is finishing off his entry-level contract and could be in line for a multi-year deal that approaches an annual average value north of $9 million per season. Barzal had 22 goals and 85 points in his first full NHL season in 2017-18, but those numbers fell to 18 and 44 last season. Part of that reason for that decline is likely due to the departure of John Tavares and the extra defensive attention that Barzal had to face. The problem for Barzal is that in order for him to justify the kind of contract that he is going to likely demand, he will need to prove that he can be a player who produces no matter who else is on the team, and not only when he is playing second fiddle to another superstar.
Barzal scored a power-play goal on four shots and added two hits in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Barzal accounted for two of the Islanders' five goals as they were swept out of the playoffs in the second round. He produced five helpers in four games in the first round. The center had 62 points in 82 regular-season games, and should continue to be one of the Islanders' offensive leaders in 2019-20.
Barzal scored a power-play goal during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2.
He had five points, all helpers, during a four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round, but Barzal finally found twine in very fluky fashion -- standing on the goal line five feet from the net, his attempted pass across the crease deflected over Petr Mrazek's shoulder off Jaccob Slavin's stick. With the playoff goal-scoring monkey off his back, Barzal could catch fire, something the Isles desperately need since his first-period tally in this one was the team's only goal through the first two games of the series.
Barzal notched two assists in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series.
The second-year star now has three points -- all helpers -- through two games as the Isles have soared to a 2-0 lead over the Pens. Barzal's regular-season production took a step backwards compared to his performance as a rookie, but so far the 21-year-old has found another gear in the postseason spotlight. He'll look to keep his momentum going Sunday as the series shifts to Pittsburgh.
Barzal scored and also set up a goal in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Jets.
The new face of the franchise with John Tavares capping off his first year with the Maple Leafs, Barzal opened the scoring for the Isles and it was his primary assist on a Jordan Eberle goal that helped his team rally back for a big road win. Still, Barzal's offensive numbers have suffered quite a bit in his second full season, as he's at 18 goals and 43 assists for a 20-point decline compared to his brilliant rookie campaign, though he can at least close that gap a bit before season's end.
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