Barzal has a 5-point night as Islanders hit Capitals

Barzal has a 5-point night as Islanders hit Capitals

UNIONDALE, NY – Mathew Barzal had three goals and two assists, Jordan Eberle scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 8-4 on Thursday night.
Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas and Josh Bailey also scored to help the Islanders improve to 14-1-2 at home and return to tie with Washington and Pittsburgh atop the East Division with 50 points. The Capitals have a game going against the Islanders and the Penguins.

Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves for New York, improving to 8-3-1 in his last 12 decisions while allowing just 30 goals in that span. Varalmov is 15-7-3 overall this season.

John Carlson scored two goals and TJ Oshie and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Capitals.

The game was marked by a chaotic first period, which started in the first minute when starting Washington goaltender Ilya Samsonov had to leave the ice barely 30 seconds after Oshie struck him behind the net. . Oshie’s shoulder made contact with Samsonov’s head and the goalkeeper skated for precautionary reasons. Vitek Vanacek has temporarily taken over in the fold.

Carlson quickly opened the scoring at 1:01, hitting Washington’s first shot past Varlamov with passes to the credit of Tom Wilson and Conor Sheary.

Eberle equalized at 5:02, taking a cross pass from Leo Komarov and shooting the puck behind Vanacek.

The Barzal fleet then put the Islanders ahead 2-1 with a spectacular end-to-end run, skating through the entire Capitals ice quintet and finishing the solo effort at 4:09 pm with a high shot in front of Vanacek while balancing one way or another. his right skate blade.

Samsonov returned with just over three minutes left in the period, just before Nelson scored his 13th goal at 5:32 pm to make it 3-1.

Sprong reduced the deficit 48 seconds later before Barzal scored again at 6:53 pm, sliding the puck past Samsonov at an almost impossible angle below the left face-off circle to make it 4-2 before the first intermission.

The Islanders beat the Capitals 13-7 in the first six-goal period and had a 9-7 shot advantage in the second as the score continued as Cizikas made it 5-2 with his seventh. goal at 3:03 before Oshie made up the deficit. with a power play goal at 6:47.

Eberle then added his second goal of the night at 8:08, an assist from Barzal for his 13th before Carlson added his second of the game and his ninth of the season at 19:01 of the split.

Bailey scored 3:13 of the third to make it 7-4 before Barzal finished his fourth career hat trick at 6:54 pm, crushing an out-of-the-air puck in front of Samsonov as the Islanders set a record-breaking season in goals.

Barzal’s five-point performance earned him a team record of 33 points in 37 games. He is tied with Eberle and Nelson for the team lead with 13 goals.


The Capitals had won the first three games this season at home, edging the Islanders 12-6 in that winning line. The teams will meet three more times on Long Island and once in Washington.


Washington had won 10 of the last 12 games of the competition with the only two losses to the Rangers in that span.

The Islanders were 11-4-0 in March, tying the 1981-82 Stanley Cup winning team for most wins in March.


Since becoming the Islanders’ coach before the 2018-19 season, Barry Trotz is 5-7-0 in the regular season against the team he led to the Stanley Cup in 2018. The victory Thursday was the first in five home tries against the Capitals in that span. The Islanders beat Washington in five games in last summer’s playoff bubble in Toronto.


Islanders: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Capitals: New Jersey Friday.


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