The Islanders mounted a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period and tacked on two more later on en route to a 5-2 win over the Canucks on Tuesday. >> Box score
- 5:23 NYI Andrew Ladd (Short Handed); Assists: Adam Pelech, John Tavares
- 6:25 VAN Thomas Vanek (Power Play); Assists: Loui Eriksson, Sam Gagner
- 16:42 NYI Calvin de Haan; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Alan Quine
- 17:42 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk SECOND PERIOD THIRD PERIOD
- 3:46 NYI Anders Lee
- 6:33 VAN Bo Horvat (Short Handed); Assists: Christopher Tanev
- 13:35 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Anders Lee, Adam Pelech
A nice wire-to-wire effort for the Isles, who opened up the scoring on Andrew Ladd's short handed laser and never really looked back. I didn't love New York surrendering yet another short handed goal of their own (a distinction they lead the league in), but they played well enough once again to work around it.
In the closing minutes of the first, the Isles tallied two goals within 60 seconds of one another, the second of which was a thing of beauty. After Cal Clutterbuck got the puck deep and Jason Chimera chased it down, the puck found Johnny Boychuk, who fed Mat Barzal. The Calder Trophy contender beautifully set up Jordan Eberle for his 10th of the year and gave the Isles plenty of breathing room.
We're running out of superlatives for Barzal, who just dazzles every single night. The skating and the playmaking ability is one thing, but the poise he plays with is just on another level, especially for someone who is just 20 years old. I'm trying not to get carried away, but it feels like we're seeing the emergence superstar, and it's really exciting.
Good to see Jaro Halak have his second consecutive strong game. Halak followed up his one-goal performance in Ottawa with a solid, if unspectacular showing. If the Isles can get their goaltending to even out, they could really be set to take off. It's clear they can score. Provided they can keep other teams off the board, this is going to be a very scary team.
The Islanders will host the Senators on Friday at 7 p.m.