Nick Leddy scored two power-play goals, Mathew Barzal recorded five assists and the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box Score
- 4:05 NYI Scott Mayfield; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Josh Bailey
- 12:58 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk
- 0:40 COL Nathan MacKinnon; Assists: Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog
- 1:33 NYI Nick Leddy (power play); Assists: Barzal, John Tavares
- 4:24 NYI Leddy (power play); Assists: Bailey, Barzal
- 9:46 NYI Boychuk; Assists: Leddy, Barzal
- 13:02 COL Landeskog; Assists: MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie
- 1:23 NYI Eberle; Assists: Barzal, Scott Mayfield
- 19:30 COL Alexander Kerfoot
- 19:51 COL Kerfoot; Assists: Sven Andrighetto, Rocco Grimaldi
So, Barzal is pretty good, huh? On a night when Matt Duchene was (albeit briefly) in town, Barzal dropped five assists on the Avs and showed why sometimes the best trades are the ones teams don't make. Not only was Barzal setting up practically everyone in an Islanders jersey, but he also was dominant in the face-off circle. Barzal is on the fast track not only to being a Calder Trophy contender, but to stardom.
Speaking of Duchene, in a scene usually reserved for the MLB trade deadline, the now-former Colorado center played two short shifts before being snuck off the ice. Duchene finally has been dealt, and he's on his way to Ottawa as a part of a three-team deal. It's ironic Islanders fans have lusted after Duchene for the better part of five months, and he finally gets dealt while he's on the ice at Barclays Center. It's also pretty ironic that, with the way the Isles' second like has produced, New York doesn't really have a pressing need for him anymore.
Despite giving up two late goals, Thomas Greiss played well, and he may have earned the start on Tuesday night against Edmonton. Greiss made a few big saves while the game was still in doubt and certainly looked better than Jaroslav Halak did in Washington on Thursday. However the goaltending situation shakes out, Doug Weight has played this well. Let Greiss and Halak push each other. Sometimes, friendly competition is just what the doctor ordered.
The Islanders play the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday at Barclays Center at 7 p.m.