New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal of Coquitlam, British Columbia recorded his second career National Hockey League hat trick in a surprise 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Barzal scored all three goals in the second period as the Islanders won their third consecutive game.
Barzal’s first goal came at 2:49 of the second period from Johnny Boychuk of Edmonton, Alberta and Anthony Beauvillier of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec to put the Islanders up 2-0. Barzal’s second goal came at 4:56 of the second period on the power play from Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy, which put the Islanders up 3-0. Barzal’s hat trick goal came at 10:33 of the second period from Ryan Pulock of Dauphin, Manitoba to put the Islanders up 4-0. It was Pulock’s second point of the hockey game as he also recorded an assist on the Islanders’ game winning goal by Valtteri Filppula at 9:35 of the first period. Meanwhile, Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season.
Barzal, who won the Calder Trophy last year, currently leads the Islanders in scoring with 26 assists and 36 points. He also leads the team with 13 power play points.
The Islanders are currently on a four game winning streak as they also beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on New Year’s Eve during the streak. They also hold the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 46 points.