Mathew Barzal scores game-winner in OT as Islanders defeat Golden Knights, 2-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored in overtime and Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves to help the Islanders beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 on Saturday night for their second straight victory.
Barzal beat goaltender Logan Thompson with a high shot at 4:28 of the extra session after Varlamov stopped William Carrier on a penalty shot earlier in overtime, then denied Jack Eichel on another point-blank shot.
The goal was Barzal’s 12th of the season. He had only one point in 10 games entering Saturday.
The Golden Knights lost their fourth straight.
After a scoreless first during which the Islanders outshot the Golden Knights 15-8, Islanders captain Anders Lee scored at 3:52 of the second, his 19th goal of the season. Carrier tied it late in the second with his 12th.
Thompson made 35 saves in defeat for the Golden Knights.
The Islanders are 4-17-3 when they score less than three goals … The Islanders were without injured defenseman Noah Dobson and injured forward Cal Clutterbuck, Oliver Wahlstrom and Hudson Fasching … New York also scratched forward Ross Johnston and defenseman Parker Wotherspoon …The Golden Knights scratched injured forward Mark Stone plus defenseman Daniil Miromanov.
Islanders: At Philadelphia on Feb. 6.
Golden Knights: At Nashville on Feb. 7.