Barzal scores in OT, Islanders beat Golden Knights 2-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored in overtime and Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves to help the New York 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.
NOTES: 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.
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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press