New York Islanders Plow Avalanche 6-4, Mathew Barzal Sets Rookie Record (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second goal of the game as he scores on the powerplay at 11:22 of the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Barclays Center on February 12, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Mathew Barzal set a rookie record with 5 assists Sunday evening as the New York Islanders cruised to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The New York Islanders pummeled the Colorado Avalanche on an eventful night that featured six goals, a new rookie record, and the blockbuster trade of star center Matt Duchene.

Recap

Scott Mayfield started the scoring for the Islanders under five minutes in, slapping a puck that found its way behind Jonathan Bernier and the Islanders never looked back from there.

A congratulations is due for Mayfield, who went on to record his first-career Gordie Howe hat trick.

Scott Mayfield’s Fortunate Bounce Puts New York Islanders Up Early

A little over 12 minutes into the first, Eberle contributed with his first of two tallies in the game…

Then, Nick Leddy scored two back-to-back powerplay goals for the New York Islanders to keep the powerplay white-hot, cashing in for 9 of its last 16 opportunities.

Mathew Barzal was all over the scoresheet tonight for the Islanders, dishing this feed out to Eberle for his second of the night.

Johnny Boychuk picked up a goal as well, and Alex Kerfoot would pick up two late goals thanks to a very tuned-out Islanders defense.

Notes

It wasn’t the prettiest win, or the most polished, but the Islanders managed another massive win at home the Islanders are one of three teams who have yet to lose at home in regulation. Oh, and the Islanders are now 25-4-4 against the Western Conference at home since moving to the Barclays Center.

During the first period of the game, Blake Comeau took a puck to the face after attempting to block a Nick Leddy shot. Unbeknownst at the time, Matt Duchene followed him to the locker room, receiving the news that he had been traded to Ottawa.

With five assists on the night, Mathew Barzal set a New York Islanders franchise rookie record. In the wake of the trade that sent Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators, the largest beneficiaries in this deal were the New York Islanders and Mat Barzal.

The Islanders’ defense had the biggest night overall, with three different defenseman potting goals and totaling 8 points for the Blue and Orange including Mayfield, Leddy, and Boychuk.

Rob Taub put it best with this compilation:

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Matt Di Giacomo

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Spent 3 1/2 years at West Chester University, now concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more.

Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @BR_SportsCast and check out his reviews on YouTube.