The New York Islanders had a lot of things wrong for them during Monday’s 8-0 defeat in Game 5 at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Now, they’re facing the possibility of disciplinary action against star forward Mathew Barzal after being sent off for cross-checking Lightning defender Jan Rutta.
The score is 6-0 Lightning in the last seconds of the second period when Rutta and Barzal exchange words.
Barzal hit him in the chest with his stick and then in the face, knocking the defender onto the ice. The coach went out to check on him and Rutta eventually skated alone, but he didn’t go out for the third period.
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Officials on the ice called for a major penalty and deportation, and the call was confirmed after a review.
It is possible that Barzal will only be fined $ 5,000 for his offense, but if he misses a game, it would be a blow to an island team looking to stay alive at home in Game 6 on Wednesday. After being knocked out in his first eight playoff games, Barzal has scored six goals in his last nine games.
The match was unusual for the Islanders, who played a solid defense during the playoffs to reach the third round for the second consecutive year.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored 45 seconds for his first goal of the series, and Tampa Bay amassed, with goals from Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn leading Islanders manager Barry Trotz to shoot goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov.
Reserve goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin took a puck in the throat and stayed in the game, but Lightning resolved him too, scoring three times in the second period. Stamkos and Killorn added their second goals of the match.
Brayden Point scored 7-0 in the third period on Barzal’s major penalty, extending his streak to eight games.
The eight goals were the most conceded by the Islanders following an 8-2 defeat to Lightning in Game 1 of the 2020 Eastern Conference final.