MiamiHerald / Without a word, Mathew Barzal made it clear to his coach that he wanted his first career chance in a shootout.
The 20-year-old rookie scored the winning goal in the tiebreaker to lift the New York Islanders over the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Monday night.
“He wouldn’t stop staring at me as I picked the first two guys (Jordan Eberle and John Tavares),” Islanders coach Doug Weight said. “I wouldn’t look at him. Somehow, he thinks that’s why I picked him, because he was staring through me. He’s a confident kid and wanted to get out there.”
New York’s Anders Lee scored his 100th career goal. Tavares, Brock Nelson and Thomas Hickey also scored in regulation for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout.