Jaroslav Halak began between the pipes for the second recreation in a row Monday, marking simply the second time this yr an Islanders goalie has made consecutive begins.
Regardless of giving up a pair of first-interval objectives — a brief-hander on a nasty line change and an influence-play strike — the netminder rewarded coach Doug Weight for his choice.
Halak restricted additional injury by the aggressive Golden Knights and stored his teammates in it early earlier than they got here alive within the offensive zone for a 6-three win at Barclays Middle.
Thomas Greiss (5 begins) has but to start out in again-to-again video games for the Islanders whereas Monday was the second time Halak, who completed with 31 saves in his seventh begin, obtained the chance.
“[Halak’s] numbers and the best way he’s performed, he’s in all probability outplayed Thomas so far in these video games,” Weight stated. “We have been considering of two days off earlier than we play Washington [on Thursday]. Simply determined to speak with [goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite] for some time and determined to do it.”
Whereas Weight is driving the recent hand, it doesn’t imply he’s settled on a real No. 1 goalie.
“It actually means — that’s the trustworthy fact, [Halak] has sort of outplayed [Greiss] during the last week,” he stated.
Mathew Barzal’s second-interval aim was solely his third of the yr to go together with 4 assists, however the 20-yr-previous rookie once more introduced an electrical presence to the ice and is benefiting from flying beneath the radar whereas he nonetheless can.
“I feel he’ll shock some guys,” Weight stated. “The league is so huge now that until a man has 12 or thirteen factors on the age of 19 or 20, they’re in all probability not noticing him as a lot. I feel his numbers have not likely mirrored the best way he’s performed. He’s generated so much.”
Defenseman Mark Streit introduced his retirement Monday after 12 seasons within the NHL, 4 of which got here with the Islanders. The 39-yr previous performed in two video games with the Canadiens this season earlier than deciding to hold up his skates for good.
“Actually nice man and a fantastic teammate,” Weight stated. “I obtained to play with Mark for 4 years. Nice profession, actually good expertise.”
When Maxime Lagace made his NHL debut within the second interval after Oscar Dansk was injured, he turned the fourth Golden Knights goalie to play of their 10 video games this season.
Their opening night time starter, Marc-Andre Fleury, has been sidelined with a concussion difficulty, whereas Malcolm Subban has joined him on injured reserve with a decrease-physique damage.