Mathew Barzal scores lone goal in Islanders’ 1-0 win over Coyotes

NEW YORK (AP) — In an exhilarating match on Tuesday night, Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders scored a crucial power-play goal in the second period, leading his team to a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Ilya Sorokin, the Islanders’ talented goalie, made an impressive 14 saves, achieving his first shutout of the season. Noah Dobson and Kyle Palmieri also contributed to the team’s success by each providing an assist, resulting in the only goal of the game.

On the other side, Karel Vejmelka, the goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes, put on a valiant effort with 30 saves, but couldn’t prevent his team from suffering their second consecutive loss. The Coyotes will face the St. Louis Blues on Thursday before their highly anticipated home opener against Anaheim on Saturday.

The winning goal came at 3:47 in the second period when Barzal swiftly converted a one-timer after Barret Hayton of the Coyotes received a penalty for slashing Simon Holmstrom, denying New York a scoring opportunity.

Sorokin, who recently signed a contract extension, has firmly established himself as the Islanders’ starting goalie, surpassing Semyon Varlamov. The 28-year-old goaltender has now achieved three shutouts against the Coyotes and a total of 17 shutouts throughout his career.

The Coyotes struggled to make an impact in the offensive zone and managed to generate only seven shots on goal in the first two periods.


The Islanders’ back-to-back victories mark the first time since the 2014-15 season that they have started a season with two straight wins. This promising start bodes well for their future success.


The Coyotes will travel to face the Blues on Thursday, while the Islanders will host the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Both teams will be eager to continue their pursuit of victory.


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