Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens

Islanders' Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens
Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens
New York’s one-two punch up the middle looked like an impossible challenge for the Canadiens to overcome, and it proved to be exactly that—in spite of the fact that they threw more pucks (56) at Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss than they had recorded in a regular-season game in 28 years. With centre Phillip Danault nursing concussion symptoms from a Zdeno Chara slapshot that struck him in the head on Saturday, and with centre Andrew Shaw suffering a lower-body injury in the same game, the Canadiens were reduced to moving Byron and Jacob de la Rose to the middle from the wing.

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Islanders' Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens
Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens

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Islanders' Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens
Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, John Tavares too much to handle for Canadiens

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