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Barzal gets hat trick, Isles beat Leafs in Tavares reunion

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Anthony Beauvillier during the second p...
New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Anthony Beauvillier during the second p...
New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) scores on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey gam...
New York Islanders centre Valtteri Filppula (51) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto ...
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Connor Brown (28) collides with New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey ...
Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) battles for the puck in front of New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40) as Islanders defensemen ...

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Anthony Beauvillier during the second p...

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Anthony Beauvillier during the second p...

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) scores on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey gam...

New York Islanders centre Valtteri Filppula (51) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto ...

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Connor Brown (28) collides with New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey ...

Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) battles for the puck in front of New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40) as Islanders defensemen ...

TORONTO (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored a natural hat trick in the second period, Valtteri Filppula had a highlight-reel goal and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Saturday night in their first game against former captain John Tavares.

New York has won six of seven. Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Ryan Pulock had two assists.

The Islanders pounded the Maple Leafs in a reunion with Tavares, who signed with Toronto as a free agent July 1. The 28-year-old played nine seasons in New York, collecting 272 goals and 349 assists for 621 points in 669 games.

Garret Sparks stopped 24 shots as Toronto ended its five-game winning streak.

Filppula got New York going by splitting two defenders on a 1-on-2 rush and beating Sparks past the blocker for his ninth goal.

Barzal then ran off his second career hat trick in less than eight minutes. Last season's Rookie of the Year tipped Johnny Boychuk's point shot for a 2-0 lead at 2:49 and deflected a one-timer off defenseman Nikita Zaitsev during a power play two minutes later. He completed the hat trick off a neutral zone turnover, beating Sparks five-hole for his 10th goal.

Barzal's three-goal game was the first by an Islander against Toronto since Mike Bossy on March 20, 1986.

Tavares, the first pick in the 2009 NHL draft, served as Islanders captain from September 2013 until bolting for the team he cheered for as a kid growing up in Toronto's suburbs.

He has 26 goals and 18 assists in 39 games with his new team, but saw a six-game point streak (seven goals, four assists) come to an end as his old club got a measure of revenge led by Barzal's second-career hat trick.

NOTES: Barzal's other NHL hat trick came Dec. 23, 2017, against Winnipeg. ... Sparks got his third straight start. He picked a 4-2 road victory Friday over Columbus in Toronto's first game after the NHL's Christmas break. ... Leafs No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen backed up Sparks the last two games, but didn't dress against New York because of a groin injury. Kasimir Kaskisuo was recalled from the AHL Marlies on an emergency basis. ... Michael Dal Colle, who was recalled from the AHL with Islanders F Jordan Eberle (upper-body injury) on injured reserve, recorded an assist for his first NHL point in his seventh game.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Play at Buffalo on Monday night.

Maple Leafs: Host Minnesota on Thursday.

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Updated : 2021-03-01 16:07 GMT+08:00