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The 5 Hole: Vulnerable in Vancity

With the weeks of the season now dwindled down to five, time is no doubt running out on the New York Islanders to find a way to get back to the playoffs. But even with that reality in the near future, the Isles still have a sliver of hope, yes a sliver. And with an opponent tonight in the Vancouver Canucks — whose season is basically over — the Islanders were in need of their best all around performance of the season.

Not only was New York trying to break an 0-5-1 skid, but tonight was going to be a ultra special night for rookie sensation, Mathew Barzal. The Coquitlam, BC native has had tonight circled on the calendar for a long six months to play in front of a barrage of family and friends. Oh and there was the headline that it was Barzal going up against Brock Boeser — the top two freshmen in the game today.

On what was a memorable evening, Barzal and the Isles fell 4-3 in OT. The team’s losing streak has now reached seven games. New York will look to break their losing ways Thursday in Edmonton. Social media recap here:

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