The Florida Panthers were once again dominant in a 6-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday at Sunrise, but rather it was a disturbing knee injury suffered by Aleksander Barkov that caught the eye. .
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At 1:47 into the second period, Barkov tried to outsmart defender Scott Mayfield entering the zone. The latter stuck out his knee, and Barkov’s knee bent the wrong way.
Barkov left the match and did not return. He still had time to collect an assist on the first goal of the game, scored by Jonathan Huberdeau. He has nine goals and 17 points in 15 outings this season.
Mayfield for his part received a major penalty for knee injury in addition to being ejected from the game.
Besides Huberdeau, Ryan Lomberg, Carter Verhaeghe and Patric Hornqvist also moved the ropes in the first third to drive Ilya Sorokin out of the game. Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano added two more wins and Sergei Bobrovsky pushed back 27 saves.
Barry Trotz’s troop therefore suffered a fourth consecutive defeat and remained last in the Metropolitan section.
Campbell still shines
In Toronto, Jack Campbell made 24 saves to sign a third shutout this season in a 3-0 win for the Maple Leafs over the Nashville Predators.
Campbell is having a great time, having shut out his opponents twice in his last three outings. He allowed only one goal during this streak, showing an efficiency rate of .989.
The masked man had to manage with a lead of only one goal for most of the match since only Auston Matthews touched the target in the first 56 minutes of play. David Kampf and Mitch Marner, the latter in a deserted cage, delivered the coup de grace.
A first for Crosby
Sidney Crosby got his first point of the season after missing several games with injury and COVID-19, but the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 2-1 to the Sabers at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins captain was complicit in Jake Guentzel’s power play goal in the third period, but the Sabers had already taken a decisive 2-0 lead.
Colin Miller first threaded the needle at the very start of the median engagement, then Kyle Okposo added it a few minutes later to give his team a comfortable lead.
The Penguins have suffered a third consecutive setback and now have an appointment with the Canadian, Thursday in Montreal.