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Rob Simpson: Islanders clamp down on Barkov in Game 1

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Column by Rob Simpson

TORONTO — This is a classic example of the Islanders limiting a star player’s chances.

The Panthers didn’t do themselves any favors by spending so much time in the penalty box early.

It took the Cats away from establishing any five-on-five tempo. When they did finally get something going, Barkov’s line had limited opportunities.

As New York held the lead, the FLA desperation level increased as the game went on, as did Barkov’s ice time. Times are very approximate – watching five things at once.

Sasha Barkov – Period One

0:00-0:35 starts game. Dump in. In on forecheck. Isles successfully clear zone. Sasha back-tracks, circles neutral zone as D gains possession and heads to bench.

1:29-1:50 wins offensive zone draw on 4 on 4 in RW circle. Huberdeau centering pass goes awry. Backcheck as NYI get weak shot on goal on solo rush.

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