The New York Islanders ahead Mathew Barzal he avoided a suspension for Tampa Bay Lightning’s defensive tackle Jan Rutta but will have to pay a fine of $ 5,000. This is the maximum allowable fine under the CBA. Barzal he was given a penalty and a bad game at the end of the second period for the incident in Game 5, but will be able to reunite the Islanders for the next game.
The Department of Homeland Security has clearly not believed that cross-checking will be increased to the level of a suspension, meaning that the Islanders will not be without their first striker for Game 6 when they are eliminated. Without Barzal, the Island’s most dangerous offensive weapon, New York seemed completely incapable of mounting a comeback against the Lightning. The game ended 8-0 in favor of Tampa Bay, meanwhile Matt Martin and Scott Mayfield they also gave bad game behaviors late in the third period.
The Islanders are now eliminating for the first time this postseason after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in six games. Tampa Bay has beaten them 17-8 so far, suggesting Barzal and company will need a much better defensive effort if they are to stay alive Wednesday night.