Barzal scores 3, Islanders inflict 6-2 loss on error-plagued Canucks

Matt Barzal scored and had two assists as the New York Islanders handed the struggling Vancouver Canucks a 6-2 loss on Tuesday.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored two goals, including a shorthanded goal into an empty net late in the third period.

Aatu Raty, Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas also scored for the Isles (22-15-2), who are in the middle of a four-game road trip.

The Canucks (16-18-2) got a pair of goals from Bo Horvat as they lost their third straight game.

New York’s Ilya Sorokin stopped 24 of 26 shots for his 14th victory of the campaign. Spencer Martin made 23 saves for Vancouver.

Defensive errors have plagued the Canucks this season and the result marked the 16th time in 37 games the team has allowed at least five goals.

The boos rained down as the final horn sounded and Vancouver fell to 7-10-1 at home this season.

The Canucks had a great opportunity to salvage a goal with just over two minutes left in the game when Scott Mayfield was called for tripping. Head coach Bruce Boudreau fired Martin in favor of an extra forward, but it was the Isles who scored, Pageau sending a long shot into the gaping net with 2:09 left on the clock.

Cizikas scored his third goal of the season 9:44 into the third, landing a wrist shot on Martin’s glove from the face-off spot.

Rookie Parker Wotherspoon – who hails from Surrey and grew up as a Canucks fan – assisted on the play, scoring his first NHL point.

The Islanders regained a two-goal cushion at 1:46 of the final quarter after Vancouver’s Ethan Bear returned the puck deep into Canucks territory.

Brock Nelson picked it up, spun it to keep it on his stick, then sent it to Lee, who sent a wrist shot past Martin to make it 4-2 with his 14th goal of the season.

Vancouver cut its deficit to just one goal late in the second with a power play goal after New York’s Matt Martin was called for a hook.

Seconds after the power play started, JT Miller sliced ​​a pass to Horvat in the slot and he shot past Sorokin to make it 3-2 with his 28th goal of the season.

Vancouver and New York went 1-2 on the power play.

Another nasty giveaway quickly turned into an Islanders goal midway through the second period.

Defenseman Tyler Myers spat the puck into the corner and Barzal took advantage, sailing a shot into the top corner of the net to make it 3-1 for the visitors at 16:28.

The tally – his 10th of the season – extended the center’s scoring streak to four games. He has five goals in the streak.

Pageau gave New York the lead with a power-play goal at 12:56 of the second quarter after Myers was sent into the box for slashing.

Ryan Pulock had his long-range slap shot stopped by Martin but Pageau grabbed the rebound in front of the net and slipped a shot between the Canucks goaltender and the post.

Raty drew the Isles even 2:26 into the second, sending a shot over Martin’s right leg from the low slot. The goal was the Finnish rookie’s second of the season.

New York was inches from tying the score in the final minute of the first.

Zach Parise fired a wrist shot from the bottom of the lunge, only to see Martin sprawled across the crease for a right-pad save.

Vancouver opened the scoring after 18:23 of play after Oliver Ekman-Larsson delivered a long bomb from inside the blue line. Stationed in the face-off circle, Horvat tipped it past Sorokin for his first goal of the night.

The Canucks captain is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the third most goals in the league. They trail Buffalo’s Tage Thompson (30) and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (32).

CITY FESTIVAL

Barzal, who hails from the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam, has found the scoresheet in his 10 career games against the Canucks, registering 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) against his hometown team.

SIR. 900

Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn played his 900th NHL regular season game. The 33-year-old from Saskatoon set another milestone in early December when he hit his 2,947th hit – the most by a defenseman since the league began tracking the stat in 2005-06.

FOLLOWING

Canucks: Host the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Islanders: Continue a four-game road trip Thursday in Edmonton.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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