Video: Mat Barzal took the cheapest shot on Jan Rutta
Mat Barzal committed a pathetic act as he lost his sense of sportsmanship during his team’s blowout loss on Monday.
The New York Islanders got smashed 8-0 in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Semifinal series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Late in the game, Barzal got ejected for crosschecking Jan Rutta with a dirty play.
Mat Barzal received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for this crosscheck on Jan Rutta. pic.twitter.com/GZnvW9I5EH
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 22, 2021
That was the capper on a terrible night for the Isles. They fell behind 3-0 after the first period, 6-0 after two periods, and lost 8-0.
Even Islanders coach Barr Trotz couldn’t Barzal’s actions.
Barry Trotz on Mathew Barzal's high-stick on Jan Rutta, which earned the @NYIslanders star a game misconduct: "I am disappointed in his decision there.”
(He meant Barzal. Not the ref.)
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 22, 2021
Tampa Bay now leads the series 3-2. Game 6 will be on Wednesday.