Mathew Barzal sets Islanders rookie assist record in win over Avalanche

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Published 9:02 p.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017 | Updated 11:44 p.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal put on a passing clinic for the New York Islanders.

Barzal had a franchise-rookie record five assists in the Islanders’ 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

“It’s pretty cool I didn’t know,” Barzal said about the record. “Actually (Jordan Eberle) was saying maybe six would be a record, but we were just joking around. I had no idea, so that’s a pretty cool thing to do.”

Barzal becoming just the sixth player in Islanders’ history with five assists in a game, joining Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Stefan Persson, Brent Sutter and Pat LaFontaine.

Bossy set the team record of six assists in 1981. Barzal also tied a franchise-rookie record with five points in a game.

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