WATCH: Bo Horvat scores first goal as an Islander off sweet feed from Mat Barzal
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Former Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat scored his first goal as a member of the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. The goal came at 5:08 of the second period in the Islanders’ home tilt with the Seattle Kraken. Horvat’s goal came off a saucer pass from Coquitlam’s Mat Barzal, which Horvat wasted little time in depositing in the back of the end.
Horvat’s goal, his 32nd of the season, was the Islanders’ fourth goal of the game against the Kraken. Heading into the third period, the Islanders held a four goal lead over Seattle thanks to Horvat’s marker. Horvat went pointless in his Islanders debut last night in Philadelphia while recording four shots on goal, two hits, and two blocked shots.
The Canucks traded their captain to Long Island last Monday, acquiring Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty, and a 2023 protected first round pick in return. On Sunday, the Islanders announced that they had signed Horvat to an eight-year extension with an annual average value of $8.5 million.
Meanwhile, the Canucks have begun the process of removing their former captain’s face from the many banners and other large photographs that surround Rogers Arena. To this point in his NHL career, Horvat has tallied 202 goals and 219 assists across 622 games.
It took Horvat just 47 games this season to match his previous career season-high goal tally of 31, which he set last season. Dating back to the second half of last season, Horvat has established himself as one of the game’s best scorers. The Canucks drafted Horvat with the ninth overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft using the pick that they acquired from the Lou Lamoriello-led New Jersey Devils in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider.
Horvat and the Islanders will welcome the Vancouver Canucks to town on Thursday night, and as Horvat said, that will be an interesting game, to say the least.
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