Thomas Greiss made nine saves before leaving the game at 14:06 of the first period.
Werenski left 3:37 into the game after a collision with Lee in front of the Blue Jackets net. Varlamov finished off the job with 30 straight saves. "Varly!" throughout the period. He got lucky on one chance, as a turnover allowed Alexandre Texier to feed Cam Atkinson in front but he fired wide, then Varlamov made a big stop on Oliver Bjorkstrand in a 3-on-2 chance from the slot and also swallowed a later chance from Texier in transition. Adam Pelech got a stick on the loose puck and sent a pass up the ice towards the streaking Barzal, who outraced Bjorkstrand to the net before flicking a backhanded shot past Merzlikins and off the top post with 3:59 left.
Power-play opportunities_Columbus 0 of 1; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 0.
N.Y. Islanders110-2First Period_1, N.Y. Islanders, Lee 6 (Barzal, Bailey), 1:18.
"It's 1-1 after the first, then we give them some easy goals", Patric Hornqvist said. Anthony Beauvillier had a chance six minutes later, but his shot on a rush from the right side was gloved by the Columbus goalie. Merzlikins made a great blocker save on a slap shot by Scott Mayfield with 7:44 left in the first, and stopped two shots by Casey Cizikas a minute later. N.Y. Islanders, Greiss 9-2-0 (9-9), Varlamov 8-3-2 (30-30).
Walker's first goal since October 7, 2017 broke a 1-1 tie for St. Louis with 5:59 left in the second period. Varlamov stopped all three shots he faced in the first, including a tip by Pierre-Luc Dubois with 1:24 to go.
Sonny Milano got one past Varlamov with 1:05 left, but it hit the crossbar. Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal provided the goals.
The shots were pretty even in the first period but I thought NY got the majority of the good chances. The Islanders won the first meeting, 3-2 at Columbus on October 19. Chasing the game rarely works out well against the Isles, as the Blue Jackets have found out often over the past two years; this was the third time Columbus was shut out by the team in the last five games.
"I just don't think we played well enough tonight", Mike Sullivan said of the Penguins' performance after a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday night.
Penguins defenceman Brian Dumoulin left the game early in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. He was down on the ice for several minutes before skating off while favoring his right shoulder and headed straight to the dressing room.
Josh Bailey won a battle for the puck along the boards in the neutral zone with Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov. Per Natural Stat Trick, the Blue Jackets had a 20-13 edge in high-danger chances and a 3.58-2.41 edge in expected goals at 5-on-5, but they couldn't get a goal. The Islanders got their second shutout of the season, and the Blue Jackets were blanked for the second time.