Mathew Barzal and Andrew Ladd are going to have to fight over who keeps one of the game pucks from Sunday.
That's because Barzal and Ladd each picked up a career milestone on Josh Bailey's second period goal against the LA Kings. For Barzal - a rookie - his primary assist doubled as his first-career NHL point. For Ladd, his secondary assist was a place Barzal would like to get to, point number 500.
Video: NYI@LAK: Bailey ties game, Ladd earns 500th point
Ladd's road to 500 points (234G, 266A) took 853 games with stops on four different franchises. He's scored 305 points (139G, 166A) in 429 games with Atlanta/Winnipeg - sixth all-time in that franchise's history - 111 (45G, 66A) with Chicago, 50 (26G, 24A) with Carolina and 34 (24G, 10A) with the Islanders. Ladd has an additional 18 points (9G, 9A) in 64 playoff games and a pair of Stanley Cups on his hockey resume.
Barzal needed eight games for his first point. The Islanders 2015 first-rounder (16th overall) was a gifted scorer in juniors, with 278 points (63G, 215A) in 202 Western Hockey League games. Barzal also led the Islanders in scoring with seven points in preseason, but getting his official first point in the show feels a little different.
"It's nice. You're just happy for a little bit there, but we were in a tight game, so I wasn't thinking about it too much," Barzal said. "Just trying to get antoher one to tie the game up. I'm sure I'll look back on it and be happy."