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NHL All-Star break comes at the perfect time for fatigued Islanders

Josh Bailey of the Islanders celebrates his first period goal against the Rangers with teammate Anthony Beauvillier at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

It certainly seems the Islanders’ combined All-Star break/bye week vacation couldn’t come at a better time for an admittedly exhausted team.

And perhaps for coach Barry Trotz to spend a few days away from Mathew Barzal after getting frustrated enough with his All-Star prioritizing individual play over the team framework to bench him in the third period of Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.