UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders bought one other massive second interval and ran previous the Boston Bruins for a return journey to the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Brock Nelson scored twice in New York’s three-goal second, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 pictures and the Islanders beat the Bruins 6-2 in Recreation 6 on Wednesday night time in a entrance of a raucous house crowd at Nassau Coliseum.
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“It was superior,” Nelson mentioned. “The place was rocking tonight. The followers had been feeding us vitality. The staff performed nice. A type of nights (coach) Barry (Trotz) touched on after the sport, you’ll at all times keep in mind moments like that. That was a giant sport, a giant staff effort from all people.”
Kyle Palmieri, Trais Zajac, Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock additionally scored to assist the Islanders arrange a rematch with the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau every had two assists.
“You want everybody going to beat a staff like that,” Bailey mentioned. “I assumed from Varly proper on out, everybody within the lineup was contributing, taking part in the way in which we wanted to play to get the win. Actually glad to maneuver on.”
The Lightning beat the Islanders in six video games within the bubble in Edmonton final yr.
“We really feel we’ve got some unfinished enterprise,” Bailey mentioned. “We’ll take pleasure in tonight and we’ll begin preparing.”
Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves. The Bruins, who reached the Stanley Cup Remaining two years in the past, had been eradicated within the second spherical for the second straight yr.
“They’re a great defensive staff,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned. “They handle pucks clearly higher than us. We’re not getting these free possibilities they bought when it comes to mismanaging pucks. They do play a great sport that method, they don’t beat themselves.”
With the Bruins on the ability play, Marchand bought the puck in entrance of the web and put a backhander previous Varlamov from the best facet at 5:38 of the third to chop Boston’s deficit to 4-2. It was Marchand’s fifth of the sequence and eighth of the postseason.
The Islanders’ stifling protection restricted the Bruins to simply 5 pictures on purpose within the third. With the minutes winding down on Boston’s season, New York hemmed the Bruins of their finish of the ice, stopping them from pulling Rask for an additional skater till 1:25 left.
Clutterbuck scored an empty-netter with 59 seconds left to seal it, and Pulock added one other 11 seconds later.
After outscoring the Bruins 8-3 within the center intervals of the primary 5 video games, New York had three extra within the second — for the third time within the sequence.
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Nelson stole the puck from Matt Grzelcyk. took off on breakaway and beat Rask into the highest proper nook at 5:20 to place New York up 2-1.
Bailey stole an outlet go from Rask and fed Nelson streaking to internet, and Nelson beat the goalie from the best facet with 7:23 left within the second for his second of the night time and sixth of the playoffs.
With the Bruins trailing 3-1 within the elimination sport, Cassidy broke up his Perfection Line of David Pastrnak-Marchand-Bergeron.
Nonetheless, the Islanders stretched the result in 4-1 as Adam Pelech despatched a shot from the left level that was stopped by Rask. Nonetheless, Palmieri swooped in, took the rebound and put it in from the best facet for his seventh of the postseason.
“They discovered methods to win, so give them credit score,” Cassidy mentioned. “They had been way more opportunistic than us.”
The Islanders bought on the scoreboard first. After a faceoff within the offensive zone, Noah Dobson fired a shot from the best level that was stopped by Rask. Nonetheless, the rebound kicked out in entrance and Zajac grabbed it and put it in at 8:52 for his first purpose this postseason.
Boston went on the ability play with 5:47 left within the first when Anthony Beauvillier was whistled for tripping Charlie McAvoy. Casey Cizikas was known as for a tripping penalty as nicely with 4 minutes remaining, placing the Bruins on a 5-on-3 for 14 seconds.
It drew chants of “New York Saints! New York Saints!” from the gang, a reference to what Cassidy known as the Islanders when complaining concerning the imbalance in penalties after Recreation 4.
“We hear a few of the chants,” Bailey mentioned. “Tonight was an unimaginable ambiance on the market.. I feel we actually fed off it.”
Marchand tied it with 2:24 remaining as he bought a cross-ice go from Pastrnak in the best circle and rapidly guess Varlamov excessive on the glove facet.
The Bruins had been with out middle Curtis Lazar and defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller. Lazar was injured within the second interval of Recreation 5 in a collision with the Islanders’ Adam Pelech. Jake DeBrush took Larzar’s place within the lineup. Carlo has been out since a success from Cal Clutterbuck in Recreation 3. Miller, injured within the first spherical in opposition to Washington, wasn’t able to return.
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