Boston – The islanders did it the hard way. The main thing, they did it.
They could not hold a two-goal lead in the third period, but still managed to earn a road split against the Bruins with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 of their second-round series on Monday night before 17,400 at TD Garden Was successful.
KC Szykas scored at 14:48 of the extra period, shortly after Semyon Varlamov blocked Taylor Hall’s rebound attempt at the Islanders crease.
Varlamov scored 39 goals while the Bruins’ Tuukka Rusk blocked 35 shots.
“I think it’s part of finding success at this point of the season,” said Josh Bailey, who scored one of the Islanders’ two power-play goals. “You should be able to turn the page quickly after a good page or after a hard one, or anything in between.”
The series heads to Nassau Coliseum for Game 3 on Thursday night, increasing capacity to 12,000.
The Bruins made it uneasy in the third period, buzzing Varlamov’s crease and hemming in the Islanders. Patrice Bergeron cut the Islanders’ lead to 3-2 with a one-time timer from Brad Marchand’s feed on Varlamov’s blocker at 10:34.
Marchand tied it at 3 on 15:06 on the power play, when the Islanders were caught with a lot of men with an unscreened shot past Varlamov’s glove.
Coach Barry Trotz turned to Varlamov after Ilya Sorokin intercepted 35 of 39 shots in a 5-2 loss in Game 1 on Saturday, allowing David Pasternak to score two goals on a long rebound and two full screens Two goals were allowed on the go.
Sorokin had won all four games in the first round against the Penguins and had not started since Varlamov lost 5–4 in Game 3. He was also in the net for a 2-1 loss in Game 2.
At the same time, Trotz kept his lines and defense pairs the same from Game 1 after Sunday’s practice indicated a change in his combinations.
Speculation was centered on Trotz, replacing his top line of Matthew Barzal between Jordan Eberle and grinder Leo Komarov. Barzal, who scored four goals in six games to end the regular season, has yet to score in the post season and Trotz clearly said the Islanders would have a hard time ousting the Bruins without more points than their top playmaker. Will happen.
“Top players get really good matchups,” Trotz said. “He really has to fight for his inches to make any breakthrough in the playoffs. In the regular season, there’s more space, that’s all. He’s done it in the previous playoffs. This year it’s a little different. He has a bit more. struggle.”
Barzal may not have scored a goal, but he and his teammates made a positive impact, creating a number of chances, while Komarov also clearly angered the Bruins with his odd game. Barzal missed the second period in the power play, in which teams skated four-on-four, picking up a backhander wide.
Nevertheless, the Islanders prevailed 3–1 from the second period.
Bailey tied the game at 1 on Man Advantage at 6:52 of the second period with Pasternak for the goalkeeper’s interference. Bailey tried to feed from the right wall in the middle of the ice and was deflected into puck off defenseman Jeremy Lausonne.
Kyle Palmiery filled the puck on the left post to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 11:00 of the second period when Jean-Gabriel Pejo backhanded the puck to the crease. It went 3-1 at 17:21 on a crisp passing sequence initiated by Barzal on the right wall before Anthony Beauvillier fed Pejo on the left post.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on their first shot as Charlie Coyle collected turnover in the Islanders zone, skated around defenseman Nick Leddie and tucked Varlamov’s stretched left pad at 2:38 of the first period. .
The goal was not Varlamov’s fault, but the early losses reflected the early, questionable goals he surrendered in defeats to the Penguins in Games 2 and 3.
But Varlamov blocked the remaining 14 shots in the first period – and all 10 in the second period – and the islanders did not allow a shot when Eberle was called to the Bruins crease to trip Nick Ritchie first at 6:23 was. Period.
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