BOSTON (AP) — KC Szykas scored in the first overtime with 14:48 and Semyon Varlamov returned to the net to make a 39 save, helping the New York Islanders win a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night and a – making his second-round playoff series debut in a game.
Cizikas picked up a loose puck that jumped off Boston forward Charlie Coyle’s skate and ran single-handedly over the ruckus before beating the Boston goalkeeper on the stick side.
Game 3 is Thursday night at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Josh Bailey, Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pejo all scored in the second period – with a little help from the Bruins – as the Islanders rallied to take a 3–1 lead from a 1-0 loss.
But Brad Marchand set up Patrice Bergeron’s one-timer in the middle of the third to create a one-goal game. Then Marchand tied it with his own goal after about five minutes.
Varlamov, who started both defeats in a six-game win over Pittsburgh in the first round, blocked all six of Boston’s shots in overtime.
Tukka Rask made 38 saves in his 100th career playoff game, and Charlie Cuckoo scored Boston’s second goal.
But that doesn’t mean the Bruins weren’t pucking in the nets.
Cuckoo gave Boston the lead for the first time, then Bailey tied it when he bounced in another goal off Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon’s skate. Four minutes later, Rask swiped into the trap after saving Palmeri’s attempt to cast himself with his glove.
With less than three minutes left in the second, a pass from Matthew Barzal was deflected to the right of Pejo by Boston defenseman Conor Clifton, who defeated Rask 3–1. It was Boston’s first two-goal deficit since this season.
But Bergeron made it 3–2 in the middle of the third period and, with only five minutes remaining in regulation and the islanders shorthanded for too many a men’s penalty, Marchand overtook Varlamov to tie it. .
Varlamov started in place of Ilya Sorokin, the rookie who won all four in the first-round series against Pittsburgh but lost 5-2 to Boston in the first round of the second round on Saturday.
The game was second to Boston as the state lifted the COVID-19 ban on attendance. A sellout crowd of 17,700 was on hand, talking dirty about New York and the Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, who defeated the Celtics for 39 points in their NBA playoff game the night before.
Irving had to dodge a water bottle as he left the court on Sunday night; A fan was arrested and faced with a ban from the building. The Bruins game had nothing but obscene spells.
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Bruins forward Sean Kurali left the game after taking a stick to the neck from Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy with about five minutes left in the first period. Before the end of her term, Kurali returned.
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