UNIONDALE, NY – The New Yorkers had a good second run and were amazed by the excited crowds at the Nassau Coliseum to move on to the next round.
Brock Nelson hit the target twice and defeated the Boston Bruins 6-2 on Wednesday night to advance to the Stanley Cup playoff quarterback.
“It was amazing,” Nelson said. The arena was buzzing with noise tonight. The fans give us energy and the team played very well. It was an important match and everyone did a very good job. “
Travis Zajak and Kyle Palmieri added a goal for Barry Trotz as Cal Clatterbuck and Ryan Bullock completed the scoring in the empty net. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Bagu each collected two passes.
Semyon Varlamov had an average of 39 shots in four games in that series, but was less busy in the sixth game. The Russian goalkeeper put 23 shots back for the islanders, who took their third win in a row.
“You need everyone to beat a team like this,” Billy said. From top to bottom in the squad, everyone contributed and played as needed to win. I’m glad we’re taking another step. “
The New York team won the series in six games and reached four players for the second consecutive season.
The islanders will now cross swords with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who just eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes in five games.
Last year, in a protected environment in Edmonton, the Lightning beat the Islanders in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
“We feel there is more work to be done,” Bailey added. We’ll take advantage of it tonight and we’ll be ready. “
Brad Marchand capitalized on strong play to score both goals for the Bruins, who lost in the second round for the second year in a row after reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.
In what could be her last match dressed as the Bruins, Tuukka Rask conceded four times from 27 shots. Your head is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
“It’s a good defensive team,” Bruce Cassidy coach said. They handled the disk better than us. We did not have free registration opportunities. They are not fighting themselves. “
The score was 1-1 after 20 minutes, but the islanders exploded with three goals in the second half, their best in the series. They outperformed the Bruins 8-3 in second-half goals in their first five games.
Less than a minute after Varlamov put a nice plug with the bushing on Patrice Bergeron’s account, Nelson stole the disc from Matt Grzelcic and broke up. The Islands Islands striker beat your head at the top of the net.
Varlamov scored two more goals against Chris Wagner and Charlie Coyle, and his teammates rewarded him by stepping up their lead.
Josh Bailey intercepted a pass from your head and ran back to Nelson. The latter once again cheated the vigilance of the Bruins goalkeeper to score his sixth goal in the current series.
The islanders continued their dominance with 3:53 remaining in the second period. Adam Bellick’s shot was blocked by Raske, but Palmieri grabbed the comeback and hit the nail on the head to hit the Bruins hard.
“They found ways to win. Cassidy insisted you take credit for them. They were more opportunistic than us.”
Boston’s forces closed the gap as they advanced with another man at 5:38 of the last period. Marchand worked close to the net and brought the ball to his back before slipping behind the red line.
But the Islanders tightened the match on defense, and the Bruins took only five shots in the third inning. Clutterbuck and Bullock closed the books by 11 seconds.
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