A breakaway goal at 14:48 of the first overtime assured a 4-3 win for the New York Islanders over the Boston Bruins. They are tied after Monday night at 1 game apiece.
Cizikas was on hand to pick up the puck after it bounced off Bruins forward Charlie Coyle’s skate as Jeremy Lauzon attempted to pass in the Islanders’ defensive end. He raced in all by himself on Tuukka Rask and beat the Boston goalie high on the stick side.
Bruins Comes Back To Tie At End Of Regulation Time
All the goals for the Islanders came post-first half. Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey, and Pageau scored a goal apiece as the Islanders came back from a 1 goal deficit to take a 3-1 lead.
The winning goal came after the lead evaporated as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron tied the game and forced overtime. For the Bruins, it was a rough middle game. The initial goal for the Bruins came from Coyle. It was Marchand who forced overtime by tying it at 3 all.
The Boston Bruins have forced such late ties in recent games, notably in Games two and three in the initial round vs the Capitals. But they won those two overtimes. For the Islanders, it was a good match against one of the league’s most tough teams.
Varlamov was in the Islanders net from the start and made 39 saves against Rask’s 35.
The Islanders will have the home advantage for the following two games at the Nassau Coliseum. They will try to take advantage of the home games. Their four lines were aggressively creating chances and that with Varlamov’s heroic goaltending turned the game their way.
The game was the second for Boston after the state lifted pandemic restrictions. It was a sell-out crowd of 17,400.