The New York Islanders ended their seven-game losing streak to the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 shootout win. Here’s what happened.
The game started about as poorly as you can start for the New York Islanders. On the Bruins first shot of the game, Anders Bjork scored his fifth goal of the year just 1:58 into the contest. It was one of just three Boston shots in the period.
The Isles weren’t much better, only amassing four shots on net. To say that it was a defensive game would be a huge understatement, especially in the first.
In period two, the Islanders had much better luck. Johnny Boychuk ripped a shot past Tuukka Rask at the 3:26 mark of the period. Both Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee picked up their 10th assist on the year on the tying goal.
Before the period would close, Mat Barzal would pick up a goal courtesy of Johnny Boychuk.
After two periods of play, the Isles now had a 2-1 lead. The third period saw a complete momentum shift. The Bruins were able to generate a massive 16 shots on goal in the period.
For the most part, Semyon Varlamov stood on his head. That is until the Isles took two penalties, giving the B’s 1:16 of 5-on-3 time. They only needed a couple of seconds as Torey Krug would score from the blue line tying this game up at two goals apiece.
The game would need overtime where both teams would have great chances, including a Devon Toews breakaway with just seconds remaining but a shootout was needed.
For the Islanders Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored on their chance, while only David Pastrnak was able to beat Semyon Varlamov. The Isles would win 3-2 snapping their seven-game losing streak to the Bruins.
The Islanders now head back to New York to take on the Ducks on Saturday afternoon for a matinee action.
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Winners: Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal, Semyon Varlamov
Losers: Tuukka Rask, Brock Nelson, Brad Marchand