After being off for three days the New York Islanders returned to take on Boston. They fell 3-2 in overtime in a back and forth game.
Sometimes after not playing for a few days in a row, a team can come out flat and lethargic. That was anything but the case for the New York Islanders who came out of the gate like their hair was on fire.
4:36 into the period, Scott Mayfield ripped home his fifth on the season to give the Islanders an early 1-0 lead. The Isles flat out dominated Boston in this period, getting 14 shots on goal to Boston’s five.
The Isles weren’t able to extend their lead though and exited the first period up 1-0. In the second frame, things began to even out. Both teams had 11 shots on goal and Jake DeBrusk would tie up the game on a flukey goal.
Semyon Varlamov was off balance and the shot from McAvoy kind of took a weird bounce and the Isles weren’t able to recover. Nonetheless, the Isles and Bruins were tied after two periods of play.
In the third, John Moore who had just one goal going into the game would beat Semyon Varlamov from the point giving Boston their first lead of the night. Varly might’ve been screened in front and it was able to just squeak by.
Just under four minutes later, Mathew Barzal would pick up his 17th goal on the year to tie up the game once again.
This was perfection from Bailey and Barzal, who have been a tad on the cold side lately. Both teams would get double-digit shots in the period but after a full 60, the game was tied up at two.
Just 40 seconds into overtime, Brock Nelson took a tripping penalty. Giving Boston power play chances isn’t what you want to do. They had a 12 game streak with a power play goal and they’d make it 13.
Patrice Bergeron netted his 19th on the year as Boston would pick up the extra point tonight. The Islanders drop to 27-12-4 on the season and will take on the Rangers on Monday night.
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Winners: Rask, Barzal, Bergeron
Losers: Nelson, Cizikas’ groin, the refs