The New York Islanders got another big second period and passed the Boston Bruins for a return to the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Brock Nelson scored twice in New York's second of three goals, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Islanders beat the Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night in front of a noisy crowd at home at the Nassau Coliseum.
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"It was awesome, " said Nelson. "The place was moving tonight. The fans gave us energy. The team played really well. Game, a big team effort from everyone.
Kyle Palmieri, Trais Zajac, Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock also scored to help the Islanders set up a rematch with defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two s assists.
"You need everyone to beat a team like this," Bailey said. "I thought from Varly from the start, everyone in the roster was contributing, playing the way we needed to win. Definitely happy to move on.
The Lightning beat the Islanders six games in the bubble in Edmonton last year.
"We think we have some unfinished business," Bailey said. "We will profiter tonight and we'll start getting ready. "
Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves. The Bruins, who reached the Stanley Cup final there Two years ago, were eliminated in the second round for the second year in a row.
"It's a good defensive team, " said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. " “They are handling the pucks clearly better than us. We're not getting those free chances they had in terms of puck mismanagement. They play a good game that way, they don't fight. "
With the Bruins on the power play, Marchand put the puck in front of the net and knocked Varlamov off the right side at 5:38 am third to reduce Boston's deficit to 4-2. It was fifth in the series for Marchand and eighth in the playoffs.
The Islanders' smothering defense limited the Bruins to just five shots on goal in the third.As the minutes ended on Boston's season, New York circled the Bruins in their end of the ice, preventing them from removing Rask for an additional skater until 1:25.
Clutterbuck scored an empty net with 59 seconds left to seal it, and Pulock added more 11 seconds later.
After outscoring the Bruins 8-3 in the middle of the first five games, New York in had three more in the second - for the third time in the series.
Nelson stole the puck from Matt Grzelcyk. took off on a breakaway and beat Rask in the upper right corner at 5:20 to give New York a 2-1 lead.
Bailey stole an out pass from Rask and gave Nelson a streak of goals, and Nelson beat the right-side goalie with 7:23 left in the second for his second of the night and sixth in the playoffs.
With the Bruins led 3- 1 in the playoff game, Cassidy broke her Perfection David Pastrnak-Marchand-Bergeron line.
However, the Islanders extended their lead to 4-1 as Adam Pelech sent a left point shot that was stopped by Rask. However, Palmieri stepped in, took the rebound and put it on the right side for his seventh of the playoffs.
"They found ways to win, so give them the credit "said Cassidy. "They were a lot more opportunistic than we were.
The Islanders came first on the scoreboard. After a face-off in the offensive zone, Noah Dobson fired from a good point which was stopped by Rask. However, the rebound was sent off ahead and Zajac grabbed it and scored it at 8:52 for his first playoff goal.
Boston went to power playing with 5:47 to star in the first when Anthony Beauvillier was whistled for tripping Charlie McAvoy. Casey Cizikas was also called up for a trip penalty with 4 minutes remaining, putting the Bruins on a 5-on-3 for 14 seconds.
He drew chants of "New York Saints! New York Saints! " from the crowd, a reference to this that Cassidy called the Islanders when he complained about the post-Game 4 penalty imbalance.
"We're hearing some of the chants," Bailey said. "Tonight there was an amazing atmosphere there .. I think we really fed off that.
Marchand tied with 2:24 remaining as he got a cross pass from Pastrnak into the right circle and quickly bet Varlamov high on the glove side.
The Bruins were deprived of center Curtis Lazar and defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller. Lazar was injured in the second period of Game 5 in a collision with thees Islanders Adam Pelech. Jake DeBrush took Larzar's place in the roster. Carlo has been out since a Cal Clutterbuck hit in Game 3. Miller, injured in the first round against Washington, was not ready to return.