Bruins defeat Islanders in OT in Game 3, take series lead

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brad Marchand scored at 3:36 of overtime, and the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.

Marchand took a pass from Charlie McAvoy and scored with a wrist shot from a sharp angle in the left face-off circle to give the Bruins the lead in the best-of-7 series.

Craig Smith scored, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins, the No. 3 seed in the MassMutual East Division.

Mathew Barzal scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 39 saves for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed.

Teams that win Game 3 are 366-156 (65.5 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series after it is tied 1-1, including 4-2 last season. Game 4 is here Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Barzal tied it 1-1 with 5:26 remaining in the third period when he got to a rebound off the end boards and jammed the puck in at the left goalpost for his first goal of the playoffs.

Rask made a pad save against Anthony Beauvillier on a breakaway with 3:16 left, and New York failed to score on a power play after Sean Kuraly cross-checked Kyle Palmieri with 2:15 remaining.

The Bruins outshot the Islanders 21-9 in the third period.

Smith gave Boston a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot from the slot after a pass from Taylor Hall at 5:52 of the first period.

Rask kept Boston in front with a blocker save against Beauvillier on a breakaway at 7:46 of the first.

He denied Beauvillier again on a one-timer from Jean-Gabriel Pageau from point-blank range during an Islanders power play at 9:45 of the second period, then made a save against Pageau at 12:42 after Kyle Palmieri powered his way to the net. 

Varlamov kept New York within a goal at 14:08 of the second with a pad save on David Krejci‘s one-timer from the left circle and another save against Nick Ritchie at 17:00.

Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo left the game at 6:11 of the third period after a hit into the end boards by Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck.

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