Bruins secure third in East with OT win against Islanders


BOSTON — The Boston Bruins secured third place in the MassMutual East Division with a 3-2 overtime win against the fourth-place New York Islanders at TD Garden on Monday.

Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the game at 2:53 of overtime for Boston (33-15-7), which has 73 points with one game remaining and will face the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tuukka Rask made 16 saves.

The Islanders (32-17-7) finished their regular season with 71 points and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves but did not play in the third period because of an undisclosed injury. Ilya Sorokin made 10 saves.

Hall won it for the Bruins when he slid the puck between the skates of Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy in the left face-off circle and scored on a backhand.

He gave Boston a 1-0 lead during a 5-on-3 power play at 19:21 of the first period.

The Bruins outshot the Islanders 18-4 in the first.

Oliver Wahlstrom scored a 4-on-3 goal at 1:38 of the second period to tie it 1-1.

Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 6:15 of the second, but Mathew Barzal tied it 2-2 at 8:31.

Needing a regulation win to stay alive in the race for third place, the Islanders pulled Sorokin for an extra attacker at 18:19 of the third period but did not score.

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