Islanders eliminate Bruins with Game 6 win, advance to Semifinals


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brock Nelson scored two goals, and the New York Islanders eliminated the Boston Bruins with a 6-2 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.

Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two assists for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed in the MassMutual East Division. Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves and won four of five starts in the best-of-7 series.

New York will play the Tampa Bay Lightning, the No. 3 seed in the Discover Central Division, in the Stanley Cup Semifinals for the second straight season. The start of that best-of-7 series is to be determined.

Brad Marchand scored twice, and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins, the No. 3 seed in the East. They have lost in the second round each of the past two seasons after reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

Travis Zajac gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 8:52 of the first period on the rebound of Noah Dobson‘s shot from the point.

Marchand tied it 1-1 on the power play with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 17:36 after the Bruins failed to score on a 14-second two-man advantage.

Kyle Palmieri nearly gave New York the lead in the final second of the first period, but his turnaround shot in the left circle hit the crossbar.

Nelson worked his way around defenseman Matt Grzelcyk and scored on the rush with a wrist shot from the slot to make it 2-1 at 5:20 of the second period.

Varlamov preserved the lead with a pad save on Charlie Coyle‘s backhand at 11:38.

Nelson scored his second of the game on a backhand after a centering feed from Bailey to make it 3-1 at 12:39.

Palmieri stole the puck from Grzelcyk in front of the net and stuffed a shot past Rask to give the Islanders a 4-1 lead at 16:07.

Marchand scored on the power play with a backhand to cut it to 4-2 at 5:38 of the third period.

Cal Clutterbuck (59 seconds remaining) and Ryan Pulock (48 seconds left) scored empty-net goals for the 6-2 final.

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