UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves in his second straight shutout for the New York Islanders, a 1-0 win against the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum on Monday.
Varlamov opened the season by making 24 saves in a 4-0 win at the New York Rangers on Thursday, then was unable to play against them two nights later after being injured during warmups. The Rangers won 5-0.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders (2-1-0) with 4:09 left in the third period for their first goal in 140:57. He swatted a rebound of Adam Pelech‘s slap shot past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for a 1-0 lead.
It was the Islanders’ first home win against the Bruins since Nov. 2, 2013, a span of 11 games (1-9-1).
Rask made 16 saves for the Bruins (1-1-1), who have yet to score a 5-on-5 goal in three games this season.
David Krejci nearly scored first for the Boston, but his wrist shot from the slot hit the crossbar at 15:33 of the first period.
Varlamov kept it tied when he slid across his crease to make a save on Nick Ritchie‘s one-timer from the right circle at 18:51 of the second.
Mathew Barzal nearly scored a power-play goal for New York at 1:39 of the third period, but his one-timer from the slot hit the crossbar.
Rask made a pad save against Anthony Beauvillier on a breakaway at 9:31 of the third.
Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk left the game at 5:43 of the third period after being tangled up along the boards with Islanders forward Jordan Eberle.