The Islanders decided to make a change in net for Game 2, going with Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov would go on to save 39 shots out of 42.
The Boston Bruins found themselves in an uphill battle starting the third period, after giving up three goals in the second period. Two of the goals being from the Islanders special teams who went 2/3 on the night with a 67% success rate on the power play. The Bruins once again had to rely on the first line with a goal from Patrice Bergeron to bring the B’s within one. A too many men on the ice penalty led to a Bruins power play with five minutes remaining on the game clock, Brad Marchand would tie things up at three thanks to the power play.
Overtime is no stranger to the Bruins this Stanley Cup Playoff run, with four of their seven games so far going to bonus hockey and winning two of those games. A bad pass from Jeremy Lauzon bounced off a players skate to lead to a wide open breakaway for Casey Cizikas who would find the back of the net to win the game for the Islanders.
Charlie Coyle, who opened up the game with a goal on the first shot for the Bruins, had this to say about the loss. “They’re a good team they’re gonna have their pushes, a couple bad breaks on a few of their goals but that’s hockey though”.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said on the overtime goal, “We made a play that was obviously ill-advised and they scored on a breakaway”.
Brad Marchand did earn his 100th career playoff point with the assist on Patrice Bergeron’s goal, 40 goals and 60 assists for Marchand’s playoff career. Marchand had this to say on Lauzons turnover “That stuff happens he’s a great player and competes really hard, we all make mistakes we’ve all been there”.
With the series heading to New York on Thursday, the Bruins will look to take a 2-1 series lead. That game has a 7:30 eastern start time.