The Islanders managed to win against the Boston Bruins 2-1 in a thrilling game ending in a shootout.
First Period Impressions In Islanders Win
The Islanders controlled most of the first period, playing their game with solid possession time. They had some chances as Noah Dobson quarterbacked a 2 minute attack with 3 shots, one nearly going in. The momentum shifted half-way through the period however, once the 10-minute mark passed the Bruins started playing their game. A few missed calls against the Bruins helped this shift too, as a slash on Mat Barzal went uncalled. After an obvious tripping penalty on Anders Lee, the penalty resulted in a goal for the Bruins. With an off-balance Semyon Varlamov, David Pastrnak walked into an easy shot from the blue line making the score 1-0 with less than a minute to go.
Second Period Impressions
The Bruins came out of the gate looking very good with their “Perfection” Line. The majority of the first 3 minutes were spent with the Bruins having possession in the Islanders zone. The Islanders’ first possession of the period in the Bruins zone resulted in a penalty against the Bruins. Boston has the best penalty kill in the NHL, and this ability resulted in multiple chances for the Bruins on the penalty kill. The Islanders simply could not generate chances at all in the first ten minutes of the second period, as every zone entry attempt resulted in a break up of the play by the Bruins. At the 10-minute mark, a terrible called penalty against Oliver Wahlstrom put the Bruins back on the powerplay.
The hockey gods sided with the Islanders as the penalty kill resulted in no goal for the Bruins. After the penalty kill, the Islanders took the momentum back. The Islanders managed to possess the puck for the majority of the time and produced a few good chances. With 5:28 left, Oliver Wahlstrom laid a clean hit on Connor Clifton but to Brad Marchand, it wasn’t, this resulted in Marchand jumping on Wahlstrom and giving him a few punches, ending in an Islanders Powerplay. A nifty play from Barzal, the team found Brock Nelson in the slot who tied the game at one. With less than a minute left, the Islanders retaliated against Marchand’s actions against Wahlstrom as J.G. Pageau coupled with Leo Komarov went after him. This play definitely helped the Islanders generate momentum in their win.
Third Period Impressions
The Islanders carried the momentum into the third, with the first minute of the shift spent all in the Bruins’ zone. The majority of the first ten minutes were back and forth hockey, with both teams able to generate chances but no sides capitalizing. Oliver Wahlstrom impressed as he was able to backcheck on multiple occasions while also generating some chances on offense. Trent Frederic was one of (If not) the biggest offensive driver in the first half of the period. Frederic was able to have solid zone entries throughout and generated a respectable amount of chances.
With 5 minutes left, a play by Mat Barzal gave Jordan Eberle a very solid chance but was broken up by a solid play by Charlie McAvoy. In the dying minutes of the period, both sides had very solid opportunities. A play by Barzal with a wraparound shot could not get on the net. A play in the final minute generating by the Bruins in the neutral zone was broken up by a fantastic play by Clutterbuck on the backcheck.
Overtime Impressions In Islanders Win
The Islanders opened with Nelson, Beauvillier, and Leddy, the Bruins opened with Bergeron, Marchand, and McAvoy. The Islanders were able to keep the majority of possession for the entire first minute and a half. Bad communication between Barzal and Varlamov led to an opportunity for the Bruins which was cleared. Hard Play by the Islanders eventually led to solid chances for the Islanders. A Marchand shot went off the post late in the period as well. A late chance by Jordan Eberle coupled with Anders Lee led to a chance that was denied by Jaroslav Halak. Eventually, the overtime period came to a close still tied.
Opening with Jordan Eberle, he made a very solid move and buried a shot by Halak. GOAL
The Bruins responded with Pastrnak, he slowed down and snapped a shot by Varlamov. GOAL
Mat Barzal was given the next shot, but Halak was able to make the stop. NO GOAL
Charlie Coyle was the next Bruins shooter, a five-hole shot was shut down by Varlamov. NO GOAL
Anthony Beauvillier came up next, with a nifty move he buried the shot past Halak. GOAL
Brad Marchand was the next shooter for the Bruins, a misplay lead to him rushing his shot, and Varlamov made the save. NO GOAL
Islanders Win 2-1
Final Thoughts In Islanders Win
The Islanders have now won 6 straight games and are still undefeated at home in regulation. They have now cushioned their lead on top of the East Division.