Well, folks, it was an ugly one but the New York Islanders come out on top. A great performance by Anthony Beauvillier helped the Isles pick up their 23rd win this season. After missing Tuesday’s matchup with the Bruins due to COVID-19 outbreaks within the bruins organization, the Islanders show up and play dominant hockey. The Bruins played their first game with fans back in TD Garden, and the Islanders sent those fans home disappointed. New York came into this game first in the east and on a three-game winning streak. This trend continued over the last 40 minutes of this game.
Islanders 1st Period
The Islanders came out of the gates struggling immediately. Within the first minute of the game, Mathew Barzal took Jordan Eberle‘s stick right to the chin. This bad trend continued over the next 20 minutes of this period as the Islanders fail to capitalize on any chances they got. The Bruins Karson Kuhlman and Steve Kampfer scored in this first frame to put the bears ahead by two. Varlamov looked very rusty during the first 20 minutes of the game, but his bad play would stop during the next pair of frames. The Bruins went up by two to start this game, but the score would even out as play went on.
Islanders 2nd Period
The New York Islanders looked very much improved during this second period. The Bruins star goalie Tuukka Rask would exit the game early in the second with an upper-body injury. The Isles took full advantage of that. Jean Gabriel-Pageau came out and fired a wrist rocket right past the Bruins backup Jaro Halak. Overall better play by the Isles in this frame. Varlamov cleaned up his sloppy look and let in no goals during this period. The Islanders were on a roll and they never looked back.
Islanders 3rd Period and Overtime
It didn’t take long for Josh Bailey and his islanders to even the score. Bailey received a nice dish from the Islanders’ assistant captain Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy. Halak and the Bruins’ poor play continued through the third as later in this frame the Isles would score yet again making it a 3-2 lead over the bears. This time, it would be Oliver Wahlstrom on a sweet backhand shot right over the shoulder of Jaroslav Halak. New York may have jumped the gun too soon because it didn’t take Anders Bjork and the Bruins long before they struck again. The fast-play would die down towards the end of the third as these two teams headed for overtime. The Isles controlled the overtime period and as a result, Nick Leddy and Anthony Beauvillier lead the Isles to their fifth win against Bergeron and his Bruins.
To keep this short, the Isles need to attack earlier. Letting the Bruins walk right across them made them look undisciplined. Boston did have star goalie leave half-way through the game and the blue took total control over the situation. They scored four against Halak and come together in the end to play a well-disciplined 40 minutes of hockey.