Casey Cizikas scores in OT thriller to pull Isles even with Bruins

Casey Cizikas capitalized on a giveaway and scored on a breakaway 14:48 into overtime to lift the visiting New York Islanders over the Boston Bruins 4-3 in Game 2 of their East Division second-round series on Monday night.

“It’s been a real long time,” Cizikas said. “You’re just trying to do the right things in overtime, be in the right spots. I was lucky enough for that puck to pop off in the middle there and give me an opportunity to get that one.

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Casey Cizikas scores in OT thriller

Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon attempted to toss the puck into the Islanders’ zone, but it bounced off teammate Charlie Coyle’s skate to set up Cizikas’ breakaway. Cizikas beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask high stick side to seal the win.

“[Stuff] happens,” Brad Marchand said of Lauzon’s turnover. “He’s a great player for us. He competes very hard and he’s out there every night working his butt off and competing for the group. We all make mistakes, we’ve all been there. It’s tough when it happens to you, but we’re going to bounce back. It’s not the end of the world, it’s 1-1 and we’ve just to work with that next one.
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May 31, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and left wing Matt Martin (17) react after the game winning overtime goal by center Casey Cizikas (53) in game two of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Bailey, Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau all scored in the Islanders’ three-goal second period. Semyon Varlamov started in place of Ilya Sorokin and made 39 saves for New York. The rookie Sorokin allowed four goals on 39 shots in the Islanders’ 5-2 loss in Game 1.

Islanders and Bruins series even

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Thursday night at New York.

Coyle, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal for the Bruins. Rask stopped 35 of 39 shots in his 100th career playoff game, extending his own franchise record.

Bailey’s pass through the slot deflected in off Lauzon’s skate for an Islanders’ power-play goal at 6:52 of the second to tie it 1-1. Palmieri scored just over four minutes later, poking in a loose puck after Nick Leddy’s shot off the boards bounced back to the crease.

Pageau netted another power-play goal on a point-blank wrister after Anthony Beauvillier’s backhand pass through the crease to make it 3-1 with 2:39 left in the second.

Bergeron’s one-timer from the high slot trimmed Boston’s deficit to 3-2 at 10:34 of the third. Marchand tied it 29 seconds into a power play on a wrister from the left circle with 4:54 remaining to force overtime.

Coyle skated into the slot, deked around Varlamov and tucked the puck in to put Boston up 1-0 just 2:38 into the game.

Boston forward Craig Smith (lower body) did not play after leaving Game 1 following a hit from New York right wing Cal Clutterbuck. Islanders right wing Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) missed his third straight game, but could return for Game 3.

–Field Level Media