Islanders take pivotal Game 5; Bruins head coach sarcastically calls them “Saints”

Jun 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) goes to congratulate goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) after their 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle all scored in the Islanders’ three-goal second period to help visiting New York beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 in Game 5 of their East Division second-round series on Monday night.

Mat Barzal and Brock Nelson also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves for the Islanders, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading into Game 6 at New York on Wednesday night.

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Islanders edge Bruins in Game 5

Per the NHL, Game 5 winners in best-of-seven series that were tied 2-2 have gone on to win the series nearly 80 percent of the time (215-58).

David Pastrnak had a pair of goals and Brad Marchand and David Krejci scored one apiece for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 12 of 16 shots and was replaced at the start of the third period by rookie Jeremy Swayman, who finished with two saves on three shots.

Boston lost consecutive games for the first time this postseason. Barzal’s goal late in Saturday’s third period sparked New York to a 4-1 home win in Game 4.

Bruce Cassidy calls out Islanders, Barry Trotz responds

New York went 3-for-4 on the power play on Monday, including Barzal’s goal with 1:11 left in the opening period to tie it at 1-1. Barzal skated into the right circle and wristed the puck through a tight window high to Rask’s glove side.

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Jun 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy talks with his players during a timeout in the third period of game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

“I think they sell a narrative over there that’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders. They play hard and they play the right way, but I feel we’re the same way. The calls, the exact calls, that are getting called on us do not get called on them.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy via NESN

Pastrnak opened the scoring 1:25 into the game, beating Varlamov high glove side on a one-timer from the left circle.

Palmieri scored on a point-blank wrister off Bailey’s pass through the crease for a power-play goal 4:49 into the second.

“You’ll have to ask him about that,” Trotz responded to Cassidy’s Saints comment. “I know that, just look at where we ended up during the year, I think we were one of the least penalized teams in the whole league. So, I don’t know what he means by that. You’ll have to ask him.”

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Bruins made it close

Marchand’s highlight-reel goal tied it for Boston at 7:27 of the second. Marchand took a feed from Pastrnak, danced through the slot and tucking the puck around Varlamov.

Bailey answered seven minutes later for the Islanders on a wrister in the low slot. Eberle scored another power-play goal on a wrister from the left circle at 16:38 of the period to make it 4-2.

Nelson’s wrister in the slot beat Swayman only 1:59 into the third. Pastrnak scored on a one-timer from the left circle during a power play at 3:48 before Krejci tucked a rebound past Varlamov at 14:43 to bring Boston within one.

–Field Level Media