The Bruins might not be a fantastic group, particularly with the best way they’re presently constituted. But they do battle in addition to any group on most nights. And they did so but once more on Friday, incomes a 5-4 win towards the New York Islanders.
Playing catch-up all evening, the B’s tied the Islanders late within the third interval after which killed off a phantom David Pastrnak tripping name with 17 seconds left in regulation. After a scoreless additional time, Charlie Coyle and Pastrnak scored within the shootout to carry the B’s to victory at UBS Arena.
Pastrnak scored the walk-off purpose, pulling the puck behind him and ripping off a wrister to ship the B’s again to Boston with three out of 4 factors on the two-game roadie.
It was one of many wilder nights of the season.
The B’s had erased a two-goal deficit with two fast ones late within the second interval, however the Islanders regained their lead on a third-period energy play at 5:06. With time working down on Kevin Shattenkirk’s tripping penalty, previous pal Mike Reilly made a pleasant hold in and backhand move to Brock Nelson, who in flip fed a wide-open Bo Horvat within the slot for the go-ahead purpose.
It regarded just like the B’s tied it up at 9:39 when, in a pileup on the crease, Brad Marchand pushed the puck into the online as he was being tripped by Andes Lee. It was initially known as a purpose on the ice however, after a prolonged overview, it was dominated that Marchand pushed it dwelling along with his glove.
But the penalty on Lee stood, and the B’s evened it on the PP. Shattenkirk made a wonderful slap move for James van Riemsdyk to tip dwelling at 10:48.
They couldn’t keep even. After an prolonged shift within the Boston finish, Coyle was pressured to take a hooking penalty and, 11 seconds later, Nelson pushed the Isles again forward when he scored off a rebound off the tip boards at 12:01.
But with 3:09 left in regulation, rookie Mason Lohrei pounced on a free puck within the nook and banked it dwelling off goalie Ilya Sorokin for his second of the yr.
The B’s, outshot 16-9 within the scoreless first interval, began off nicely sufficient and Sorokin needed to make a fantastic save on Morgan Geekie when the netminder was right down to hold the B’s off the board.
The B’s went with a heavier lineup, sitting rookie Matt Poitras and defenseman Ian Mitchell, shifting Trent Frederic into the center and inserting Parker Wotherspoon on the again finish.
It was going pretty nicely till Jesper Boqvist, known as up for the street journey, was whistled for a extremely questionable hooking penalty on a stick carry. The Islanders didn’t rating on the ability play, however they established some zone time and so they spent a lot of the remainder of the interval there. Linus Ullmark, nonetheless, made a number of good stops to maintain it even going into the primary break.
But it took the Islanders simply 1:42 of the second to take the lead. The B’s had been on the finish of a shift when Geekie tried to flip it forward to Pastrnak nevertheless it was simply out of Pastrnak’s attain and went all the best way down for an icing. The Islanders then took benefit of a drained Bruin group. Mathew Barzal beat Geekie on the draw again to Horvat, who attracted Pastrnak. That left Alexander Romanov large open on the left level. The defenseman skated to the highest of the circle and easily beat Ullmark previous the glove for the 1-0 lead.
But Ullmark continued to maintain the B’s in it whereas Sorokin was having a straightforward evening of it on the different finish. He made an amazing post-to-post blocker save on a 3-on-1 on Kyle Palmieri.
Oskar Steen tried to get one thing going when he ran down a free puck and made a robust transfer to the online, however was checked into Sorokin by Sebastian Aho, with the goalie taking the brunt of the collision. Sorokin was shaken up a bit, however he stayed within the recreation.
It briefly regarded just like the Isles had taken a 2-0 lead at 11:10 when one other Romanov shot discovered the again of the online, nevertheless it was shortly waved off as a consequence of goalie interference on Hudson Fasching.
But the Islanders bought their two-goal lead at 13:26. Shattenirk whiffed on a bouncing puck excessive within the offensive zone and the Isles had been off on a 2-on-1 with Jean-Gabriel Pageau feeding Simon Holmstrom for the purpose.
New York’s Julien Gauthier was known as for tripping off the following faceoff and the B’s bought again within the recreation in a wild sequence on the ability play. The Isles had one other 2-on-1 with the identical two gamers. Ullmark made the preliminary save on Pageau and it appeared Holmstrom had large open internet at which to shoot, however Ullmark by some means simply bought his skate on the shot and the B’s broke the opposite manner.
At the opposite finish, van Riemsdyk fed Geekie within the slot for his second purpose in as many video games and the B’s had been again inside a purpose at 14:45.
They would even it earlier than the interval was out when the Isles took a too-many-men penalty. The B’s did a fantastic job controlling the puck excessive within the zone earlier than Shattenkirk slipped a wonderful cross-ice move for Pastrnak, who scored his seventeenth on a one-timer at 17:26.
The B’s, outshot 29-19 after two, might not have deserved the tie rating going into the second break, however there they had been, in place to win a recreation with an excellent interval.