Anthony Beauvillier scored a superb goal in the third round of five goals and the islanders finished first at the Nassau Coliseum 7-2 on Thursday night.
Matthew Barzal had a goal and an assist, and Adam Pelech, Jordan Eberle, Jean-Gabriel Pagu, Anders Lee and Oliver Wahlstrom also scored runs to give the islanders their second straight win and improve to 6–0–1 at home. happen. Samson Varlamov stopped 34 shots.
The Islanders, who had their highest scoring output of the season, beat Boston for the third time in three meetings – three of the Bruins’ four regulation losses this season – to move a point past Boston and Washington in the East.
“We understand how tough our division is from top to bottom,” Lee said. “Boston has done a great job which is a good start and we are following them. At any time you can close the gap a little, it is always a good evening. “
Nick Ritchie and Craig Smith scored for Boston, losing for the third time in four matches. Jaroslav Hallak made 30 saves in his first game against the Islanders since leaving after the 2017-18 season.
Bevillier put the Islanders ahead at 5:41 of the third. Halak intercepted Beauvillier’s opening shot, then swooped in and took Trent Frederick away from the front and followed him from behind to Halak.
“The tie game is going against the best team in the league in the third period, it’s a good test for us,” Barzal said. “I felt that we went to the forefront today.”
Eberl made it 4–2 with 9:15 to go, taking a pass from Barzal to go down on his forehead before lifting Hulk into the trap.
Pagu scored on the short-handed breakway with 7:36 remaining, giving the Islanders a three-goal lead. Lee made it 6-2 with 5:16 left for his ninth, and Wahlstrom took his second with 3:27 left.
“It’s a big win because we want to stay in the pack,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. He said, ‘It is just a big mess of teams which is very much equal in terms of talent and standings. It is going to be a fight until the end. “
Hallak, who allowed five goals on 18 shots in the third, did not concede a goal in the third period in six at the start of this season.
Richie said, “Tonight was a one off expectation. “We parted ways and stopped playing and this is what happens in this league. There are a lot of good teams,” he said.
Varlamov made a fine save by Jake DeBruck on a backhand try from Brexit 7:21 to give the goalscorer a 2–1 lead.
However, Smith tied it with 8:24 remaining in the second. On a brins rush, Smith sent the puck towards the net from the outside end of the left circle with teammate Jack Studnick, but was replaced by Matt Martin of the Islanders in the air and Varlamov past.
The Islanders were ahead 15–10 in the penalty-free opening period, but were outscored 2–1 after 20 minutes.
Richie put the Bruins in the game on the scoreboard 1:02, reflecting a pass by Vallamov’s rookie defenseman Jacob Jobrill for his seventh season.
Pelch tied it at 3:16, putting Pook on a rebound from the left for his first pass.
Barzal left the Islanders two-on-one with number seven defenseman Nick Laddie with 7:21 remaining in the first round. Barzal was held without a point in the last four matches following a career-high-nine-game point streak. The Lady received his sixth assist in eight games, and Varlamov added his eighth assist of his career in the play.