Monday, May 31, 2021. 7:11 p.m.
(Update : Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 12:36 AM)
BOSTON – Casey Cizikas scored at 14:48 in overtime and the New York Islanders defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Monday, leveling the second-round series to a win on either side.
Cizikas converted a breakaway after a pass from Jérémy Lauzon branched off against Bruins teammate Charlie Coyle’s left skate at the blue line.
Cizikas’ wrist shot hit the tight end, at the top of the net.
“I knew (Lauzon) was going to chase me close,” Cizikas said. I just wanted to make sure I at least shoot. I managed to hit the target. “
Center of the fourth line, Cizikas collected a first goal since April 1. In the playoffs, he had not scored since 2015.
“It’s been a long time, he conceded. In overtime, you’re just trying to do the right thing. To be in the right place. I was lucky that the puck deflected like that towards me. It gave me an opportunity. “
The Islanders seemed in control after a second period where they scored all three goals for the opening.
In less than 11 minutes, Josh Bailey, Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau turned a 1-0 delay into a 3-1 cushion.
Bailey directed a pass to the front of the net, but the puck ended up behind Tuukka Rask after deflecting against Lauzon’s right skate.
Palmieri took advantage of a rebound against the board after a Nick Leddy shot off target.
The Bruins’ first goal was Charlie Coyle in the third minute of the game.
In the third third, Patrice Bergeron eroded the lead in the middle of the period.
Brad Marchand tied the game 4:32 later on a power play (New York had too many men on the ice).
Semyon Varlamov made 39 saves, four more than Rask. The latter was playing his 100th career playoff game.
Ilya Sorokin had been the Islanders’ man of trust in net, so far in the playoffs.
The confrontation took place in front of a packed hall of 17,400 people.
The third game will be presented Thursday night, in Long Island.
The Islanders were given the go-ahead for 12,000 fans, 3,000 more than in Game 6 against the Penguins.
“We know that place there, it vibrates,” said Cizikas. Our supporters give us energy. We can’t wait to experience this. “
Costly turnaround for Lauzon and the Bruins