BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Islanders 2 (OT) – Bergeron’s OT winner lifts B’s to 3rd straight win

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

Box Score


Bruins claw back, extend win streak: Based on the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s matchup, it looked as though the B’s recent resurgence might have hit a wall against an Islanders club that thrives off of grinding an opposing offense to a halt. At one point in the opening period, the Islanders held a commanding 14-2 edge in shots on goal, with one of those shots from Scott Mayfield sailing past Tuukka Rask just 4:36 into the game. 

But as the contest carried on, Boston tilted the ice back in its favor, scoring two unanswered goals from Jake DeBrusk and John Moore before a tally from Mathew Barzal at 9:33 in the third forced overtime. Boston hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to overtime this season, but Brad Marchand put the odds back in the B’s favor early into the extra period, drawing a penalty against Brock Nelson off a drive toward New York’s net. Less than a minute later, Patrice Bergeron ended things for Boston, snapping a shot past Semyon Varlamov from the slot to close out a 3-2 victory. Rask stopped 35 shots in the win for the Bruins, who have now posted three straight victories. 

Matt Grzelcyk knocked out early: