Barzal, Islanders defeat Bruins in Game 4, even series

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Mathew Barzal scored the go-ahead goal with 6:57 remaining in the third period, and the New York Islanders evened the Stanley Cup Second Round with a 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Barzal swatted a loose puck in the left face-off circle past goalie Tuukka Rask after Scott Mayfield‘s shot was blocked in the slot.

Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves, and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed in the MassMutual East Division.

David Krejci scored for the Bruins, the No. 3 seed. Rask made 30 saves.

Game 5 of the best-of-7 series is at Boston on Monday.

Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:57 of the second period on a rebound near the right side of the net for his first of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders challenged that Brad Marchand interfered with Varlamov, but the goal was upheld after video review.

Palmieri one-timed a pass from behind the net by Barzal to tie it 1-1 at 6:38. It was Palmieri’s fifth goal of the playoffs.

Varlamov made four saves during an Islanders power play at the start of the third period, including against Marchand from point-blank range at 21 seconds.

Casey Cizikas (1:03 remaining) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored empty-net goals (three seconds left) for the 4-1 final.

David Pastrnak had an opportunity to give the Bruins the lead at 16:58 of the first period, but his one-timer on an open-net chance from the left circle hit the far post.

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