Islanders push Bruins to brink with Game 5 victory

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The New York Islanders scored on each of their first three power plays in a 5-4 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at TD Garden in Boston on Monday.

Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed in the MassMutual East Division. Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves to help New York take the lead in the best-of-7 series.

David Pastrnak scored twice, and Charlie McAvoy had three assists for the Bruins, the No. 3 seed. Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 16 shots and was pulled after the second period. Jeremy Swayman made two saves in the third.

Game 6 is at New York on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS). Teams that win Game 5 after a 2-2 tie are 215-58 (78.8 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Boston trailed by three early in the third period, but Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 3:48 to make it 5-3, and David Krejci‘s rebound attempt trickled over the goal line at 14:43 to make it 5-4.

The Bruins outshot the Islanders 18-3 in the third.

Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 1:25 into the first period on a one-timer from McAvoy.

Barzal scored for a third straight game and tied it 1-1 on the power play at 18:49 of the first with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle. 

Kyle Palmieri gave New York a 2-1 lead at 4:49 of the second period. He scored on a tap-in near the left post after Bailey’s attempted feed hit the skate of Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton in front for a power-play goal.

Marchand tied it 2-2 when he powered his way around Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock and stuffed a shot past Varlamov at 7:27.

Varlamov kept it tied later in the second with saves against Patrice Bergeron (9:49) and Taylor Hall (11:26).

Bailey gave New York a 3-2 lead with a shot from between the circles at 14:30 of the second.

Eberle scored the Islanders’ third power-play goal at 16:38 of the second to make it 4-2.

New York finished 3-for-4 with the man-advantage.

Brock Nelson gave the Islanders a 5-2 lead at 1:59 of the third period.

Bruins center Curtis Lazar left the game in the first minute of the second period because of a lower-body injury.

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