Islanders 5, Bruins 4: Barzal, Palmieri, Bailey, Eberle, and Nelson score in Game 5 win over Boston

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They like to make us sweat, but the New York Islanders were able to close out a nerve-wracking Game 5 on the road to give two shots at clinching a Conference Final berth.
Well this was quite the game. There must be a full moon, or mercury in gatorade or something, because the New York Islanders scored three power play goals, something they haven't done since that insane 5 minute major against the Detroit Red Wings over three years ago.

Those three power play goals helped the Islanders built up a 4-2 lead, then a 5-2 lead after Brock Nelson scored early in the third period, but the Bruins would charge back to make it 5-4. The Bruins definitely dictated play for the vast majority of the game, but those pesky Islanders bent but didn't break, and now they'll have a shot to clinch a spot in the Conference Final at the Coliseum on Wednesday night.

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First Period

David Pastrnak opened the scoring just a minute and a half in, capitalizing after Beauvillier was (extremely totally definitely cleanly never a penalty in sight) hounded by Brad Marchand behind the net, leading to him coughing up the puck that made its way to Pastrnak. He's got a laser of a shot, and as annoying as it was to see Varlamov give up another early goal, this one really wasn't on him.

After that first goal, the Bruins smelled blood, and Marchand nearly made it 2-0 after he blew an amazing chance on a wide open net, sending the puck through the crease instead.

It was all Bruins in the first 10 minutes, though the Islanders could have been on the power play after Nick Ritchie (fair game, definitely not a penalty, not in my NHL!) stuck his elbow out and hit Scott Mayfield in the head while he was on his knees trying to play the puck. No call was given there, but the Islanders did get one of the weaker calls of the night, a slashing call on Sean Kuraly after he impeded Noah Dobson's ability to get a shot off.

On the power play, JG Pageau won a faceoff, the puck got to Dobson, who found Mat Barzal who sniped it past Rask into the ol' toy department to tie the game at one apiece.

Barzal is at it again!

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