Islanders eliminate Bruins, return to Stanley Cup semifinals

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The New York Islanders fell behind after three games for the second straight series. Each time, they won three straight to advance, and now they're headed to the Stanley Cup semifinals for the second straight year.
Brock Nelson scored twice in New York's three-goal second period, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night.

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Kyle Palmieri, Trais Zajac, Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock also scored to set up a rematch with the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning, who beat the Islanders in six games in the Eastern Conference finals last year in the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta.

The semifinal series schedule has not been released.

"If you want to win it all you got to beat the best," Nelson said. "I don't think anybody has been sitting here thinking about revenge on Tampa. Just trying to take it each game, each series, one at time. Now we can kind of turn the page and turn our focus to them. They're obviously a great team, the defending champs here again. It'll be a good battle."

Josh Bailey, who had two assists, agreed with the sentiment.

"We feel we have some unfinished business," he said. "We'll enjoy tonight and we'll start getting ready.

"You need everyone going to beat a team like that," he said. "Everyone in the lineup was contributing, playing the way we needed to play to get the win. Certainly happy to move on."

Jean-Gabriel Pageau also had two assists to help New York finish off Boston in a front of a raucous home crowd at Nassau Coliseum.

"Whenever you have the opportunity to close a team out, you want to bring your best," Nelson said. "I thought we've been able to do that both times now,…
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