Islanders slip past Bruins in shootout for sixth straight win


Anthony Beauvillier scored the deciding goal in the shootout and the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum for their sixth straight win.

Brock Nelson scored in regulation for the Islanders, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 shots as Barry Trotz became the third coach in NHL history to reach 1,700 games behind the bench. New York beat Boston for the fourth time in four meetings this season.

The Islanders also improved to 11-0-2 at Nassau Coliseum, remaining the league’s only team without a regulation loss at home.

David Pastrnak scored for Boston, which lost its second straight and fell to 3-5-2 in its last 10 games. Jaroslav Halak finished with 26 saves.

Beauvillier beat Halak top shelf with a backhand in the third round of the tiebreaker. Varlamov then denied Brad Marchand to preserve the Islanders’ first win in five games beyond regulation this season. Jordan Eberle scored for New York, and Pastrnak converted for Boston in the first round.

Anthony Beauvillier scores the game-winning goal in the Islanders' 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins.
Anthony Beauvillier scores the game-winning goal in the Islanders’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins.
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Both teams had opportunities in the 3-on-3 overtime. Beauvillier had a chance on a 2-on-1 with 2:12 left in the extra period, but Halak made a sprawling save. The Bruins went down the other end and Marchand’s shot hit the post and went out of play 20 seconds later.

Nelson tied the score during an Islanders power play late in the second period. He got a pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau and quickly put it past Halak from the inside edge of the left circle for his 10th with 3:42 left.

The Bruins outshot the Islanders 12-8 in the first, including an 8-0 edge during a two-minute stretch just past the midpoint of the period.

New York’s Jordan Eberle hit a goal post with a shot nearly eight minutes in, and Boston’s Nick Ritchie hit the right post with a one-timer from the right circle with 1:46 left.

With the Islanders’ Anders Lee off for tripping late in the first, the Bruins took advantage. Varlamov was falling forward as Pastrnak fired a slap shot from the right point inside the post for his 11th with 28 seconds left. It was Pastrnak’s 400th career point.

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