The New York Islanders are officially headed to the Stanley Cup semi-finals following their lopsided 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. It was their third win consecutively in the series and it saw them put it to bed on home ice, denying Boston the opportunity to host a pivotal Game 7. Things started well for the Islanders as Travis Zajac handed them the lead after less than minutes only.
Brad Marchand, though, tied it up before the end of the first period with a power-play goal. Two goals from Brock Nelson, both assisted by Josh Bailey, in the second period, however, and Kyle Palmieri’s unassisted goal, put them up 4-1 after two periods. Marchand grabbed his eighth playoff goal early in the third period to make it 4-2 and give the Bruins some semblance of hope, but it wasn’t meant to be. Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock each scored in the final minute to rub further salt in the wounds of the visitors and finish off the scoring at 6-2. The Islanders will now face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the semis while the Montreal Canadiens await whoever emerges from the Vegas/Colorado series.