Islanders doomed by four-goal second-half loss to Bruins

BOSTON — David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second half for the rising Bruins and led them to a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Boston captain Patrice Bergeron played in his 1,200. Game. He was the 120th player in NHL history to reach that milestone. He returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing the previous four games with an elbow infection.

Erik Haula and Jake DeBrusk each scored in the second half after Craig Smith and Taylor Hall scored in the first for Boston, who earned their 14th win in 17 games (14-2-1).

Linus Ullmark made 24 saves for Boston.

Brock Nelson scored his 30th goal of the season, and Anders Lee and Zach Parise each had a power play result for the Islanders, who had won four of their previous five. Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 shots for New York.

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The Bruins used a four-goal second half to beat the Islanders.

The Bruins led 2-1 and scored twice in the first four minutes of the second game. Pastrnak scored his team-leading 37th when he went for a rebound at 2:13.

Just 1:43 later, Marchand rushed to his skates after being knocked down in the corner, collecting a loose puck at the bottom of the right circle and slipping a wrister from Varlamov for 4-1.

The game got bumpy after Boston extended their three-goal lead.

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The game tightened as the Bruins began to pull away with the lead.
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Pastrnak set up Haula’s goal with a perfect cross-ice feed that made it 5-2 late in the second. DeBrusk finished the goal in the second goal when his pass bounced off a skate behind the net.

Smith gave Boston a 1-0 edge 4:03 when he rebounded Brandon Carlos’ shot, which bounced off the back boards.

Hall tapped Charlie McAvoy’s shot past Varlamov for a power play goal at 19:26, but Nelson hit a rebound with a backhand 22 seconds later. Islanders doomed by four-goal second-half loss to Bruins


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