Islanders bemoan the end of Game 3 against the Bruins
Matthieu barzal and Semion Varlamov were struggling with mixed emotions after the New York Islanders 2-1 loss in overtime to the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.
Instead of being excited about their stellar performances which helped the Islanders reach extra time after being outplayed for much of the third period, Barzal and Varlamov were looking to move quickly from a disappointing end to Brad Marchandthe goal of 3:36 in sudden death.
“It was a good game,” said Barzal. “Both teams were playing hard.… I think I’ve said it before, it’s tough for about 10 minutes, and then it’s the playoffs, so you turn the page.”
New York has no choice, led 2-1 in the Best-of-7 series with Game 4 here on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). But it would have been easy for him to think of what might have happened if the overtime had gone differently.
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After Barzal scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal to tie 1-1 with 5:26 left in regulation, the Islanders center had a great opportunity to score the winner on the rebound of Jordan’s shot. Ebele ahead 2:08 in overtime. Instead, the Bruins’ keeper Rask tuukka was in a good position to save the pad before snatching the puck in the air with his glove.
“Tuukka made a great save,” said Barzal. “Usually in those situations, I thought I was tight and just wanted to squeeze into a five hole, but he was there. He was fat all night for them, just like [Varlamov]. So it’s a shame. “
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Varlamov stopped 38 consecutive shots after Craig smithBoston goal that gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 5:52 of the first period. That included 13 saves in the second period and 21 in the third to keep New York within one point until Barzal’s tying goal.
But in overtime, Marchand’s sharp-angle shot along the left strip appeared to surprise Varlamov, who appeared to be descending to squeeze the right post as the puck passed over his left shoulder and up the post. law. .
“We just finished the game, I didn’t even see the replay,” Varlamov said. “So I kind of have to go back to the locker room and I don’t really have an answer for you at the moment. It was a bit of a weird shot, but the puck found the net. So it was a good game, I guess, by Marchand. “
This spoiled what was otherwise a positive night for Barzal and Varlamov, who provided many reasons for New York to be optimistic about the rest of this series.
Barzal’s lack of a goal had been an almost daily talking point for the Islanders since the start of the second round. He had three assists in six games against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and limited himself to one assist in the first two games against Boston.
So when he stuffed the puck into Rask’s pad at the left post to tie the game on Thursday, there was cause to be relieved.
“I was just screaming,” Barzal said. “Happy to score.”
Barzal finished with four shots on goal and six shot attempts and was one of the Islanders’ most dynamic offensive players in a game as they were limited to 24 shots on goal in regulation.
“I thought he had a lot of jumping in his game,” New York coach Barry Trotz said. “He was dangerous. We had guys going there tonight. He was one of them.”
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Varlamov started the streak on the bench after the rookie Ilya Sorokin won the last three games of the first round against Pittsburgh. But Trotz decided to turn to the veteran after a 5-2 loss in Game 1, and he stepped up a gear and made 39 saves in a 4-3 overtime win in Game 2.
With 39 more saves on Thursday, Varlamov blocked 78 of the 83 shots he faced in the series.
“He’s been outstanding for us all year, and he made some huge saves for us tonight and kept us in the game,” said the Islanders defenseman. Ryan pulock mentionned. “That’s what we need from him.”
Trotz said he was confident Varlamov will quickly put the winning goal behind him.
“It’s a blind puck that kind of hits a nearly an inch hole with a puck,” Trotz said. “It’s a blow he’ll want to recover, but he’ll let it go. No different than he’s done many times before.”