New York Islanders defeat Boston Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 to reach Stanley Cup playoff semifinals for second straight year

New York Islander’s Brock Nelson scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots, helping the Islanders defeat the Boston Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum, earning them a return trip to the Stanley Cup semifinals. Kyle Palmieri, Trais Zajac, Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock also scored to help the Islanders set up a rematch with the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two assists.

Nelson said: “It was awesome. The place was rocking tonight. The fans were feeding us energy. The team played great. One of those nights (coach) Barry (Trotz) touched on after the game, you’ll always remember moments like that. That was a big game, a big team effort from everybody.”

The Bruins, who reached the Stanley Cup Final two years ago, were eliminated in the second round for the second straight year. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Islanders: “They’re a good defensive team. They manage pucks clearly better than us. We’re not getting those free chances they got in terms of mismanaging pucks. They do play a good game that way, they don’t beat themselves.”

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