Boston Bruins

May 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) scores a goal past New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) during the second period at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Boston Bruins locked up the No. 3 seed in the East division with a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday. They will face the 2-seed Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The B’s clinched the third seed by simply earning one point in regulation. The Isles made the rare move to pull goaltender Ilya Sorokin in a 2-2 tie, in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the Bruins from getting the point they needed. Hall later buried a scoring chance with 2:07 left in OT.

Boston first cashed in after Isles forward Leo Komarov jabbed David Pastrnak in the midsection after a whistle in the first period, appearing to use the butt-end of his stick. Komarov had just been called for slashing against Marchand, then added another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct with the shot to Pastrnak.

Hall made him pay with a 5-on-3 goal 37 seconds later, firing it home from a tough angle to open the scoring.

The teams then went back-and-forth in the second period. Oliver Wahlstrom tied the game at one, then Brad Marchand answered less than five minutes later for his 29th goal of the season. Mathew Barzal knotted it back up 2-2 just 2:16 after that, but Marchand’s goal was all the Bruins needed to get what they needed on this night.

The Bruins conclude the regular season on Tuesday against their first-round playoff opponent in D.C. Head coach Bruce Cassidy alluded to being “cautious” in the final game before the playoffs if and when seeding wasn’t on the line.

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