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May 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battle for position during the second period at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

A 5-3 Islanders win at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night has punched New York’s ticket to the second round, and set them up for a second-round date with the Boston Bruins.

The Islanders sent the Penguins home in quick-strike fashion, too, as they rocked Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry for three goals in 2:59 in the middle frame, and ultimately scored five goals on 24 shots against Jarry.

The Bruins, who returned to the practice rink Wednesday for the first time since eliminating the Capitals on Sunday night, finished the 2021 season with a 3-3-2 record against Barry Trotz and the Islanders. It was one of just two season series lost by the Bruins in 2021 (the B’s went 3-3-2 against the Devils as well), but the Bruins did finish the season series with three wins over the Islanders, all of which after the team’s trade deadline pickups of Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar, and Mike Reilly.

Mar 9, 2021; Uniondale, New York: Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) checks New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (R) into the boards during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mar 9, 2021; Uniondale, New York: Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) checks New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (R) into the boards during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

This will be just the third postseason series between the Bruins and Islanders, and the first since the 1983 Eastern Conference Final, a series won by the Isles in six games on the way to their fourth and final Stanley Cup championship of their dynasty. The Islanders also won a second-round series with the Bruins back in 1980.

The Bruins will have home-ice in this series, too, as the Islanders entered the postseason as the East’s No. 4 seed, while the Bruins were the No. 3 seed.

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