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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 31: Casey Cizikas #53 and the New York Islanders celebrate his goal at 5:12 of the first overtime to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 31, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Casey Cizikas won Game 2 for the New York Islanders with an overtime goal Monday night, tying their playoff series against the Boston Bruins 1-1. The game-winner came off a breakaway that started after a Jeremy Lauzon pass attempt deflected off the skate of the Bruins’ Charlie Coyle.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves on the night, but couldn’t quite come up with the last-second bailout in OT.


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The Islanders first gained control of the game in the second period, starting with a Josh Bailey power play goal that deflected in off the skate of Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. Kyle Palmieri gave them their first lead after stuffing a trickling rebound by Tuukka Rask’s pads. Later in the period, on another power play, J.G. Pageau found himself uncovered and buried an open scoring chance to make it 3-1.

After getting out-shot 8-6 in the second period, the Bruins battled back in the third. First, Patrice Bergeron ripped a wrist shot from the high slot through a partial screen to sneak it past Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov and make it 3-2.

Four and a half minutes later, taking full advantage of a too many men on the ice penalty for the Isles, Brad Marchand found enough space around the faceoff dot to let it rip and beat Varlamov far-side to tie it back up.

The Islanders’ second-period surge came after Charlie Coyle got the Bruins on the board first. Nick Ritchie got the play rolling with a slick pass to Coyle through the neutral zone and Coyle did the rest, dangling around defenseman Nick Leddy and Varlamov before putting it home.

These two teams get right back at it on Thursday night, with the series shifting to Nassau Coliseum.

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