Islanders eliminate Boston in Game 6

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The New York Islanders did not get much from Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac during the regular season after they were both acquired from the New Jersey Devils in early April. Palmieri picked up two goals and two assists in 17 games after the move, while Zajac notched one goal and one helper in 13 outings.

However, Palmieri and Zajac have turned up the heat in the postseason. Palmieri has accounted for a team-leading seven goals and he has nine points in 12 matches. Zajac has one goal and one assist in seven playoff appearances after starting out as a healthy scratch. They both scored in the team’s series-clinching victory over Boston in Game 6 of the second round on Wednesday night.

Brock Nelson potted a pair of goals in the second period, including what held up as the game winner. He ranks second on the Islanders with six markers and he has scored three times in the past two contests.

New York will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. It sets up a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final, which the Lightning won in six games.

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BOSTON 2 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 6 (Islanders win series 4-2)

The Islanders punched their ticket to the semifinal round following a third straight win over the Bruins.

Travis Zajac opened the scoring with his first goal of the postseason just 8:52 into the contest.

Brad Marchand scored both goals for Boston in the contest during power plays. He tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period and cut the team’s deficit to 4-2 at 5:38 of the third frame. Marchand is currently tied for the playoff lead with eight goals, but he won’t get a chance to add to that total.

Brock Nelson also potted a pair of goals in the match. He lit the lamp twice in the second stanza.

Kyle Palmieri gave the Islanders a 4-1 lead late in the second period.

Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock got empty-netters in the final minute of the third period.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Josh Bailey and David Krejci contributed two assists apiece.

Pageau leads the Islanders with 13 points, including 10 helpers, in 12 matches.

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David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Casey Cizikas, Nick Leddy and Noah Dobson earned an assist each.

Charlie Coyle had a game-high five hits.

Adam Pelech and Pulock tied for the lead in the game with four blocks apiece.

Semyon Varlamov blocked 23 shots in the victory. He has won three starts in a row, including all four against Boston, after he didn’t win a start (0-2) in the first round versus Pittsburgh.

Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of 27 shots in the defeat. He wasn’t playing at full health and confirmed afterward that he may require surgery. Rask is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season.