Islanders takeaways from Thursday's 2-1 OT loss in Game 3 to Bruins

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Islanders Mathew Barzal Game 3 vs Bruins
Islanders Mathew Barzal Game 3 vs Bruins

The Islanders fell to the Bruins, 2-1, in overtime on Thursday night, and now trail 2-1 in the series.

Here are the takeaways...

- Taylor Hall forced a turnover at center ice and then found Craig Smith in front of the net, who put it past Semyon Varlamov, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 14:08 remaining in the first period.

- Brad Marchand was given a minor penalty for high-sticking against Travis Zajac after hitting him in the face with his stick at the 8:52 mark. However, the Islanders failed to capitalize on the first power play of the game. They outshot Boston 7-5 in the period, but gave the puck away six times and trailed 1-0 after one.

- A physical second period eventually resulted in a power play for the Islanders with 11:48 remaining, as David Pastrnak was given a minor for slashing against Ryan Pulock. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask saved four shots during the power play, as Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal tried to even the score.

Varlamov kept the Isles in the game by making 13 saves in the second period, but his team still trailed, 1-0, heading into the third.

- The Bruins got their first power play of the game with 18:22 left in the third period when Andy Greene was called for high-sticking against Charlie Coyle. The Isles escaped those two minutes without any damage, thanks to four saves by Varlamov.

- Josh Bailey got called for tripping on Charlie McAvoy with 8:56 left in the game, but the Bruins couldn't add on to their lead. After multiple shots on net, Barzal finally got one past Rask to tie the game up at 1-1 with 5:26 remaining. It was his first goal of the playoffs.

- Brad Marchand scored his fifth goal of the playoffs to lift the Bruins over the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. The Bruins outshot the Isles, 41-29, as Rask made 28 saves for Boston. Varlamov stopped 39 of 41 shots in the loss.

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What's next

The Islanders and Bruins will play a crucial Game 4 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.