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Bergeron, Bruins edge Islanders in OT

Wins it with power-play goal at 1:33; Rask makes 35 saves for Boston

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Bergeron fires game-winning goal

BOS@NYI: Bergeron rips game-winning goal in overtime

Patrice Bergeron fires a wrist shot that sneaks inside the post and into the net for a game-winning goal in overtime

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NEW YORK -- Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 1:33 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Saturday.

Bergeron won it with a wrist shot from the edge of the left face-off circle after Brock Nelson tripped Brad Marchand 40 seconds into overtime.

It was Boston's third overtime win in eight games this season. New York is 7-3.

"We hadn't had much luck in that," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of overtime. "I thought it was the right call (on Nelson), he stuck his foot out and tripped him. … Good for us. They got a great overtime record, us not so much. Maybe this'll be the beginning of balancing the scales a little on that part."

 

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Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston (27-8-11), which has won three in a row and nine straight games at New York (six at Barclays Center, three at Nassau Coliseum).

"I thought it was a great game tonight," Bergeron said. "It was fun to be a part of it. Even though it was a low-scoring game, there was a lot of things happening. I thought both teams were skating well and creating, but also tight-checking and not much space out there. That's what we're going to see down the road, and they're a great team. My expectations were what we just got from them. It was a great game."

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist for New York (27-12-4). Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves.

Barzal tied it 2-2 at 9:33 of the third period on a redirection of Josh Bailey's pass from the left circle.

"The chances were there. That's a heck of a hockey team over there," Barzal said. "Two top teams going at it. I think that's kind of the way we expected the game was going to be, kind of a chess match and a little bit of back-and-forth there, which was nice.

"That's a good defensive hockey team, similar structure to us. There's not too many breakdowns or easy goals."

Video: BOS@NYI: Barzal sends puck through Rask's five-hole

John Moore gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 5:48 of the third with a shot from the left point.

Scott Mayfield gave New York a 1-0 lead at 4:36 of the first period with a wrist shot from above the face-off circles.

New York outshot Boston 14-5 in the first.

"We did a lot of good things, I thought, in the first period," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "We really played well. We could have been up more than a goal, it's just coming a little hard for us. I thought we dictated play."

Jake DeBrusk tied it 1-1 at 8:33 of the second on a rebound from the left circle that hit Mayfield's right skate and trickled over the pad of Varlamov, who was run into by Nick Leddy.

Video: BOS@NYI: DeBrusk takes shot that goes off defender

Bruins forward David Pastrnak had his 12-game point streak end (nine goals, 10 assists). Varlamov prevented Pastrnak, who also entered the game with a four-game goal streak, from extending his streak when he got across his crease to make a diving save on a wraparound attempt during a Bruins power play at 14:47 of the second period.

 

They said it

"We refocused and our coaches got us refocused. I think it kind of opened our eyes a little bit that we had a lot more to give and to start bringing it. I think we started playing better in the second and third (period)." -- Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy

"You look at teams that are in the playoffs right now, we've played some really good games against [them]. Some of the teams that are out of playoffs are where we've got to pick it up, I think. I don't think it has to do with us taking it easy or anything, but I think we're rising to play a line like [Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand], guys with that many points. We've got to make sure we're doing it every night now." -- Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield

Video: BOS@NYI: Mayfield fires long range wrist shot

 

Need to know

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk sustained a lower-body injury in the first period. Cassidy said Grzelcyk had X-rays and hopes to have an update Sunday. … Moore's goal was his second of the season and first since Dec. 12. … Bruins defenseman Torey Krug had an assist in his 500th NHL game. … Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara (jaw), who was held out of a 5-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, blocked three shots in 19:47 of ice time. … DeBrusk has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games. … It was the Islanders' first game at Barclays Center since Nov. 30 (4-0-2). … Mayfield's goal was his fifth of the season, an NHL career high.

 

What's next

Bruins: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NBCSP, NESN, NHL.TV)

Islanders: At the New York Rangers on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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