The islanders have often said that they prefer to compete in physical games, the nastier the better.
Between two fights in the first period, both teams combining for 30 penalty minutes and a few fights after the whistle, the Islanders were right in their element on Saturday night in match 4 of their series of playoffs from the second round. In the end, this led them to win 4-1 over the Bruins at the Colosseum in Nassau.
“That’s the way we’re built,” head coach Barry Trotz said of his team’s physical condition after the 2-2 win, returning to Boston for Game 5 on Monday night. “That’s how our list was created. We know who we are. We are not trying to be someone else or someone you want to be. “
Tensions boiled over in a fruitless first period, with clashes erupting left and right. Only in the second battle of his career in the NHL, according to hockeyfights.com, the acquisition of the deadline for Bruins Taylor Hall took on Scott Mayfield.
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Shortly afterwards, Matthew Barzal cross-checked Curtis Lazar, of which several Bruins made an exception. As a result, Matt Martin and Jared Tinordi exchanged blows, with Martin landing most of them.
The game dropped out shortly after the first period, but still popped up from time to time. Barzal was stabbed where the sun did not shine, by the center of Bruins №2 David Kreitz during the second period during a battle filled with a cross-check in the corner. Initially, a large sentence was imposed, it was changed to a two-minute minor.
“I’m fine now. I was a little surprised, “Barzal said of the changed penalty. “I haven’t seen the video, I felt it was a bit vicious.”
The goalkeeper of the islanders Semyon Varlamov, in his third consecutive start, stopped 28 of the 29 shots he collided with.
When Creichy took advantage of Bruins’ power play at 2:46 of the second period, Islanders coach Barry Trotz challenged the goalkeepers to intervene. In the end, the goal was confirmed and the islanders had to return immediately after the criminal murder.
“Varley couldn’t move his leg, and that’s what we told the judge,” Trotz said. “We were wrong, so I thanked all the boys for the next criminal murder. They ended great and gave us momentum after that. These are the challenges you are trying to do at the right time, and unfortunately we were wrong tonight. “
Trotz said there was a possibility that Oliver Wallström, who missed a fifth consecutive game with a lower body injury, could play at some point in the series.
Bruins defender Brandon Carlo was sent off before the 4th game after receiving a strong blow from Cal Clutterback in the third period of the 3rd game.