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The Islanders hold the last push from the Bruins and take the series lead with Game 5 win

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BOSTON (AP) – Mathew Barzal scored a power play goal and assisted another, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots Monday night to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins and a lead. 3-2 in his second. -Round playoff series.

The Islanders, who have won two in a row to take their first series lead, can advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals in Game 6 at home on Wednesday.

Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle scored in the second period as the Islanders opened a 4-2 lead. Brock Nelson made it 5-2 within two minutes of the third, after Jeremy Swayman replaced Tuukka Rask on Boston’s goal.

But David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game two minutes later, and David Krejci brought Boston within a goal with five minutes left in the third period. The Bruins took out Swayman in the final two minutes for an additional skater, but they managed just one more shot to add to their 44-19 lead in shots on goal.

Boston fans tossed gift cups and towels on the ice after what could be the last horn of the season.

Rask stopped 12 of 16 shots before Swayman made his playoff debut to start the third period. The rookie made two saves on three shots, the first on a low-handed breakaway from Eberle.

The Bruins scored first for the fourth straight game, but New York has come back to win in three of them.

Pastrnak made up for his open net error in Game 4 just 85 seconds into the game with a slap shot in the corner of a well-groomed net. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for Boston.

Returning home after a couple of overtime games with a 4-1 loss, the Bruins thrilled a full house that was still coming as Marchand won a battle behind the net and handed it to Charlie McAvoy in the point before preparing Pastrnak for the match. a timer.

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