The New York Islanders perfect record against the Boston Bruins remained intact, thanks to the heroics of Anthony Beauvillier.
Beauvillier was the hero for the second consecutive game, finding the back of the net 21 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 win. Nick Leddy was able to blow by the Boston defense and get a shot on net. Jaroslav Halak, who came into the game at the start of the second period, made the stop but the rebound sat in the goalmouth for Beauvillier to clean up.
The win was the Islanders’ fifth consecutive one against Boston this season. Boston and Buffalo are the only two teams the Islanders have a perfect record against this season.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Josh Bailey and Oliver Wahlstrom each scored in the comeback win for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for New York.
Boston found the back of the net first on Thursday at 11:42 into the first period. A wrist shot from the wall by Karson Kuhlman beat Varlamov to give Boston the 1-0 lead.
They extended it to two when Steven Kempfer scored on the power play for Boston. Long Island native Charlie McAvoy sent the puck to Kempfer for the one-timer just above the far side faceoff circle.
The New York Islanders began to chip away at the Boston lead in the second period after taking advantage of an odd-man rush. New York displayed an impressive passing effort as Komarov moved the puck to Scott Mayfield, who masterfully sent it to Pageau for the goal.
It was Pageau’s 100th career goal in the NHL and his fifth of the season against Boston.
The New York Islanders tied the game in the third period when Josh Bailey in the slot off a pass from Brock Nelson down low and it looked like they had scored the game-winner with 2:56 left in the third when Oliver Wahlstrom found the back of the net. However, Anders Bjork scored less than a minute later to knot the game up at three.