Highlights: Islanders even series vs. Bruins with 4-1 win in Game 4 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The New York Islanders have evened their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Boston Bruins with a 4-1 win in Game 4 on Saturday night.
The B's opened the scoring with a David Krejci power-play goal in the second period, but the Islanders scored the next four (with two empty-net tallies), including the game-winner in the third period from first-line center Mathew Barzal.
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Both goalies played really well for the second consecutive game. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves on 32 shots for the Bruins, while Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 of the 29 shots sent his way.
The Islanders have regained the momentum in this series and should feel plenty confident about their chances entering a pivotal Game 5 on Monday night in Boston. New York was tied 2-2 in the first round and won Game 5 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh before winning that series in six games.
Here's how Game 4 unfolded.
FINAL SCORE: Islanders 4, Bruins 1
Taylor Hall's first fight as a Bruins player (and his first with any team since 2011) came against Scott Mayfield 7:28 into the opening period.
David Pastrnak couldn't have had a more wide open net late in the first period but somehow hit the post and didn't score.
David Krejci put the Bruins on the board with a power-play goal in the second period.
The Islanders scored less than three minutes later. Kyle Palmieri capitalized on a good feed from Mathew Barzal.
Barzal scored his second goal in as many games to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the third period.
The series shifts back to TD Garden in Boston for Game 5. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday night.