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Brad Marchand Scores In OT To Give Bruins 2-1 Win In Game 3 Vs. Islanders

Brad Marchand has struck again. And the Bruins have a 2-1 series lead.

BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Marchand has struck again.

Boston’s top-line left winger scored the game-winning goal 3:36 into overtime, giving the Bruins a 2-1 win and a 2-1 series lead over the Islanders in their second-round playoff series.

The goal was Marchand’s fifth of the playoffs, and his second overtime goal.

Shoot and good things happen.#NHLBruins | @Bmarch63 pic.twitter.com/y1nD4QkwiJ

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 4, 2021

.@Bmarch63 WINS IT IN OT!

The @NHLBruins take a 2-1 series lead! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/eI9zXydmah

— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) June 4, 2021

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the win, while Semyon Varlamov made 39 saves for New York.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead early, when Taylor Hall made a defensive play to secure the puck at his own blue line just moments before firing a pass in the offensive zone to Craig Smith.  The second-line right winger — who left Game 1 of the series due to a lower-body injury and missed Game 2 — fluttered a shot past Varlamov to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

Smitty's back snipin'#NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/DTaCWPMgul

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 3, 2021

The second period was all about the goaltenders. Tuukka Rask stopped all eight Islanders shots in the middle period, while Varlamov stopped the 13-shot assault from the Bruins. Ten of those shots came in the final half of the period, and Varlamov’s best save came on a one-time bid by David Krejci.

Semyon Varlamov is looking solid tonight.

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