Anders Bjork of the Bruins takes a spill while battling with Anders Lee of the Islanders during Boston’s 4-2 loss Saturday night Uniondale, N.Y. Adam Hunger/Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Mathew Barzal’s power-play goal in the third period lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over Boston on Saturday night, ending the Bruins’ five-game winning streak and 10-game points streak.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves as the Islanders extended their point streak to six games (3-0-3). Jordan Eberle also had a goal and an assist and Leo Komarov chipped in with two assists.

“I thought we played an Islanders-style playoff game against the Bruins,” Islanders Coach Barry Trotz said. “I thought we were moving our feet, I thought we were physical, I thought we were winning our battles. It was a big win for us. That’s a very good team over there.”

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which lost for just the second time this season in regulation – both against the Islanders. Tuukka Rask stopped 38 shots and David Pastrnak assisted on both goals.

With the game tied at 2, Islanders captain Anders Lee corralled a pass in front of Rask and delivered a cross-ice pass to set up Barzal at 5:30 of the third. The 23-year-old center extended his point streak to eight games. Eberle assisted on the power-play tally.

Pageau extended the Islanders’ lead with a short-handed score at 14:32. Komarov intercepted a loose puck at the Islanders’ blue line to start the sequence.


“We can be happy about it, but we don’t want to be satisfied,” Pageau said of the victory. “Every game matters, every game is important. We need as much points as we can to keep climbing. It was a huge two points for us tonight.”

Bergeron evened the score at 2 with a nifty wrist shot at 16:51 of the second period.

“Games are tighter, it’s closer to playoff hockey,” Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy said. “You are not going to get those typically wide-open games that you might get early in the season.”

The Islanders scored twice within 3:26 to erase a first-period deficit. Pageau banged home a rebound at 11:26 after defenseman Ryan Pulock tossed a puck on net from a sharp angle to create the rebound opportunity.

Eberle’s shot from the outside trickled past Rask at 15:16 to give the Islanders a 2-1 edge. Brock Nelson assisted on the play and became the 22nd player to reach 300 career points for the Islanders.

“We are detailed in our own end and we limit the chances we give other teams,” Eberle said. “As long as we are on top of pucks and we’re not giving them too much, most nights we have a chance to win.”


Marchand opened the scoring at 8:41 of the first period, after Bergeron found him all alone in the slot.

“Played a great team, a team that is very hard on the forecheck,” Bergeron said. “They got a lot of turnovers out of it and created a lot of chances.”

Boston defenseman John Moore made his season debut.


Trotz and Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello have 2,150 combined wins, the most by any duo in NHL history. Trotz recently surpassed Ken Hitchcock for sole possession of third place on the league’s all-time win list.


Marchand is one goal short of his 300th. … Rask is three wins shy of 300. … David Krejci needs four points to reach a career total of 700.

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