The Washington Post

Nelson, New York oust Boston, move to semis



Brock Nelson scored twice in another big second period by New York, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots, and the Islanders beat the Boston Bruins, 6-2, in Game 6 on Wednesday night in Uniondale, N.Y., to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals for the second straight year.

Kyle Palmieri, Trais Zajac, Cal Clutterbuc­k and Ryan Pulock also scored to help the Islanders set up a rematch with the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Josh Bailey and Jean- Gabriel Pageau each had two assists.

Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves.

With the Bruins on the power play, Marchand got the puck in front of the net and put a backhander past Varlamov from the right side at 5:38 of the third to cut Boston’s deficit to 4-2. It was Marchand’s fifth goal of the series and eighth of the postseason.

The Islanders’ stifling defense limited the Bruins to just five shots on goal in the third period. With the minutes winding down on Boston’s season, New York hemmed the Bruins in their end of the ice, preventing them from pulling Rask for an extra skater until 1:25 left.

Clutterbuc­k scored an emptynette­r with 59 seconds left to seal it, and Pulock added another goal 11 seconds later.

The score was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, but the Islanders took control with another big second period. After outscoring the Bruins 8-3 in the middle periods of the first five games, New York had three more in the second — for the third time in the series.

Nelson stole the puck from Matt Grzelcyk and took off on breakaway and beat Rask into the top right corner at 5:20 of the second period to put New York up 2-1.

Josh Bailey stole an outlet pass from Rask and fed Nelson streaking to net, and Nelson beat the goalie from the right side with 7:23 left in the second for his second of the night and sixth of the playoffs.

Blackhawks, top pick agree

The Chicago Blackhawks announced they agreed to an entrylevel contract with Lukas Reichel after selecting the forward in the first round of the 2020 NHL draft. His three-year deal runs through the 2023-24 season.

Reichel, 19, was selected with the No. 17 pick in last year’s draft. He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 38 games with Eisbären Berlin this season and helped his team win the DEL championsh­ip.

Reichel played for Germany at this year’s world championsh­ips, finishing with two goals and four assists in nine games.

WILD: Minnesota hired longl time NHL general manager Ray Shero as a senior adviser to General Manager Bill Guerin.

Shero was fired last year by New Jersey, midway through his fifth season as general manager for the Devils.

His father, Fred Shero, coached the Philadelph­ia Flyers to Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and 1975.

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