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After the New York Islanders’ three-for-four night on the man advantage in Game 5 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Boston Bruins on Monday, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said “I think they sell a narrative over there that’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders.”
Cassidy was discussing what he felt were some missed calls against the Islanders and some bad penalties against his team. The Bruins earned just two power plays in their 5-4 loss and converted on one of them.
“I think they sell a narrative over there that’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders”
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Islanders head coach Barry Trotz responded to Cassidy’s comments, saying “Just look where we wound up during the year, we were the least penalized team…so I don’t know what that’s about” and that he did not understand what he meant by that remark. The Islanders’ 370 penalty minutes during the regular season ranked 29th in the NHL.
The Bruins outshot the Islanders 44-18, including 18-3 in the third period, despite falling in Game 5.
After Bruins forward Brad Marchand tied the game at two 7:27 into the second, the Islanders scored three unanswered before holding off a late Bruins rally where Boston struck twice.
The Islanders have gone six-for-15 on the power play during the second-round series while the Bruins have scored on five of 11 chances with the extra man.
The Islanders can advance to the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a win in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN). The winner of the Bruins-Islanders series will face the winner of the one between the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning, which the Lightning lead 3-1 and can end with a win in Game 5 at PNC Arena on Tuesday (6:30 PM ET, NBCSN).
By Harrison Brown