Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for his 29th career shutout, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored with 4:09 remaining, and the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 in their home opener at Nassau Coliseum on Monday.
Adam Pelech fired a shot from the left point and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron deflected the puck up in air. Pageau batted it in past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to put the Islanders on the scoreboard.
Varlamov, who missed Saturday’s game against the Rangers after he took a puck off his neck in pregame warmups, got his second shutout in two starts this season. He had 24 saves in a 4-0 win against the Rangers last Thursday.
Varlamov stopped consecutive chances by Nick Ritchie with about a minute remaining.
Rask, who had beaten the Islanders in seven of his last eight starts against them, stopped 16 shots for the Bruins in the finale of their season-opening three-game trip. Boston won in a shootout, and then lost in OT in games at New Jersey.
It was the Islanders’ first home game since last March 7, when they lost 3-2 in overtime against Carolina at Nassau Coliseum. Without fans in attendance this time, there were cardboard cutouts in the stands and crowd noise was pumped in on the speakers.
Barzal rang a shot off the crossbar during a power play less than two minutes into the third. Anthony Beauvillier was denied by Rask with a right pad save near the midpoint of the period.
After a first period in which they had few scoring chances, the Islanders picked up the pace in the second and outshot Boston 7-6. However, Varlamov and Rask didn’t let anything past them.
The Bruins outshot the Islanders 11-3 in the first period. New York had two shots on goal in the first 2:19, but then didn’t get another until Nick Leddy’s slap shot with 33 seconds remaining.
Boston’s David Krejci got one past Varlamov but the puck hit off the crossbar with 4 1/2 minutes left in the opening period.