The 2020 series played out in a bubble environment in Edmonton, Alberta, but this year’s showdown will be the first semifinal on Long Island since 1993. Tampa Bay advanced after beating the Carolina Hurricanes in five games.
“It’s a great opportunity seeing them again in the semifinals,” said Josh Bailey, an Islanders forward who had two assists. “We’re really looking forward to it.”
Travis Zajac opened the scoring at 8 minutes 52 seconds of the first period, putting the puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
Zajac, 36, who with Palmieri was a late-season acquisition from the Devils, sent the Coliseum crowd into a frenzy with his first goal of the postseason.
Zajac had played his entire career, more than 1,000 games, for the Devils before the trade and had replaced the injured Oliver Wahlstrom in the lineup for the final game of the opening-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.