The second round of the 2021 NHL Playoffs get started this weekend and will slowly start over the course of the next week. While we still have a pair of series wrapping up the first round as of this article publishing, the third-seeded Boston Bruins and fourth-seeded New York Islanders will open their second round series on Saturday, May 29 in Boston.
The puck drops for Game 1 of the series at 8 p.m. ET and will air on NBC with a live stream available at NBCSports.com/live. The rest of the series has not yet been scheduled out because the league is awaiting the rest of the playoff bracket finalizing. The Hurricanes and Lightning will face off in the second round after a break following Carolina wrapping their series on Thursday. In the other two divisions, the Avalanche will face the winner of Golden Knights-Wild, and the Jets will face the winner of Maple Leafs-Canadiens.
The Bruins advanced to the second round after rolling through the Washington Capitals in five games. Washington claimed the first game in overtime. Boston won each of the next two in overtime and then handily won Games 4 and 5 by a combined score of 7-2. David Pastrnak leads the team with six postseason points. Goalie Tuukka Rask had a 1.81 goals against average over the five games.
The Islanders advanced to the second round after upsetting the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. Pittsburgh claimed a 2-1 lead before New York rolled off three straight wins. Anthony Beauvillier and Jean-Gabriel Pageau lead the team with seven postseason points. Goalie Ilya Sorokin started the four Islanders wins and had a 1.95 GAA. Semyon Varlamov started the two losses and had a 3.61 GAA.