The 2020 series took place in a bubble environment in Edmonton, Alta., But this year’s showdown will be the first semi-final on Long Island since 1993. Tampa Bay qualified after beating the Hurricanes Carolina in five games.
“It’s a great opportunity to see them again in the semifinals,” said Josh Bailey, an Islanders forward who collected two assists. “We are really looking forward to it.”
Travis Zajac opened the scoring 8:52 into the first period, putting the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Zajac, 36, who along with Palmieri was a late-season Devils acquisition, sent the Colosseum crowd into a frenzy with his first playoff goal.
Zajac had played his entire career, more than 1,000 games, for the Devils before the trade and replaced injured Oliver Wahlstrom in the lineup for the last game of the first round of the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.