BRUINS 5, ISLANDERS 2, end of game
This one was all about special teams.
The Bruins erupted for three special teams' scores _ on a pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded goal _ en route to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders tonight before a TD Garden sellout crowd of 17,565.
Milan Lucic put the Bruins on the board with a first-period power-play tally at 14:00, potting a Marc Savard faceoff victory for a 1-0 lead, and then put the finishing touches on the triumph with an empty-net goal at 18:57. Patrice Bergeron added another empty-netter with 4.1 seconds left to pad the result.
After Frans Nielsen beat Bruins goaltender Tukka Rask, who earned his second victory of the season to improve to 2-6-1, on a penalty shot at 3:41 of the second period, Brad Marchand answered with an unassisted short-handed goal at 14:40 to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Michael Ryder provided the buffer the Bruins would need in the third with his power-play goal at 14:16 when Rob Schremp cut it to 3-1 with his tally at 16:27. Lucic and Bergeron punctuated the victory, which improved the Bruins' record to 16-8-3, with their empty-netters.
BRUINS 3, ISLANDERS 2, 16:27: Hold the phone ... Islanders get another goal on Rob Schremp's fourth tally of the season. This one looks like it's going to be a seat squirmer after all.
BRUINS 3, ISLANDERS 1, 14:16: Stick a fork in the Islanders; they're done. MIchael Ryder does the honors with his power-play goal on a re-direct of Andrew Ference's shot from the right point. It was Ryder's eighth goal of the season and Ference's fourth assist of the season.
12:17: OK, here's the chance the Bruins have been looking for to put this game under wraps. Frans Nielsen gets sent for cross-checking giving Boston its sixth power play opportunity of the night.
7:28: Shawn Thornton is sent off for tripping, giving the Islanders their third power play of the night. New York is 0-for-2. The Bruins, however, erase the penalty to improve to 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
BRUINS 2, ISLANDERS 1, 14:40 Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal (his third of the season; and fourth short-handed point, both tied for the league lead) on an unassisted tally that caught Rick DiPietro, who ill-advisedly ranged far from the crease, all the way to the top of the right circle, to challenge Marchand's solo rush. Marchand made DiPietro pay, however, by getting past the Islanders' goalie and tucking the puck into an unprotected net. Through two periods, the Bruins have 25 shots on goal; the Islanders 24. Boston is 1-for-4 on the power play, the Islanders 0-for-2. One ominous stat for the Islanders: the Bruins are 12-0-0 when leading after the second period
13:27: David Krejci sent off for hooking, giving the Islanders their second power-play opportunity of the game.
10:06: ``What's a Carl Crawford?'' the message board at TD Garden asks during a pop quiz. Answer: C. Red Sox outfielder. The crowd cheers when the board reads: ``(Welcome to the greatest sports city, Carl).''
7:51: Shawn Thornton and Trevor Gillies were sent off for 5-minute fighting majors. The combatants battled to a draw.
BRUINS 1, ISLANDERS 1, 3:41: Brad Nielsen tallies on a penalty shot to tie the game. Nielsen (4th goal) beat Tukka Rask top shelf in his mano-a-mano duel with Bruins' netminder. Nielsen awarded penalty shot after he his tripped up by Patrice Bergeron on his shorthanded solo rush with 50 seconds remaining in the Bruins power play.
2:30: Bruins go on the power play for the fifth time of the game after Jack Hillen is sent off for tripping (Brad Marchand). Bruins are 1-for-3 on power play.
19:49: P.A. Parenteau gives the Bruins yet another power-play chance when he is called for boarding Johnny Boychuk,who went face-first into the boards behind the Bruins goal. Things got chippy when several Bruins took up the issue with Parenteau on Boychuk's behalf. Chara did squeeze off one shot on goal with 7 seconds left but missed as time expired. All in all, a solid period of hockey by the Bruins, who put 16 shots on goal compared to 7 for the Islanders and will start the first 1:50 of the second period on the man advantage (thanks to Parenteau's boarding penalty).
BRUINS 1, ISLANDERS 0, 14:00: Milan Lucic (14) gives the B's a 1-0 lead after he pots a power-play goal off a faceoff victory by Marc Savard, who recorded his first assist of the season. Lucic's shot bounced off the left post and caromed into the net off the skate of Islanders' goaltender Rick DiPietro, who gave Boston a 5-on-3 man-advantage when he was called for delay of game at 13:20. Zdeno Chara sent Radek Martinek to the dressing room when the Islanders' defenseman absorbed Chara's hard slapper and was left crumpled on the ice.
11:53: Bruins go on the power-play for the first time in the game (for 1:36) when Mark Eaton is called for holding with 24 seconds left in the Isles power play. DiPietro makes two great saves on Horton from the top of the slot and on Dennis Seidenberg on the rebound from the left circle.
10:16: Nathan Horton gave the Islanders their first power-play opportunity (a 5-on-4) of the night when he was sent off for tripping.
8:22: Adam McQuaid and Zenon Konopka are sent off after their toe-to-toe bout ends in a draw, but not before McQuaid landed a few big shots, including one overhand right. It came after the Bruins squandered a prime scoring opportunity at 7:54 when Blake Wheeler took a centering pass from David Krejci and missed everything wide left.
4:33: Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro stops Shawn Thornton from the top of the slot. Gregory Campbell takes three whacks at the rebound, but is stymied on the doorstep.
2:11: Steven Kampfer, making his first NHL start, makes an immediate impression on the game's first shift when he flattens New York's Blake Comeau at mid-ice.