Byron Bitz was in the middle of the third-period comeback. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
The Bruins, desperate for some spark in their game, finally showed some life in the third period, when they wiped out a three-goal Islanders lead. Then in the shootout, Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard beat Dwayne Roloson, while Tuukka Rask stopped Richard Park and Kyle Okposo to earn his first win of the season.
“I think we tried to come out with a good mindset going into the third, and obviously when we got that first goal, it gave us a little bit of jump and momentum,” said Matt Hunwick, who netted the game-tying strike.
* Marc Savard said he’s been trying his shootout shot — curl into the slot, then go backhand upstairs — in practice. Savard only took three shootout shots last season.
* Dennis Wideman never returned after falling into the boards in the second period. Claude Julien termed it an upper-body injury and didn’t have an update on Wideman’s condition.
* The Bruins practice tomorrow at noon at Ristuccia Arena.
STICK SALUTE: Zdeno Chara. Was in the slot on Savard’s third-period goal. Drew an interference penalty on Matt Moulson. Saw the most ice time of any player.
SIN BIN: Mark Recchi. Zero shots. Only two all season.
All done at the Garden. Bruins in the shootout, 4-3.
After 65 minutes of play, tied at 3-3. Shootout time.
2:44 (OT). Close-range stop on Rob Schremp by Tuukka Rask.
After 60 minutes, tied at 3-3. Bruins steal at least one point.
19:07 (3). Pileup after Freddy Meyer belts Milan Lucic from behind. Lucic goes after Meyer. No penalties.
17:26 (3). Tied, 3-3. Matt Hunwick with the floater from the point.
15:35 (3). NYI timeout.
15:35 (3). Islanders, 3-2. Byron Bitz backhands a shot past Dwayne Roloson.
13:02 (3). PP coming up for the Bruins, with Matt Moulson sent off for interference.
11:59 (3). Islanders, 3-1. Marc Savard bangs a slapper home. Zdeno Chara with the initial shot down low.
6:33 (3). Black-and-Blue Hockey segment currently playing on scoreboard. Not on the ice.
5:12 (3). Mock cheer as Marc Savard lands a red-line shon on goal.
1:47 (3). Dennis Wideman will not return tonight. No word on the injury, although it’s something to do with his left arm.
1:30 (3). Patrice Bergeron is back on the point on the No. 2 unit instead of Dennis Wideman.
0:00 (3). Dennis Wideman is not on the ice nor on the bench to start the third.
After 40 minutes, Islanders with a 3-0 lead. Lots of boos at TD Garden.
* The heart of the Bruins’ game is puck possession. Tonight, their biggest problem is not having the puck enough. And when they don’t have the puck, they look awful slow trying to keep up with the Islanders. Lots of running around in the defensive zone when the Islanders are controlling the puck.
* Bad turnover by Shawn Thornton leading to John Tavares’s goal, but he should have had defensive support at the blue line when he was going down the left wing. Also, Freddy Meyer made a nice pokecheck to get the puck off Thornton’s stick.
* Claude Julien can only go to his emotional well of the fourth line so many times. He needs his skilled players to show up in the third.
* We’ll monitor the status of Dennis Wideman (arm) and Steve Begin (foot).
19:26 (2). Steve Begin to the room. Begin was shaken up after blocking a Matt Moulson shot.
17:44 (2). Dennis Wideman to the room. Wideman fell into the boards and injured his left arm after throwing a hit on Matt Moulson.
15:48 (2). Islanders, 3-0. John Tavares sinks a top-shelf goal after a three-on-one rush. Bad turnover by Shawn Thornton in the offensive zone.
12:43 (2). Islanders, 2-0. Radek Martinek goes top shelf on Tuukka Rask from the right dot. Very scrambly defense in front of Rask.
9:42 (2). Glove snatch by Dwayne Roloson by Marco Sturm, who had stepped around Radek Martinek. Sturm’s been the team’s best player this season.
7:14 (2). The first good shift of the night for the No. 2 line. Cycling and shots on goal.
4:04 (2). Islanders, 1-0. Jon Sim with the close-range PPG after Tuukka Rask stops an initial shot.
1:57 (2). Chuck Kobasew slips behind Bruno Gervais, but Dwayne Roloson stones his backhand bid.
After 20 minutes, 0-0. Islanders with a 16-7 shot advantage.
* Flawless first period of 2009-10 for Tuukka Rask. The 21-year-old has been perfect with his positioning, lateral movement, and rebound control. The Islanders could have had three goals given the quality of their scoring chances.
* Finally some offensive presence for the Bruins late in the first. Milan Lucic was in the thick of the action, creating space for his linemates with his physical play. Lucic’s rough stuff was missing against Anaheim.
* The Islanders are giving the Bruins trouble with their speed. They are winning most of the races.
19:00 (1). Good scoring chance in front for Shawn Thornton.
14:17 (1). No offense this period so far for the Bruins, who have a mere three shots on goal. Islanders have 14.
12:07 (1). Tempers flare after Joel Rechlicz wings an after-the-whistle shot toward Tuukka Rask. Mark Stuarts gets in his face, and the rest of the Bruins come on by. No penalties.
11:57 (1). Huge kill by the Bruins, who survive Andrew Ference’s roughing call and Blake Wheeler’s four-minute high-sticking penalty. Tuukka Rask has stopped a handful of point-blank shots.
7:25 (1). Steve Begin has returned to the ice. Begin was in the room for the last five minutes.
7:25 (1). Andrew Ference grabs hold of Sean Bergenheim after the New York forward belted Marc Savard. Ference gets the gloves off quickly and delivers a few shots to Bergenheim.
5:43 (1). Tuukka Rask gets a piece of Richard Park’s close-range shot.
4:01 (1). Big-time save by Tuukka Rask on Rob Schremp’s one-timer. Rask moved from right to left to stop the shot.
3:30 (1). Steve Begin off to the room. Begin hurt his right foot when he blocked a Mark Streit slapper.
0:00 (1). The fourth line starts things off for the Bruins. Shawn Thornton, Steve Begin, and Byron Bitz have been among the team’s best players.