Final: Islanders 4, Bruins 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Tonight at Nassau Coliseum, the Bruins held a 2-0 goal in the second period. But the Islanders, energized by a goal with two ticks remaining in the second, scored three more in the third period to record a 4-2 win over the Bruins.

Michael Grabner netted the equalizer at 1:28 of the third. Jack Hillen scored the game-winning goal at 5:58. Hillen’s shot from the left point bounced off Dennis Seidenberg and caromed past Tim Thomas to make it a 3-2 score. PA Parenteau was credited with an empty netter after he was dragged down by Patrice Bergeron with Thomas off the ice.


The Bruins are winless in their last four games.

The Bruins, up 1-0, doubled their lead with a rare occurrence: a power-play goal. The Bruins had entered the night on an 0-for-19 tumble. In the first period, they shot blanks on both power-play opportunities.

At 11:28 of the second, ex-Bruin Milan Jurcina was sent off for holding. Then at 12:36, Frans Nielsen cross-checked Zdeno Chara, giving the Bruins a 53-second five-on-three power play. With two extra skaters, even the Bruins couldn’t botch their opportunity. David Krejci, stickhandling near the left circle, spotted Chara with his stick ready to fire at the right point. After taking a tape-to-tape pass from Krejci, Chara brought the hammer down on a one-timer that beat Al Montoya at 13:02.

But the Bruins allowed a killer goal late in the second. At 18:45, Brad Marchand took an ill-advised interference penalty on Josh Bailey. With two seconds remaining in the period, Matt Moulson beat Thomas with a close-range shot to make it a 2-1 game. John Tavares set up the goal with a nifty backhand pass from behind the net.

The Bruins scored the only goal of the first period. Montoya got a piece of Milan Lucic’s shot from the slot. But Nathan Horton, driving to the net, fought off a Tavares backcheck to tap the rebound home at 16:29.


15:15 3d period: Islanders 3-2
Milan Jurcina drills Adam McQuaid with a slapper.

13:12 3d period: Islanders 3-2
Undisciplined penalty on Nathan Horton.

11:11 3d period: Islanders 3-2
Milan Lucic skating in Brad Marchand’s spot on the No. 2 line.

5:58 3d period: Islanders 3-2
Jack Hillen’s shot bounces off Dennis Seidenberg and beats Tim Thomas. Three-goal rally by the Islanders.

1:28 3d period: 2-2
Following a series of shots, Michael Grabner beats Tim Thomas with a sharp-angle shot.

19:58 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Killer goal by Matt Moulson late in second. Slick dish by John Tavares from behind the net. Starts with an ill-advised interference penalty by Brad Marchand on Josh Bailey.

13:02 2d period: Bruins 2-0
The long-awaited PPG comes for the Bruins. Zdeno Chara with the hammer through Al Montoya after a diagonal feed by David Krejci.

12:36 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Cross-checking on Frans Nielsen. Five-on-three PP for 53 seconds. Timeout Bruins.

9:15 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Golden chance for Matt Moulson in front. Shoots it wide of the net. Still no life from Bruins.

3:36 2d period: Bruins 1-0
All Islanders so far in the second. No legs for the Bruins.

20:00 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Scrappy Islanders putting heavy heat on Tim Thomas. Bruins have to make Al Montoya work.

16:29 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Al Montoya stops Milan Lucic. But Nathan Horton drives to the net and backhands the rebound home. Horton fights off a John Tavares backcheck. Finally some energy and will around the net.

13:30 1st period: 0-0
Mark Recchi, Chris Kelly, and Michael Ryder on the PP with Tomas Kaberle and Zdeno Chara. Desperate times…


12:40 1st period: 0-0
Sure looked like a down-and-out Tim Thomas got a leg on that last shot. Had some help from Chris Kelly to keep the puck out.

10:39 1st period: 0-0
Hooking on Matt Bartkowski. Sheesh.

7:25 1st period: 0-0
Matt Bartkowski not winning many friends with coaching staff with latest shift. Two giveaways.

5:35 1st period: 0-0
Bruins 0 for 20 on PP now. Hardly any setups.

3:35 1st period: 0-0
Zdeno Chara hits iron with a wrister.

3:25 1st period: 0-0
Gift call for the Bruins. Roughing on Justin DiBenedetto after he hits Dennis Seidenberg on an icing call.

2:18 1st period: 0-0
Chance for Michael Grabner after a Daniel Paille turnover. Tim Thomas with the stop.

0:26 1st period: 0-0
Early chance for Rich Peverley with Al Montoya out of position. Can’t get enough on the shot.

0:00 1st period: 0-0
Tyler Seguin is the healthy scratch.

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