It’s all over here at the 70th straight sellout at TD Garden for the Bruins. They edge the New York Islanders, 3-2, on a pair of goals from their fourth-line stalwarts — Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell — and one from defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
Not much happening on the Islander PP this time and the Bruins kill it off.
14:27: Johnny Boychuk whistled for roughing and the Isles go on the power play. They are 1 for 1.
Now the B’s are 0 for 5 on the power play.
8:34 — Matt Campanale takes a delay of game penalty and the Bruins get their fifth power play opportunity. They are 0 for 4.
Lines have been switched up early in the third: Chris Kelly is centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton; David Krejci is with Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley. Other two lines the same.
Bruins are 28-2-2 when leading after the second period, and they lead this one, 3-2, after two.
Islanders outshot the Bruins, 14-10, in the second period; that’s 28-20 for the game.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2: A shorthanded breakaway strike from Grabner brings the Isles within one at 14:26. Grabner got a long feed from Josh Bailey, skated away from Kaberle, and steamed in to lift a backhand shot over Thomas’s left shoulder. Grabner is still the leader for all rookies; now with 33 goals.
Bruins 3, Islanders 1: 9:09: This one belongs to Gregory Campbell, a reward for his refusal to give up on a play. With the teams skating four aside, Adam McQuaid launched a wrist shot from top of the right circle. DiPietro steered the rebound aside for defenseman Mark Katic, but he couldn’t control the puck on his stick and Campbell pounced, beating a surprised DiPietro from about 10 feet. It was the Bruins’ first 4-on-4 goal of the season.
Bruins 2, Islanders 1 — 7:51: Only moments after a fruitless Bruins power play expired, Dennis Seidenberg gets a feed from Chris Kelly at the right point and cracks a shot through the front-of-the-goal traffic to beat DiPietro between the pads. It is the defenseman’s seventh goal of the season.
5:34 — Bruins get their third power play chance when Trevor Gillies is called for high sticking. Bruins swarm the Islander goal, but can’t get any shots through the New York defense.
Islanders 1, Bruins 1 — Michael Grabner collects on the power-play opportunity at 3:24 with his 32d goal of the season, roofing a shot from the bottom of the right circle. Grabner leads all rookies with 32 goals. Also, DiPietro picked up his first assist of the season on the goal.
1:52 — Islanders get their first power play when Rich Peverley is called for tripping. Thomas immediately called on to make quick saves on PA Parenteau and Josh Bailey before the B’s defense swarms in to help lock up the puck.
Daniel Paille’s assist gives him 2-1–3 in his last three games, and 3-2–5 in his last seven games played.
Bruins outshot Islanders, 15-14, in the first, but went 0 for 2 on the power play. The Islanders did not get a power play in the period.
Bruins, 1-0: 19:59 — Shawn Thornton gives the Bruins a 1-0 lead with his 10th goal of the season, a picture of persistence with less than a second left in the first period. The play began at the right point with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who got the puck down low where the fourth line dynamos went at it, ignoring the clock which showed only a few seconds remaining in the period. On a pass from Gregory Campbell, Thornton got a poke at the puck from the right side, blocked by DiPietro, and Paille scrambled to get his stick on the rebound, Thornton, not having quit on the play, was ready to sweep the next rebound along the ice, past DiPietro’s outstretched glove, and into the net. This is Thornton’s first game back after missing three with a 40-stitch gash in his forehead. He is not wearing a shield.
16:20 — DiPietro denies Paille again, again reading the pass on a 2-on-1 rush, this time a backhand feed from Gregory Campbell to Paille at the left post, and moving into place to block the shot.
15:20 — Another good stop by Thomas, denying Grabner from about 10 feet after he picked up the rebound of Mark Katic’s shot from the left point.
An Andrew Ference giveaway at the blue line gives Matt Martin a clear shot at the Bruins net but Thomas swallows the shot in his midsection.
The Bruins fail to cash in, getting only two shots during the entire two-man advantage.
7:03 — Islanders draw a pair of penalties in the aftermath of a scrum along the left boards of the Islander zone after Paille’s shot, and the B’s have a 5-on-3 power play, with Tavares off for hooking and Trevor Gillies off for roughing.
7:03 — Nice setup by Shawn Thornton, carrying the puck down the right side and sending a pass to Daniel Paille, who was crashing the net at the left post. DiPietro moved across to block Paille’s one-timer with his pads, hugging the post.
Thomas getting lots of work in the first few minutes, including taking a shot off his face mask from John Tavares.
1:06 — Sharp glove save by Tim Thomas on Michael Grabner from low in the right circle to get the B’s started.
Puck dropped at 7:10.
In pregame presentations, the Bruins handed out regular-season awards:
The Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods” ), to Shawn Thornton.
The Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy, voted by Boston media, to the most outstanding performance at home games, to Tim Thomas.
The John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk), to Andrew Ference.
The Bruins Three Stars Award (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub), to Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, and Tim Thomas.
Official scratches for Bruins are Seguin, Hnidy, and Steven Kampfer.
Tyler Seguin is not on the ice for warmup. Seven defensemen taking warmup, including Shane Hnidy, so one will have to be scratched for the game.
Winthrop’s own Rick DiPietro will start in net for the Islanders. DiPietro is 8-12-4 with a 3.35 goals against average and a .887 save percentage