Final: Bruins 6, Islanders 2
The Bruins extended their winning streak to a season-high three straight games with a convincing 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565.
The Bruins scored in bunches, getting back-to-back goals by Nathan Horton (2 goals, 1 assist) and Tyler Seguin 29 seconds apart in the first period to take a 3-1 lead. It forced Islanders coach Jack Capuano to pull starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who gave up three goals on four shots, from the game after Seguin’s goal at 14:07.
With Al Montoya in net for the Islanders, the B’s potted another pair of back-to-back goals by Milan Lucic and Horton 49 seconds apart in the third period to make it 5-2, as the Bruins had 11 players score points, including a four multiple-point scorers: Horton (2 goals, 1 assist), Lucic (1 goal, 2 assists), Zdeno Chara (2 assists) and David Krejci (1 goal 2 assists).
Krejci tallied an insurance goal at 16:12 to put the game out of reach.
In this three-game winning streak, the Bruins have outscored their opponents, 18-5, after scoring just five goals in a three-game losing streak.
Bruins 5, Islanders 2, 5:23
Forty-nine seconds after Lucic’s tally, Nathan Horton (5) scored his second goal of the night when he shoveled a backhander past Montoya at 5:23. Joe Corvo and Dennis Seidenberg were credited with assists, giving the Bruins 11 players who have scored a point, including two (Horton and Krejci) who have multiple points.
Bruins 4, Islanders 2,,4:34
Milan Lucic reaped his just reward on this one when he hit Nathan Horton with a centering pass as they broke into the zone. Horton made a rush on net, then made a brilliant goalmouth pass to Lucic (7), who stuffed it home past Montoya. Horton (4) and Krejci (4) were credited with assists.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2, 3:09
Scary moment. Daniel Paille is felled when he is hit on the face by Steve Staios’ slap shot. Paille immediately went down, clutching his head, a pool of blood forming on the ice. He was helped off and walked to the room under his own power, a towel pressed to his right eye/forehead.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2, end of 2d
The Bruins manufactured several scoring chances in the period, but failed to convert against Montoya, who turned away all 16 shots he faced during the period. The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line was particularly active, buzzing the net each time their line drew a shift. The Seguin-Bergeron-Marchand line also tested Montoya early, with Seguin and Marchand getting turned away on the doorstep. After two periods, the Bruins have outshot the visitors, 31-20.
Interesting note: The Bruins are 4-0-0 this season when they lead after the second; The Islanders are 0-4-0 this season when trailing after two periods.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2, 14:28
Zdeno Chara sent off for hooking. Isles on the power player for the second time in the period.
Update, 16:28: Bruins kill off yet another penalty as the Isles go 0-for-3 on the power play.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2, 5:32
Milan Lucic, who tangled with Travis Hamonic at the end of the first period, was sent off for roughing Hamonic, who did a P.K. Subban-like flop after getting thumped by Lucic behind the Islanders’ net. New York is 0-for-1 on the power play.
Update, 7:32: Bruins kill off penalty. Isles now 0-for-2 on man advantage.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2, end of 1st
After Matt Moulson answered Benoit Pouliot’s game-opening tally to tie it, the Bruins seemed to pull away with back-to-back goals within 29 seconds, the first on a power-play opportunity. The second, by Tyler Seguin, chased New York’s starting goaltender, Evgeni Nabakov, from the game. Michael Grabner found the net at 18:36 to cut Boston’s lead to one goal at the end of the first period. The Bruins outshot New York, 15-8, in the first period.
Bruins 3, Islanders 2, 18:36
Michael Grabner (4) unloaded on Rask from the slot, pulling the Islanders within one. John Tavares was credited with the primary assist.
Bruins 3, Islanders 1, 14:35
Chris Kelly gave the Islanders their first power-play opportunity of the night when he was sent for slashing, but the Bruins PK erased New York’s man advantage.
Bruins 3, Islanders 1, 14:07
Twenty-nine seconds after the Bruins capitalized on their first power-play opportunity of the night, Tyler Seguin (8), who recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career in Saturday’s 7-0 romp of the Maple Leafs in Toronto, tallied on a nice feed from Patrice Bergeron (8), who has scored points in seven straight games. Seguin, meanwhile, extended his point streak to four consecutive games. Islanders make change in goalies, going with Al Montoya after starter Evgeni Nabokov gave up three goals on four shots.
,Bruins 2, Islanders 1, PPG, 13:38
Nathan Horton (3) converts on a rebound of Zdeno Chara’s blue-line blast, burying the puck to give the Bruins a power-play goal. David Krejci was credited with an assist on the tally.
Bruins 1, Islanders 1, 12:11
Bruins go on power play for the first time in the game after Travis Hamonic is sent off for
cross-checking. The Bruins are 7-for-48 on the man advantage (6-for-36 at home).
Bruins 1, Islanders 1, 5:52
Matt Moulson put the Isles on the board with his redirect of Steve Staios’s blue-line blast, tying the game at 5:52. It was Moulson’s third goal of the season and Staios’ third assist of the season. Michael Grabner was also credited with a helper.
Bruins 1, Islanders 0, 1:32
Benoit Pouliout, back in the lineup for the first time in three games, tallied his first goal of the season, chipping in a centering pass from Jordan Caron.
Adam McQuaid and Matt Martin drop the gloves in a fistic exchange that got the Garden crowd roaring. Both were sent off for fighting majors at 1:35.
Welcome to TD Garden, where the Bruins (5-7-0) will host the New York Islanders (4-5-2). Tuukka Rask (0-3-0) will make his fourth start of the season in goal for the Black-and-Gold while Evengi Nabakov (1-2-0) will start for the Isles.