Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Associated Press
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Boston Bruins’ worst period was also their most prolific in a win over the New York Islanders.
Boston’s Zdeno Chara, center, celebrates a goal with Patrice Bergeron, left, Dougie Hamilton, right, and Brad Marchand in Monday’s win over the Islanders.
The Associated Press
WHO: Bruins vs. Florida Panthers
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: TD Garden
After a dominant first in which the Bruins scored only once on 18 shots, Boston overcame sloppiness in the second and scored three times en route to a 6-3 victory Monday night.
The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to power the Bruins’ offense that has scored 12 goals in two games.
“We’re expected to do a job out there,” said Marchand, who had a goal and three assists. “We got contributions from every line. That’s how we win games and what makes us so tough to play against.”
The Bruins have had trouble with the Islanders this season, dropping the first two meetings before avoiding a series sweep Monday.
Boston, which has won four of five (4-0-1), is not used to a speed game. The Islanders used that element to offset the bigger Bruins, who took four leads before putting New York away.
“It wasn’t the type of game that we like to play,” said Bergeron, who had a goal and an assist. “They are a team that likes that. That run-and-gun type of game is not really our style.”
Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara added goals for the Bruins. Chad Johnson gave Tuukka Rask the night off in goal and made 34 saves.
Chara’s goal 8:12 into the third made it 6-3 and chased Kevin Poulin from the net in favor of Evgeni Nabokov, who came off the injured list earlier Monday following his second groin injury.
The goal was the 500th NHL point for Chara, chosen by the Islanders in the third round of the 1996 draft.
“Points have always been secondary in my view, but if I can contribute offensively it is a big plus,” Chara said.
Kyle Okposo, moved off the top line, had a goal and two assists for the Islanders, and Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner also scored for New York, which lost its third straight (0-2-1) heading into its outdoor game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday against the Rangers.
Poulin made 30 saves.
“We played well but didn’t bury enough chances,” Okposo said. The Bruins recorded 18 of the first 20 shots.
Eriksson made it 1-0 at 7:47 when he scored his sixth goal and first in 12 games, dating to Nov. 25.
Momentum shifted with 7:50 left in the first when the Islanders received their first power play.
They didn’t convert, but found their game.
The Islanders got four of their 12 first-period shots during that power play and got even when Nielsen netted his 18th goal with 4:31 left.
New York started the second period on the power play after Chara took a penalty for throwing a retaliation punch at Cal Clutterbuck.
But again the Islanders fell behind. Marchand made it 2-1 at 4:50 when he took a pass in the left circle from Bergeron and lifted in a shot.
The Islanders answered again, taking advantage of a turnover in the Boston zone by Gregory Campbell. During a delayed penalty, Okposo made a pass into the middle to Grabner for his ninth goal and second in three games.