The 5-2 score is actually misleading, as the Bruins got 2 empty net goals at the end of the game to seal their victory. The Islanders actually hung in tough and played quite well in the second and third periods, falling short again.
A bad first period, once again, demonstrated the inconsistency of the team, but they came out with a much better effort in the second period, outshooting Boston 17-9. They also got a another shorthanded, penalty shot goal from Frans Nielsen to tie the game at 1, after Milan Lucic had put the Bruins up 1-0 in the first period. This was the second goal of that kind for Nielsen this season, which is an Islander record, and has not been done in the NHL for five seasons.
Then, another example of how simple bad breaks seem to hurt this team. After John Tavares just missed a beautiful scoring chance in the second period on the power play when the puck was just too close to his feet and he could not get off a good shot, Brad Marchand ended up scoring a shorthanded goal for the Bruins when Rick DiPietro misplayed the puck in attempting to beat Marchand to it. Ricky played a great game overall, and in most cases, he would have beaten the forward to the puck and cleared it out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, in this case, , Boston went up 2-1, instead of the Isles taking a lead in the game.
After the Bruins got a power play goal in the third period with a single second left on the man advantage from Michael Rider to take a 3-1 lead, the Isles still did not quit. Rob Schremp cut the deficit back to a single goal, and it was not until DP was pulled before the Bruins put the final 2 goals in with a vacated Islander net. Once again, so close, yet so far.
It’s back home to take on the Thrashers on Saturday. Hopefully, the boys will rebound and come out to play with the intensity they showed in the second and third periods in Boston. If they could just put a full 60 minute game together, or, at least, get a few lucky bounces go their way, they would start to collect a few wins.
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