Players at the upper echelon in the league are ones that make things happen. They seem to be in the right places at the right time. They always seem to make the right action.
Enter John Tavares.
A great deflection of a Matt Moulson slap shot was the difference as the Isles beat the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins on Saturday 3-2. The win ended the Isles road trip at 1-2-1. Although this victory moved the Isles ahead of Carolina in the standings, there is still a long way to go for a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Bailey got his fourth goal in his last three, getting a pass from Frans Nielsen and pushed the puck past Tukka Rask, to even the scoring at one. Bailey now has 10 on the season and has been thriving since his tandem with Nielsen on the second line.
With Boston having a man in the box in the second period, Matt Moulson got his 28th of the season when he got a pass from Tavares to give the Isles a 2-1 lead. Moulson’s goal was his 28th of the season.
After Tyler Seguin made a great move to get the puck past Nabokov to even the score at 2, the play seemed to go back and forth. With an apparent icing call not happening, Matt Moulson skated up the ice with Tavares. Moulson took a slapper from outside the right circle that Tavares was able to deflect pass Tim Thomas to give the Isles the lead for good. Despite the Bruins aggressive chances late in the game, the Isles defense held the fort.
Evgeni Nabokov at times was absolutely stellar in the nets stopping 32 of the 34 shots that the Bruins took. Tim Thomas came in to relieve starter Tukka Rask in the second period. Rask apparently hurt his leg making a save in the second period, and had to be helped off the ice.
With the road trip completed, the Isles now have the Devil trilogy. Home tomorrow for a 3PM matinee, then off to Newark on Thursday night, before a rematch at the Coliseum on Saturday evening. The Isles need to get at least 4 of the 6 points in order to make the last 15 games meaningful. However, getting the two points this afternoon in Boston was quite important.
“When you come into this building and you play a team like the Boston Bruins and you win a hockey game, it’s a total team effort,” Jack Capuano said to the media after the game.
Let’s hope that the effort continues Sunday afternoon in Uniondale.
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