After retiring Butch Goring’s number, the New York Islanders came out flat in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Coliseum.
The day started off great, with a fantastic pregame ceremony honoring Butch Goring. He gave a heartfelt speech and it was awesome to see his number 91 get raised up to the rafters to live on Islanders history.
It all went downhill from there for New York. Just 4:30 into the game, David Pastrnak netted his 47th goal of the year. Patrice Bergeron slid into Semyon Varlamov and it left an open net for Pastrnak who made no mistake about it, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Matt Grzelcyk would add another for Boston before the end of the period. This one went off Johnny Boychuk and past Varlamov. Unfortunately, there was nothing for Varly to do here as it was deflected off his defenseman and took a weird bounce.
In the second no goals were scored on either side but it was an awful period for the Islanders. They had just four shots on goal and did nothing with their power play chances. The Isles had 4:57 of penalty time and didn’t do anything with it.
In the third, Brad Marchand would net his 27th of the season to essentially put the game on ice. It was a wrap-around attempt that neither Varlamov or Ryan Pulock could do anything against. For someone who is smaller in stature, Marchand displayed his physical strength to muscle home that goal.
Late in the game, Mat Barzal would take a penalty and Long Island’s own Charlie McAvoy would net his fourth goal of the year for a 4-0 final. The Islanders offense was rather quiet for the second game in a row but to be fair Tukka Rask was solid in net today.
The Canadiens come to town on Tuesday as the Islanders have a two-day break before their next game.
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Winners: Tukka Rask, Charlie McAvoy, Brad Marchand
Losers: Johnny Boychuk, Semyon Varlamov, Ryan Pulock