With less than two minutes remaining the Bruins engaged in a final push, pulling goalie Tuukka Rask for the extra attacker. The B's sustained decent pressure, but it wasn't quite enough to punch the equalizer through to take the game into overtime, giving the Islanders the 2-1 victory.Rask Denies Cizikas:
Towards the middle of the third period, the Isles' Casey Cizikas ripped a one-timer from the slot, however Rask was able to position his body to make the stop. Rask briefly looked behind him unsure where the puck was, but was quickly able to locate it underneathe his leg pads.
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8:36 p.m. 2nd period snapshots: NYI 2, BOS 1
Bailey Gets His Second: At 13:12 of the second period, Josh Bailey potted his second goal of the night, and ninth of the season, to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Bailey picked up the puck at the Bruins' blueline after a turnover, then went in on a semi-breakaway, letting one rip from the left circle that trickled over the goal line behind Tuukka Rask.
Tuukka Robs Moulson: With just under 10 minutes to play in the second period, Tuukka Rask made his best save of the night, robbing Matt Moulson with the toe of his right pad. Moulson received a pass directly in front of the net and directed it towards the goal, but Rask, stretched out from post to post, made the stop. The play had developed off a quick tic-tac-toe with the Islanders down low, after the B's lost a puck battle inside the hash marks.
Seguin Scores on the Power Play: At 2:15 into the second frame, the Bruins found themselves on the power play after New York's Brad Boyes was sent to the box for delay of game when the puck deflected out of play. About 1:10 into the power play, Tyler Seguin drilled the puck to the back of the net from the left circle off of a cross-ice Gregory Campbell pass for Seguin's 14th of the year. Jaromir Jagr's crafty puck control was once again on display before the goal. Campbell and Jagr are credited with their eighth and 17th assists of the year respectively. Both Campbell and Jagr have now notched five points in their past three games - Campbell with two goals and three assists and Jagr with three helpers.
Turning the Shots Tide: After outshooting the Islanders 16-9 in the first period (despite finishing the frame down 1-0), New York outshot the home team 18-8 in the second, in a period in which the B's often got stuck in their own zone during the long-change.
7:42 p.m. 1st period snapshots: NYI 1, BOS 0
Islanders Score: With just 20.5 left on the clock in the first, New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey converted on a goal from the top of the left faceoff circle to give him his eighth goal of the year. Earning an assist on the play was Mark Streit for his 17th of the season. The play developed when the Isles caused a turnover and started the rush up ice with a 4-on-2, of which Mark Streit fed Bailey, who ripped a shot high past Tuukka Rask's glove.
B's on the PK: 12:26 into the first frame, David Krejci was called for tripping on Travis Hamonic and was sent to the box for two minutes. The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to Krejci, and the B's have now killed off 122 of 134 penalties on the year. Boston came into tonight leading the league (where they have been all season) at 91-percent. The Islanders' power play came into tonight's game ranked second on the road, at 24-percent, having converted on 12 of 50 opportunities.
Kelly/Caron's Chance: Tyler Seguin served as the catalyst on the Bruins' best scoring chance of the period streaking down the right side of the ice into the New York zone. Seguin deked like he was going to put a shot on net but instead cycled all the way around the goal to the other side dishing a pass to a waiting Kelly in front, who immediately unleashed a shot on net. Islanders' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov stymied Kelly's chance, but Jordan Caron was right there to whack at the rebound, which nearly crossed the goal line before Nabokov was able to cover it up. The replay on the scoreboard showed the puck sliding close to the New York goal line, but never completely over, keeping the game scoreless about halfway through the first period. The line of Caron-Seguin-Kelly tonight has generated six of the B's 16 shots tonight, including four off the stick of Caron.
Iron Men: Coming into tonight the Bruins had six players (Campbell, Chara, Ference, Horton, Seguin, Hamilton) that had played in all 39 games of the season thus far. With Dougie Hamilton out tonight as a healthy scratch, the number drops to five.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs NYI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (17-6-4, 1.95 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Nabokov (19-11-4, 2.59 GAA, .908 Save %). Rask is 6-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .926 Save % in eight career games against the Islanders. Nabokov is 4-5-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .911 Save % in 10 career games against Boston.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: Throughout the course of tonight’s game the Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans and their families as part of “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask each purchased $5,000 worth of tickets to the game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame. Prior to puck drop, TD Garden will unveil and dedicate a seat in section 303 to the over 92,000 American service men and women that are missing or unaccounted for since World War I and will leave this seat empty in honor of them. All in-game fundraising from the 50/50 raffle and silent auction of team signed warm-up worn jerseys will benefit the USO.
BRUINS ON NESNPLUS: The Bruins and Red Sox are in action simultaneously on Thursday night and NESN will be broadcasting both games. The Bruins will be aired on NESNplus when the Black & Gold take on the New York Islanders at TD Garden.
BRUINS VS ISLANDERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Islanders will meet for the 150th time tonight with the B’s holding a 77-48-21-4 record with a 519-443 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 42-19-11-2 in 74 games at home against the Islanders with a 272-202 scoring edge. The Bruins are 16-3-1 against New York in their last 20 games overall with a 10-2-1 mark in their last 13 of this lifetime series on home ice. There has not been an overtime decision between these two teams since December 12, 2009 when the Islanders topped the B’s 3-2.
POINT-PER-GAME SUCCESS: The Bruins have seven different players who have sustained a point-per-game success rate versus the New York Islanders: Dougie Hamilton (0-2=2, two games), Nathan Horton (16-16=32, 29 games), Jaromir Jagr (60-85=145, 97 games), David Krejci (8-12=20, 19 games), Milan Lucic (7-11=18, 18 games), Brad Marchand (3-6=9, 11 games) and Tyler Seguin (4-6=10, in eight games).
STREAKING: Six Bruins come into tonight’s tilt riding a two-game point streak for a combined 22 points: Gregory Campbell (2-2=4), Andrew Ference (1-2=3), Jaromir Jagr (0-4=4), Brad Marchand (2-1=3), Rich Peverley (1-3=4), and Dennis Seidenberg (0-4=4).
147 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 147 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Monday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
ISLANDERS NOTEBOOK: The Islanders come into tonight having captured points in five-straight games (4-0-1) and are 7-1-1 in their last eight. New York has also only allowed two-or-fewer goals in eight of their last nine games, allowing just 14 goals during that span (1.56 per game)…John Tavares ranks second in the league in power play goals with nine with teammate Matt Moulson not far behind with seven power play goals…Andrew MacDonald leads the NHL with 106 blocked shots and is currently one assist shy of his 50th NHL assist…Matt Martin leads the league in hits with 199. Last season, Martin led the NHL with 374 hits, which marked his highest total since hits became an official stat in 2005-06.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 15-for-102 (14.7%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 121-for-133 (91.0%, 1st NHL)… Islanders power play: 28-for-133 (21.1%, T-8th NHL), Islanders penalty kill: 97-for-119 (81.5%, 18th NHL).