|Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille, left, Shawn Thornton (22), Gregory Campbell and Steve Kampfer (47) celebrate Campbell's goal as New York Islanders' Blake Comeau (57) reacts during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb 17, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Bruins won 6-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) |
After suffering three straight regulation losses for the first time this season, the Bruins bounced back in fine fashion Thursday night with a 6-3 win on Long Island against the New York Islanders.
“We lose three games in a row and you have to realize that your team doesn’t want to do that and you have to bounce back today and pick up a good win,” B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask
told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.
“We started off really well, but then kind of let them back in the game, but it’s a nice win for us.”
The game was the first of a six-game road swing and the first of a back-to-back challenge that concludes with Ottawa tomorrow night.
With tonight’s win, the Bruins are now 7-3-0 in the first game of consecutive night tilts.
“I think the biggest thing tonight was to win,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told Funayama, postgame. “We needed a win to get ourselves back on track.”
The Bruins invaded the Nassau Coliseum and brought their offense with them. Twelve Bruins recorded a point and all four of Boston’s lines accounted for a goal.
Boston started strong and netted three goals in the first period. The Islanders picked up the pressure in the second recording 22 shots on goal in the period, and put two past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask
“I really liked our first period. I thought we were right on top of our game,” Julien told NESN. “I think offensively we did some really good things. But defensively, again, I think we had some lapses and those are the things we are trying to correct here.
“This is a step in the right direction and hopefully we can keep working on that and get better.”
Despite the Islanders’ pressure, Boston finished the night with six goals. The scoring was spread out as six different players scored and four B’s—Milan Lucic
, Tyler Seguin
, David Krejci
and Blake Wheeler—had multiple-point efforts.
“I wanted to get involved the whole game,” Seguin told NESN’s cameras, postgame. “The first shift [Wheeler] scored and I was part of the play so I just carried it off of there and now it’s about consistency.”
The Islanders got one back in the third, but it wasn’t enough as Rask finished the game strong and collected his sixth win of the season.
“It’s a nice win for the team, but when you let in three goals, a couple bad mistakes by you, you have to think about it,” Rask told NESN. “But it’s a nice win.”
Boston will look to continue their momentum as they take on the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night in Canada. ---Hannah Becker