BOSTON – With two games left to play in the regular season, the Boston Bruins hit the 100-point plateau with their 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders tonight in TD Garden.
|Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) and New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (36) grapple along the boards for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
B’s center Gregory Campbell
netted the game-winning goal and First Star honors as the B’s fourth line contributed in all capacities of the game.
Campbell’s goal, coming at 9:09 in the second period, was a four-on-four tally, Boston’s first of the season. The B’s were the last team in the NHL to net a four-on-four goal.
“We just try to keep it simple and provide energy for the team. Our job is not very complicated. We have to work hard, we have to be first on every puck and create chances and be strong defensively,” Campbell said of his line’s performance.
“I felt like there was a little chemistry with us tonight and we were fortunate enough to be able to put some in.”
Fellow energy liner Shawn Thornton
scored Boston’s first goal in his return to the line-up, and winger Daniel Paille
made key plays down the stretch to keep the Islanders from tying the game.
“I bet it was killing him missing those last three games,” Paille said of Thornton’s goal.
“But he was healing and I know he understood but to have him back and to get a goal that quick, I’m sure he’s really excited to get that in there.”
Thornton’s tally was his tenth of the season, and came with just .1 seconds left in the first period, giving Boston the lead heading into the intermission.
“I was not watching the clock. [Dennis Seidenberg
] told me right afterwards. I was not aware. I was on the other side of that clock a few games ago so I’ll take it,” Thornton said.
The Bruins had single-goal leads twice in the match-up, but Islanders rookie Michael Grabner scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season to tie the game on multiple occasions.
Grabner now leads all NHL rookies in goals scored.
Despite Grabner’s goals and going 0-4 on the power play, Boston squeaked out the victory on the back of Tim Thomas
’ 30 saves.
With just two games left in the season, the Bruins will look to fine tune their game and possibly take over the No. 2 spot in the conference. Boston currently sits in third, two points behind Philadelphia in second. Both teams have two games remaining.
“Just play simple. We’ll be fine,” Paille said of what the team needs to do in the final two games.
“As long as we don’t do too much I think we’re great. We’re a great straight team, straight skating team, and as long as we battle as well as we did throughout the game, we’re a strong team and it’s going to be tough to get us.”