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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins (26-11-2) vs. New York Islanders (12-21-7)

9:47 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, NYI 5

The Bruins lost their second straight in a 5-3 setback to the Islanders on Tuesday night at TD Garden.  The Bruins received goals from David Krejci, Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron, but it wasn't enough to match the firepower of the Islanders as New York potted five goals, including four power play tallies.  The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Bruins found themselves on the penalty kill following a four minute roughing minor to Marchand along with a two minute to New York's Colin McDonald. For the fourth time tonight the Islanders connected on the man-advantage when John Tavares tallied his second goal of the game.

The New York Islanders grabbed their first lead of the game when John Tavares tamed a bouncing puck at flipped a sharp angle shot that trickled past Tuukka Rask at 32 seconds into the third period.  The goal was Tavares's 15 goal of the season with Vanek and Hickey. Tavares and Vanek now have multiple point games.

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The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

8:50 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, NYI 3

The Bruins penalty kill was bested for the second time this evening following a Torey Krug boarding penalty, when New York's Frans Nielsen tallied his second of the game beating Tuukka Rask, who was slightly out of position after making a save moment earlier.  The Islanders then knotted the game up when Kyle Okposo scored on a man-advantage following a Tuukka Rask delay of game penalty after he inadvertantly flipped the puck out the stands.  The B's and Islanders will be tied heading into the second period at 3-3.

Just 25 seconds after Bergeron's goal, Zdeno Chara threw in a screamer  from the top of the left faceoff circle which Daniel Paille skillfully tipped past Nabakov for his fifth goal of the year.  Entering tonight the Bruins are 15-0-0 when Chara has recorded a point in a game.

The Black Gold were awarded a man-advantage when New York's Calvin de Haan was called for cross-checking on forward Reilly Smith along the boards deep in the Islanders zone.  Patrice Bergeron provided the go ahead goal when he was hit with a crisp pass from Ryan Spooner from just above the right face-off circle, which he blasted past Nabokov for the 2-1 lead.  The  goal marks Bergeron's 10th of the season.  Smith was credited with the secondary assist along with Spooner's primary helper.

The Bruins went on the penalty kill for the second time in the game when Matt Bartkowski was assessed a holding minor at 5:28 into the frame. The penalty proved costly as the Islanders were able to take advantage at the 14:04 mark when New York's Frans Nielsen notched his 14th goal of the year to knot the game up at 1-1. Tavares and Okposo pick up the assists on the goal, which extends Okposo's point streak to seven games. The power play goal was only the PP goal allowed by the Bruins in their last 11 games. The B's are 30 for 33 on the PK during that span.

7:40 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYI 0

With 6:11 to go in the first frame of action the Black & Gold penalty kill unit was sent to work for the first time in the evening when Jordan Caron was called for holding.  The B's power play remained strong, with Tuukka Rask providing a strong foundation, stopping a flurry of Islanders attempts in front at 4:35.  With 4:11 to go the B's still led the Islanders 1-0 with the goal from David Krejci, which held for the remainder of the period.

At the 9:08 mark the Bruins were given a two-minute power play when New York's Cal Clutterbuck was whistled for roughing, sending the Bruins 6th ranked PP unit against the Islanders 29th ranked penalty kill. The first minute, the B's power play was unable to sustain much momentum, but the second minute saw sustained time in the Islanders zone.  The Bruins best opportunity came when David Krejci sent a wrist shot in from the left faceoff circle, which Evgeni Nabokov was able to body up for the stop to limit any further damage.  Ultimately the Islanders were able to kill off the penalty to Clutterbuck, unscathed.

David Krejci gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead at the 15:35 mark when he notched his 100th goal in the NHL and as a Bruin. The play was set up when Milan Lucic put a puck on net from just outside the crease, which yielded a rebound that Krejci was able to whack home.  The goal marks Krejci's ninth goal of the season with Lucic (17) and Iginla (15) getting credited with the helpers. With each of the three players tallying points on the goal it extends each of their point streak to five consecutive games.

6:39 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. NYI

: Rask (20-8-2, 1.89 GAA, .936 Save %) vs. Nabokov (7-7-5, 2.88 GAA, .902 Save %). Rask is 6-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA and .929 save % in nine career games against the Islanders. Nabokov is 5-5-1 with a 2.44 GAA and .917 save % in eleven career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS ISLANDERS LIFETIME: The B’s and Islanders will meet for the 152nd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 77-50-21-4 record and a 521-448 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 42-20-11-2 in their 75 lifetime meetings against the Senators in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 273-204 in those contests. The Bruins are 16-5-1 in their last 22 meetings against the Islanders.

STREAKING: The B’s line composed of Jarome Iginla, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic all enter tonight riding a four-game point streak. During that span, Iginla has four goals and one assist, Krejci has two goals and three assists and Lucic has one goal and three assists. Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk carry two-game point streaks into tonight, with Bergeron tallying three assists and Boychuk tacking on two assists during that span.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Centerman David Krejci enters tonight’s game one goal shy of his 100th Bruins/NHL goal.

RECENT ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: On December 30, the Bruins recalled defenseman Kevan Miller on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins. Miller has appeared in a total of eight games so far this season with Boston, and has accrued one goal and one assist. Today, the B’s recalled forward Nick Johnson from Providence and he will be eligible for tonight’s game.

186 AND COUNTING: Following Friday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 186 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

ISLANDERS NOTEBOOK: The Islanders are playing their third game in four days after splitting a back-to-back series against the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild on December 28 and 29… Winger Kyle Okposo carries a six game point streak into tonight, notching four goals and four assists during that span…Forward Thomas Vanek is on a four-game point streak (3-4=7)… The Islanders are on a three-game road-winning streak, and have won their last four of five away contests… Defenseman Andrew MacDonald leads the NHL with 136 blocked shots… Centerman John Tavares leads the Islanders in goals (14), assists (26), and points (40).

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 23-for-106 (21.7%, 6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 108-for-124 (87.1%, 3rd NHL)… Islanders power play: 19-for-126 (15.1%, 22nd NHL), Islanders penalty kill: 91-for-123 (74.0%, 29th NHL).

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