BRUINS IMPROVE TO 33-15-3: The Bruins hot offense continued to produce, as the Bruins power past the Islanders 6-3 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Zdeno Chara earned his 500th point in tonight's effort which places him fifth in points among active defensemen, while Brad Marchand tacked on four points (1g, 3a) to lead the Bruins to third straight win. The Bruins are back in action tomorrow evening back in Boston as they take on the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
CHARA EARNS HIS 500TH POINT:
Bruins' Captain Zdeno Chara earned his 500th NHL point when he ripped the puck past New York's Kevin Poulin for his 12th goal of the season, putting distance between the Bruins and the Islanders with a 6-3 score. Marchand and Bergeron factor into the goal with Marchand earning his fourth point of the night with Bergeron tacking on his third point of the evening.
BERGERON EXTENDS THE LEAD:
The Bruins gained a two-goal lead for the first time in the evening, shortly after the penalty for holding to Bergeron expired (see below) with a Bergeron goal. Bergeron, seconds after exiting the sin bin, was hit with a pin-point pass from Brad Marchand in the high slot in prime scoring position. Bergeron then sent an off balance wrister past Poulin for his 14th goal of the season.
BRUINS START ON THE PK:
For the second straight period, the Bruins started the frame on the PK after Patrice Bergeron was called for holding at the 20:00 mark in the second period. Depsite a fair amount of pressure from the Islanders power play units, the Black & Gold were able to bail out Bergeron to kill off the penalty.
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8:41 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 4, NYI 3
SODERBERG CONVERTS TO REGAIN THE LEAD:
The high energy, back and forth game continued its high-octane pace when Carl Soderberg converted on an aggressive move across the slot, putting the puck past Poulin for his seventh goal of the season. Milan Lucic was responsible for getting the puck to Soderberg to pick up his 21st assist of the 2013-14 campaign.
40 minutes into the game, neither team shows any signs of slowing down.
OKPOSO KNOTS IT UP:
The Islanders once kept themselves in the game once more, when Dougie Hamilton turned over the puck at the blueline, leading a two-on-none rush against Chad Johnson. Johnson was unable to come up with the breakaway save on Okposo, who collects his 23rd goal of the season.
SMITH SCORES ON A DELAYED PENALTY:
The Bruins took the lead for the third time in the game when Reilly Smith scored his 17th goal of the season, off of a beautiful cross-ice pass from winger Shawn Thornton. Smith was on the ice in place of Chad Johnson, after a delayed penalty was called against the Islanders after Marchand was tripped near the blueline about 10 feet from the Bruins bench. Reilly Smith ties himself with Marchand once again for the team lead in goals with the tally. Thornton records his first helper of the year on the play with Marchand collecting his 14th.
ISLANDERS TIE IT AGAIN:
At the 11:40 mark, the Islanders tied the game once again when New York's Michael Grabner beat Johnson from the high slot to make the score 2-2. Okposo and Hickey earn the assist for their 34th and 12th assist of the season, respectively.
MARCHAND'S HANDS STAY HOT:
The Bergeron line continued to showcase its exceptional chemistry when Brad Marchand netted his team-leading 17th goal to regain the lead at 4:50 into the second frame. The goal started with a Bergeron faceoff win, which was retrieved by Reilly Smith who then fed Bergeron, who found Marchand in front. Marchand then controlled the puck for a split second and chipped it past a diving Poulin to make it 2-1. The goal marks Marchand's seventh goal in his last seven games played. Bergeron earns his 21st assist of the season on the play with Smith getting credited with his 22nd. All players extend their point streaks to seven straight games with their points.
JOHNSON COMES UP BIG:
Goaltender Chad Johnson kept momentum in favor of the Bruins despite the Bruins being down a man for the first two minutes of the second period, making three big saves on Tavares, Nielsen and Nelson to keep the game tied at one with 18 minutes to go. Not long after the penalty expired, Johnson made another exceptional glove save on a New York scoring chance
to keep the Islanders at bay.
8:10 p.m. - FIrst Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYI 1
BRUINS WILL START THE SECOND ON THE PK:
At the conclusion of the period Zdeno Chara was called for a roughing penalty after he didn't take to kindly to being tripped by New York's Cal Clutterbuck. Chara threw a shove following the horn signaling the end of the period, which the referees deemed a roughing penalty, so the Bruins will start the second on the penalty kill.
NIELSEN TIES IT:
With just under five minutes to go in the first period, the New York Islanders knotted the game at 1-1 when Frans Nielsen scooped up his own rebound after Chad Johnson made an athletic toe save, to chip it past Johnson for his 18th goal of the season. Okposo is credited his 33 assist of the season on the play for his role in getting the puck to Nielsen.
ERIKSSON GIVES BRUINS 1-0 LEAD:
Loui Eriksson got the scoring started for the B's when he collected a pass from Daniel Paille behind the net and skillfully wristed the puck top shelf past Poulin at a very sharp angle to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 7:46 into the first. The goal marks Eriksson's sixth goal of the season and first since returning from his concussion that sidelined him for 15 games. Paille gets credited for his fifth assist of the season while Torey Krug picks up the secondary helper for his 17th of the year.
BRUINS GENERATING CHANCES:
Less than four minutes into the game, the Bruins were able to generate five shots on net, coming first from Patrice Bergeron up the right wing just seconds off the initial puck drop the begin the game. Bergeron was credited with another shot on net a few minutes later along with Milan Lucic, Carl Soderberg and Johnny Boychuk, but New York's Kevin Poulin has been able to handle the heavy workload thus far, keeping the Bruins scoreless.
Pregame Snapshots: BOS at NYI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (8-3-0, 2.24 GAA, .918 Save %) vs. Poulin (11-15-1, 3.16 GAA, .894 Save %). Johnson is 0-1-0 with a 3.85 GAA and .889 save % in two career games against the Islanders. Poulin is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .963 save % in one career game against Boston.
BRUINS VS ISLANDERS LIFETIME: The B’s and Islanders will meet for the 154TH time tonight with the Bruins holding a 77-51-21-4 record and a 524-453 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 35-30-10-2 in their 77 lifetime meetings against the Islanders in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 248-244 in those contests. The Bruins are 16-6-1 in their last 23 meetings with the Islanders, overall.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins' Captain Zdeno Chara enters this evening's matchup one point shy of his 500th NHL point against an Islanders that drafted him in 1996 (third round, 56th overall). Chara collected his first NHL point with the New York Islanders in the 1997-98 season… Forward Gregory Campbell sits three assists shy of 100 NHL helpers.
BERGERON LINE SHINING: The line composed of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith has combined for 21 points in their last five games. All three players ride five-game point streaks entering tonight with Marchand tallying 6-2=8 totals, Bergeron registering 3-5=8 totals and Smith recording 1-4=5 totals during that stretch.
TEAM-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS: The Bruins come into tonight with eight players with 10+ goals this season, which ties both the Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins are the only team in the NHL with two defenseman with 10+ goals with Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara each having notched 11 thus far.
ISLANDERS NOTEBOOK: Entering tonight forward John Tavares leads the Islanders in goals (23), assists (41) and points (64) and is currently riding a six-game points streak, notching 2-6=8 totals during that span… Kyle Okposo rides a point streak of his own, tallying three goals and five assists in his last five games. Okposo's 22 goals, 32 assists and 54 points all rank second in the Islanders… The Islanders will play at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday against the New York Rangers as part of the NHL's Stadium Series.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 29-for-141 (20.6%, 6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 136-for-165 (82.4%, 14th NHL)… Islanders power play: 32-for-162 (75.9%, 18th NHL), Islanders penalty kill: 123-for-165 (75.9%, 30th NHL)… The Bruins have been awarded 141 power play opportunities this season, which is the lowest in the league.