(Halifax, NS) The Islanders couldn't come back from an early 3-0 deficit Saturday night in Halifax, NS against the Bruins, scoring a late goal to get within one, but eventually falling 3-2 in the team's final Maritime preseason game.
Goals by rookie Tyler Redenbach, Glen Murray and Jonathan Sigalet in the first period were enough to cement the victory as Boston improves its preseason record to 4-1. The Islanders drop to 0-2 and return to New York to face the Rangers on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
"The exhibition series is about making corrections and getting better," said Ted Nolan. "We haven't gotten into systems or fine detail yet, but one thing you don't need to practice is commitment and work. We worked a little bit tonight and it was a lot better than last night."
The Bruins picked up right where they left off last night, scoring on their first shot. Matt Lashoff found Tyler Redenbach in the slot, who ripped a shot through the pads of Mike Dunham for a 1-0 lead 2:01 into the first period.
Halifax native Glen Murray put the Bruins up 2-0 with some pretty tic-toe passing between Murray, Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. Savard carried the puck into the offensive zone, dished it off to Sturm before receiving it back and finding Murray in the slot with 5:27 left in the first period.
While Masi Marjamaki was off for hooking, the Bruins cashed in on the power play. Marco Sturm sent a pass over to Jonathan Sigalet at the side of the net and fired it passed Dunham who couldn't move across in time to make it 3-0 Boston with 3:56 remaining in the first period.
Absent from the lineup Friday night, Brendan Witt made his presence felt mid-way through the first period with a bone-crushing hit on Shean Donovan.
It was a turnover in the neutral zone got the Islanders back on track with 5:29 remaining in the second period. Bruno Gervais intercepted a pass at center ice, skated into Bruins territory before flipping a backhand pass over to Andy Hilbert, who scored high over the blocker side of Hannu Toivonen to make it 3-1.
In the third period, the Islanders put on significant pressure and out-shot Boston 14-3.
Tom Poti made it close by chipping home a loose puck in front of the net with 24 seconds left in the third while DiPietro was pulled. Chris Simon and Alexei Yashin battled in front to pick up the assists.
Slapshots: Tonight's Three Stars of the Game: 1. Hannu Toivonen, 2. Glen Murray, 3. Tom Poti¦Chris Simon and Brendan Witt wore the "As" Miroslav Satan, Shawn Bates, Jason Blake, Arron Asham, Richard Park and Sean Hill were healthy scratches¦During the pre-game announcements, Ted Nolan received the biggest ovation...Rick DiPietro replaced Mike Dunham in goal with 8:28 to go in the second period Tonight's attendance was 9,882.
1 Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro
14 Chris Campoli - 3 Tom Poti
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 2 Rick Berry
32 Brendan Witt - 8 Bruno Gervais
15 Jeff Tambellini - 79 Alexei Yashin - 25 Viktor Kozlov
7 Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 26 Peter Ferraro
11 Andy Hilbert - 27 Jeremy Colliton - 57 Blake Comeau
12 Chris Simon - 51 Frans Nielsen - 58 Masi Marjamaki
54 Hannu Toivonen
60 Brian Finley
68 Milan Jurcina - 41 Andrew Alberts
49 Matt Lashoff - 48 Jay Leach
50 Jonathan Sigalet 29 Nathan Dempsey
16 Marco Sturm 71 Marc Savard 27 Glen Murray
11 P.J. Axelsson 81 Phil Kessel 17 Petr Tenkrat
51 Tyler Redenbach 20 Wayne Primeau 22 Shean Donovan
56 Ben Walter 46 David Krejci 55 Kris Versteeg