New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.3rd Period:
2:17 - BOS goal. Patrice Bergeron gives the Bruins their first two-goal lead of the game. Bruins lead 5-3.
8:12 - BOS goal. Zdeno Chara sneaks a a point shot through Poulin and scores his 500th career point. Evgeni Nabokov comes into the game to relieve Kevin Poulin. Bruins lead 6-3.
17:00 - Time winds down, Islanders still down 6-32nd Period:
2:00 - Chara steps out of the box and the teams return to even strength. Islanders generate three shots on the power play.
4:50 - BOS goal. Brad Marchand puts the Bruins back up by one. Marchand gets open behind Andrew MacDonald and buries on the backdoor play. Bruins lead 2-1.
8:20 - NYI GOAL! Michael Grabner ties the score 2-2 on a delayed penalty call. Thomas Hickey drew the call after recovering a turnover, dished the puck down low to Kyle Okposo before Okposo sent the puck to Grabner in the slot. Game tied 2-2.
12:21 - BOS goal. Reilly Smith bats a cross-ice feed out of the air and past Poulin. Bruins up 3-2 with 7:39 to play in the second. Bruins lead 3-2.
13:00 - BOS PP (Kyle Okposo - Two Minutes Cross-Checking) Isles PP 1-for-1
15:08 - NYI GOAL! Kyle Okposo steps out of the box and immediately creates a two-on-zero rush with Michael Grabner. Okposo passes to Grabner, but Grabner passes it back for Okposo to finish. The goal is Okposo's third point of the game (1g/2a). Game tied 3-3.
16:01 - NYI PP (Dougie Hamilton - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-for-2 tonight.
19:27 - BOS goal. Carl Soderberg streaks down the win, cuts in front of the net and beats Poulin far side. Bruins retake the lead at the end of the period. Bruins lead 4-3.
20:00 NYI PP (Patrice Bergeron - Two Minutes Holding). Islanders to start third period on a power play. PP is 0-for-3 tonight. END OF 2ND PERIOD: Bruins lead 4-3. Shots are 29-27 Islanders. 1st Period:
0:40 - Lubomir Visnovsky hops over the boards and takes his first shift since returning from a concussion.
5:00 - Thomas Hickey drops down to his stomach and takes away a two-on-one opportunity from Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. Bruins lead shots 9-1.
7:47 - BOS goal. Eriksson goes up over Poulin from a sharp angle at the side of the net. Credit to Eriksson, who found some open space at the side of the net and roofed the puck in close. Not a soft goal on Poulin, who was sliding post-to-post to meet the shot. Daniel Paille and Torey Krug with the assists. Bruins lead 1-0.
12:10 - NYI PP (Johnny Boychuk - Two Minutes Interference) Isles head to their first PP.
14:10 - Boychuk steps out of the box, but power play goes good things for Islanders confidence and legs. PP generated four shots, several chances, some jump and life in the building.
15:29 - NYI GOAL! Kyle Okposo sends a slap-pass to Frans Nielsen, who directs the pass on goal. Johnson makes the first save, but Nielsen pots the rebound. Game tied 1-1.
16:41 - BOS PP (Thomas Hickey - Two Minutes Tripping) Islanders head to their first PK.
20:00 - NYI PP (Zdeno Chara - Two Minutes Roughing) Isles to start the second period on a power play. Isles PP 0-for-1. END OF 1ST PERIOD: Game tied 1-1. Bruins lead shots 18-12. Isles Starters:
Regin-Nielsen-Bailey, Strait-MacDonald, Poulin in goal. Bruins Starters:
Marchand-Bergerson-Smith, Chara-Boychuk, Johnson in goal.
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
11 Lubomir Visnovsky - 14 Thomas Hickey
7 Matt Carkner - 44 Calvin de Haan
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 12 Jerome Iginla
63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 18 Reilly Smith
34 Carl Soderberg - 51 Ryan Spooner - 21 Loui Eriksson
20 Daniel Paille - 11 Gregory Campbell - 22 Shawn Thornton
33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk
47 Torey Krug - 27 Dougie Hamilton
43 Matt Bartkowski - 86 Kevan Miller
30 Chad Johnson
40 Tuukka RaskPREGAME:
The Islanders go for the season sweep of the Boston Bruins tonight at Nassau Coliseum. If the Islanders can topple the Eastern powerhouse for a third time this season, it’ll be their first sweep of the Bruins since 2005-06 and only second all-time.
Beating the Bruins is no easy feat, as the B’s are a big, physical and defensively-sound team. The Bruins have allowed 110 goals this season, the fewest in the NHL, but the Islanders have scored eight goals in their two meetings. Both teams are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, but the Bruins are the hotter team, having won two straight while the Islanders are coming off an overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Lineup Notes/Changes: Poulin in goal. Lubomir Visnovsky likely in for Donovan. Nabokov will backup tonight. #Isles
Off IR: Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov were both activated off injured reserve today. Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson were returned to Brigdeport.
Visnovsky: Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to suit up tonight for the Islanders. The 37-year-old defenseman has been sidelined since Oct. 19 with a concussion. Visnovsky has three points (one goal, two assists) in eight games with the Islanders this season and had 14 points (3g/11a) and a plus-12 rating in 35 games last season.
Visnovsky on Return: I know that Boston is a good team with big strong guys. But it doesn’t matter the NHL is the best league in the world and that’s to be expected and I’m ready to be back of course I am coming in a little nervous but I’m excited to be back out there.
Capuano on Visnovsky: We would never put him in a situation obviously where it would put him in any doubt. He's been skating now for a long time, he’s been [in] contact now for at least a week or more, so he's ready to go. Obviously it's about the pace of the game and the big bodies Boston has. He's going to see right away, but there's no better time for him to get back in there now. He's been waiting he's been working hard and no matter who he played against it's going to be a little bit of a test for him but he's a veteran guy and we'll get him right in there.
Nabokov: Evgeni Nabokov was taken off IR, but will back up Kevin Poulin tonight. Head coach Jack Capuano said he wouldn’t hesitate to use him if necessary, but opted to go with Poulin tonight.
Hamonic Skates: Travis Hamonic skated with the team Monday morning, his first morning skate since suffering an upper-body injury Dec. 12 at Dallas.
From the Coach: I haven't even brought up or talked about that [Stadium Series] game yesterday. That's not something I want to do. This is a task at hand, this is a great team we're playing, a Stanley Cup team that's on a little bit of a roll right now, they're healthy and our focus should be on the Boston Bruins, it has to be.
Team Leaders: David Krejci leads the Bruins with 42 points (10g/32a)… Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand are tied for the team lead in goals with 16… Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins with a plus-23 rating… Adam McQuaid leads his team with 69 penalty minutes.
Who to Watch: Patrice Bergeron is one of the best two-way players in the league with 33 points (13g/20a) and a team-leading plus-23 rating. Bergeron won the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in 2012 and was named to the Canadian Olympic team for the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi. Milan Lucic brings size (6’3”, 235 lbs.), toughness (60 PIM) and a scoring touch (13-20-32) to the Bruins lineup.
Johnson Probable: Chad Johnson was the first goalie off at morning skate today, suggesting he could in goal tonight against the Isles.