(Moncton) The stage was set.
It was a homecoming for head coach Ted Nolan, his coaching staff and Islanders prospect Andrew MacDonald, but the night belonged to another member of the 2005-06 Moncton Wildcats championship team, Boston's Martins Karsums, who sent the building into a frenzy by scoring in the second period to cap off a four-goal second period for the Bruins. Boston went on to win 5-1 with the lone Islanders goal scored by Shawn Bates.
Penalties galore in the second period five in all -- are what set the Islanders back. Despite giving up only two power play goals, another two were scored against the Islanders while on a delayed penalty.
"Exhibition games are all about evaluation," said Nolan. "It gives us an opportunity to see how certain players react to certain situations. In the first period I thought we played okay and in the third as well. We just got out of sync a little bit in the second."
The first period looked promising for the new-look Islanders, who played with eight new faces, but it was a three-year Islander that set the tone early. Trent Hunter threw a big hit into Jeff Hoggan early in the first with Hoggan retaliating and taking Boston's first penalty.
But in the second period everything unraveled for the Islanders, taking five penalties, with the Bruins capitalizing on two delayed penalties with the goalie pulled.
The Bruins struck first from a scramble in front . Nate Thompson picked up the loose puck and jammed it home past Rick DiPietro for a 1-0 Bruins lead 2:34 into the second period. Jason York picked up the lone assist.
Brad Stuart put the Bruins up 2-0 on a two-man advantage with Masi Marjamaki serving DiPietro's penalties and Bates off for hooking. Brad Boyes fed it cross-ice to Stuart who one-timed it past DiPietro.
With another penalty about to be assessed on the Islanders, Pascal Pelletier made it 3-0 with another scramble in front of the net with 6:54 remaining in the second period. Patrice Bergeron and Yan Stastny were credited with the assists. After the goal DiPietro was pulled for Mike Dunham, making his Islanders debut.
Bates scored the first Islanders goal of the season off a perfect head-man pass from Andrew MacDonald to make it 3-1 Boston with 3:18 remaining in the second period.
Karsums scored past Dunham for a 4-1 Boston lead with 1:43 remaining in the second period. Savard capped off the scoring on the power play late in the third.
Slapshots: Shawn Bates and Sean Hill wore "As" on their jerseys...Prior to the start of the game Ted Nolan, assistant coaches Danny Flynn and Dan Lacroix, Islanders strength and conditioning coach Graham Black, Andrew MacDonald and Boston™s Martins Karsums were awarded rings for their championship season with the Moncton Wildcats. Nolan also received two framed team pictures...Alexei Yashin, Chris Simon, Peter Ferraro, Brendan Witt and Rick Berry made the trip to Moncton but were scratched.
1 Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro
3 Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
47 Andrew MacDonald - 77 Alexei Zhitnik
14 Chris Campoli - 6 Sean Hill
11 Andy Hilbert - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
55 Jason Blake - 17 Shawn Bates - 45 Arron Asham
15 Jeff Tambellini - 10 Richard Park - 57 Blake Comeau
7 Trent Hunter - 51 Frans Nielsen - 58 Masi Marjamaki
30 Tim Thomas
60 Brian Finley
23 Paul Mara - 6 Brad Stuart
38 Bobby Allen - 68 Milan Jurcina
41 Andrew Alberts - 25 Jason York
11 P.J. Axelsson - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 26 Brad Boyes
18 Mark Mowers - 71 Marc Savard - 44 Martins Karsums
32 Jeff Hoggan - 43 Yan Stastny - 42 Pascal Pelletier
52 Nate Thompson - 56 Ben Walter - 47 Petr Kalus