Two days after allowing a season-high seven goals, the New York Islanders responded with a 4-0 shutout win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
Thomas Greiss made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season - the Islanders first ever shutout in Boston - while Nikolay Kulemin powered the offense with a pair of goals. Josh Bailey and Jason Chimera also scored for the Islanders, who picked up their second win in Boston this season.
"It was a complete effort from our guys," head coach Jack Capuano said. "We had good structure to our game and had a lot of energy… To bounce back after that Carolina game it should be a good feeling and give the guys some attitude and swagger."
Video: NYI@BOS: Kulemin patiently pots feed to open scoring
The Islanders didn't start fast on Monday afternoon, but seized control of the game with three goals in a 5:20 span at the end of the second period. Kulemin kick-started the offense with a patient play in front of the net, taking a pass from Casey Cizikas (2A) and outwaiting Tuukka Rask before burying the puck at 13:18.
Bailey put the Islanders ahead 2-0 1:42 later, beating Rask with a sharp-angled shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, sneaking the puck in short side. Kulemin and Cizikas hooked up again for the Islanders third goal, with Cizikas chasing down his own rebound on a missed breakaway, sending the puck to Kulemin in the slot for the one-timer.
Video: NYI@BOS: Bailey surprises Rask with sharp-angle shot
"We as a line tried to play in the offensive zone," Kulemin said. "We tried to put pucks deep and get in on the forecheck and we had a lot of chances the last few games and didn't capitalize on them. Today's a couple of pucks got in."
With three goals on 15 shots, Rask was pulled before the start of the third period, marking the second straight game the Islanders have chased the Bruins' all-star goalie.
Video: NYI@BOS: Kulemin pots his second goal from Cizikas
But the presence of Zane McIntyre didn't change the flow of the game, as the Islanders extended the lead in the third period. Chimera forced a turnover and scored on a shorthanded breakaway, finding the back of the net for the third straight game.
From there it was smooth sailing, as Greiss stopped all 11 third period shots to preserve his clean sheet.
"We played a tighter game," Greiss said. "Way more concentrated, played harder and were way tougher to play against. They didn't have many rebound chances, or in tight chances, so that makes my life easier."
Video: NYI@BOS: Chimera speeds in for shorthanded goal
The Islanders got three of their four goals from their grinders on Monday, as the checking unit stepped up in the absence of veterans Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck, who were both scratched with minor injuries. Stephen Gionta made his Islanders season debut, skating 12:47 with a shot, hit and two blocks.
With a three-game road trip in the books, the Islanders return home to Brooklyn to take on the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.