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The Skinny: Bruins 4, Islanders 2

by Eric Hornick / New York Islanders

Game 4

Bruins 4, Islanders 2

Keith Aucoin scored twice to build a 2-1 Islanders lead, but the Boston Bruins stormed back for three unanswered goals and defeated the Islanders 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden.

The Scoring:

1st Period

04:52BOSS. Thornton (1) Wrist - ASST: D. Paille (1) AND D. Hamilton (2) 1 - 0 BOS

11:13NYIK. Aucoin (2) Snap - ASST: C. McDonald (2) AND D. Ullstrom (2) 1 - 1 TIE

2nd Period

09:50NYIK. Aucoin (3) Slap - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 NYI

13:42BOSG. Campbell (1) Wrist - ASST: D. Krejci (3) AND C. Kelly (1) 2 - 2 TIE

3rd Period

07:07BOSZ. Chara (1) Snap - ASST: M. Lucic (1) AND N. Horton (1) 3 - 2 BOS

13:33BOSP. Bergeron (1) Wrist - ASST: B. Marchand (1) AND D. Hamilton (3) 4 - 2 BOS

The Skinny: Zdeno Chara has 10 goals in 39 career games against the Islanders. Aucoin, who is now tied with Michael Grabner for the club lead in goals, recorded the first two-goal game of his NHL career. Aucoin and Ullstrom each extended their point streaks to three straight games, while Grabner’s streak ended at three. Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton had two assists in the penultimate game before the Bruins need to decide whether to return him to Juniors. Matt Moulson played in his 250th game as an Islander, all consecutively. Of the 27 goals scored in Islanders games this season, 13 have been scored in the third period (six for, seven against). Boston is 32-12-2 over the last two seasons when they are assessed a fighting penalty.

The Shots:

Isles 11-9-6=26

Bruins 14-7-6=27

Home and Road

The Islanders are 2-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 at home and 1-1-0 on the road.

Boston is 3-0-1 overall, 3-0-0 at home and 0-0-1 on the road.

In the Nets

Rick DiPietro appeared in his first game since December 3, 2011 and made 23 saves. DiPietro is now 6-9-3 in his career against Boston, but has lost six straight to the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and improved to 3-0-1 on the season.

Power Plays

The Isles went 0-3 on the power play while Boston was also 0-3.

Both teams remain perfect on the penalty kill this season. The Isles have killed all 13 opponent power plays this season. It’s only the second time in the last 25 seasons (2003 is the other) that the Islanders have not allowed a PP goal over the first four games.

They Said It

Rick DiPietro: “I think I hate losing more than I like winning.”

They Tweeted It

@RealJackEdwards “"Dougie Dougie" the enduring memory of the night as Bruins fans chant the rookie's name. 2 Assists for the kid”

The Coach

“I thought Ricky played a good game in the net. I thought the PK was pretty good.”“We need all 20 guys to show up…and I didn’t see that tonight.”


This was the second game of a 5-game road trip. The Isles are 1-1-0 on the trip, and will make stops in Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and New Jersey before returning to the Coliseum on Super Bowl Sunday. The Islanders will also play five consecutive road games to end the regular season.

Head of the Class

John Tavares has 206 career points; he is 52 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player in that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player in that draft.

Friends, Friends, Friends

Matt Moulson has two goals this season; John Tavares earned an assist on the first one. Tavares has now been on-ice for 62 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 41 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.

105 NHL Goals

Moulson has 105 career goals (99 as an Islander). While 262 players were selected ahead of Moulson in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, only 17 have more goals.

Leading Ice Men

Mark Streit led the Isles with 25:18 but was minus-3; Zdeno Chara led Boston with 25:33.

In the Circle

The Islanders won 23 draws; the Bruins won 36. Keith Aucoin won 6-of-9 for the Islanders; Patrice Bergeron won 14-of-19 for Boston.

Heavy Hitters

The Islanders were out-hit 35-27. Colin McDonald led the Islanders with seven hits. There was one fight (Carkner-Lucic) in the game, raising the Isles’ season total to three.

All-time Winners

With the loss, the Islanders are now two games over .500 all-time (1349-1347-432 in 3128 games). The Islanders fell one game below .500 twice last season. Prior to that, they had not been below .500 since they were 177-178-83 before their victory on January 16, 1978.


Matt Moulson, the Isles’ reigning ironman, has played in all 250 games since joining the team. Moulson’s streak is the longest for an Islander in the Post-Cup era and the fourth longest in club history. Billy Harris played in the first 576 games in Islander history; that figure still stands as the club record.

Three other Islanders (Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Mark Streit) also played in every game last season. Tavares extended his streak to 163 consecutive games, while Nielsen and Streit have each played in 86.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History

1. Billy Harris 576

2. Bob Nystrom 301

3. Denis Potvin 262

4. Matt Moulson 250

Missing Men

Eric Boulton, Radek Martinek and Thomas Hickey were scratched. Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu remain suspended after suffering injuries in Europe. Lubomir Visnovsky has not yet reported.

As Seen on MSG+

Boston Coach Claude Julien won his 231st game behind the Bruin bench, tying Don Cherry for third place on the franchise all-time list.

List Time

Career Wins, Active Goalies

1. Martin Brodeur 659

2. Roberto Luongo 339

3. Nikolai Khabibulin 328

4. Evgeni Nabokov 314

5. Miikka Kiprusoff 311

Career Wins

21. Sean Burke 324

22. Evgeni Nabokov 314

23. Miikka Kiprusoff 311

Career Goals as an Islander

25Trent Hunter 99

25Matt Moulson 99

27Mikko Makela 95

27David Volek 95

32Travis Green 92

33Butch Goring 87

34Tomas Jonsson 84

34John Tavares 84

36Wayne Merrick 81

36Dave Scatchard 81

Career Assists as an Islander – active players

1John Tavares122

2Mark Streit119

3Frans Nielsen115

4Kyle Okposo 94

Career Games as an Islander (skaters)

49Eric Cairns 327

50Alan Kerr 326

51Frans Nielsen 323

52Brad Dalgarno 321

59Arron Asham 300

59Roman Hamrlik 300

61Josh Bailey 292

62Gord Dineen 287

63Jeff Norton 282

64Steve Thomas275

64Kyle Okposo 275

66Blake Comeau 261

66Andre St. Laurent 261

71Jude Drouin 250

72Matt Moulson 250

73John Tavares 247

73Brad Isbister 247

73Brendan Witt 247

76Sean Bergenheim 246

77Miroslav Satan 243

78Bryan Berard 242

78Mark Streit 242

80JP Parise 240

Career Points as an Islander

31Mark Parrish214

32Jean Potvin213

32Garry Howatt213

34Anders Kallur211

35John Tavares 206

36Marty McInnis198

40Lorne Henning184

41Matt Moulson 173

42Randy Wood172

43Claude Lapointe171

43JP Parise171

45Shawn Bates170

46Frans Nielsen 169

46Jude Drouin169

48Dave Scatchard168

49Miroslav Satan166

50Kyle Okposo 163

51Oleg Kvasha158

52Alan Kerr154

53Roman Hamrlik153

53Mark Streit153

Season Series Stats

The Bruins lead the season series 1-0-0 and two points to zero. The Isles are 4-14-1 in the last nineteen games against Boston. The teams will next meet on Feb. 26 at the Coliseum, before completing the season series on April 11 in Boston.

Happy Anniversary

16 years ago (1-25-97): On Al Arbour Night, the Islanders raise a banner commemorating Arbour’s 739 wins and then defeat Chicago 3-2. Arbour would win game 740 in 2007.

All-time, the Isles are 2-6-2 on this date, having dropped their last three games, all on the road, since that 1997 win.

On The Farm

The Sound Tigers begin a two-game series in Norfolk with a 2-1 loss. Kevin Poulin had 36 saves for Bridgeport, who drops to 19-18-2-2. The same teams meet again on Saturday night.

Up Next


[MSG+2 (Islanders Game Night at 7:30pm), WRHU (88.7FM)]

The road trip continues on Sunday night in Winnipeg. After dropping the first game last season to Winnipeg, the Islanders rebounded to win the season series three games to one and six points to three.

The Jets are 2-1-1 on the young campaign after rallying to defeat Pittsburgh 4-2 on Friday night.

And Finally…

Elias Sports Bureau came up with an interesting stat on the win in Toronto. It’s the first Islanders win in a road game by a two or more goal margin after trailing by two goals in that game since Feb. 13, 2004, when they spotted the Coyotes a 2-0 lead but won 5-2.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.

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