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Rask's 36 saves help Bruins hold off Islanders

by David Satriano /

NEW YORK -- Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Boston Bruins held on for a 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Ryan Spooner and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston (7-6-1), which ended a three-game losing streak and finished 1-2-0 on a three-game trip.

"I was good today. I felt good today. The best I've felt in a long time," Rask said. "Hopefully I can feel like that every game."

Ex-Bruin defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored a third-period power-play goal and Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for the Islanders (7-5-3), who are 1-3-2 in their past six games and have scored nine goals in that span.

Spooner got the Bruins on the board at 13:00 of the first period during a 5-on-3 power play. Bergeron was in the slot and passed to David Krejci at the left of the net; he sent a touch pass to Spooner in the lower right circle, and Spooner hit the wide-open net for his third goal.

Bergeron was credited with his fifth of the season at 14:13 of the second period when his point shot deflected off the skate of Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy and went past Halak.

"It's a great two points especially after a tough road trip like we just had. It was important for us to show up tonight and bring out a solid effort." Bergeron said. "We had to bring a solid effort and more composure to our game. ... I thought we did a good job of that and we took advantage of the chances we got."

Boston lost to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Rask kept the Bruins ahead by two late in the second period. The Islanders came in on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush, and Cal Clutterbuck opted to shoot from the left with Casey Cizikas to his right, but Rask made a glove save.

"Give him credit," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Rask. "He played really well for us tonight. Kept us in the game. Made the saves for us tonight when we really needed them."

Rask also made a point-blank save on Matt Martin at 7:11 of the third period.

"We didn't make it easy on ourselves," Rask said of the Bruins, who played their third game in four nights. "We took a lot of penalties and they just kept coming and coming. We stuck with it and it paid off."

The Islanders finally got on the board with 6:18 remaining after Boston's Kevan Miller and Joonas Kemppainen took penalties 14 seconds apart. Boychuk and Kyle Okposo played catch before Boychuk's one-timer from the high slot beat Rask.

"I thought we played a good game," Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic said. "We couldn't beat a good goalie. We're not that far removed from playing some really good hockey. We're still a confident group. ... Things haven't gone as planned the last couple weeks obviously, but that's not to say we're playing terrible."

The Bruins have allowed a power-play goal in 12 of their past 13 and ranked 30th in penalty-killing (68.1 percent) prior to Sunday. Boston killed off six of the Islanders' seven power plays.

"Our penalty kill was good tonight." Julien said. "The 5-on-3 we probably need to touch that up a little bit but the 5-on-4 was much, much better for us."

The Islanders had three shots in 9:03 of power-play time.

"We had some chances on the power play that we didn't capitalize on either." Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "It's not enough that we had. We have to get better at [shooting on the power play]. We have to crash the net. It's going to be second or third chance opportunities."

Forward Taylor Beck, acquired in a Sept. 17 in a trade that sent Michael Grabner to the Toronto Maple Leafs, played 8:56 and did not have a shot on goal in his debut for the Islanders. He replaced Josh Bailey, who was a healthy scratch.


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