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After the second period was over, it seemed like the Bruins were headed to their fourth straight lopsided affair to start the season, after a 4-1 loss opening night, a 7-2 win over the Hurricanes last Saturday, and a 6-1 loss to the Ducks in their previous game. Against the Islanders Saturday night at the TD Garden, the Bruins fell behind 3-0 and appeared headed to a 1-3 start.
With eight minutes to go in the game, nothing had changed. The Bruins still faced a 3-0 deficit, and the only thing they had going for them was that they were facing one of the NHL’s worst teams, the Islanders. Somehow, some way, the Bruins scored three goals in the final eight minutes and won the game via the shootout. How did this happen?
With 8:01 to go in the third period, Marc Savard got the Bruins on the board with his second goal of the year. Byron Bitz followed almost four minutes later to make it a 3-2 game, and Matt Hunwick capped off the comeback with less than three minutes to go in regulation. What a disastrous period for Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson!
In overtime, both teams were held scoreless, and the game moved to a shootout. Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard scored on the Bruins first two attempts. New York’s Rob Schemp scored on the first attempts for the Islanders, but after two more misses, the Bruins had successfully survived a three-goal deficit to earn two points. The Islanders, meanwhile, dropped to 0-0-3 on the year.
Tuukka Rask started in net for the B’s, and save for a horrific second period (three goals allowed on nine shots), he was superb. Rask finished with 35 saves in regulation and overtime, and allowed just one goal in the shootout.
Jon Sim, Radek Martinek, and John Tavares scored the goals for the Islanders.
The Bruins next play the Avalanche at 1 p.m. on Columbus Day.