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It wasn’t always pretty, but the Bruins pulled out a close 3-2 victory over the Islanders. The Bruins got an early power play, 1:27 in, but could do nothing with it. They largely did nothing despite many 1st period opportunities (they out-shot New York 16-4 in the period), but they did manage to strike first blood when Milan Lucic put the puck into the net with 1:34 left in the 1st.
The 2nd period did not go as well. Patrice Bergeron was called for interference 50 seconds in, despite the contact being clearly accidental as Bergeron was looking away and drifting over the ice. Josh Bailey turned it into a power play goal after Tim Thomas made the original save, but failed to notice the puck next to him until it was too late. Bailey tapped it in, and from the overhead angle, it looked like Thomas might have helped tap it in with his right arm.
Thomas nearly bobbled a save into his own net a minute later, and half a minute beyond that, the Islanders’ goalie (Dwayne Roloson) was knocked over after a collision following a save, but a golden opportunity on the second chance was not followed through by Boston. Still, David Krejci seized the opportunity 5:04 into the 2nd when Roloson was unable to defend. Marc Savard added a power play goal 4:16 later to give the Bruins a two goal lead for the first time in ages.
Then, with 3:54 left, Michael Ryder took out Blake Comeau with a hard check from behind into the boards. Ryder was given a game misconduct and checking from behind major. Comeau was able to get up, which makes it a good thing for firing up the Bruins for the final 20+ minutes. Taking the game into the 3rd period, the Bruins were able to kill off the five minute penalty, and hold off most of the Islanders’ attempts, including over a minute with an empty net (that did not result in any goals). The Islanders did score 5:43 into the 3rd period, but could not erase the Bruins’ insurance goal as well.
The league’s worst offense needed a multiple goal lead so they could feel good during a game. Seizing a great chance on a power play, Savard gave them that.
Sitting there dumbfounded before the Islanders’ first goal wasn’t something any goalie should do, nor was helping to knock it in. Allowing the Islanders to score their second to get back in the game shouldn’t have happened either.
Aside from the Ryder incident, which didn’t even evoke any ill actions from anyone, the game was unfortunately quite civil.
“You know … out of a bunch of teams that compete every night, they have a reputation for competing night in and night out.” – Tim Thomas after the game on the lowly Islander’s performance.