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A ‘Dull’ Win, but the Bruins Still Got the Two Points

Tuukka Rask looks back at the puck after Islanders Frank Nielson scored on a penalty shot. (AP)

The New York Islanders, but soon let up, making the Bruins’ 5-2 win much closer than it probably should have been.

“It got a little dull,” defenseman Andrew Ference told reporters after Thursday’s win. “I don’t know if that’s the most descriptive word for it, but it was a little dull. The first period was very good and the control that we had and the simple things we did to get the puck back, we strayed away from that. And it’s usually a carbon copy when we do that. We start turning the puck over, complicating the game. It wasn’t the best follow-up to a good first.”

Milan Lucic scored two goals in the tilt, one of them a power-play goal in the first period with a pass from Marc Savard, which gave Savard his first point of the season. Lucic then scored an empty netter, Boston’s fourth goal of the game, at 18 minutes and 57 seconds into the third period.

Patrice Bergeron tripped Frans Nielsen while he was on a breakaway, which led to an Islanders power play and a penalty shot for Nielsen. He scored on the backhand on Tuukka Rask (33 saves, 2-6-1) at 3:41 in the second period. Which tied the game at one.

Brad Marchand put the Bruins up, 2-1, after scoring a short-handed goal when Islanders and former Boston University netminder Rick DiPietro (32 saves, .914) was out of position. DiPietro and Marchand raced for the puck, DiPietro won, but shot the puck into Marchand. Marchand recovered the puck and scored on a wide-open goal.

Marchand is now tied with Philadelphia FlyersClaude Giroux for the league lead in short-handed goals with three.

Michael Ryder tipped in the Bruins’ game-winning goal on a power play at 14:16 in the third period. Ryder was in the high slot when Ference hit Ryder with a pass.

The Islanders scored at 16:27 with a wrist shot from Rob Schremp to put the game at 3-2, but the Bruins scored two empty-netters from Lucic and Bergeron to secure their 5-2 win over the NHL’s last place team.

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