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Two streaks came to an end last night on Long Island, as the B’s snapped their longest losing streak of the season at three, beating the red hot New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, 6-3. They also ended New York’s season-long four-game win streak. The Boston win kicked off their six-game road trip in grand style, with six different goal scorers on the night, coupled with 34 saves from goalie Tuukka Rask.
The first period was all Bruins, all the time, with the B’s jumping out to an early 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. Blake Wheeler would get Boston on the board first, backhanding a soft goal through Islander goalie Nathan Lawson to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Mark Recchi would add to that lead a few minutes later, scoring his 574th career goal off a feed from Patrice Bergeron down in front. The goal put Recchi into 19th place on the NHL’s career goal scoring list. From there, Gregory Campbell would round out the first period scoring just after the nine-minute mark, lighting the lamp for his ninth goal of the year to send the two teams into the intermission three goals apart.
David Krejci wouldn’t waste any time pouring more salt into the Isles’ wounds, backhanding the puck past Lawson to pad the Boston lead to four just 55 seconds into the second period. New York’s leading scorer, John Tavares, would finally get the Islanders on the board about a minute later, beating Rask with a wrister, but the B’s would get their four-goal lead back within just seconds, as Tyler Seguin notched his 10th goal of his rookie campaign, snapping the puck past Lawson, who would exit stage left in favor of backup goalie Al Montoya.
Montoya would stop the bleeding pretty much the rest of the way, letting in just one more goal from Milan Lucic later on in the second period. New York would add two more before the game came to an end, with a Josh Bailey slapper and the second goal of the night from Tavares getting past Rask. When all was said and done, the B’s emerged victorious, doubling up the Islanders by a 6-3 score.
With the Canadiens taking one on the chin Thursday, taking a surprising 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the league’s worst team by far, Boston regains a two-point advantage over the Habs in the Northeast Division standings, with one game in hand over Montreal as well.
Boston’s season-long six-game road trip continues Friday, as they head north of the border to kick off five straight games in Canada, facing off with the struggling Ottawa Senators. There, they’ll meet up with newly acquired center Chris Kelly, who will make his Bruins debut against his former team. Kelly, who was traded to Boston Tuesday in exchange for a second-round pick, had problems with getting a work visa, keeping him from joining the team for their game in New York. From there, the team will play three more games in Canada, heading west to take on Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton, before returning to Ottawa to wrap up their long voyage.