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The Bruins opened the first of three on their current road trip in Long Island against the Islanders on Saturday night. The game signified a bizzarre stretch in the schedule where the Bruins play the three road games after only having played four previously all season. Earlier this month the B’s shelled New York in a 6-2 win, and were coming into action having won 7 straight to climb up the standings after early struggles.
Their success continued, with a 6-0 win over the Islanders Saturday night.
After a quiet start with not much rhythm from either side, Tyler Seguin set up a great opportunity for Patrice Bergeron at the right of the post, who finished past New York goalie Rick DiPietro to give Boston a 1-0 lead. The goal came at 7:08 and was the fourth of the season for Bergeron. The Bruins offensive show continued soon after that, with Boston commanding possession of the puck against the lowly Islanders. After a short two-man advantage, DiPietro made a costly mistake, giving up the puck to Nathan Horton who reached the back of the net. The power play goal was Horton’s sixth and it came at 12:24.
With nearly five minutes to go in the first, it was all Bruins to that point. Boston was outshooting New York 11-1, giving Tim Thomas a relative breather of a period. Then, after the he stopped short-lived momentum from New York, the Bruins got right back to work against DiPietro, thanks to Chris Kelly. Also his sixth goal of the season, Kelly blasted a deep shot past the helpless goalie at 18:45, effectively ending the period on a high note as Boston took a commanding 3-0 lead, outshooting New York 13-2.
The Islanders immediately switched things up to start the second period, replacing DiPietro in net with Anders Nilsson who was making his NHL debut. While the score didn’t change, New York did come out with more fight than in the first, getting more shots in the first 2:16 than they did in the entire first period. The Bruins continued to create their own opportunities, as Horton just missed his second goal of the game clanking one off the post on a power play. The period ended in the same 3-0 score, but highlighted the tremendous defense of the Bruins, who didn’t let New York have any real scoring opportunities.
With only 20 minutes remaining, the Bruins just needed to hold on to their three goal lead for the eighth consecutive victory. Instead they got back to their offensive firepower, lighting up the Islanders for an additional three goals. The first came at 10:25 from Andrew Ference seconds following the conclusion of a power play. Chris Kelly provided a great screen on that play, and then scored his second goal of the night at 12:54 to give Boston a 5-0 lead. Kelly cleaned up his own blocked shot on the goal, and Zdeno Chara joined the party at 18:15 on a 2 on 1 with Brad Marchand, punctuating the blowout as the Bruins destroyed New York 6-0. Amazingly, ten different players earned points for Boston, who will hope for similar success on Monday night in Montreal.