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Islanders Jump on Rask, Win Easily

Mark Moulson (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Matt Moulson scored his first goal of the night in the first period only six minutes into the game. He would later add two more, with one of them taken away and rightfully given to his teammate John Tavares. The Bruins struggled to stop the puck from going into their own net as they lost last night to the New York Islanders 4-1 at home to drop their record once again to 8-8-4 on the season. The Islanders improved their record to 8-6-7 on the year as they have won six of their past 10 games but are still dead last in the Atlantic Division.

Tuukka Rask started in goal for the Bruins and did not have the best game of the season as he was only able to stop 17 of 20 shots on goal. Rask hasn’t played in over a week so it’s not surprising that he struggled against New York. Rask’s record fell to 3-2-1 on the season. On the opposing end, Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 of 29 shots on goal as he improved his record to 6-1-5 on the season.

Before Monday’s game the Bruins lost their previous two and now are on a three-game losing streak. The Islanders should’ve been an easier opponent, especially with the Bruins being 6-0-1 against them before last night, but New York’s young talent showed they know how to score.

Moulson scored the only goal in the first period for either team to put the Islanders up 1-0. Daniel Paille then responded in the second period with his second goal of the season off an assist from David Krejci. Moulson then added his 10th goal of the season just a couple minutes later to put the Islanders up 2-1 heading into the third period.

It then only took one minute and fifty seconds into the third for Tavares to score his ninth goal of the season, which was initially given to Moulson. After review, credit was given to the 19-year-old Tavares.

The Islanders also tacked on an empty-net goal by Trent Hunter with less than a minute left in the game to bring the score to 4-1.

Neither team was successful on the power-play as they both went 0-for-5 apiece. The Bruins even had an opportunity in the first period with a 5-on-3 advantage but couldn’t capitalize.

Shawn Thornton continued his hot streak in winning fights by beating down Tim Jackman during the first. Thornton now has 47 penalty minutes on the year.

As the Bruins continue their struggles on the year, one thing to think about is that they have played 13 games at home this year with a record of 6-5-2 after going 29-6-6 at home last season. The Bruins were a very good team at home last year and now have played almost twice as many home games than away games this year and have struggled.

The B’s will now play four straight on the road with their next game at Atlanta on Thursday night with the hopeful return of Milan Lucic for the game. Marc Savard is hoping to start skating today and this Bruins team can really use him as soon as possible.

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