Lucic, Bruins defeat Islanders
|12.09.10 at 9:34 pm ET|
The Bruins got three special teams goals (including Milan Lucic‘s team-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season) and Tuukka Rask picked up his second win as the Bruins defeated the Islanders, 5-2, on Thursday night at TD Garden. The B’s had two empty-netters, with Lucic and Patrice Bergeron providing them.
Brad Marchand scored his third shorthanded goal of the season in the second period when Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro took a gamble by coming far out of his net to play a puck.
The Islanders got goals from Frans Nielsen and Rob Schremp, the first of which came on a shorthanded penalty shot in the second period.
Michael Ryder added a goal of his own in the third period, which like Lucic’s first, came on the power play. The Bruins finished the night 2-for-5 on the the power play. Lucic’s first-period goal was assisted by Marc Savard, as the center picked up his first point since returning from post-concussion symptoms.
Steven Kampfer, making his NHL debut, was solid, opening the game with a big hit on Islanders’ winger Blake Comeau and coming up with a big blocked shot in the second period. He actually ended up getting more ice time than Adam McQuaid, though McQuaid’s five-minute fighting major in the first can help explain that.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Marchand might soon be lobbying for his teammates to take more penalties so he can score more goals. Three of his four goals this season have come when the B’s have been down a man, and his total is tied with Flyers winger Claude Giroux for the league lead.
– Lucic just finds a way to score. For a guy who never had a huge reputation of getting bounces entering the season, he’s sure as hell gotten them this year. Lucic’s first-period goal hit the post, bounced of DiPietro and in. It also came a game after Ryan Miller managed to let a Lucic shot trickle in past the left post.
– For a team with such a good reputation of scoring when trailing in the third period, it should be noted that they don’t let their opponents return the favor when the shoe is on the other foot. With Thursday’s win, the B’s improved to 13-0-0 when leading after the second period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Aside from his poorly executed John Vanbiesbrouck impersonation, DiPietro was quite good, frustrating the Bruins for much of the night, including an incredible save off a Dennis Seidenberg reboun attempt.
Despite his solid play on the night, the Boston University product fell to 3-5-4 on the season.
– As nice as it is to get a shorthanded goal, and the Bruins got their fourth on Thursday, they also allowed their second of the season. The Thrashers are the only team that has yet to give up a shorthanded goal this season.