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Thomas Vanek up to old tricks as Bruins fall to Islanders

11.02.13 at 9:38 pm ET

The ups and downs continued for the Bruins Saturday night, as they fell to 8-5-0 on the season with a 3-1 loss to the Islanders ad Nassau Coliseum.

With Tuukka Rask getting his second game off this season and Chad Johnson in net for the B’s, the Bruins were unable to do damage against Islanders net minder Kevin Poulin, who has making his third start of the season.

After the teams skated to a scoreless first period, the Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from John Tavares and Andrew MacDonald. The Bruins got on the board with a power play goal from Dougie Hamilton, but newly acquired Islanders forward Thomas Vanek kept up his Bruin-killing ways by making it 3-1 less than a minute later on a 2-on-1.

The Bruins will return to Boston, where they will begin a five-game home stand Tuesday against the Stars.


– The Bruins have had quite a few rough nights defensively this season, something that usually doesn’t happen around these parts. From poor breakouts to getting caught flat-footed in the neutral zone, the B’s are clearly still seeing some growing pains from their young blueliners. Torey Krug got a penalty out of it when Brock Nelson took a pass at the Bruins blue line and blew past him on a breakaway, causing Krug to hook Nelson and spend the next two minutes in the box.

The B’s gave up too many odd-man rushes, which ended up burning them.

– The Bruins actually came out strong in the beginning of each of the first two periods, but they trailed off in both cases. Considering that the Islanders were playing the second game of a back-to-back, that wasn’t enough to cut it.

– Thomas Vanek plus points equals points for Thomas Vanek, and a change of uniform hasn’t changed that. Facing the B’s for the first time since being traded from the Sabres to the Islanders, Vanek picked up a pair of points with the primary helper on Tavares’ goal and the goal that followed Soderberg’s tally.

Vanek’s second-period goal marked his 500th career point. It was also his 30th goal and 59th point against the Bruins in 51 career games.

– The Bruins missed a pair of golden opportunities in the third period. With Taveres in the box and the B’s on a power play, Torey Krug fed Zdeno Chara with a pass in the high slot, and with Poulin committed to Krug, Chara had an open net but missed. Shortly after the expiration of the penalty, Chris Kelly’s line failed to finish in front as well.


– It really wasn’t a dazzling night for the Bruins, but Carl Soderberg’s confidence should be on the rise given that the work he put in out in front of Poulin on the Bruins’ second-period power play was a big reason as to why the puck Hamilton threw on net from a wide angle went in.

– Ryan Spooner picked up the secondary assist on Hamilton’s goal, giving him two points (both assists) in two games since being recalled Thursday.

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