March 3, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Islanders


NYI - 2
BOS - 1

NYI - 17
BOS - 27

Afrer multiple bad breaks in the second period, the Bruins are headed to the third trailing the Islanders 2-1.

With 9:01 gone in the frame, Tuukka Rask went to go into the butterfly position and sustained an injury, presumably to his lower body. No. 40 had to be helped off the ice after remaining down for a few minutes in his crease.

In came Tim Thomas. No. 30 stopped four of five, allowing a goal with 4:25 to go to New York's leading goal scorer, Matt Moulson.

Boston's best opportunity of the period, during which they outshot the Isles 15-7, came from a blast from Zdeno Chara that clanged the iron so loudly that the fans in the first few rows likely went deaf for a few moments.

Statistically it's been a pretty evenly-matched affair. Both teams are 1-for-3 on the power play and have 14 hits. Boston holds a 25-23 edge on faceoffs.


NYI - 1
BOS - 1

NYI - 10
BOS - 12

Twenty minutes are down at the Garden where the Bruins and Islanders are knotted up at one goal apiece.

At 12:20, Shawn Thornton went to the box for roughing up Travis Hamonic. A little over a minute into the Isles' power play, Josh Bailey was whistled for slashing.

After Thornton's penalty expired, Boston went on the man advantage. Milan Lucic tallied with 4:50 to go, as Joe Corvo fed Brian Rolston, who then got the puck to No. 17. The assist gave Rolston his first point as a Bruin (in his second stint, of course).

With 2:24 remaining, Frans Nielsen sent a pass through the slot. The puck got past defenseman Greg Zanon and found its way to Bailey, who slipped one past from close range to make it 1-1.

New York won 14-of-25 faceoffs in the first period. Boston held an 11-7 edge in hits.