March 31, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Islanders


BOS - 2
NYI - 2

BOS - 14
NYI - 16

Two periods are in the books on Long Island where the B's and Isles are tied up at 2-2.

Greg Campbell took on Isles' tough guy Micheal Haley at 2:56 of the period. Campbell got a couple short jabs in early, but we'll give Haley the nod for the heavy rights he landed before earning the takedown.

Chris Kelly's 20th goal of the season put Boston ahead with 4:58 gone in the middle frame. The Center stormed in, stole the puck just inside the offensive zone and sent a hard wrister past Montoya.

With 5:34 remaining, John Tavares drew the attention of everyone in Black and Gold, allowing him to slip a pass through defenders to P.A. Parenteau. Parenteau had nothing but net to shoot at and promptly knotted things up a t 2-2.

With 57 ticks left, David Krejci -- for lack of a better word -- lingered with the puck near center ice, had it taken away and lazily slashed Nino Niederreiter.

Turco made two huge stops on redirects by Matt Moulson from the slot. 

New York will start the third with 1:03 of PP time to work with.


BOS - 1
NYI - 1

BOS - 7
NYI - 7

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

It took until the 18:11 mark for either team to find the back of the net. Boston got on the board when Milan Lucic did a great job of taking the puck away from Marty Reasoner near the side of the net and fed David Krejci for his 22nd goal of the season.

On the next shift, the Bruins had a 2-on-1 in which Benoit Pouliot fired a shot on goal with Brian Rolston streaking down the middle.

The Isles quickly turned things around the other way. Frans Nielsen deked by Rolston at center ice and found Kyle Okposo. Okposo's wrist shot from around the tops of the circles beat Marty Turco high on his glove side to make it 1-1. The veteran netminder would probably like to have that one back.

The B's then had a 3-on-2 and another 2-on-1. Brad Marchand set up Tyler Seguin with a perfect pass, but No. 19 missed the wide-open net high and wide. Yeeouch.

Boston absolutely crushed the Islanders at the dot winning 13-of-17 (76%). Patrice Bergeron won 7-of-8 (88%).