Final: Boston 6, New York 0
Recap: This one quickly had the feel it was over before it even really began. Boston was all over the Isles early and blew the doors off Nassau Coliseum early with three goals via Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly in the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead — chasing Rick DiPietro in the process. With Anders Nilsson in goal, the second period was status quo as New York finally showed signs of life and the B’s offense went dormant.
But it woke right up again in the third, as Andy Ference and Chris Kelly had goals 2:29 apart in the middle of the period. Zdeno Chara closed out the scoring with 1:45 left, capping off an easy 6-0 win for the Bruins.
Records: Boston 11-7-0, 22 points; New York 5-9-3, 13 points
Key Play of the Game: The B’s second goal was the telltale sign the Isles were in for a long night. DiPietro foolishly tried to throw the puck up the middle with Boston on a power play and the biscuit landed right on Nathan Horton’s stick. No. 18 took a few quick strides then ripped one glove side that the Isles netminder had no shot on. The Bruins went ahead by two and never looked back.
Connolly’s Commendations: Would anyone have believed me if I said Chris Kelly would be on pace for 32 goals at the 18-game mark before the year started? That’s exactly where the center stands now after striking twice in the B’s big win. With seven goals, Kelly ranks third on the team behind only Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin.
Tremendous kudos goes to the entire Boston blueline. Couldn’t have asked for a more flawless game. Not only did the B’s d-men limit the Islanders to damn-near zero quality scoring chances, they also chipped in a ton down the other end of the ice. Ference and Chara each had tallies, while the blueline corps as a whole combined to sport a plus-10 rating (led by Joe Corvo’s plus-4).
But the defensive props don’t just stop there. Boston’s forwards did a great job chipping in back in their own end to keep the Isles from doing literally anything offensively. Additionally, they put New York on the man advantage just once and kept them from capitalizing on it.
Connolly’s Critiques: Anything written here wouldn’t be a reach, it’d be an outright lie.
Notes: Tyler Seguin had an assist but finished with zero shots on goal for just the second time this season (Oct. 10 vs. Avalanche). Greg Campbell had an astoundingly awesome night at the dot, winning 12-of-14 (86%) faceoffs. As a team, the B’s won 42-of-68 (62%) faceoffs.
Final Thoughts: After two tightly-contested games, the Bruins returned to full-fledged blowout mode tonight. This one was simply never in doubt, as the B’s once again saw a surplus of players turn in great performances en route to their eighth-straight victory.
Next: Boston’s three-game road swing will continue on Monday night when they visit the Bell Centre to take on the Montreal Canadiens.