January 25, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: Bruins pull away late, bury Isles

By Jesse Connolly

Zdeno Chara scored the game-winning goal less than halfway through the third period. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 4, New York 2

Recap: Following Shawn Thornton's first goal of the season and a fight that saw Milan Lucic stun Matt Carkner on the final punch, the Bruins had momentum and the lead. Keith Aucoin helped the Isles steal both.

The Chelmsford, Mass., native tallied twice, giving New York a 2-1 lead at the 9:50 mark of the second period. Boston responded when David Krejci floated a pass to the front of the net that bounced off a defender, landing on Greg Campbell's stick. The puck was quickly fired past Rick DiPietro.

Boston went back ahead midway through the third on Zdeno Chara's first goal of the season and iced it when Patrice Bergeron tallied on a breakaway, giving the B's a 4-2 win.

Records: Boston 3-0-1, seven points; New York 2-2-0, four points

Key Play of the Game: Boston's insurance goal crushed the Isles' hopes. Dougie Hamilton hit Brad Marchand in the neutral zone. No. 63 sent a perfect pass that allowed Bergeron to squeeze through two defenders and come in all alone on DiPietro.

Connolly's Commendations: Hamilton picked up the second and third assists of his NHL career and was named the First Star of the contest.

Bergeron, as per usual, contributed in just about every way possible. If there's one statistic to salute in this one, it'd be the center's 14-6 record on draws, as No. 37 won 70 percent.

Aucoin now has three goals in his last two games. He was waived by the Maple Leafs a week ago.

Connolly's Critiques: Not surprisingly, Isles star John Tavares' faceoff stats were just the opposite of Bergeron's. He won 7-of-22 on the night.

Notes: Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup and led Boston with four blocked shots. For Aucoin, it was the first two-goal game of his career.

Final Thoughts: The B's were guilty of letting the Isles climb back into this and hang around for a tad too long, but ultimately they took care of business.

Next: The Bruins will head to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes Monday night.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com