Bruins look to cap off road trip on a 'positive note' vs. Isles

Bruins look to cap off road trip on a 'positive note' vs. Isles
February 25, 2013, 9:00 pm
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UNIONDALE, NY – The Bruins managed to come away with two convincing wins in their only road swing through Florida this season, and now the mantra is to not let that effort go to waste. The Bruins have been away from Boston for a week and only a Tuesday night date with the New York Islanders remains before a trip back to their home city.

It could be easy to overlook a perennial Eastern Conference doormat in the New York Islanders that’s put up a pitiful 2-7 record on home ice at Nassau Coliseum this season, but the Bruins are paying close attention to detail in closing out a solid road trip. If the Bruins can take down the Isles before heading home they’ll have grabbed nine out of a possible 10 points on a five game road trip through Buffalo, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Florida and finally on Long Island.

“We definitely want to finish it off right. Even thought we won the first two [against the Florida teams] you always remember that last game of a road trip,” said Milan Lucic. “It’s a big game for us. With them coming off a loss yesterday they’re definitely going to want to get back in the win column. This is a game that we definitely shouldn’t be taking lightly.”

It was a particularly embarrassing loss for the Isles as they took a two goal lead after the first period and then fell apart as the Carolina Hurricanes piled up four unanswered goals to deal New York a loss. The Islanders are ninth in goals scored (2.9 per game) and are cashing in on nearly a quarter of their power plays, so the Bruins know they’ll need to continue with the defensive discipline that’s keyed their successful road excursion.

Despite the offensive explosiveness of John Tavares and Matt Moulson, the Bruins should be able to exploit some suspect goaltender and porous Isles defense if they simply come to play.

“We want to close it out on a positive note before coming home,” said Shawn Thornton. “That’s our focus…getting a win tomorrow. They’ve got a pretty good team with a lot of firepower up front. We’ve got to take them seriously. I think we haven’t done that before, and they’ve shoved it up our [backside].”

That’s not what anybody is looking for as the Bruins close out their first big road excursion of the funky, shortened 2013 NHL season and continue to play catch up with the schedule-makers after easing into things the first month.