UNIONDALE, NY – The Bruins and Islanders haven’t combined to play a whole lot of defense in their last couple of games, but at least it’s been an entertaining brand of hockey to watch.
The Bruins and Isles combined for nine goals and 68 shots on net with the Bruins finally escaping with a 6-3 win over New York in their Nassau Coliseum backyard.
The loss hands the Islanders their third straight defeat, and gives the Bruins nine out of 10 points in their last five contests during a nice little run for the Black and Gold.
The backbreaker for the Islanders on this night was a majestic rush up the right wing by Carl Soderberg after a cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic caught him in stride, and he used speed and strength to go right by Thomas Hickey at the end of a shift. The off-wing rush allowed him to finish off the play with a forehand wrist shot that Kevin Poulin had no chance to stop.
Prior to that score, Boston and New York had traded goals after the Bruins dominated the first half of the first period with just a Loui Eriksson goal to show for it. Frans Nielsen countered with a rebound score to tie it up going into the first intermission, and set up the fireworks in the middle 20 minutes.
Brad Marchand and Smith added goals for the Bruins prior to Soderberg’s game-winner, and Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo added their own scores for an Isles team that wouldn’t go away.
Marchand connected with Patrice Bergeron for a sweeping one-timer to add the insurance goal in the third period, and give the Bruins and Chad Johnson some breathing room in the closing minutes. Then Zdeno Chara floated one in from the right point that somehow eluded Poulin, and gave Chara the 500th point of his career against the Isles team that originally drafted him.