Talking Points: Bruins 6, Islanders 3

Talking Points: Bruins 6, Islanders 3
January 27, 2014, 11:00 pm

GOLD STAR: Brad Marchand continued his ridiculous month of January with a goal and four points against the Islanders in an impressive performance for their entire line. Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith all have six-game point streaks, and the puck movement they’ve been able to create with their passing and chemistry has been phenomenal. Each of their goals was a clinic in tic-tac-toe passing and knowing exactly where the other players were going to be on the ice. Marchand now has eight goals and 14 points in 11 games during the month of January, shares the team-lead with 17 goals and has been carrying the offense.

BLACK EYE: Kevin Poulin may or may not be an NHL goaltender, but it was pretty clear it wasn’t going to be his night playing against a hot Bruins team with a porous defense in front of him. While the Zdeno Chara goal in the third period was historic, it was also a shot that bounced off Poulin’s stick and ricocheted past him into the net. That’s some damning video that the Islanders goalie is going to want to burn after the game was over, and it forced Jack Capuano to bring in a cold Evgeni Nabokov coming off an injury. He might need some more seasoning at the AHL level.

TURNING POINT: The Carl Soderberg goal with 37 seconds remaining in the second period was a thing of beauty: Milan Lucic hit him in stride with the pass, and the Big Swede used his quickness and power to blow right on past Thomas Hickey before flipping a forehand shot past Kevin Poulin. It was a backbreaking goal that gave the Bruins the lead, and completely took the air out of the balloon for the Islanders headed into the third period.

HONORABLE MENTION: One goal, two assists and eight shots generated for Patrice Bergeron, who seemed to have a bur under his saddle all night after there was no high stick called in the first period on a play that cut him open. His ability to fight off an Isles defender in one motion while sweeping a one-timer off the post for a sniped goal from the slot was an impressive show of strength, and capped off a strong 15:51 of ice time. Bergeron now has four goals and 13 points in 11 games during the month of January along with his customary, excellent defense.

BY THE NUMBERS: 500 – the number of career points for Zdeno Chara after his third period goal helped him reach the impressive milestone for a B’s beast known for his defense.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Well, it’s definitely nice to not have you chirping us all the time on twitter and TV.” –A smiling Brad Marchand, when I asked him how nice it was to have his line shouldering the offensive load lately.