Bruins collapse to lowly Isles, 4-2

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Bruins collapse to lowly Isles, 4-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Well, this is where things get a little ugly.The Bruins blew a two-goal lead against a playoff-hungry Buffalo Sabres team on Thursday night, and then did the very same thing versus a hapless New York Islanders bunch at Nassau Coliseum on Friday night.Matt Moulson scored a goal with two seconds left in the second period to steal back the momentum for the Isles, but the Black and Gold belly flop was complete when a Jack Hillen point blast bounced off Dennis Seidenberg and into the net for a 4-2 victory for the Isles.Thefour unanswered goals for the Islanders in the second and third period wiped out a two-goal Boston lead built on strikes by Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara, and continued a four-game losing streak for the Bs. The Chara strike in the second period was during a 5-on-3 power play and broke up an 0-for-21 stretch of futility on the man advantage for Boston.While the defeat at the hands of the Canadiens was understandable given the revenge factor and the Bs took points in overtime loss to Penguins and Sabres, there was no way to slap any lipstick on this particular pig.A needless Brad Marchand interference penalty got things going in the second period for the Isles, and allowed them to capitalize with Moulsons power play goal a score that started with Moulson stripping Patrice Bergeron and then heading to the net to convert a Jon Tavares pass.It was Moulsons 29th goal of the season, and was exactly the kind of hockey play that can completely reverse the momentum of a hockey game.
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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
 
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
 
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
 
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
 
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
 
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.