BOSTON -- The Bruins helped Tuukka Rask to his first win of the season on Monday night at the TD Garden, after getting a pair of goals and three points from Nathan Horton, as they defeated the New York Islanders 6-2.
Horton assisted on Boston's fourth goal, and scored the fifth, as the B's pulled away in the third period, after entering the final 20 minutes with just a 3-2 lead.
Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead, nearly two minutes after teammate Daniel Paille got hit in the face with an Islanders slap shot from the right point. Paille was bleeding and left the game just over three minutes into the third period.
Lucic's goal was set up by Horton, who finished a give-and-go with his big winger, by staying patient from the right circle and dishing a pass to the left post at the last minute, where Lucic was going hard to the net.
Horton followed that up with his second gaol of the night, just 49 seconds later, as he was parked out front and put home an easy rebound to give the B's a 5-2 lead.
David Krejci scored an empty netter with 2:48 left in the game to add insult to injury.
The Bruins battled through a scoreless second after getting three first-period goals from Benoit Pouliot, Horton, and Tyler Seguin.
Pouliot gave Boston an early 1-0 lead 1:32 in, after he stuffed home a loose puck that was jammed between the legs of Nabokov. Jordan Caron set the goal up with a hard forecheck into the left corner which led to his interception of an Islanders pass behind their own net. Caron quickly fired a low shot off Nabokov from a bad angle, and Pouliot was on the doorstep to push it over the goal line.
New York tied it at 1-1, 5:52 into the game, after Moulson re-directed a Steve Staios shot from the right point. Moulson's tip ended up in the top-right corner of the net.
Then with 6:22 left to play in the first, Horton put Boston on top once again, as he put a hard wrist shot top-right on the power play.
The Bruins made it 3-1, 29 seconds later, as Seguin finished off a few deep cycles and a Bergeron pass from the corner. The goal also
The Islanders cut that lead down to 3-2 with 1:24 left in the first, as Grabner sniped the top-right corner from the high slot, after the Bruins turned the puck over at their own blue line. But two pucks was all they would get past Rask.