B's pick up where they left off, top Islanders, 6-2


B's pick up where they left off, top Islanders, 6-2

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.