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

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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.

Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

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Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup. 

Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup. 

“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”

The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return. 

“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”

Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time. 

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.