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Its a good thing the calendar (and the figurative page) is about to turn in a few hours, allowing the Bruins to leave this game behind them and move on.


The New York Islanders scored four unanswered goals over the last two periods to complete their comeback vs the B's, winning 5-3 and snapping the Bruins' 8 game home winning streak.

Its the first regulation loss at home for the Bruins since October 26 first the New Jersey Devils.

The loss leaves the Black and Gold with a sour taste in their mouths as 2013 changes over to 2014.

The Bruins had control of the game, with goals from David Krejci (his 100th of his career), Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara propelling them a 3-1 lead late into the second period. 

But the Islanders didn't crumble under the two goal deficit, and instead they proceded to bag four straight goals, with two of them coming from John Tavares in the 3rd.

The Bruins allowed four power play goals in the game, the second time they've done so this season (October vs New Jersey, weirdly enough).

The second half of the game was not pretty, as the Bruins had total control of the game, but some unlucky bounces and poor defense resulted in the quick strikes for the Isles.

The implosion frustrated the B's, as you'd imagine. Milan Lucic was slapped with a game misconduct for jawing at the ref after receiving a boarding penalty.

And just before, it was Brad Marchand's penalty that led to the Islanders' back-breaking 5th goal to effectively ice the game. Safe to say Claude Julien wasn't pleased.

And so the Bruins are left to contemplate how it went so wrong on New Year's Eve, and how the Islanders were able to outwork them from halfway through the second until the final horn.

The B's have tomorrow off, as the stage belongs to Detroit and Toronto for the Winter Classic.

They get back to work Thursday when they host the Predators. 

Mark Burke 12/31/2013 10:24:00 PM Edit

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