It became obvious and apparent very early on that it was going to be a long night for Kevin Poulin.
all, Boston Bruins' centerman Patrice Bergeron took the New York
Islanders' goalie to task just nine seconds into the match, throwing the
first of many, many shots on net - yet the fleet-of-foot Islanders kept
pace with the heavy-footed, deliberate Bruins in a game that featured
three very distinct changes in momentum...
Chara shoots from the perimeter for the Bruins' final tally
last switch coming with just seconds remaining in the middle frame,
Carl Soderberg taking a stretch pass on the diagonal from Milan Lucic
and sweeping in from the right wing to power the puck past Poulin,
breaking a 3-3 tie for the eventual game winner as the Bruins
steamrolled the Islanders in the final period to win going away 6-3.
different Bruins found twine and ten littered the score sheet, Brad
Marchand picking up his third career four-point game, beating Poulin
stick-side for the Bruins' second goal of the evening and helping on
three others while Bergeron and Reilly Smith found the basket as all
three second-line forwards potted pucks - Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and
Zdeno Chara joining in as well as the Bruins won their third straight
and pick up their 69th point on the season.
goal represented his 500th NHL point and also chased Poulin, his night
not as long as it may have seemed to him, replaced by Evengi Nabokov
eight minutes into the final period.
early shot set the pace for the first twelve minutes of the game, Boston
seizing the early momentum and putting 18 shots on the besieged
Islanders' netminder compared to just two shots on goal for the home
team, but thanks to Poulin's quick twitch only one found the back of the net, Loui
Eriksson taking a sharp pass from Daniel Paille from across the
trapezoid and snapping in the one-timer from the tough angle for the
But the momentum started to turn in favor
of New York when Bruins' defenseman Johnny Boychuk was called for
interference for making contact with an Islanders' player as he jumped
over the wall and onto the ice - and although the much quicker Islanders
failed to convert on the ensuing power play, the momentum gained on the
man advantage carried over through the rest on the opening period it
into the second...
...but not before they tied the game
on a Frans Nielsen redirect of a Kyle Okposo feed that was stopped
initially by Boston backup goalie Chad Johnson, but Nielsen was able to top
shelf the rebound for a 1-1 tie going into the room.
Islanders started the second period on the power play, the result of
Chara retaliating on pesky winger Cal Clutterbuck's shove from behind
that the refs didn't see at the end of the first, the 5'11' forward
taking the 6' 8" defenseman's gloved fist to the mug then escaping down
the tunnel while the refs restrained Chara, the temporary sting of the
jab well worth the two-minute roughing minor that landed the big Czech
in the bin.
Nothing came of the man advantage for New
York, though they were clearly in control of the pace of the game - not
even Marchand's goal five minutes into the period fazed the focused
Islanders who responded in kind three and a half minutes later, right
wing Michael Grabner beating Johnson stick-side from the high post with
...nor did Shawn Thornton's sweet 60
foot diagonal that Smith tapped in on the redirect for a Bruins' 3-2
advantage, as Grabner picked Dougie Hamilton clean at the blue line at
the end of a penalty kill, Okposo sprinting out of the bin to join the
break and scoring less than three minutes after that.
just before the end of the period, the big Swede Soderberg took the
perfect stretch pass from Lucic across the neutral zone and dragged the
puck into the slot from the right wing and snapped home the goal that
finally seemed to take the air out of the Islanders' relentless assault -
a 30 minute time frame in which they dominated the Bruins with their
speed and will - ending with Boston's heavies taking the momentum back
in the final frame...
...Bergeron scoring two minutes
into the third, snapping a Marchand pass from below the goal line into
the slot past Poulin while getting leveled by Clutterbuck for the
dagger, Chara following up with a nasty wrist shot from the perimeter a
few moments later, chasing Poulin, who sat shell-shocked on the
Islanders' bench for the remainder of the match.
returning from an eye-opening three-stop road trip to California where
they got punked by the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings before
finally standing up for themselves in San Jose against the Sharks, the
Bruins are 5-1-1, including gaining revenge on the Kings in Boston as
part of their current three game winning steak.
stars could not be aligned any better for the Bruins going into the
Olympic break, six of their seven remaining games before the break at TD
Garden, the first of which is on Tuesday night against former Bruins'
goalie Tom Thomas and his Florida Panthers.