BRUINS 4, ISLANDERS 2 — Isles Hang Tough for Two Periods

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Kevin Schultz

For two periods, the Islanders hung with one of the better teams in the east. Heading into the third period tied at two with the Bruins, the Islanders looked like a team a bit off after playing the night before. For their part, the Bruins closed like a team coming off a 102-point season should.

The Bruins scored twice on Rick DiPietro in the third to take a 4-2 victory. Zdeno Chara scored from the top of the circle through a screen to make it 3-2 and Patrice Bergeron blew through the Islanders’ defense, deked out DiPietro, and tucked the puck into the right post to provide an insurance goal.

Yet again the Islanders got production from their lower lines as Keith Aucoin scored both Islander goals. In the first period, he streaked to the net and put a Colin McDonald feed from the corner past Tukka Rask before anyone knew what had happened. Aucoin scored again in the second — his third goal of the season in four games — as the puck again found its way out of the corner and onto his stick. He put a slapper on net that Rask couldn’t stop, making it 2-1, but the Islanders won’t hold that lead allowing three unanswered. Aucoin continued to do well in the faceoff circle, winning 6 of 9.

In his season debut Rick DiPietro looked OK, not great. He was really downright mediocre. The defense left him hanging on Bergeron’s goal and on Greg Campbell’s goal the Islander defense failed to rotate properly. The Bruins also beat DiPietro a couple times that didn’t show up on the scoreboard, hitting two posts in the third period. He finished the game with 23 saves on 27 shots.

Notes: The Islanders seemed to rotate through their lines more, as all except two players had more than ten minutes of ice time (Cizikas 8:04, Finley 9:14)…Mark Streit was -3 on the night, on the ice for each of the Bruins’ final three goals… I get the feeling Keith Aucoin is what the Islanders were envisioning when they signed Marty Reasoner… The Bruins got scoring from all their lines as an amazing 11 players were +1 on the night… Matt Carkner fought Milan Lucic in the first period and held his own until Lucic landed a hard right…