From behind the Islanders net, Milan Lucic took a peek over his left shoulder. Lucic slammed on the brakes, turned back to the right, and looked to the point.
Zdeno Chara had done his job.
The score was tied, 2-2, in the third period. The Islanders, as most teams are coached to do, were overloading on the strong side when Lucic took his first look from behind the net. So when Lucic went against the grain, Chara moved into a soft spot to evade the New York overload.
"He did a great job getting open," Lucic said. "He sneaked down to the top of the circle. A lot of teams now, when they overload in the defensive zone, they take away that strong side D-man. He did a great job getting open for me there where I can make that pass."
Those slight adjustments, augmented by a David Krejci screen, triggered the go-ahead goal. Chara winged a shot through Krejci's screen that Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro couldn't stop at 7:07 of the third period. It was the deciding strike in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Islanders on Friday before 17,565 at TD Garden.
"They did a good job of getting traffic to the front of the net," said DiPietro. "You've got him shooting from the top of the circle through a screen, it is what it is."
Bruins beat Islanders, 4-2
Boston Globe | Jan 30