The Bruins were determined to end their five-game road trip on a high note tonight against the Islanders.
After an uneven first period, the B’s seized control in the second and accomplished their goal with a 4-1 win at the Nassau Coliseum, as the Bruins went 4-1 on the trip, winning the last four games.
The B’s scored first for the third straight game and improved to 8-0-0 when doing so, but the lowly Islanders were the aggressors for much of the opening period. That changed in the second when the Bruins came out charged up, and Brad Marchand broke a 1-1 tie 38 seconds in with his 10th goal of the seasons. The pesky forward was mixing it up from the period’s opening faceoff and maintained that energy to knock in a rebound of an Andrew Ference blast from the left point.

The B’s kept coming and built their lead to 3-1 with 14:44 remaining in the second on a pretty David Krejci goal. Zdeno Chara started the rush with a long pass to Nathan Horton on the right side. Horton fed Milan Lucic in the middle and he slid a pass to Krejci on the left side. Krejci uncorked a blistering one-timer that knocked the water bottle off the net.
That was plenty of support for Tuukka Rask, who made 34 saves, and was at his best late in the second period, stopping a pair of quality bids by Isles defenseman Mark Streit on separate power plays.
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