The Bruins wanted to finish things out strong at the end of their five game road trip, and it was mission accomplished at Nassau Coliseum.
Buoyed by a pair of goals in the second period the B’s took care of business on Long Island and dispatched the New York Islanders by a 4-1 score before a crowd that was mixed pretty evenly between Isles and Bruins fans.
The win gives the Bruins eight out of a possible 10 points on the road trip and improved their record on the road this season to an amazing 8-1-1 in 10 games.
After dueling goals from Adam McQuaid and Casey Cizikas in the first period, the Bruins jumped all over the Islanders in the middle 20 minutes with a pair of goals from their moneymakers on offense. Brad Marchand snapped home the rebound of an Andrew Ference point shot just 38 seconds into the second period, and gave the B’s the lead on Nose Face Killah’s team-leading 10th goal of the season.
The Bruins added to the advantage with textbook passing in transition for the insurance score. Zdeno Chara started it off with a brilliant pass out of his own end to Nathan Horton in stride, Milan Lucic faked Marty Reasoner out of his skates with a stick fake and David Krejci finished with a shot that knocked Evgeni Nabokov’s water bottle from the top of the net. It became a special teams fiesta for the rest of the hockey game, and the Bruins held things in control while Tuukka Rask continued his brilliance with 36 saves amid a personal four-game winning streak.
Gregory Campbell added the empty netter in the closing minute of the third period to give Boston the three-goal advantage in victory.
Road warriors: B's end trip with 4-1 win over Isles
CSN New England | Feb 27