NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston|
(Friday, November 28th)
Final Score: Boston 7, NY Islanders 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler and David Krejci scored 10 seconds
apart to jump-start Boston's five-goal third period, as the Bruins captured
their eighth straight home win with a 7-2 triumph over the New York Islanders.
Michael Ryder finished with a pair of goals for Boston, while Phil Kessel and
Dennis Wideman each chipped in a goal and an assist in the victory. The Bruins
bounced back from Wednesday's 3-2 loss at Buffalo to win for the fifth time in
their last six games and improve to 10-1-1 for the month of November.
"It was good to finally get a couple to go in there," said Ryder. "Playing
with new linemates tonight, we didn't know how it would go but I think we have
good chemistry there and we managed to create some offense."
Chuck Kobasew added a goal and Manny Fernandez made 22 saves to win his fifth
straight start for Boston, which is 8-1-1 at home this season. Marc Savard and
Matt Hunwick each notched a pair of assists for the Bruins.
Nate Thompson and Richard Park scored for the Islanders, who were coming off a
5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. New York blew a 3-0 lead and was
outscored 4-0 in the third period by the Penguins. The Islanders, following
Friday's debacle, now have a third-period goal differential of minus-18 this
"That was not one of our better performances this season," said New York coach
Scott Gordon. "We have to be honest with ourselves. We had our worst game
since the Buffalo game."
The game which Gordon is referring to was a 7-1 loss on October 13.
Joey MacDonald made his 13th straight start in net for New York, but was
pulled after yielding four goals on 31 shots. Peter Mannino fared no better,
allowing three goals on just eight shots.
The Bruins held a tenuous 2-1 lead early in the third, then broke it open with
two goals in a span of 10 seconds.
After Fernandez stacked the pads to stop Bill Guerin on a breakaway, the
Bruins cashed in a 2-on-1 the other way when Wheeler took Krejci's feed and
ripped a shot from the left circle past MacDonald at the 6:48 mark.
Krejci then outworked Jon Sim along the left boards for a dump-in by Wheeler,
skated through the bottom of the left circle toward the net and flipped a shot
past MacDonald for his sixth goal.
MacDonald was lifted after the fourth Boston goal and the Bruins kept applying
pressure against Mannino, as Wideman netted his sixth at the 9:10 mark.
Park scored for the Islanders on a power play just over two minutes later, but
Ryder picked up his second of the game and Kessel notched his 12th of the
season in the last 4 1/2 minutes to account for the final margin.
Kessel now has an eight-game point streak with five goals and five assists in
The Islanders scored just 1:46 into the game when Thompson took a pass off the
left boards, skated into the circle and snapped a shot past Fernandez on the
glove side for his second goal of the season.
Kobasew tied it on a Boston power play at the 3:28 mark of the second period.
Savard's shot from the right circle was stopped by MacDonald and P.J. Axelsson
was unable to jam it home from the crease, but Kobasew kept at it and knocked
it home for his fourth goal of the season.
Ryder broke the deadlock with 4:44 to play in the second, as he intercepted an
Islander clearing pass in the right circle and beat MacDonald to the short
side for his fourth goal.
Kobasew has a five-game point streak with three goals and three assists for
six points in that span...Guerin had a three-game goal streak stopped in
defeat, while New York's Doug Weight saw a seven-game point streak come to a
close...The Bruins played a matinee on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the
17th straight full season, not including the 1994-95 lockout campaign...Boston
left wing Milan Lucic played in his 100th NHL game, as did New York's Jeff
11/28 16:11:57 ET