The Boston Bruins came into Brooklyn as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Coming off a 5-0 trouncing of the Ottawa Senators the Bruins sought to ride that momentum against an Islanders team that has won just three times in their last ten games. Tuukka Rask took to the nets fresh off his second shutout of the season, Jaroslav Halak stood opposite for the Islanders who rank dead last in save percentage
Boston would strike first courtesy of Danton Heinen who scored his 10th of the season off a nifty face off win by Riley Nash. For Nash its his fifth point in four games and for Heinen it was his 27th point which places him fourth in rookie point scorers.
The Bruins shifted gears in the middle frame barraging Halak's goal. As the power-play for Boston wore down the Bruins kept the pressure up and as Bergeron's centering pass defleted off Islander's defenseman Nick Leddy the puck spun up in the air and was batted in off Halak by Bergeron. The circus-like goal was Bergeron's 12th of the season and gave the Bruins the lead with 11:32 left in the second
The Bruins continued to push the pace of play in the third and in doing so got more separation on the scoreboard. David Pastrnak started it making a beautiful play at the Islander's blue line stripping the puck and then setting up Brad Marchand who made no mistake rifling it over Halak on the blocker side.
The Bruins return home to face the Florida Panthers on Thursday, January 4th. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM
For the Islanders they head out to Wells Fargo Center to take on the Flyers on Thursday, January 4th. Puck drop for that game is also set for 7:00 PM
Danton Heinen recorded a goal and an assist and sits fourth in rookie scoring with 28 points. Heinen trails Brock Boeser (38) Matthew Barzal (36) and Clayton Keller (32)
Also key to note. Heinen has played in two less games than Boeser, six less games than Barzal and seven less games than Keller. Pretty impressive stuff
Brad Marchand picked up his 200th career assist on Patrice Bergeron's second period goal
Tuukka Rask turned aside 25 of 26 Islanders shots and improved to 14-8-3 on the season
In in his last 12 starts, Rask boasts a .958 save percentage and a record of 11-0-1
And one more tidbit on Tuukka Rask he has been nothing short of dominant against the Panthers. In his career Rask is 20-3-1 with a .950 save percentage, 1.48 GAA and 4 shutouts.