Winners of seven out of their last ten the Boston Bruins were looking to build off a 6-1 trouncing of the Arizona Coyotes as they host the league's best offense in the New York Islanders who came into tonight's contest averaging 3.71 goals per game. The Bruins would have their hands full going up against John Tavares who is tied for 3rd in the league in terms of goals scored with 17, the Bruins would also be going up against potential Calder trophy winner Matthew Barzal who came into the contest with 27 points in 28 games. Tuukka Rask would be back in between the pipes after a 20 save performance against Arizona, Jaro Halak would get the start for the Isles, he's 8-6-0 with a .930 save percentage life time against the Bruins.
The Bruins got off to a high flying start firing nine shots on net in the game's first five minutes. The defense did a tremendous job in the early going smothering the Islanders top players, limiting them to just four shots in the period. Halak looked strong earlier on, making a series of stops on David Backes in close.
This is where things picked up. It started after Casey Cizikas demolished Charlie McAvoy on a clean check. Rookie Jake DeBrusk took exception to that challenging Cizikas for his first career fighting major; DeBrusk would get a ten minute misconduct and a penalty for instigating but nonetheless it got everyone inside the Garden going.
Thanks to their goaltender the Bruins would take a 1-0 lead into the final period of regulation however, the period did not start off ideally for the B's. Brad Marchand took a major penalty for interference just 26 seconds into the period, it would be the first of two major penalties the Bruins would have to kill off. The Bruins defense, anchored by rookie Charlie McAvoy and veteran Patrice Bergeron shut down the Islanders and Tuukka Rask continued to be stellar.
After killing off Marchand's major the Bruins got a big boost offensively. Back from serving his 10-minute misconduct, Jake DeBrusk, who the Bruins drafted over Matthew Barzal, potted his 6th goal of the season off a beautiful turn around shot. Despite having a defenseman on him DeBrusk was able to spin, shoot, and beat Halak over the glove side to give the Bruins a much needed cushion.
The Bruins improve to 14-9-4 while the Islanders fall to 16-10-3
Up Next: Bruins take on the Red Wings on Wednesday, December 13th @ Little Caesars Arena. Puck drop is set for 8:00 on NBC Sports
The Islanders return home on December 11th to take on the Capitals
The Bruins big guns continue to roll: David Pastrnak extended his point streak to eight games (4 goals and 6 assists) Brad Marchand scored his 11th of the year and now has goals in back to back games, he extended his point streak to five games (3 goals, 5 assists)
Tuukka Rask was the player of the game. He turned aside 30 shots in the game, was huge on the penalty kill, and is now 4-0-0 with a 1.09GAA, .955 save percentage and a shutout in his last five games (four starts, one relief appearance.) Now those are 7 million dollar numbers right there.
The Bruins PK was on fire killing off four penalties including two major penalties. The Bruins came into tonight with the league's third best penalty kill
The Bruins are 1-1-2 against Atlantic division foes this season going into Wednesday's contest with Original Six rival Detroit.