Grabner's Two Goals Aren't Enough, Islanders Lose 3-2 to the Bruins
The Islanders are in Beantown!
Tim Thomas, a top candidate for the Venzina this year, sure did look like he was worthy of that trophy, making some unbelievable saves. But unfortunately for him, Rick DiPietro looked just as impressive. Tonight was the most confident DiPietro has looked all season. He seemed like he knew where the net the puck were at all times.
Seven minutes into the first, John Tavares was called for a hooking penalty in the Isles defensive zone. As the whistle blew, a small scrum formed around Trevor Gillies. Shawn Thorton and Nathan Horton approached him; they each gave him a little push. The Refs immediately restrained Gillies, who didn’t really seem like he was going to retaliate at all. Gillies goes to the box for “roughing” and now the Islanders were down two men for two minutes. Considering that Gillies did not do anything at all and he was the only one who got the penalty, it just shows how biased the referees have become agains the Islanders.
Anyway, DiPietro made some big saves in the dying seconds, but just as time was expiring, Shawn Thornton buried the puck passed a sprawling Rick DiPietro to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with less than one second to go in the first.
Right off the opening faceoff, Rich Peverley was called for tripping. The Islanders headed to the powerplay. Rick DiPietro played a Bruins clearing attempt, throwing it right on the stick of Blake Comeau, who wrapped around the Bruins’ cage onto the stick of a waiting and wanting Michael Grabner, who beat Tim Thomas to tie things up at 1. It was Grabner’s 32nd of the season but it was only his 2nd powerplay goal of the year!
About six minutes later, the Bruins set up quickly and Dennis Seidenberg cranked a one time shot from Chris Kelly to give the Bruins the advantage at 2-1. Two minutes after that, Gregory Campbell wristed one behind Rick DiPietro, 3-1. The Isles didn't seem phased by this. Kyle Okposo gets called for a high stick fourteen minutes into the second. Not twenty seconds later, Bailey set up Michael Grabner on a breakaway. Grabs looked to have paid tribute to his injured teammate Frans Nielsen by going to Nielsen’s patented “forehand-backhand” move backhanding it behind Tim Thomas. It was Grabner’s 33rd of the season, his sixth shorthanded, tied for second in the NHL in that category behind none other than Frans Nielsen. 3-2 Bruins.
No scoring in the third with the Islanders only putting four shots on net in the period. The score remained the same, and the Islanders would fall to a final score of 3-2.
The Islanders head home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in front the Nassau Coliseum crowd, which will be sold out for the third straight time. The last time this happened was 2003!
Be sure to check in on Friday for Daniel Friedman’s pregame blog for more!
Also read: One-On-One With Nino Niederreiter by Rob McGowan
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