The Bruins Finally Eliminate The Isles From Playoff Contention

If the Islanders won all of their remaining games and the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres lost their remaining games, then the Isles would have done the unthinkable and made the playoffs for the first time in years. However, miraculous combinations of wins and losses are hard to come by these days, especially when you are playing against the defending Stanley Cup champions. (Cassie Madonia/Flickr)

The Bruins scored six goals this afternoon for the third time this season against the Islanders, taking the season series with a 3-1-0 record. The loss finally eliminated the Islanders from playoff contention, concluding the thoughts of even the most hopeless fan that thought somehow they would squeak in. The focus now will shift to finishing the season with a winning record for the first time since Ted Nolan was the head coach and ending up somewhere between 9th and 11th place.

The Isles would be down 1-0 after David Krecji would score his 22nd goal of the season towards the end of the first period, but Kyle Okposo would answer back just over 30 seconds later with his 21st of the year to extend his goal scoring streak to five games. Frans Nielsen and Travis Hamonic added the assists on the play. 

The second period saw Chris Kelly add to his impressive season with an unassisted goal that beat Al Montoya for a 2-1 Bruins lead. But the Islanders top unit would return to goal scoring form, this time getting one from P.A. Parenteau with both of his line mates adding the helpers. Micheal Haley, who was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers since Casey Cizikas was returned to the AHL, got into a spirited fight with Gregory Campbell at center ice. His toughness was appreciated since the opponent has typically overrun the Islanders with their size all season long. 

The third period is where it all changed with the Bruins out-scoring the Isles 4-1 in the final frame. Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin would both score goals to give the Bruins a two-goal lead, but Parenteau would score his 18th of the season and second of the game to bring his team within one with just about five minutes remaining in the match.  But the Boston Bruins then displayed why they are the defending Cup champs and scored two more goals less than thirty seconds apart and only two minutes after Parenteau tallied his marker. They came from Patrice Bergeron and Krejci, who finished with a two goal game. 

The final score of 6-3 was the nail in the coffin on a season that has been better than year's past, but not enough to clarify this team as one of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. A strong finish to get over .500 should be the goal now as well as for some players to try to score some personal milestones. Last year Parenteau scored his 20th goal of the year on the last game of the season - he just might do the same all over again. Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner are just three goals shy of joining the 20-goal club as well and both Matt Moulson and Parenteau are just three points shy of scoring 70 on the year. 

Matt Martin set an NHL record for most hits in a season since it had been recorded as a real stat with a total of 360. You know how ridiculous that actually is? The second placed player on the list is Dustin Brown and he only has 282. 

Keep posted for a post-game recap from tomorrow night's game as I will be sitting in the press-box for the last time this season as they face the Ottawa Senators in a Sunday afternoon match-up. 

-Rob McGowan

The Checking Line - Isles Edition | Promote Your Page Too