Islanders Comeback Cut short by Bruins in 5-2 loss
New York, NY - The New York Islanders (5-16-5) fought hard but could not complete the comeback in the 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins (16-8-3) in hockey action on Thursday night. Boston winger Milan Lucic netted two goals to lead the Bruins to victory.
Lucic began the night by netting a power play goal on a wrist shot at the 14:00 mark of the first period to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead. Neither team was able to cash in on any further opportunities as Boston held on to that slim lead.
The Islanders were able to tally their first goal of the game as Frans Nielsen was able to get a penalty shot backhand netted on a short handed opportunity for New York a the 3:41 mark in the second period. Sadly for Islanders fans a bad gamble by keeper Rick DiPietro gave Boston center Brad Marchand the puck. Marchand was able to walk right in and net a short handed goal for the Bruins at the 14:40 mark, which gave Boston the 2-1 lead.
Boston would continue their offensive momentum going into the third period as Michael Ryder recorded a tip-in goal at the 14:16 mark of the third period which gave the Bruins the 3-1 lead. The Islanders tried to mount a comeback netting their second goal in the game off a Rob Schremp wrist shot at the 16:27 mark.
Lucic would then record his second goal of the game, an empty net goal at the 18:57 mark, which not only gave the Bruins the momentum, but it also game them the lead of 4-2. Patrice Bergeron would ice the game and the victory for the Bruins by netting the second empty net goal of the game at the 19:55 mark, for the eventual 5-2 victory.
Tuukka Rask was solid in the victory for the Bruins making 33 saves, while on the other side of the ice Islanders keeper Rick DiPietro was solid making 32 saves. The one blip for DiPietro was the turnover to Marchand, which gave the Bruins the 2-1 lead. It seemed as if at that point in the game the Islanders may have had some form of life. The Islanders were able to come back later on in the game, but no one knows if maybe that Marchand goal was enough to deflate the Islanders from their comeback.
The Islanders will return home face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers for a 7:00 p.m. game on Saturday night.