Bruins sink Islanders with offensive burst, 6-3


Bruins sink Islanders with offensive burst, 6-3

By Joe Haggerty

UNIONDALE, N.Y. The Bruins needed to break a three-game losing streak, and they did just that by picking on the ultimate NHL slump buster: the New York Islanders. The Bruins managed to pour on the offense and fully support Tuukka Rask with six goals from all four Boston lines and a power play goal to boot in a 6-3 thrashing of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.Blake Wheeler fought back against the trade rumors with a goal just 1:52 into the game, and both Mark Recchi and Gregory Campbell followed with goals in the first period of a blowout. Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler and David Krejci all had multipoint games for the Bruins in a solid road win against a team playing out the string.The Isles fought back in the second period with a pair of goals from Jon Tavares and Josh Bailey against a rusty Tuukka Rask, but Seguin banged home his 10th goal of the season on a nifty cross-ice pass from Shawn Thornton. Seguins score gave Boston its first set of rookies with 10 goals (Seguin and Brad Marchand) since 1992-93 when Steve Heinze, Joe Juneau and Ted Donato all went over 10 goals.Seguins score also chased Isles rookie goalie Nathan Lawson from the game. Milan Lucic capped things off with a power-play score at the end of the second. The Lucic goal was set up by a brilliant kick pass by Krejci right in front of the New York net.That was it for the scoring as the Bs effectively closed out the Islanders in the final period, and set themselves up for a potential two-game sweep in the first half of their longest road stretch of the season if they can handle the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night. Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4


Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4

BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss. 

Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season. 

The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net. 

Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch. 

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.