Highlights of the Bruins 5-0 victory over the Islanders

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Highlights of the Bruins 5-0 victory over the Islanders

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 5, Islanders 0

IN BRIEF: Sean Kuraly had his first two-goal game since the 2017 playoffs and the Tuukka Rask had to stop only 13 shots in his fourth shutout of the season as the Bruins cruised past the New York Islanders 5-0 in Uniondale, N.Y.  The Bruins have won their past eight road games vs. the Isles while outscoring them, 35-13.  BOX SCORE.

BRUINS RECORD: 44-20-9, 97 points, second in the Atlantic Division








*Fourth-line center Sean Kuraly is having a pretty darn good season. The two goals scored tonight give him a career-high eight and 20 points with 10 games remaining in the regular season. Tuesday night also marks his first two-goal game in the regular season. He scored a couple of goals in Game 5 of the 2017 playoff series vs. Ottawa. He’s really not a good fit as a top-nine forward after the Bruins tried him on the third line to start the season, but he’s become a really good, well-rounded fourth-line center with just enough offensive pop. A pretty good season for Kuraly with some bumps and bruises along the way.

*Playing for the first time in a month, David Pastrnak looked okay shooting the puck and he was active with three shots on goal in 14:19 of ice time against the Islanders. His skating looks good and he was around the action quite a bit. Still, he also had three giveaways and it looks like perhaps he’s not as strong on the puck as he normally is while playing with a splint on his left hand. Maybe some of it is just residual rust, but it’s something to watch as he returns from the ligament injury in his left thumb.

*Zdeno Chara and Matt Martin dropped the gloves to start the second period right off the opening face-off after the Islanders managed just two shots on net in the first period. Martin was clearly trying to fire up the Islanders after a dog’s breakfast of a first period. Chara granted him an audience as he clearly respects the Islanders tough guy. But the 6-foot-3 Martin couldn’t get a glove on the long-armed Chara and the 6-9 D-man dropped him twice with big punches before he finally drove him down for good. It almost doesn’t seem fair for anybody to try and fight Chara as he holds the reach and size advantage on everybody else in the NHL.  

*Charlie McAvoy with a helper on the B’s first goal in the first period, and was on the ice for two of Boston’s five goals. It’s a pretty strong all-around effort with McAvoy making plays in front of his friends and family at Nassau Coliseum after growing up in Long Beach, N.Y., and he had a shot on net, a couple of hits and a blocked shot in more than 22 minutes of ice time through the complete domination from beginning to end.

*There were only eight shots on net through the first two periods for the Islanders as they were booed off the ice at the end of 40 minutes. What a complete no-show performance from them on home ice. But give the Bruins credit as they clamped down the defense on the Islanders from the beginning while allowing just two shots on goal in the first period, and then they continued by finishing strong in the third while pouring on a couple more goals in the 5-0 win. Patrice Bergeron scored his 28th goal of the season on a feed from Joakim Nordstrom and Jake DeBrusk scored his first goal since returning from injury on a breakaway after serving out his penalty. 

At Devils, Thursday, 7 p.m., NESN
At Panthers, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN

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WATCH: Bruins honor goaltender Jaroslav Halak for 500 career NHL games

WATCH: Bruins honor goaltender Jaroslav Halak for 500 career NHL games

The Boston Bruins honored Jaroslav Halak Tuesday night ahead of their matchup with the Calgary Flames at TD Garden.

Why? Because Halak is one of 74 goaltenders in NHL history to play 500 career games.

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The B's backup goaltender received plenty of praise from current and past teammates:

Halak, in his 14th NHL season, spent time with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before joining the Bruins in 2018.  Game No. 500 came earlier this season and Halak has now totaled 518 in his career (482 starts). He is 270-167-58 with a 2.48 goals-against average,  .916 save percentage and 50 shutouts overall. 

The 34-year-old has been a solid backup for Tuukka Rask and has pushed him to play better when necessary. Halak is16-6-6 this season with a 2.42 GAA and .918 save percentage with three shutouts.

Halak's contract expires after this season, and although he's been stellar, he could possibly find a new home next season if Boston signs its free agents Torey Krug, Jake DeBrusk, Zdeno Chara, Matt Grzelcyk and others.

NHL Trade Deadline Report Cards: Which teams made the best moves?

NHL Trade Deadline Report Cards: Which teams made the best moves?

There are always winners and losers at the NHL trade deadline.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that a team is going to win a Stanley Cup, obviously, and some of the big winners at the deadline are lousy teams loading up on draft picks and assets for the future.

Still, it’s better to be moving and shaking at the trade deadline like a Carolina Hurricanes team that added Vincent Trocheck, Brady Skjei and Sami Vatanen than be a non-playoff team like the Wild that made one early Jason Zucker trade with Pittsburgh before closing their shutters for the week.

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The biggest winner of all might have been the New York Rangers in retaining Chris Kreider with a seven-year contract rather than making him the biggest trade target on the market.

But each team received a grade for what they did leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline and we didn’t mince any words.

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