November 19, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Islanders

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS – 3
NYI – 0

SHOTS
BOS – 18
NYI – 13

The Islanders showed much more life in the second period, but the score remains the same. Boston will head to the final frame leading 3-0.

New York put 10 shots on Thomas in the middle frame, but few (if any) ever had a chance of going in as majority of their opportunities came from far out.

The Isles — much like every other NHL team — have struggled with Seguin’s explosiveness in each period. The 19-year-old forward drew a holding penalty on Mark Streit at the 5:34 mark as the defenseman couldn’t contain the speedy winger.

Anders Nilsson had a pretty easy go of it in the first period of his NHL career, as the netminder replaced Rick DiPietro to start the middle frame. Nilsson only needed to make two stops in his first 16-plus minutes of action before a Boston power play commenced.

New York was guilty of too many men in the closing minutes, giving the Bruins a man advantage, but the B’s couldn’t capitalize and are now 1-for-4 on the PP. The Islanders have yet to have a pwoer play tonight.

The B’s hold an edge of 28-20 in shots. Greg Campbell leads the way, having won 8-of-10 (80%) on the night.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS – 3
NYI – 0

SHOTS
BOS – 13
NYI – 2

Were you worried the Bruins were going to play down to the competition for the second-straight game? Well, the first period should have quelled your fears. Boston will take a 3-0 into the second over the Isles.

Patrice Bergeron got things going at the 7:08 mark. Brad Marchand sent Tyler Seguin breaking down the left side and No. 19 got past defenders and found an opening. His pass merely had to be tapped in by Bergeron past Rick DiPietro to make it 1-0.

A gaffe by DiPietro five minutes later put New York in a 2-0 hole. With the B’s on the man advantage, the Isles netminder grabbed the puck behind the net and tried to send it up the middle. It got picked off by Nathan Horton, who quickly beat DiPietro glove-side.

With 1:15 to go, Travis Hamonic poked a loose puck right to Chris to Kelly who wristed one past DiPietro to make it 3-0.

To put just how one-sided the first period was into words, Tim Thomas could’ve literally taken a nap throughout the entire opening frame and still come out of it with the lead.

The Islanders put just two shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes. That’s less shots than the Bruins had goals.

PREGAME NOTES

The Bruins will look to make it eight-straight wins tonight when they take on the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Johnny Boychuk missed Thursday’s win over Columbus with flu-like symptoms. The d-man will be back in action tonight, as Steve Kampfer will be the healthy scratch on the back-end. Up front, Jordan Caron remains the odd man out.

It’ll be Tim Thomas vs. Rick DiPietro between the pipes. Thomas comes in with a 7-4-0 record on the year to go along with a 2.09 GAA and .927 save percentage. The 37-year-old hasn’t lost a game since a 4-2 setback in Montreal on Oct. 29. Thomas is 9-5-0 with a .939 save percentage in his career against the Isles.

DiPietro, meanwhile, was in net for New York’s 4-3 win over the Habs on Thursday. He’s 2-1-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .900 save percentage.

The Bruins will be wearing their home black jerseys for tonight’s game.

The B’s have partaken in just four road games so far this season. They’re 2-2-0 away from TD Garden.

The Islanders have yet to win a game away from their barn this season but sport a 5-4-1 record on home ice.

New York is one of just three teams in the East that have only been in a single shootout in 2011-12.