March 3, 2012

Post-Game Breakdown: Injury-plagued B's fall 3-2 to Isles

By Jesse Connolly

Final: New York 3, Boston 2

Recap: For the second time in as many games, the Bruins took the lead first. Milan Lucic buried his 22nd of the season, tying Brad Marchand for the team lead as Boston went ahead 1-0 with 4:50 to go in the opening frame. But before the period was over, Josh Bailey knotted things up at 1-1.

Tuukka Rask left midway through the second period after suffering an apparent lower-body injury. Tim Thomas allowed a tally to Matt Moulson with 4:25 left, as the Isles carried a 2-1 lead into the third.

Boston knotted things up 7:29 into the final frame, as Tyler Seguin used his killer wheels to get in alone on Evgeni Nabokov and beat him with a backhander. 

But with 4:39 left, John Tavares tipped a Moulson shot past Thomas to make it 3-2 New York. Boston eventually pulled Thomas but couldn't get the tying tally for the second time in the period.

Records: Boston 38-22-3, 79 points; New York 27-29-9, 63 points

Key Plays of the Game: In the third period, though his effort was ultimately all for not, Thomas made a spectacular stop on PA Parenteau. With a screen in front of him, No. 30 had to literally jump to his last to get in the way of Parenteau's blast, snatching it out of mid-air to keep the Isles winger from putting one past him.

With under a minute to go and the net empty, Lucic had a turnaround opportunity that appeared destined to find the back of the net. Unfortunately the hulking winger didn't lift the puck and Nabokov had his paddle down across the ice to make the clutch stop.

Connolly's Commendations: Although they got off to a slow start, the line of David Krejci, Lucic and Seguin ended up turning things up a notch in the third. The two wingers accounted for both of Boston's goals and, as a trio, the line contributed 12 of the B's 34 shots.

Gotta give credit where it's due: Joe Corvo had himself a pretty impressive afternoon. After being (deservedly) criticized for his woeful showing on Thursday, No. 14 was highly influential on the power play. He picked up an assist on Lucic's tally and fired six shots on net.

Connolly's Critiques: Pretty crummy night for Greg Campbell. The fourth line pivot won just 1-of-7 faceoffs and had zero shots on goal. To add insult to injury (or maybe vice versa) his desperate effort to block a shot knocked the wind out of him midway through the game, as No. 11 took a blast right to the ribs.

Notes: Claude Julien said after the game that Rask and injured rearguard Andrew Ference won't join the Bruins on their upcoming two-game road trip. Lucic and Marchand are now tied for the team lead with 22 goals. The Bruins are now 2-2-0 in games they've used both netminders.

Next: Boston will be right back at it on Sunday when they visit Madison Square Garden to take on the conference-leading Rangers.