NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston
(Friday, November 28th)
Final Score: Boston 7, NY Islanders 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler and David Krejci scored 10 seconds apart to jump-start Boston's five-goal third period, as the Bruins captured their eighth straight home win with a 7-2 triumph over the New York Islanders.
Michael Ryder finished with a pair of goals for Boston, while Phil Kessel and Dennis Wideman each chipped in a goal and an assist in the victory. The Bruins bounced back from Wednesday's 3-2 loss at Buffalo to win for the fifth time in their last six games and improve to 10-1-1 for the month of November.
"It was good to finally get a couple to go in there," said Ryder. "Playing with new linemates tonight, we didn't know how it would go but I think we have good chemistry there and we managed to create some offense."
Chuck Kobasew added a goal and Manny Fernandez made 22 saves to win his fifth straight start for Boston, which is 8-1-1 at home this season. Marc Savard and Matt Hunwick each notched a pair of assists for the Bruins.
Nate Thompson and Richard Park scored for the Islanders, who were coming off a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. New York blew a 3-0 lead and was outscored 4-0 in the third period by the Penguins. The Islanders, following Friday's debacle, now have a third-period goal differential of minus-18 this season.
"That was not one of our better performances this season," said New York coach Scott Gordon. "We have to be honest with ourselves. We had our worst game since the Buffalo game."
The game which Gordon is referring to was a 7-1 loss on October 13.
Joey MacDonald made his 13th straight start in net for New York, but was pulled after yielding four goals on 31 shots. Peter Mannino fared no better, allowing three goals on just eight shots.
The Bruins held a tenuous 2-1 lead early in the third, then broke it open with two goals in a span of 10 seconds.
After Fernandez stacked the pads to stop Bill Guerin on a breakaway, the Bruins cashed in a 2-on-1 the other way when Wheeler took Krejci's feed and ripped a shot from the left circle past MacDonald at the 6:48 mark.
Krejci then outworked Jon Sim along the left boards for a dump-in by Wheeler, skated through the bottom of the left circle toward the net and flipped a shot past MacDonald for his sixth goal.
MacDonald was lifted after the fourth Boston goal and the Bruins kept applying pressure against Mannino, as Wideman netted his sixth at the 9:10 mark.
Park scored for the Islanders on a power play just over two minutes later, but Ryder picked up his second of the game and Kessel notched his 12th of the season in the last 4 1/2 minutes to account for the final margin.
Kessel now has an eight-game point streak with five goals and five assists in that span.
The Islanders scored just 1:46 into the game when Thompson took a pass off the left boards, skated into the circle and snapped a shot past Fernandez on the glove side for his second goal of the season.
Kobasew tied it on a Boston power play at the 3:28 mark of the second period. Savard's shot from the right circle was stopped by MacDonald and P.J. Axelsson was unable to jam it home from the crease, but Kobasew kept at it and knocked it home for his fourth goal of the season.
Ryder broke the deadlock with 4:44 to play in the second, as he intercepted an Islander clearing pass in the right circle and beat MacDonald to the short side for his fourth goal.
Kobasew has a five-game point streak with three goals and three assists for six points in that span...Guerin had a three-game goal streak stopped in defeat, while New York's Doug Weight saw a seven-game point streak come to a close...The Bruins played a matinee on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 17th straight full season, not including the 1994-95 lockout campaign...Boston left wing Milan Lucic played in his 100th NHL game, as did New York's Jeff Tambellini.
11/28 16:11:57 ET