NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston|
(Thursday, April 11th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Josh Bailey netted a pair of goals to back a 30-
save effort from Evgeni Nabokov, and the New York Islanders continued their
late-season success with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
Mark Streit assisted on both of Bailey's tallies in the win, New York's third
in a row and eighth in its last 10 games as it strengthened its case for the
franchise's first playoff appearance since the 2006-07 campaign.
"Our team is playing hard," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "You get
rewarded when you play hard and play within the team concept. We gave up the
one power play goal where we were running around, but the effort is there
The verdict also prevented the Bruins from clinching a postseason berth,
with Boston having needed to win outright or force overtime to do so, and
dropped the club into second place in the Northeast Division after Montreal
defeated Buffalo Thursday night.
Playing without two of their top scorers in Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron
due to concussions, the Bruins managed only Tyler Seguin's power-play goal
early in the second period and had a two-game win streak snapped. Tuukka Rask
finished with 34 saves in defeat.
"We're doing our best to find chemistry, realizing that when they come back,
we're going to be a better team," Bruins center Gregory Campbell said
The Islanders were outshot by a 16-9 count in the opening period, but still
took a 1-0 edge into the first intermission behind some outstanding work from
Nabokov and Bailey's goal during the waning stages of the stanza.
Four of Nabokov's stops came in rapid-fire succession from point-blank range
around the 9 1/2-minute mark, and Bailey ripped off a perfectly placed blast
in transition that found the upper right corner of the Boston net from 45 feet
out with just 20.5 seconds left on the clock.
New York picked up the pace in the second period, putting up 19 shots to
Boston's eight, but the Bruins netted the initial goal of the session by
capitalizing on an early delay of game penalty to the Isles' Brad Boyes.
Boston worked the puck to Campbell stationed to right of the New York cage,
with the center placing a cross-ice feed on Seguin's stick for a
successful one-timer from the left circle that knotted the score 3:41 into the
Rask came up with an athletic diving stop of Matt Moulson from in close midway
through the period, but couldn't prevent Bailey's wrister with 6:48 remaining
from trickling across the line and putting the Islanders back in front.
Moulson again came up empty on a potential game-sealing opportunity by fanning
on a 2-on-1 rush with around four minutes left to play, but Nabokov made two
more key saves down the stretch and the Islanders crowded the crease to
disallow a shot on goal after Rask was pulled with 1:23 to go.
"The guys were doing their jobs," Nabokov said. "The battle level was
unbelievable. Guys are sacrificing the body and playing well. It always takes
20 guys to win a hockey game."
Bailey produced his fifth career multi-goal game and first since a five-point
performance (2 goals, 3 assists) against Pittsburgh on March 29, 2012 ...
Marchand, Boston's leader with 16 goals this season, suffered his concussion
on an illegal hit by New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov in Wednesday's 5-4 win over
the Devils ... Defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to the Bruins' lineup
following an 11-game absence caused by a strained left shoulder he suffered on
March 19, with rookie blueliner Dougie Hamilton a healthy scratch for the
first time this season to make room ... The Islanders improved to 15-3-3 when
scoring the game's first goal ... Prior to Seguin's score, New York had gone
11-of-11 on the penalty kill over its previous six tests.
04/11 22:59:09 ET