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Boston inches closer to clinching division with win over Isles
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - David Krejci had two goals while Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin each registered a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins inched closer to the Northeast Division title by defeating the New York Islanders, 6-3, on Saturday.
Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who netted four goals in the final period, including two tallies in a 24-second span to put the game away.
Marty Turco made 19 saves in the win.
"We hope to peak when the playoffs are around. We're trying to play our best hockey heading into the playoffs," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said.
The Bruins had an opportunity to clinch the division on Saturday with an Ottawa regulation loss to Philadelphia, but the Senators earned two points with a shootout win over the Flyers.
Boston can claim its second consecutive divisional crown with a victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
P.A. Parenteau netted two goals and Kyle Okposo also tallied for New York, which had won five of its last six games coming in.
Al Montoya allowed six goals on 27 shots in defeat.
With the loss, the Islanders have been officially eliminated from playoff contention for the fifth consecutive season.
"It's tough, you never want to be eliminated for good. We'll turn the page here and try to finish strong in the last four games and see what happens," Parenteau said.
With the contest tied at two heading into the third period, Boston netted the first two goals of the deciding frame.
From the right circle, Seguin found Marchand in the slot. Marchand made a quick deke to his left to elude Dylan Reese and then faked out Montoya before wristing his shot into the empty net.
Seguin's wrister from the top of the left circle made it 4-2 midway through the third.
Parenteau's wrister pulled the Islanders within a goal with 5:07 left before Bergeron and Krejci sealed the victory with a pair of tallies 24 seconds apart.
Bergeron put home a rebound and Krejci tapped in Milan Lucic's backhanded pass with 3:17 remaining for a 6-3 Bruins advantage.
Krejci one-timed Lucic's backhanded behind the net pass to give Boston a 1-0 lead with 1:49 left in the opening stanza, but Okposo tied the contest 29 seconds later as his wrister from the slot sailed past Turco's glove.
Kelly gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second. From the right boards, he maneuvered his way into the slot before lifting his wrister past Montoya.
The Islanders tied the game late in the second. From the left circle, Tavares spun and passed to Parenteau near the crease and he tapped the disc into the wide-open net.
Turco won his 275th career game...Okposo has scored in five straight games...Boston held a 36-18 advantage on faceoffs...New York was 0-for-2 on the power play while Boston was 0-for-1.
03/31 19:04:22 ET