The Boston Bruins lost in embarrassing fashion Thursday night against the New York Islanders, dropping the game by a score of 7-2. It was the Bruins fourth regulation loss of the season, and their third loss to the Islanders, who have absolutely dominated the Bruins this year. In their three losses to the Islanders, the Bruins have been outscored 12-4 and outshot in two of the three games.
The game got off to a good start as the Bruins jumped out to a lead just over a minute into the first. Nick Ritchie buried yet another tap in goal off of a creative passing play from Jakub Zboril and Charlie Coyle.
The Bruins finally seemed like they were going to be able to take down the Islanders for the first time this season until the Islanders got a quick rebound goal a little over two minutes later. The Islanders took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but the Bruins seemed to still be well within striking distance. Craig Smith scored halfway into the second on an odd bounce off of an Islander defenseman’s stick, and the Bruins were right back in it.
The third period ended up being the Bruins downfall however, as the Islanders would score five unanswered goals in the period, burying any hopes the Bruins had of getting back into the game. The Isles broke the tie off of a terrible defensive mistake by Trent Frederic, who coughed up the puck just a few feet in front of Jaro Halak, who was left helpless as Anthony Beauvillier quickly pounced on the puck and gave the Isles a 3-2 lead. The tiebreaker was just the tip of the iceberg however. The Islanders would go on to score the next 4 goals in a span of about 6 minutes. The defense let Halak down in net, who was not to blame for the blowout
The Islanders have a versatile offense with plenty of different guys who score goals, which was evident as they had 7 different players put the puck in the net tonight. This scoring onslaught however, was partially due to the Bruins making far too many defensive mistakes.
All game long, even before the most noticeable blunder made by Frederic, the Bruins seemed to be too reluctant moving the puck. They were holding the puck and looking for the perfect pass far too often, and their sloppy play kept mounting and eventually led to the avalanche of goals scored by the Islanders. The Bruins will have to put this performance behind them quickly, as they play the New York Rangers tomorrow night on the second half of a back-to-back. The Rangers have a good offense and will be able to capitalize on defensive errors just like the Islanders did. Hopefully the B’s can bounce back with a solid performance tomorrow to help us forget about tonight’s collapse.
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