The Bruins once again showed why they are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
The B’s were on the last leg of their five game road trip. They were exhausted and all signs could have pointed to a “let down” game, but what do they do? They storm into the Nassau Coliseum and beat the Islanders 4-1 behind the strong play of Tuukka Rask who turned away 36 of the Islanders 37 shots. He is now 6-0-1 in his last seven starts and has not let up more than two goals in regulation during that stretch.
The real take away from this game was the mental toughness of this team that completed its longest road trip of the season with a 4-1 record before they embark on the toughest month of their schedule.
The Bruins got on the board first with great patience from Tyler Seguin who found a streaking Adam McQuaid who trickled one past Evgeni Nabokov. McQuaid recorded his first goal of the season while Seguin added his eighth assist on the year (Seguin added another on Campbell’s empty-netter).
The Islanders evened the score in the first as Casey Cizikas tipped one past Tuukka. That was the only blemish of the night for Rask as he was superb the rest of the way as were his teammates.
After the first intermission the B’s never looked back. Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season and then David Krejci gave the B’s a two goal lead on which could might have been the prettiest sequence of the year for the black and gold. Gregory Campbell added an empty-netter and the B’s notched their 12th victory of the year in 16 contests (12-2-2).
Patrice Bergeron also added two assists in the victory recording his 100th multi-point effort in his career.
The Bruins penalty kill was also at it again killing off all three Islanders power plays and have killed off their last 24 shorthanded opportunities. The last goal they surrended was February 6th versus the Canadiens. They have stopped 58 of 61 on the season.
Head Coach Claude Julien chimed in on the win after the game on why the Bruins have been successful recently.
“We’ve gotten solid goaltending, or timely scoring, or great defensive plays,” Julien said. “And all of that gives us the stability a good team needs.”
If you look at the stat sheet tonight, that is exactly what it was. A total team effort.
The Bruins will return home Thursday night when they take on the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden at 7:00 p.m.