Second period quick hits:
The Bruins second period struggles continued as the Islanders evened the score at 2-2 before the B’s regained the lead. Rask did everything he could to keep the B’s ahead including a ridiculous Tim Thomas-esque stick save on the goal line to rob Michael Grabner earlier on in the period. But, the Isles finally beat Rask when John Tavares flicked one on net. Rask couldn’t control the rebound and Tavares tipped in his 23rd goal of the season to make it 2-1. Cal Clutterbuck notched his seventh assist on the season while Casey Cizikas notched his eighth.
As the period went on, the Isles were dominating play. It tended to be too much for the B’s as they finally evened the score at 2-2. Johnny Boychuk fired one on Rask where it was redirected by Grabner who got the best of Rask on this one. It was Grabner’s fifth goal of the season.
It seemed as the momentum shifted significantly heading into the third period, but with less than four seconds left, Kevan Miller notched his first goal in 21 games when Halak had a brain freeze and did not take care of the puck in his own zone. It is usually the B’s giving up goals at the end of periods, but this time they turned the tables. It was Miller’s second goal of the season.
The B’s are being out-shot 31 to 27 through two periods. The Isles are out-hitting the Black and Gold 36-20 while the home team has also blocked twice as many shots as Claude Julien’s team.
David Pastrnak continues to struggle as he was demoted to the third line. He has recorded zero shots on net through 40 minutes of play which is very uncharacteristic of the youngster. The 18 year-old played only 6:21 only ahead of Craig Cunningham’s 5:21 for the team low.