Recap: Bruins 6, Islanders 3

Dylan Reese scores two in the first; Bruins charge back with a four goal third

Friday, 09.23.2011 / 10:25 PM ET / News
By Jesse D. Eisenberg
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Recap: Bruins 6, Islanders 3


Islanders defenseman Dylan Reese scored two goals in the first period and the Islanders took a 3-2 lead into the third, but Boston fought back with a four-goal third to earn a 6-3 win on Friday night at TD Garden.

Despite the somewhat lopsided final, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano was encouraged by the team’s first 40 minutes, which included a 2-0 lead after one period.

“I thought we got away from our game in the second half,” said Capuano. “The territorial battle at the start was ours, but then they started protecting the red line, getting pucks behind our ‘D’ and we turned the puck over.”

Filled with young prospects who were looking to make names for themselves, the Islanders roster had the the 2011 Stanley Cup champions on their heels early in the contest.

“When you come into a building like this, with some of the size of their forwards and some of the guys they dressed, it was a good learning experience and a good test for some of our young defensemen,” said Capuano.  “Overall I was pleased with a lot of guys.”

Goaltender Rick DiPietro stopped 20-of-22 shots faced in two periods of action, before watching the final frame from the bench.

“That first game’s always good to get under your belt,” said DiPietro. “Overall, I think we played well. The first period was our best period – It’s definitely something we can build on.”

Reese drew first blood just 1:08 into the game; Jeremy Colliton forced a turnover behind the Bruins net and dished to Reese for a one-time blast from high slot. The Islanders doubled their lead at 18:18, when a Justin DiBenedetto pass sent Reese streaking down the right wing. Reese beat Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with another a sharp-angle slap shot.

The Islanders escaped the first frame up 2-0, despite being out-shot 11-6, but Boston scored two goals in 1:04 during the middle frame. David Krejci put the Bruins on the board at 8:17 and Patrice Bergeron made it 2-2 at 9:21, finishing off a pretty wrap-around feed from Milan Lucic.

With time winding down in the middle period, Trevor Frischmon put the Islanders back on top, finishing a 2-on-1 rush by shoving home a rebound from Tomas Marcinko

Anders Nillson replaced DiPietro in goal to start the third period, and Dennis Seidenberg tied the game at 4:11. Brad Marchand’s goal with 11:43 remaining gave Boston its first lead of the game, and the Bruins added a pair of insurance markers from Johnny Boychuk and Rich Peverley at 15:14 and 15:00, respectively.

The Islanders return to preseason action on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Nassau Coliseum, when they faceoff against the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.

Notes:
Jeremy Colliton left the game in the first period with a groin injury.

To night’s Lineup:

Comeau-Bailey-Parenteau
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Colliton
McNeely-Marcinko-Gillies

Staios-Mottau
Wishart-Reese
Donovan-de Haan

DiPietro
Nilsson

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
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11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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