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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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