Bruins 6, Islanders 0

Islanders struggle to generate offense against defending Stanley Cup Champions

Saturday, 11.19.2011 / 10:33 PM ET / News
By Brian Croce
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Bruins 6, Islanders 0
The defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins defeated the Islanders 6-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.

The Bruins remain perfect (8-0) in the month of November, as they won their eighth straight game and improved their record to 11-7-0. For the Islanders, the loss marks the fourth time this season they have been shut out as they fell to 5-9-3 overall.

Nineteen-year-old Tyler Seguin kicked off the scoring showing his speed through the Islanders defense. He backhanded pass to Patrice Bergeron, who buried at 7:08 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Nathan Horton extended the Bruins’ lead to 2-0 when he ripped a shot over Rick DiPietro’s glove while on the powerplay. Late in the period, a loose puck was poked Chris Kelly’s way. Kelly then blasted a slap shot to give the Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead late in the first period.

After one, the Bruins had outshot the Islanders 13-2.

“They (Bruins) threw pucks on net and played physical,” Matt Martin said. “We weren’t moving our feet and I don’t know if we’re intimidated or what but we shouldn’t be. We need to play tougher, initiate the contact on push the pace on them.”

The Isles coaching staff decided to make a lineup change during the first intermission, as Anders Nilsson made his National Hockey League debut, relieving DiPietro. The 21-year-old made 14 saves on 17 shots.

The Islanders picked up their pace in the second, but could not muster a goal. Last year’s Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas made 23 saves on the night and recorded his second shutout of the season.

Nilsson surrendered his first NHL goal in the third period just as the Bruins fifth powerplay was expired. Andrew Ference ripped a shot from the blue line that found its way through traffic and past Nilsson to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Kelly netted his second of the game to put the B’s up five.

“We have to take a step back and look in the mirror,” Martin said. “Everyone in the room needs to better, including myself. We have to do something, we can’t keep losing games like this, we’re better than this. This organization deserves to win and we owe it to the fans to be better.”

The Islanders will look to rebound when they travel to Pittsburgh on Monday in search of their first road in of the season in a game against the Penguins. The Islanders honored the team’s first captain Ed Westfall in a pregame ceremony by inducting him into the Islanders Hall of Fame.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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