Two late Boston goals sting Islanders, 4-2

Travis Betts | Friday, 01.25.2013 / 10:49 PM

Despite a pair of Keith Aucoin goals, and a 2-1 lead midway through the game, the Islanders fell 4-2 to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden Friday night. Rick DiPietro made 23 saves for the Islanders in his first start since Dec. 3, 2011 while Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 24-of-26 shots in a winning effort.

Following the game, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano refused to accept the theory that his team tired down the stretch after winning in Toronto the night before.

“I think every team has to go through that,” Capuano said of playing two games in two nights. “It’s a mindset. You can say that, but we came ready to play tonight. I thought we did a good job fighting back after falling behind early but it wasn’t good enough.”

With the game tied 2-2 in the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara broke the stalemate with the eventual game-winning goal. Milan Lucic passed the puck from the goal line to Chara at the top of the slot, who snapped a shot through traffic and beat DiPietro glove side at the 7:07 mark.

Patrice Bergeron doubled Boston’s advantage six minutes later on a breakaway goal. Brad Marchand fed him a pass through the neutral zone, while the Islanders defensemen were spread wide. Bergeron deked to his forehand and swept the puck past DiPietro.

The Islanders had a couple of chances late, but were unable to even the score. John Tavares stickhandled his way through the Bruins defense and forehanded a shot from close range on Rask, but the Boston netminder turned it aside. Kyle Okposo had another strong opportunity with one minute left, but the puck trickled wide of the goal post.

After the game, Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald let his emotions be heard.

“It’s pretty frustrating because we played a pretty solid game and we thought it was a winnable game,” he said. “Maybe we ran out of gas a little bit in the third, but we still expect a lot more.”

Early in the opening stanza, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead thanks to Shawn Thornton’s first goal of the season. Dougie Hamilton’s slap shot from the right point found its way to the Bruins winger who redirected it past DiPietro at 4:52.

Midway through the first frame, Aucoin knotted the contest at 1-1 with his second goal in as many games. David Ullstrom cycled the puck between his legs and behind the net to Colin McDonald, who found Aucoin streaking to the front of the crease. Aucoin slid the puck past Rask on a one-timer at 11:13.

Aucoin’s third tally of the season gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. McDonald’s forecheck deep in the Boston zone forced a turnover before Aucoin met the drifting puck near the top of the right circle and blasted a slap shot behind Rask.

Despite the end result, Aucoin, who grew up in nearby Waltham, MA, couldn’t hold back a little excitement about his first career two-goal game in his hometown.

“It’s pretty cool,” Aucoin said. “That was my first time scoring here at the Garden, in front of my family. I played a lot of games here last year, especially in the playoffs, so to get on the board tonight - it was a pretty cool feeling to do it in front of my family and friends.”

Four minutes later, the Bruins evened the score on Gregory Campbell’s first tally of the season. David Krejci threw the puck to the net, where it bounced off Joe Finley’s skate and headed straight to Campbell’s stick just outside the crease, where the center buried his shot at 13:50.

Both teams went 0-for-3 on the man advantage. After tonight’s game, the Islanders (13/13) and the Bruins (17/17) remain the only teams in the NHL with a perfect penalty-kill percentage.

The Islanders return back to Canada for the third game of their current five-game road trip when they take on the Winnipeg Jets Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern time.

New York Islanders


26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 24 Brad Boyes

41 David Ullstom – 10 Keith Aucoin – 13 Colin McDonald

17 Matt Martin – 16 Marty Reasoner – 53 Casey Cizikas


2 Mark Streit – 37 Brian Strait

3 Travis Hamonic – 47 Andrew MacDonald

52 Joe Finley – 7 Matt Carkner


39 Rick DiPietro

20 Evgeni Nabokov

Boston Bruins


63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 19 Tyler Seguin

17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 18 Nathan Horton

48 Chris Bourque - 23 Chris Kelly - 49 Rich Peverley

20 Daniel Paille - 11 Gregory Campbell - 22 Shawn Thornton


33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk

44 Dennis Seidenberg - 27 Dougie Hamilton

21 Andrew Ference - 54 Adam McQuaid


40 Tuukka Rask

35 Anton Khudobin

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:52BOS Shawn Thornton (1) ASST: Daniel Paille (1), Dougie Hamilton (2) 1 - 0 BOS
11:13NYI Keith Aucoin (2) ASST: Colin McDonald (2), David Ullstrom (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
09:50NYI Keith Aucoin (3) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 NYI
13:42BOS Gregory Campbell (1) ASST: David Krejci (3), Chris Kelly (1) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
07:07BOS Zdeno Chara (1) ASST: Milan Lucic (1), Nathan Horton (1) 3 - 2 BOS
13:33BOS Patrice Bergeron (1) ASST: Brad Marchand (1), Dougie Hamilton (3) 4 - 2 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Dougie Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:13
Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 11:31
Keith Aucoin
Keith Aucoin
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:54NYI Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
05:54BOS Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
16:33BOS Shawn Thornton  Misconduct (10 min)
16:33NYI Matt Martin  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Shawn Thornton
16:33NYI Matt Martin  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Shawn Thornton
16:33BOS Daniel Paille  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Matt Martin
19:39BOS Chris Kelly  Tripping against  Matt Moulson
2nd Period
04:10BOS Zdeno Chara  Holding against  John Tavares
10:18NYI Casey Cizikas  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
16:14NYI Mark Streit  Interference against  Rich Peverley
3rd Period
00:28BOS David Krejci  Holding against  Travis Hamonic
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/3
Faceoff Wins2336
Blocked Shots1915
Penalty Minutes1323
2M. StreitD00-32225:18
3T. HamonicD0000024:22
7M. CarknerD0002513:46
10K. AucoinC2002014:36
13C. McDonaldR0103010:15
16M. ReasonerC00-20010:13
17M. MartinL00-20410:06
21K. OkposoR0002020:40
24B. BoyesR0001014:37
26M. MoulsonL0002019:51
37B. StraitD0000018:20
40M. GrabnerR0003019:57
41D. UllstromL0104010:24
47A. MacDonaldD0001025:01
51F. NielsenC0001017:54
52J. FinleyD00-1009:14
53C. CizikasC00-2028:04
91J. TavaresC0003023:24
39R. DiPietro2327.85257:58
11G. CampbellC1012011:31
17M. LucicL0111518:15
18N. HortonR0114018:01
19T. SeguinC0013016:53
20D. PailleL0113211:02
21A. FerenceD0011016:44
22S. ThorntonL1003106:21
23C. KellyC01-10214:49
27D. HamiltonD0212016:13
33Z. CharaD1001225:33
37P. BergeronC1012018:20
44D. SeidenbergD0010018:14
46D. KrejciC0122220:40
48C. BourqueL00-10012:04
49R. PeverleyC00-11014:43
54A. McQuaidD0010013:38
55J. BoychukD0002023:20
63B. MarchandL0110017:39
40T. Rask2426.92360:00