Bruins 4, Islanders 1

Travis Betts | Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 11:14 PM

Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves and Casey Cizikas scored his second goal of the season, but the New York Islanders fell 4-1 to the Boston Bruins Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. The loss is the Islanders second straight to open their seven-game home stand, dropping them to 8-11-1 (17 points) overall.

The Islanders registered 37 shots on goal and out-hit a physical Bruins team 21-16, but Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask made 36 saves, while Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Gregory Campbell scored for Boston.

“We competed hard,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “That’s one of the best teams that we’re going to play and I give our guys credit. We did a lot of good things. A couple breakdowns cost us some goals. We were in the penalty box for a while in the second period.“

The Bruins scored first on McQuaid’s first tally of the season at the 6:43 mark. The defenseman’s low slap shot from the right point escaped Nabokov and trickled over the goal line. Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron earned assists on the play.

The Islanders tied the game at one later in the period on a play in transition. Josh Bailey entered the Bruins zone, stickhandled around a Boston defenseman and slid a pass to Casey Cizikas, who chipped it over Rask at 15:49. Andrew MacDonald was credited with the secondary helper on the goal.

“A-Mac flipped it out of the zone and I got it with speed,” Bailey said. “I just went around the guy and put the puck in front to Casey, and then he made a great play. His defender was all over him and he found a way to get a stick on it and put it in.”

The Bruins took the lead early in the second period and would not let go. Brad Marchand scooped up a rebound off an Andrew Ference shot and backhanded it over a sprawling Nabokov just 38 seconds into the middle frame.

Five minutes later, the Bruins extended their lead to 3-1 on David Krejci’s fifth marker of the season. Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic set up Krejci in the left circle, who shot the puck top shelf as Nabokov couldn’t get to the post quick enough.

The Islanders managed 26 shots over the final two periods of play, but could not chip away at Boston’s lead. New York’s power play went 0-for-3 against the top penalty killing team in the league, mustering five shots on the man advantage. The Bruins’ Gregory Campbell scored into an empty net with 1:05 remaining in regulation to finish the scoring at 4-1.

“We just have to keep pushing forward,” Bailey said. “It’s pretty easy to get down on yourselves and frustrated, like we are, but we have to find a way to come to the rink tomorrow and put this loss behind us and look forward to the next game.”

The Islanders continue their home stand Thursday when the Toronto Maple Leafs make their first visit of the season to Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders won the previous matchup 7-4 in Toronto on Jan. 24. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Notes: The Islanders penalty kill went 4-for-4, allowing six shots on goal … Defenseman Andrew MacDonald led the team with 23:50 of ice time and three blocked shots … The Islanders lost the faceoff battle 36-27 … Matt Martin posted six hits for the third straight game, leading all players for the fifth straight game in that category.

New York Islanders


26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes

12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 41 David Ullstrom

17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald


47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic

2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky


20 Evgeni Nabokov

60 Kevin Poulin

Boston Bruins


17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 18 Nathan Horton

63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 19 Tyler Seguin

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
06:43BOS Adam McQuaid (1) ASST: Tyler Seguin (8), Patrice Bergeron (9) 1 - 0 BOS
15:49NYI Casey Cizikas (2) ASST: Josh Bailey (3), Andrew MacDonald (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:38BOS Brad Marchand (10) ASST: Andrew Ference (4), Patrice Bergeron (10) 2 - 1 BOS
05:16BOS David Krejci (5) ASST: Milan Lucic (6), Nathan Horton (4) 3 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
18:55BOS EN - Gregory Campbell (2) ASST: Tyler Seguin (9), Dennis Seidenberg (5) 4 - 1 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 29-30
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .973SH: 2-2
Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:45
Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:54
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:18BOS Gregory Campbell  Tripping against  Colin McDonald
17:18NYI Radek Martinek  Tripping against  Chris Bourque
2nd Period
06:18NYI Mark Streit  Roughing against  Chris Kelly
08:07NYI Lubomir Visnovsky  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:40NYI Travis Hamonic  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
15:09BOS Patrice Bergeron  Interference against  Josh Bailey
18:25BOS Zdeno Chara  Hooking against  John Tavares
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/3
Faceoff Wins3627
Blocked Shots1415
Penalty Minutes68
11G. CampbellC1012212:20
17M. LucicL0112016:39
18N. HortonR0112016:10
19T. SeguinC0222015:24
20D. PailleL0001012:03
21A. FerenceD0131017:59
22S. ThorntonL000108:04
23C. KellyC0001017:05
27D. HamiltonD0004014:49
33Z. CharaD0023222:18
37P. BergeronC0223218:54
44D. SeidenbergD0101022:40
46D. KrejciC1011017:42
48C. BourqueL0002013:29
49R. PeverleyC0003017:17
54A. McQuaidD1001016:07
55J. BoychukD0011018:15
63B. MarchandL1013016:45
40T. Rask3637.97360:00
2M. StreitD00-14223:28
3T. HamonicD00-31221:31
4R. MartinekD0000213:40
11L. VisnovskyD0002221:49
12J. BaileyR0112015:39
13C. McDonaldR000109:36
14T. HickeyD0001016:13
16M. ReasonerC00-10011:30
17M. MartinL0002015:38
21K. OkposoR0013013:59
24B. BoyesR00-32020:05
26M. MoulsonL00-34019:18
40M. GrabnerR00-23010:52
41D. UllstromL00-1208:36
47A. MacDonaldD01-21023:50
51F. NielsenC0004016:47
53C. CizikasC1011010:25
91J. TavaresC00-34020:34
20E. Nabokov3033.90958:30