The Boston Bruins built a 3-0 lead, and eventually defeated the Islanders 3-1, Monday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
Tim Thomas made 33 saves to record his tenth win of the season, while Glen Murray, Petteri Nokelainen and Chuck Kobasew each scored in separate periods for the Bruins. Chris Campoli scored the Islanders' lone goal, late in the third period on the power play. Rick DiPietro stopped 19 shots in the losing effort.
When asked what has been wrong with the offense, head coach Ted Nolan replied: "A lot. We just have to work harder. There has to be a better effort. We're just okay. But that doesn't cut it. We have to be hungrier and more determined. We had our chances, but when the goaltender sees the puck, he's going to make the saves. We're all frustrated, but this is a good group of guys. Hopefully we can fight through it."
Boston scored on 2 of 6 power play opportunities, while the Islanders went 1 for 6 on the man-advantage.
"You just have to stay with it," said captain Bill Guerin. "The good thing is we're not out of it. Everyone has to get better and start producing. We all know how to play in this league and score goals, it's just a matter of fine tuning it and bearing down. With the start that we had, we're no secret anymore. We play hard, but teams are ready for us."
The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead on the power play when Murray lofted a shot past the glove of DiPietro with 6:57 left in the first period.
Late in the second period, Andy Sutton's clearing attempt was fanned on and grabbed by Nokelainen, who then roofed a shot over DiPietro on a mini-breakaway.
With 3:25 left in the third period, Kobasew scored from point-blank range off a feed from Peter Schaeffer.
The Islanders scored their only goal late in the third period on a power play point shot from Chris Campoli.
The Islanders next play against Tampa Bay on the road this Wednesday. The players' fathers will join them for the four-game road trip.
"Perhaps the road is just what we need," said Nolan. "We'll get a chance to spend some more time together, eat together and get closer."
Kids 16 and under received free tickets to tonight's game thanks to RexCorp Islanders Inspire.
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Five Stars of the Game:
1. Tim Thomas: Stopped 13 shots in the third 2. Glen Murray: Scored his second goal against the Islanders this season 3. Zdeno Chara: A team-high three hits 4. Chuck Kobasew: Scored on his team-leading fifth shot of the game 5. Chris Campoli: Kept the Islanders from being shut out for the second straight game
Stat of the Game: The Islanders had 27 shots blocked
Slapshots: The Bruins snapped a 10-game winless streak against the Islanders at the Coliseum…The Islanders played on their fourth consecutive Monday for the first time in team history…Tonight's attendance was 11,040.
Kickbutt Fan of the Game:Yosi and Avi Zwidel from Lawrence were the first two fans in line to receive complimentary tickets thanks to RexCorp Islanders Inspire. The brothers arrived at 3:30 to ensure they'd be first in line. Yosi took the time to get his face painted at the station outside of the Coliseum. It was the first time he's ever had his face painted for a game.
Game Operations:Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, a critically acclaimed rock band, sang a beautifully harmonized rendition of the Star Spangled Banner…Josef Vasicek won the Islanders Sharp Player of the Month Award.. For winning the award, $500 was given to the Smile Train in Vasicek's honor…Rabbi Paltiel welcomed in the upcoming Holiday of Chanukah with a giant-sized Menorah and some words of wisdom during the first period.
26 Ruslan Fedotenko – 63 Josef Vasicek – 13 Bill Guerin
20 Sean Bergenheim – 18 Mike Sillinger – 7 Trent Hunter
15 Jeff Tambellini – 89 Mike Comrie – 81 Miroslav Satan
12 Chris Simon – 10 Richard Park -11 Andy Hilbert
Goaltenders 30 Tim Thomas
40 Tuukka Rask
45 Mark Stuart - 33 Zdeno Chara
41 Andrew Alberts - 6 Dennis Wideman
48 Matt Humwick - 38 Bobby Allen
11 P.J. Axelsson – 91 Marc Savard - 27 Glen Murray
16 Marco Sturm – 13 Glen Metropolit - 12 Chuck Kobasew
72 Peter Schaefer - 81 Phil Kessel – 56 Petteri Nokelainen
17 Milan Lucic - 60 Vladimir Sobotka - 53 Jeremy Reich
1 - 0 BOS
2 - 0 BOS
3 - 0 BOS