The Boston Bruins traveled to New York to play the Islanders Tuesday night, in their first game without a pair of top-liners, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, as them and Craig Smith all are in COVID-19 protocols. Taylor Hall and Charlie Coyle filled the holes in the top line as Boston faced off against longtime Bruin Zdeno Chara.
Cal Clutterbuck would score two goals as the Islanders would win 3-1. Linus Ullmark would save 26 out of 28 shots, with the third goal being an empty netter while the Bruins would outshoot the Islanders, 41-28.
The first period was a sloppy one for the Bruins. A defensive giveaway by Brandon Carlo led to the lone goal in the period by Cal Clutterbuck.
The Bruins looked to bounce back in the second. Taking over for shots on goal at 29 shot compared to 22 for New York. On a negative side the gold and black couldn’t stay out of the penalty box totaling 3 total penalties in the period. One of the penalties, a high sticking by Derek Forbort, led to a power play goal by Anthony Beauvillier to take a 2-0 lead.
In the third, the B’s would continue to look sloppy as they would giveaway the puck three times in the first 4 minutes off the third period. A minute later, Charlie McAvoy would find himself in the penalty box for cross checking. Luckily the Bruins penalty kill would stop the Islanders. Clutterbuck would score an empty netter to put the Islanders up 3-0 late into the third period. Mike Reilly would find the back of the net with 56 seconds left in the third for to avoid the shut-out.
Bruins Star Of The Night: Mike Reilly
Reilly scored the lone goal of the night, but he also blocked a total of four shots and tally up three hits.
The Bruins travel to Montreal to play the Canadiens on Saturday, as they look to end a two-game skid where they’ve been out scored 7-1.
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