Patrice Bergeron returned to the Boston Bruins lineup Saturday afternoon in his 1,200th game, as he was part of a 6-3 rout of the New York Islanders. The B’s continue their hot streak with 14 wins in their past 17 games.
Brandon Carlo’s slap shot at the point bounced off boards and right to Craig Smith who had a wide-open net to give the B’s the early 1-0 lead less than five minutes in.
It looked like the Isles tied it at 1 with eight minutes left in the period but the goal was called off due to high-sticking before Taylor Hall tipped a Charlie McAvoy shot past Semyon Varlamov with just over 30 seconds left in the period to take the 2-0 lead. But, New York had an answer 20 seconds following Hall’s goal as Brock Nelson collected a rebound and cut the Isles’ deficit to one.
The Bruins got one back two minutes into the second period though when David Pastrnak scored in a similar fashion as Nelson did as he collected the rebound of Erik Haula’s shot at the left faceoff circle to make it a two-goal lead again. Boston then took the 4-1 lead when Brad Marchand collected a puck below the right faceoff circle and walked in past Varlamov.
New York made it a two-goal deficit again on the power play just over a minute later when Anders Lee collected a rebound and wristed it past Linus Ullmark.
But, Boston continued the goal-fest as they grabbed another pair of goals in the final five minutes of the second period as Haula one-timed Pastrnak’s cross-ice pass home and Jake DeBrusk put the game to bed when he batted one out of the air from the side of the net to grow the Bruins lead to 6-2.
Though Zach Parise scored a consolation goal for the Islanders late in the third, Boston was able to still rout New York with a three-goal win. The B’s get a two-day break before they take on the Maple Leafs in an Atlantic Division matchup Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET, at the TD Garden.
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