The Islanders lost to the Bruins 4-1 as they get absolutely overwhelmed for the entirety of the game.
First Period Thoughts On Islanders Loss
In my opinion, this was the worst period I’ve seen from the Islanders all season. The Bruins outclassed in every aspect, being outshot 23 to 7 in the period. 1:49 into the first, Brad Marchand potted a goal to take the early lead for the Bruins. The Islanders’ discipline lacked throughout the game, as the team took 3 penalties in the period. This included a double-minor against Brock Nelson for high-sticking Mike Reilly which drew blood. As a result of the penalty, Craig Smith was able to bury a cross-crease opportunity to extend the Bruins’ lead to two. Without a doubt, Semyon Varlamov played excellent keeping the Isles in the game, stopping 21 of 23 shots in only the first period.
Second Period Thoughts On Islanders Loss
The Islanders needed desperation coming out of the gate for the second period to gain momentum. The Barry Trotz competitive style of hockey reemerged in the period as the Islanders and Bruins were almost even in shots. The desperation from the Islanders resulted in an early goal for Travis Zajac, his first as an Islander. Only a few short minutes later, Josh Bailey suffered an injury and left the game. Unfortunately, he did not return to the game. In the words of Butch Goring, the Islanders could not get any net-front presence, leading to empty offensive possessions.
Third Period Thoughts On Islanders Loss
Early into the third period, Matthew Barzal and Jordan Eberle had a great 2-on-1 chance to tie the game at 2. Barzal created a perfect pass across the ice to Eberle but the opportunity was shot wide. With Eberle and Barzal deep in the offensive zone, the Bruins took advantage. David Pastrnak went the other way, setting up Taylor Hall for his first goal as a Bruin, extending the lead to 3-1. With the lead secured with only 18 minutes left, the Bruins played shutdown hockey. The Islanders had very little possession time for the rest of the period. The Bruins kept the momentum, outshooting the Islanders 10-5 in the period. With less than two minutes remaining, the Islanders pulled the goalie for the last chance effort. Sadly for the Islanders, a turnover in their own zone led to an empty-net goal for Brad Marchand.
Varlamov made 41 saves in the game, playing fantastic throughout the game. The offense for the Islanders however could not support him, having only 23 shots potting a single goal. The teams match up again tomorrow night in Boston at 7 P.M. eastern time.