New York at Boston

Bruins ride big third period to 10th victory in 12 November games

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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are dispelling the notion that they must rely on defense to win.

Blake Wheeler and David Krejci set up each other for scores 10 seconds apart in Boston's five-goal third period to help the Bruins pull away for their 10th win in 12 games, a 7-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday afternoon.

Michael Ryder had a pair of goals for Boston, which resumed its sizzling November pace after losing at Buffalo on Wednesday. The Bruins are 10-1-1 this month.

The Bruins, who won their eighth straight at TD Banknorth Garden, have scored six or more goals in three of their past four at home.

"We put on a good show," Wheeler said. "Some people say we're too defensively minded, but we can do that and move the puck down the ice. I think it's a good recipe for us."

Chuck Kobasew, Dennis Wideman and Phil Kessel also scored for the Bruins, who trailed 1-0 early in the second period.

"I just told them that we had to stick with it and things would break," Boston coach Claude Julien said.

Nate Thompson and Richard Park scored for the Islanders.

"They played great in the third, honestly," New York's Bill Guerin said. "They've got a scary combination. They've got size and talent. A lot of their big guys have real good talent, too, to go along with it. You don't see that a lot."

Boston, which many times last season -- and earlier this season -- went into goal droughts, has developed a balanced scoring team.

"It's nice to have," Julien said. "Our guys are feeling good about themselves."

Manny Fernandez stopped 22 shots for Boston and is 6-0-1 after losing his first start. The Bruins have scored 20 goals in his past three starts.

With the score tied 1-all, Ryder stole Brendan Witt's attempted clearing pass at the right circle and beat partially screened goaltender Joey MacDonald with a wrister over his left shoulder 15:16 into the second period. Krejci had positioned himself in front of MacDonald.

It was just the second goal in 13 games and fourth overall for Ryder, signed as a free agent during the offseason.

About a half minute after Fernandez stopped Guerin with a sprawling stop on a clean breakaway, Wheeler one-timed Krejci's cross-ice pass past MacDonald to make it 3-1.

On the ensuing shift, Wheeler poked the puck ahead to Krejci along the left boards. Krejci cut around a defenseman and slipped a shot inside the near post.

Wideman made it 5-1 just 2:12 later, and the Islanders replaced MacDonald with Peter Mannino.

"What I said to him was, 'Hey, it's not about you, it's about making sure that you're ready to go tomorrow,' and I didn't like what I was seeing from our team," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said.

Ryder's second of the game came on a power play with just under five minutes left.

New York jumped ahead 1:46 into the game on its first shot on goal, when former Bruin Thompson fired a shot from the left wing that caromed in off the far post.

The Bruins tied it when Kobasew banged home a rebound from the edge of the crease 3:28 into the second.

Wideman hit the crossbar with a slap shot from the right point about two minutes before Boston grabbed the lead.

Wheeler had a crowd-pleasing move midway into the second when he backhanded a pass between his legs to himself and shifted around Islanders defenseman Mark Streit before being stopped by MacDonald.

The Bruins, looking to join the shopping craze known as "Black Friday," unveiled their new black third jersey for the game and took the ice to AC/DC's song Back in Black for the first two periods. They also gave out black T-shirts to the first 10,000 fans, attempting a "Blackout."

Notes

  • Mannino played in his first NHL game.
  • The Bruins held a moment of silence for former player and coach Armond "Bep" Guidolin, who died earlier this week. He was 82.
  • Islanders RW Tim Jackman went to the locker room late in the opening period after being hit into the boards by Boston's Milan Lucic, but he returned for the second.
  • The Bruins reassigned D Matt Lashoff to the team's AHL affiliate in Providence on Thursday.
  • It was the opener of a two-sport, day-night doubleheader. The Celtics were to play Philadelphia at night.
  • Guerin had a seven-game point streak snapped.
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Things get chippy after the Bruins go up 5-1, with Tim Jackman and Shane Hnidy squaring off.  (US Presswire)
Things get chippy after the Bruins go up 5-1, with Tim Jackman and Shane Hnidy squaring off. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
NY Islanders (9-12-2)1012
Boston  (15-4-4) «0257
Three Stars
M. Ryder
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Wheeler
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Krejci
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:46Nate Thompson (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Colliton, Witt
2ND PERIOD
03:28Power Play - Chuck Kobasew (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Axelsson, Savard
15:16Michael Ryder (4), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
06:48Blake Wheeler (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Krejci, Stuart
06:58David Krejci (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wheeler, Chara
09:10Power Play - Dennis Wideman (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Hunwick, Kessel
11:23Power Play - Richard Park (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Hilbert, Streit
15:32Power Play - Michael Ryder (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wideman, Hunwick
17:27Phil Kessel (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Lucic, Savard
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:05Bergenheim, 2 min, Cross-Checking
08:05Chara, 2 min, Cross-Checking
2ND PERIOD
02:49Tambellini, 2 min, Tripping
04:35Hnidy, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:43Tambellini, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:34Bergeron, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
07:59Hunter, 2 min, Slashing
09:10Witt, 5 min, Fighting
09:10Lucic, 5 min, Fighting
09:32Jackman, 5 min, Fighting
09:32Hnidy, 5 min, Fighting
09:51Savard, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:09Sutton, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
New York99624
Boston7161639
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Joey MacDonald46:58274
Peter Mannino13:0253
Manny Fernandez59:32222
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Islanders1-for-3
Boston3-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 17565
Referees - Dave Jackson, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Mark Pare
 
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NYR 4 Final
Fla 3
Chi 0 Final
Ana 1
Colu 3 Final
Det 5
Car 3 Final
OT
Phi 2
Pitt 3 Final
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Colo 1 Final
Pho 2
Mon 0 Final
Wash 3
SJ 6 Final
Dal 2
Nash 4 Final
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TB 2 Final
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