The Bruins fourth line dominated as the team blew out the New York Islanders 5-1 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday night. They’re now up to seven wins in their last eight games.
Entering the third period ahead just 2-1, the B’s pulled away with authority in the third period. Brad Marchand got the ball rolling at 9:03, burying a wrister from the slot past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.
David Pastrnak made the play happen with a slick takeaway in the neutral zone before making the feed to Marchand. No. 63 added an assist, the 200th of his career.
Bruins Fourth Line Dominates
A new nickname may be in order for the Bruins fourth line of Tim Schaller, Sean Kuraly, and Noel Acciari. The scrappy forward group had one of its best efforts of the season, consistently pinning the Islanders back with an aggressive forecheck.
They got rewarded in the third when Schaller tipped home a nifty pass from Kuraly, effectively icing the game.
Rask Solid Again
It wasn’t the toughest workload for starting goaltender Tuukka Rask. But in any event, the NHL’s First Star of the Month for December continued to make timely saves when needed. He turned aside 25 of 26 Islanders shots to move to 11-0-1 in his last 12 starts.
The one goal Rask allowed is virtually impossible to pin on him. Islanders winger Jordan Eberle seized a gift of a turnover by defenseman Brandon Carlo to park an easy backhand into the back of the net.
Incredibly, Eberle’s goal was the first 5-on-5 tally allowed by the line of Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Pastrnak all season. But like Rask, it’s hard to pin any blame on them.
Bergeron had one of his better individual efforts of the season when he scored his 12th goal in the second period. Watch below as he gloves a tipped puck to the ice and quickly whacks it in off Halak’s pad from behind the net.
With the win, the Bruins are now 16-3-2 in their last 21 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in regulation on Tuesday, giving the B’s sole possession of second place in the Atlantic division.
The Bruins play three times in the next six days. The Florida Panthers come to TD Garden on Thursday, followed by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Then the B’s close out the week on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins.