By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
They may have sat at the top of the Metropolitan Division entering Tuesday’s head-to-head on Long Island’s beloved barn, but the New York Islanders just can’t beat the Boston Bruins.
Not that the Bruins, who dominated the Islanders for 60 minutes en route to a 5-0 final at Nassau Coliseum (no, I refuse to call it that new disaster of a name), made it easy on them.
Boston forward Sean Kuraly opened things up for the Bruins just 1:12 into a first period that saw the Bruins straight-up hammer the Islanders in all three zones, and end with a 14-2 shot advantage for the Bruins.
And it only got worse for the Islanders, really.
Noel Acciari turned a Cal Clutterbuck turnover into Boston’s second goal of the night just three minutes into the second frame, and Kuraly found the back of the net for his second goal of the evening before the second period’s conclusion.
Up 3-0 and with the Islanders having landed just eight shots on goal through 40 minutes, Patrice Bergeron made matters worse for the Islanders when a John Moore stick-check allowed Joakim Nordstrom to lead a rush capped by Bergeron.
Jake DeBrusk and the Bruins were not done, though, as DeBrusk immediately exited the penalty box and turned a breakaway attempt on Lehner into Boston’s fifth goal of the night.
Up front, David Pastrnak made his return to the Boston lineup after missing the previous 16 games with a thumb injury. Pastrnak finished the night with three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 13:46 of time on ice.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped all 13 shots thrown his way for his fourth shutout of the season.
With the win, the Bruins secured themselves a season series sweep over New York, and have now won seven straight head-to-heads with the Islanders. They’ve won all but two of their last 14 meetings with the Isles dating back to Jan. 2015.
The Bruins skate against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.