In their first two games against the New York Islanders since the trade deadline, the Boston Bruins have looked like a completely different team.
Following up a 4-1 win in the first night of a back-to-back on Thursday, the Bruins shut the Isles out 3-0 on Friday to complete the two-game mini-sweep. Taylor Hall scored for the second straight game, already matching his goal total with the Sabres before being traded to Boston. Goaltender Jeremy Swayman, meanwhile, earned his first career shutout with 25 saves, including eight stops on high-danger scoring chances.
David Pastrnak got the scoring started, however, when he scored with just two seconds left in the first period. Pastrnak buried a nifty feed from another trade deadline addition, defenseman Mike Reilly, to grab his first goal since April 3.
Hall later extended the Bruins’ lead to 2-0 after finishing a give-and-go with David Krejci through the neutral zone, tipping the centering pass through Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin.
The Bruins have now posted two straight convincing wins against the Isles after losing their first five games of the season against them. The teams have only one game remaining, on May 10, as they both battle for playoff positioning in the eastern division.