Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

With the 2023 All-Star weekend and the bye week officially behind ’em, the Bruins know that the schedule is about to get absolutely insane. There’s nothing you can do about that. It happens every single season.

But if there’s a way to work in some in-game rest (if such a thing even exists), it’s with following up on your latest blowout victory with yet another blowout victory. And that’s exactly what the Bruins, from their first line down to their fourth line, did when the weary Islanders came to TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.

Similar to Thursday in Nashville (and even Tuesday in Dallas), the Bruins started this contest with a bang, and with a first-period effort that saw them double the Islanders up in shots and pump three goals through Semyon Varlamov.

The Islanders made their push in the second period, but that’s where the simple ‘scoreboard’ favored the Bruins, as Boston scored three goals on six second-period shots while the Islanders scored just once on 11 middle-period looks.

Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a blowout win over the Isles

  • No. 3 Star: Jake DeBrusk

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 18: Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at TD Garden on February 18, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 18: Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at TD Garden on February 18, 2023. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk wasted absolutely no time welcoming himself back to action.

    Injured in the 2023 Winter Classic and on the shelf for the last 17 games, DeBrusk needed just 2:19 to put himself back on the board, as he scored the power-play goal that opened things up for the Bruins in this one. For DeBrusk, who was scoring at a 35-goal pace prior to his injury, it was goal No. 17 on the season, and really set the tone for the Black and Gold in this absolutely relentless beatdown.

    It was also great to see what DeBrusk brought to the right side of the B’s first line in his return to action. There was a shift in the first period in particular that highlighted what the Bergeron-Marchand combo missed during DeBrusk’s absence, as DeBrusk’s forechecking pressure and active stick helped pin the Isles in their own zone for what was an extended spell. Those kind of shifts add up over the course of a 60-minute game.

    DeBrusk finished the victory with one goal, an assist, three shots on goal, and two hits in 13:07 of action.

  • No. 2 Star: Nick Foligno

    Feb 18, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) reacts with left wing Nick Foligno (17) after a tip in goal by center Trent Frederic (11) (not pictured) during the first period against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 18, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) reacts with left wing Nick Foligno (17) after a goal by center Trent Frederic (11) during the first period against the New York Islanders. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Talk about an active game for Nick Foligno.

    Deployed for 12:29 of time on ice, the 35-year-old Foligno finished Saturday’s victory with one goal (it honestly looked like Foligno scored a second goal in the second period of play, but it was credited to Pavel Zacha), and a plus-4 rating. Foligno was the only Boston skater to be on the ice for four goals in the victory, in fact, and became the ninth different Bruins player to have a single-game plus-minus of at least plus-4 this season.

  • And with this multi-point effort following Thursday’s multi-point effort in Nashville, Foligno has four points in two games for the first time since a two-game segment in Mar. 2018.

    The veteran wing is also up to nine goals and 25 points through 55 games this season, and the Bruins are now 16-3-0 when Foligno records at least one point in a game this season.

  • No. 1 Star: Trent Frederic

    Feb 18, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) makes a pad save while Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) looks on during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 18, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) makes a pad save while Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) looks on during the first period at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • The punches in bunches have become goals in bunches for Bruins forward Trent Frederic.

    In what’s already been a career year for the 25-year-old, Frederic added another accomplishment to the board Saturday, as his two-goal performance gave him goals in back-to-back games for just the second time in his career. It was also his third two-goal outing of the season, as Frederic lit the lamp twice in wins over the Avalanche and the Kings earlier this season.

  • Now up to 13 goals on the year, the big-bodied Frederic. who has been skating as Boston’s fourth-line center during Tomas Nosek’s absence, is noting ‘confidence’ as the biggest reason for his offensive explosion this year.

    Frederic’s 13 goals are tied for the sixth-most on the Bruins this year, and the 2016 first-round pick is currently paced for what would be a 20-goal and 33-point season for the Bruins. (Listen, whenever somebody who doesn’t play on the power play can push for 20 goals, that’s one hell of a season.)

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