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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 09: Charlie Coyle #13 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Pavel Zacha #18 and Brad Marchand #63 in front of Noah Dobson #8 of the New York Islanders after scoring a goal during the second period at TD Garden on November 09, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins improved to 11-1-1 on the season with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night at TD Garden.

Leading the way was center Charlie Coyle, who scored a hat trick and added an assist. He’s up to 12 points in 13 games, which paced over 82 games would mark a career-high 76. David Pastrnak scored the eventual game-winning goal in the third period during a Bruins power play, his 10th of the season.

Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark stopped 27-of-29 Islanders shots (.931) to improve to 5-1-1 on the season, in a solid bounce-back performance from a rough night in Detroit last time out.

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After a slow, quiet start to the game for both teams, the Bruins finally drew first blood with just over six minutes left in the first period. Coyle first fed it down low to James van Riemsdyk, who then whipped a tape-to-tape pass up high to Trent Frederic, who fired a bomb from the point through Isles goaltender Ilya Sorokin to put the B’s up 1-0.

The Bruins couldn’t quite get to the first intermission with a lead, though, as the Islanders cashed in on a Frederic crosschecking penalty. Isles forward Brock Nelson batted a fluttering puck out of the air for a baseball goal on the rebound, tying the game 1-1.

  • Early in the second period, the Bruins played a little Tic-Tac-Goal on the power play to go back on top. Pastrnak fed the puck down to Pavel Zacha, who redirected it in front to Coyle at the bumper. Shades of Patrice Bergeron, Coyle fired the one-timer home to give the B’s a power play goal and a 2-1 lead.

  • Things picked up early in the third period, when the Bruins went back to the power play. Bruins captain Brad Marchand misplayed a hard clearing attempt and the puck bounced right to the Islanders’ Simon Holmstrom, who started a shorthanded rush the other way with Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Holmstrom finished a nice cross-ice pass from Pageau to tie the game 2-2.

  • The tie, however, was short-lived. That’s when Pastrnak scored the go-ahead goal, as the B’s ended up even on their power play. Pastrnak fired from the top of the faceoff circle and the puck just barely trickled through Sorokin and over the line to give the B’s a 3-2 lead.

  • Less than six minutes later, that’s when Coyle added an insurance goal for his third point. Credit is due to van Riemsdyk for showing patience with the puck right around the net, then slipping the puck through a seam to Coyle for the point-blank one-timer, making it 4-2. No Islanders defender accounted for Coyle on the play, giving him an easy lane to the net.

  • Up Next: After the one game at home, the Bruins head right back out on the road over the weekend to face the longtime rival Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

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