Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins won their third straight game on Wednesday, a 4-1 final over the New York Islanders in the first night of a road back-to-back in the Empire State.

Boston wrested the victory from New York by simply finishing their most golden offensive opportunities, where the opponent mostly could not. They finished with the two-goal margin of victory despite being out-shot 27-24, and the Isles holding an 11-8 advantage in high-danger scoring chances.

The Islanders scored first, though. Late in the opening period, a rushing Sebastian Aho drew two defenders down low, leaving a trailing Zach Parise open for a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle that beat Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark.

  • It wasn’t until almost halfway through the game that the Bruins found their finish – and from there, they were the only team that finished at all.

    The scoring started with defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who launched a missile from above the faceoff circle off the feed from Matt Grzelcyk, to tie the game 1-1. The pair have been on fire of late, as they’re up to three goals and five assists in their last five games. The goal was a fine example of the Bruins’ offensive zone strategy to rotate all five players and get their defensemen more active.

  • Fellow blue liner Derek Forbort got in on the offense just 3:12 later in the second period. It was nothing fancy, but one of the Bruins’ better garbage goals of the year. Pavel Zacha’s initial shot deflected off David Krejci, and fluttered enough into Forbort’s sight that the defenseman was able to pounce on the puck and poke it over the goal line to make it 2-1. And that, folks, was your game-winner.

  • Brad Marchand essentially put the game away on a Bruins power play just 5:03 into the third period, scoring his 15th goal of the season after a series of slick passes and a classic Marchand one-timer from the faceoff dot. Marchand is up to six goals and eight assists in his last 10 games, and he’s scored at least one point in nine of 10.

  • Ullmark stopped 26 shots to improve his record to 24-2-1. He’s been so good this season, that his save percentage barely went up a tick after this game, from .936 to .937. He was able to keep the Bruins in the game early, as they endured a 14-6 deficit in scoring chances in the first period.

    Up Next: The Bruins have the quickest of turnarounds, as they will play the second leg of the New York back-to-back at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, when they take on the Rangers.

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