When either the Boston Bruins or the New York Islanders take a penalty and have to skate shorthanded, it’s snack time.
For Hooking or interference, you have time to nuke a hot dog and grab a soda from the fridge, but if you see a couple of skaters drop their gloves, go ahead and fire up the grill – you’ve got the time…
…because ain’t nobody scoring on either of these two teams penalty killing units.
Both the Bruins and Islanders have killed off every shorthanded situation this season, so when they met at TD Garden on Friday night, their combined 31 shorthanded minutes would have afforded you enough time to hit the drive-thru at BK.
Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots and four different Bruins scored goals as Boston tripped up the New York Islanders 4-2. For all four, it was their first goal of the season.
With the score tied at 2, Zdeno Chara scored the tie breaker at 7:07 of the third period and Patrice Bergeron added an insurance policy at 13:33 for the final tally. Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell also scored for Boston, now 3-0-1 on the young season.
Keith Aucoin scored both of the Islanders’ goals, once in the first period after Thornton gave the Bruins an early lead, then gave the Islanders their only lead of the game in the second period, skating in on a sloppy clearing attempt and fired a slap shot past Rask.
It was Aucoin’s first career two-goal game, and has scored three times in two games.
New York Goalie Rick DiPietro, playing his first game since Dec. 3, 2011, after last season was cut short by a groin injury, made 23 saves for the Islanders, now 2-2-0.
The Islanders continue their five game road trip with a trip to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Sunday, then travel to Pittsburgh for a date with the Penguins on Tuesday while the Bruins have a couple of days off before traveling to meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday before returning home to host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Something to keep an eye on is whether Bruins rookie Doug Hamilton is going to stay with the club or go back to the Juniors. Hamilton had two assists in the game. The club must decide between now and thier game with the Devils on Tuesday night.